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Douglass College 100th Anniversary

Participation Drive
165 Donors
Towards goal of 100 Donors
$53,980.00 Raised
Project has ended
Project ended on November 02, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Douglass College 100th Anniversary


Thank you so much for being part of our crowdfunding campaign in honor of Douglass’ 100th Anniversary! We are thrilled to announce that thanks to you and other Douglass supporters, we reached 165% of our original project goal, and raised more then $50,000. The project is currently finished, but if you would still like to contribute to Douglass, then please click here


Early in the 20th century, the State of New Jersey offered limited higher education for women. Then the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, active in the women’s rights movement at that time, convinced Mabel Smith Douglass to lead the effort to establish a women’s college as part of Rutgers University. With dedication and persistence, Mrs. Douglass convinced the Rutgers trustees to support the venture. The Federated Women’s Clubs raised funds to support the project. The venture also received revenue from the Smith-Hughes Act, which supported home economics education.


In September 1918, the New Jersey College for Women opened its doors to 54 students, and this September 18, 2018, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of educating Douglass women. As we honor the past, we are invigorated about the future and what the next 100 years will bring.

Douglass – currently 2,600 women strong - is thriving. Building on a legacy of success, the next generation of Douglass women are already exhibiting tremendous achievements. Students are discovering strengths, embracing opportunities, and creating life-long connections. From our vibrant living learning communities – Global Village, Bunting Cobb for Women in STEM, Sophia House –  to our extensive mentoring, research, and academic opportunities, Douglass women are finding their voice and pursuing their passion.

Douglass is an intellectual community for undergraduate women within Rutgers University that inspires its students to learn, lead, and live with conviction, creativity, and critical insight. That’s the Douglass Difference!


We are asking our 39,000+ alumnae, donors, and friends to join us in celebrating the past and empowering the future of Douglass by making a gift to the Douglass Difference Annual Fund. Your financial support will provide much-needed funds for the college's innovative programs and student opportunities. By giving to the Douglass Difference Annual Fund, you empower Douglass students to claim their college education, to establish a place in the world and to pioneer the future. Douglass women are driven, intellectually curious, and ready to make an indelible mark on the world and they need your support.

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Learn. Lead. Live.

Douglass: The Power of 100 Years.


Campus Night

The welcoming of the first year class into the Douglass community. The tug of war, song contest, and "attic poem" started the Douglass journey.


Dad's Day

The springtime invasion of the Douglass Campus by students' dads. The eventful day ended with the Dads and Daughters Dance, strengthening the connection between students/families and the Douglass community.


Yule Log

Beginning in 1918, students celebrated the approaching winter holiday season by lighting candles and singing carols around an illuminated tree and a burning yule log, a cherished memory for all Douglass students.


Sacred Path

Since 1919, the Douglass community gathers at the end of the academic year to celebrate the students moving up a class year. When this tradition started, first year students couldn't walk the "Sacred Path" until the ceremony, when they wore their class colors and received their charm, a memorable moment for any Douglass student.



On Antilles Field, Douglass College celebrates the achievements of graduating students. These students are joined by family, friends and the Douglass community to help send them off as Douglass students and welcome them as Douglass alumnae.


Alumnae Make a Difference

From public service careers to industry-shifting entrepreneurship, Douglass alumnae make a difference for others throughout their lives. Some pursue visible leadership roles and some work relentlessly behind the scenes. Douglass is proud of her alumnae and we hope that alumnae are proud of Douglass, too. Stand with us today and give back to Douglass and help strengthen the women of tomorrow together.