FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, EDUCATION COMES FIRST. Undergraduate studies work to broaden students’ horizons, develop critical thinking skills, pursue interests and obtain degrees that lead to successful careers. A successful college career includes out-of-the-classroom experiences as well, with opportunities to get active, connect with peers, professors and professors, and to learn about leadership and service. At Rowan University, the “college experience” focuses on the development of the “whole” person. Some ways in which Rowan offers a rich, engaging college experience include:
1. Serving and leading
Rowan students are extraordinarily committed to contributing to campus and community. Led by the active Stu- dent Government Association, which serves as the voice of the students, Rowan SGA members are liaisons to the administration and ensure that their peers’ concerns are heard and needs are met. SGA members also work with faculty, staff and administrators, promote campus involvement and community activities and contribute to the Rowan University of today…and tomorrow.
2. Joining and growing
With more than 160 clubs and organizations, it’s easy for students to find their niche at Rowan. Interested in writing? Sign up for The Whit, the student newspaper. Want to network? Virtually every major offers special interest groups. Interested in Greek life? The university is home to numerous fraternities and sororities, all with service requirements. The range is great. There are organizations for students of various ethnicities, religions and gender identities; club sports, including the nationally recognized Rowan Unified Sports program, which brings Rowan students together on the same playing field with athletes with special needs; pre-professional societies; and a multitude of opportunities to help others through service projects.
3. Kicking back
If you haven’t been to Rowan recently—like, in the last three years—you’re missing a lot. Today, thanks to the $400 million Rowan Boulevard public-private partnership, the area just off campus is alive with weekly activities, shops, restaurants, housing, classrooms, open space, medical centers, a Barnes & Noble, a Courtyard by Marriott and more. Rowan Boulevard is a bustling bridge between the University and downtown Glassboro. On the horizon on Rowan Boulevard is a 7,500-square-foot facility that will support the University’s new esports program.
4. Teaming up
School spirit is as strong at Rowan as at any Division I school, with students, faculty, staff alumni and friends cheering on the Profs. Rowan offers seven major Division III teams for men and nine for women. We take tremendous pride in cultivating student athletes who are committed to their studies and their teams. Those student-athletes are winners on and off the field, maintaining high academic averages in diverse majors and earning team and individual awards in their sports.
5. Seizing opportunities
Rowan students have scores of chances to learn about their world— and their place in it—through service trips, study abroad opportunities, and research trips in their areas of study. Rowan professors have recently traveled abroad with students enrolled in classes on international terrorism in Ireland, nutrition in Italy, marketing in Japan, education in India, and European his- tory in Prague, Munich, Budapest and Krakow. Alongside researchers in Chile, undergraduates have studied the remains of humans who walked the earth some 3,000 years ago. With Engineers Without Borders, students have most recently worked to bring clean drinking water to a town in India. And by applying for—and landing—prestigious national and international scholarships, such as Fulbright and Boren awards, students have taught and studied in a host of countries, including Greece, Kosovo, South Africa, Thailand, Germany, Pakistan, and Tanzania, among others.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 9 (November 2019).
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