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November 20, 2012
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Park Ridge, Ill.- The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced
unanimous approval today for Rutgers University to join the Big Ten Conference, with
competition to begin in all sports at a date to be determined. Rutgers University
also looks forward to joining the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a
consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their
academic missions.

"The Big Ten includes America's most highly regarded academic institutions, known
for both their athletic success and academic achievement," said Rutgers President
Robert Barchi. "This is exactly the right conference for Rutgers. Our university is
one of the nation's leading research universities and our student-athletes excel in
the classroom and on the playing field."

"On behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, I am pleased to
welcome Rutgers University to the Big Ten Conference," said COP/C Chair and
University of Iowa President Sally Mason. "When considering the full spectrum of
academic, athletic and research prowess, Rutgers clearly makes for a perfect fit as
one of the premier public land-grant institutions on the East Coast. We are excited
to welcome them within our ranks, and look forward to collaboration and competition
with yet another great Big Ten university."

"This is a historic day for Rutgers University," said Rutgers Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. "It is an honor to join such a prestigious
conference and begin our partnership with the outstanding institutions in the Big
Ten. There is no finer conference in the nation that combines top-notch academics
and athletics."
In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit
a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big
Ten COP/C.  Rutgers University formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten
Conference on Tuesday. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and
unanimously approved Rutgers' application.

"The Big Ten Conference is pleased to announce that Rutgers University will soon
join the conference family," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "The
additions of Rutgers and the University of Maryland further expand the Big Ten's
footprint while helping solidify our presence on the East Coast. Both institutions
feature a combination of academic and athletic excellence and will prove a great fit
for our future."

About Rutgers University:  Established in 1766, Rutgers is America's eighth oldest
institution of higher learning and one of the nation's premier public research
universities. Serving nearly 60,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New
Brunswick, Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in the
prestigious Association of American Universities. Rutgers is the sole university in
the United States that is a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a public
university. The university draws on a storied legacy of innovation and strong ties
to a complex and diverse state to serve the public through education, research, and
community engagement.

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