Best colleges in New Jersey

Higher Education Along the Jersey Shore

Small in size but big in college education

New Jersey is home to 66 higher education institutions, including research universities, 8 state colleges, and 14 private schools. Home to one prestigious Ivy League school, New Jersey was the first to open a university prior to the American Revolution. This is where the serious students go, as there is a wide array of technological and medical schools, along with a lot of regal history rooted in New Jersey education. Popular majors include science, technology, elementary education, and business administration. Graduates go on to work at great corporations like Atlantic Aircraft, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Buy Buy Baby, and Mutual Benefit Life Insurance.

There are plenty of ways to kick up your heels on the weekends in New Jersey. With cherry blossoms, lakes, and a multitude of beaches to enjoy, New Jersey is home to popular hot spots like Atlantic City and Asbury Park. Take a jaunt on a few campuses for some amazing history, and stop in at one of many award-winning wineries. Be sure to stop by the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell or the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington for great drinks and plenty of company. New Jersey is always guaranteed to deliver on great times and great education. www.nj.gov Wikipedia, "Companies_based_in_New Jersey" http://newyork.cbslocal.com/guide/new-jerseys-5-best-craft-beer-bars/

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Best Four Year Universities in New Jersey

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
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Princeton University is a private university founded in 1746 in the suburban college town of Princeton, New Jersey. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of just over 5,000 students who attend classes on a 600-acre campus. Princeton is one of the “Big Three” Ivy League institutions and conducts classes on a semester-based academic calendar with tuition and fees for students totaling over $52,000.

Princeton is known for its unique residential living system that groups students into what has been colloquially called “eating clubs,” or dorms that have a central kitchen for the residents to frequent as a collective. There are also over 500 student groups and clubs including a university radio station, student-run newspaper, and a storied Princeton Tiger’s athletic program. 

Princeton has a rich academic network and has graduated Supreme Court Justices, Fortune 500 billionaires, and multiple Secretaries of Defense. The university boasts a massive $26 billion-dollar endowment that translates to a $2 billion annual budget that sustains this globally recognized and affluent center for learning. Notable alumni include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former President James Madison, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Stevens Institute of Technology offers 164 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,895 students graduated with students earning 1,624 Master's degrees, 760 Bachelor's degrees, 458 Certificates, and 53 Doctoral degrees.

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Rutgers University is a public land-grant research university founded in 1766, with a current undergraduate enrollment of roughly 35,000. The university is the second-oldest institution of higher education in New Jersey and, with campuses in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, is the largest university in the state. Rutgers’ tuition and fees for in-state students are less than half the cost of those for out-of-state students, making it an affordable option for NJ residents. 

Rutgers has a variety of extracurricular opportunities for students including a study abroad office that offers programs in over 50 different countries. Beyond academics, Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights athletic teams compete in the BIG10, and enjoys a local football rivalry with Princeton. Rutgers University is made up of 175 academic departments including competitive medical, dental, and English programs. 

The main university campus is in a suburban setting and sprawls over 2,500 acres. Classes follow a semester-based academic calendar and the current student-faculty ratio at Rutgers is 16:1, which is low for a large state institution. Rutgers students get to enjoy a vibrant food and bar scene in New Brunswick and are only a train ride away from both New York City and Philadelphia. Notable alumni include U.S. Women’s National Team player Carli Lloyd, actor James Gandolfini, and American economist, Milton Friedman

The College of New Jersey offers 83 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,108 students graduated with students earning 1,685 Bachelor's degrees, 326 Master's degrees, and 97 Certificates.

Drew University
Madison, NJ

Drew University offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 461 students graduated with students earning 345 Bachelor's degrees, 70 Master's degrees, 44 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates.

New Jersey Institute of Technology offers 132 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,886 students graduated with students earning 1,640 Bachelor's degrees, 1,101 Master's degrees, 89 Certificates, and 56 Doctoral degrees.

Rutgers University-Newark offers 109 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 3,317 students graduated with students earning 1,775 Bachelor's degrees, 1,249 Master's degrees, and 293 Doctoral degrees.

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers 60 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,544 students graduated with students earning 1,305 Bachelor's degrees, and 239 Master's degrees.

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University offers 138 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,744 students graduated with students earning 1,375 Bachelor's degrees, 988 Master's degrees, 299 Doctoral degrees, and 82 Certificates.

Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Stockton University offers 55 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 2,323 students graduated with students earning 1,989 Bachelor's degrees, 274 Master's degrees, 45 Doctoral degrees, and 15 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in New Jersey

Assumption College for Sisters offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 10 students graduated with students earning 7 Associate's degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Jersey College
Teterboro, NJ

Jersey College offers 2 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,036 students graduated with students earning 639 Associate's degrees, and 397 Certificates.

Eastwick College-Nutley offers 12 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 238 students graduated with students earning 122 Certificates, and 116 Associate's degrees.

Eastwick College-Hackensack offers 14 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 163 students graduated with students earning 92 Certificates, and 71 Associate's degrees.

Salem Community College
Carneys Point, NJ

Salem Community College offers 38 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 218 students graduated with students earning 181 Associate's degrees, and 37 Certificates.

County College of Morris offers 48 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,343 students graduated with students earning 1,258 Associate's degrees, and 85 Certificates.

Warren County Community College offers 32 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2019, 229 students graduated with students earning 229 Associate's degrees.

Union County College
Cranford, NJ

Union County College offers 69 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,697 students graduated with students earning 1,623 Associate's degrees, and 74 Certificates.

Cumberland County College offers 53 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 724 students graduated with students earning 560 Associate's degrees, and 164 Certificates.

Raritan Valley Community College offers 82 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 1,195 students graduated with students earning 1,096 Associate's degrees, and 99 Certificates.

List of all colleges in New Jersey

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Princeton University Logo Princeton University Princeton, NJ
5/5
9 : 1 8,419
Stevens Institute of Technology Logo Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
5/5
24 : 1 7,283
Healthcare Training Institute Logo Healthcare Training Institute Union, NJ     40
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Logo Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
4/5
22 : 1 50,173
The College of New Jersey Logo The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
4/5
21 : 1 7,821
Drew University Logo Drew University Madison, NJ
5/5
17 : 1 2,319
New Jersey Institute of Technology Logo New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
4/5
26 : 1 11,518
Rutgers University-Newark Logo Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ
3/5
23 : 1 13,605
Ramapo College of New Jersey Logo Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
3/5
28 : 1 6,142
Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
5/5
21 : 1 10,219
Stockton University Logo Stockton University Galloway, NJ
3/5
28 : 1 9,934
Monmouth University Logo Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
5/5
19 : 1 5,953
Rider University Logo Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
5/5
23 : 1 4,674
Yeshivas Be'er Yitzchok Logo Yeshivas Be'er Yitzchok Elizabeth, NJ
3/5
12 : 1 62
Rutgers University-Camden Logo Rutgers University-Camden Camden, NJ
4/5
23 : 1 7,233
Teterboro School of Aeronautics Logo Teterboro School of Aeronautics Teterboro, NJ     182
Rowan University Logo Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
3/5
33 : 1 19,618
Saint Peter's University Logo Saint Peter's University Jersey City, NJ
5/5
28 : 1 3,233
Montclair State University Logo Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
3/5
33 : 1 21,007
Yeshiva Gedolah Shaarei Shmuel Logo Yeshiva Gedolah Shaarei Shmuel Lakewood, NJ
3/5
45 : 1 90

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