William Paterson University Of New Jersey

William Paterson University Of New Jersey

William Paterson University is a public university located in Wayne, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. It was established in 1855. The campus is spread across an area of over 350 wooded acres in northeast New Jersey. The university enrolls more than 10,000 students every year. William Paterson University offers an array of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Arts and Communication
  • Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business
  • Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science and Health

William Paterson University fields more than 10 intercollegiate sports teams in the NCAA Division III. The sports teams are nicknamed the Pioneers. Some of the notable alumni of this university are Wendy Coakley-Thompson, writer of 'Back to Life'; Rod Daniels, anchorman for WBAL-TV Channel 11 in Baltimore; and Tom Fitzgerald, journalist and Emmy award winner.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne , NJ 07470
General Phone: (973) 720-2000

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William Paterson University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts500Latin American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, geography, ...
Business and Management323business management, accounting, sales
Education and Teaching260educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Therapy and Counseling239psychology, clinical psychology, communication disorders, community health services
Media201communication studies, mass communication
Nursing and Emergency Medicine114registered nursing
Art Studies73visual and performing arts, art studies
Science67biology, biotechnology, chemistry
Music51music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering24computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4exercise science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for William Paterson University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,59732
Master's degree30518

William Paterson University Student Body

In 2007-2008, William Paterson University had a total enrollment of 10,443 students (9,051 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 90%
Part-Time 10%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 11%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 25%
22-24 24%
25-29 13%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey97%
New York1%

William Paterson University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 67 %

William Paterson University Room and Board (2007)

William Paterson University offers campus housing for 2,620 of its 9,051 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Wayne, New Jersey for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Jersey Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

William Paterson University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440520
SAT Math450540

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

William Paterson University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,492
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,050
Room and board $ 9,990
Room charge $ 6,640
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,210
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 2,300

Financial Aid:
William Paterson University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 262500)

William Paterson University Faculty

William Paterson University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4654
Non-tenured and not on tenure track25

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year86$114,51755$112,106
Associate professoracademic year60$90,20847$89,546
Assistant professoracademic year50$72,20863$72,187
Instructoracademic year5$67,07113$61,941
All faculty totalacademic year201$95,555178$88,357

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

William Paterson University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New Jersey Athletic Conference
Basketball New Jersey Athletic Conference
Baseball New Jersey Athletic Conference

William Paterson University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Psychology, General

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