Rutgers merging with UMDNJ, Rowan University

July 1, 2013 5:11:56 AM PDT
Rutgers University is adding two medical schools, Rowan is becoming a research university and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is dissolving.

All those changes become official Monday as a reorganization of public higher education in New Jersey takes effect.

Ceremonies are scheduled at various universities to mark the transition. Among the festivities planned is a ringing of the Old Queens Bell, a part of Rutgers tradition.

The change is intended to clear the way for Rutgers to become a major center for medical sciences research and grow the number of seats in universities in New Jersey.