Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center

Rutgers University–Newark has a rich history of students and alumni taking action on impactful social issues. The Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center was created to support the contributions being made by alumni and enhance their presence in the community at large. It is a place to reunite with friends, former classmates, and professors to engage in critical conversations about issues that are important to the university community and the city of Newark. If you’re planning a campus visit and are looking for a physical place to call home, gather, recharge, brainstorm, and take action, you’ve found it.


Located near the Newark Museum in the city’s historic James Street Commons neighborhood, this beautifully refurbished 19th-century building was designed by William Halsey Wood, an architect much-admired for churches and homes in the region. Joseph Fewsmith, a surgeon and long-time Newark resident, was the first occupant.

The Alumni Center is among many James Street Commons buildings that have been preserved and given new life, conveying a rich cultural heritage. Its revival is a powerful example of Rutgers–Newark’s deepening connection to alumni and to the greater Newark community.

Visitor Resources

Rutgers–Newark graduates and visitors should feel empowered to participate in conversations that affect alumni, the university community, and the city. Designed to support you in whatever ways you find meaningful, the Alumni Center enables you to take part in a growing number of programs, from Community Engagement Day to lunch-and-learns with faculty. Professional staff members are located within the center to assist you, answer your questions, and facilitate your discussions.

Free Wi-Fi, coffee, and a water cooler are available, along with comfortable areas for relaxing and reminiscing. The building is wheelchair accessible.

The alumni center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. If you need help in planning your visit to the alumni center, please email

Meeting Space

The Alumni Center offers meeting and interactive spaces to accommodate a wide variety of functions, including board meetings, alumni meetings, informal conversations, one‐on‐one mentoring sessions, and much more.

Please email to schedule meeting times for your alumni group or community activity.

The conference room includes a screen and projector for presentations. Please contact alumni center staff for more information.

Contact the Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center

Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center
72 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102


The alumni center located across from the Newark Museum on Washington Street in downtown Newark. This campus map will help you plan your visit.

Other Spaces Dedicated to Rutgers Alumni

The Rutgers Alumni House at Van Nest Hall and the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni House welcome visits from all Rutgers alumni.