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New Jersey Colleges Summary

While New Jersey is home to several of the most prestigious (and highly competitive) colleges and universities in the country, students in the Garden State also have a wide range of solid options for higher education at the many public and private two- and four-year colleges throughout the state.

There are nine state colleges in New Jersey, including the College of New Jersey, William Patterson University and Rowan University. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges has 19 community colleges serving all 21 counties in the state. And there also are 14 independent colleges and universities in New Jersey, as well as nearly 70 career and technical colleges. The State of New Jersey's Office of the Secretary of Higher Education licenses all postsecondary institutions in the state.

Education Initiatives in New Jersey

In 2008, New Jersey established a statewide transfer agreement that guarantees students who complete an associate degree at any community college in the state acceptance as a junior into one of the state's public colleges.

New Jersey is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement through the New England Board of Higher Education. The agreement makes it easier for students in New Jersey to take distance education classes at colleges in other states. And the state's Troops to College program helps veterans transition from the military to colleges or universities in New Jersey.

New Jersey Universities: A Few Highlights

Princeton University, chartered in 1746, is the premier postsecondary institution in the state of New Jersey. Princeton is the fourth-oldest colleges in the U.S. and boasts 26 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and staff. Other premier schools in the state include Rutgers University and Seton Hall University. Rutgers is New Jersey's premier public research university.

Sources:

  • The Report of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education, New Jersey Higher Education Task Force, http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/documents/GovernorsHETaskForceReport.pdf
  • Facts and Figures, Princeton University, https://www.princeton.edu/meet-princeton/facts-figures
  • About, Rutgers University, https://www.rutgers.edu/about

Education Institutes in New Jersey
Total Number of Educational Institutes
164
Total Enrollment in all institutes
437,104
Number of Public Educational Institutes
37
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
86
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
40
Graduation Rate
12.34%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
18,819
On Campus and Online Programs in New Jersey
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
2
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
13
Number of Institutes Offering both
149
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Colleges and Universities in New Jersey
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Eastwick College-HackensackHackensack263At least 2 but less than 4 years13,39012
Assumption College for SistersDenville38At least 2 but less than 4 years5,5442
Atlantic Cape Community CollegeMays Landing5,905At least 2 but less than 4 years5,34047
Bergen Community CollegeParamus14,519At least 2 but less than 4 years6,84063
Beth Medrash GovohaLakewood6,523Four or more years19,8763
Bloomfield CollegeBloomfield1,996Four or more years28,60021
Rowan College at Burlington CountyPemberton8,586At least 2 but less than 4 years3,48059
Caldwell UniversityCaldwell2,214Four or more years31,15052
Camden County CollegeBlackwood10,997At least 2 but less than 4 years3,330104
Centenary UniversityHackettstown2,203Four or more years30,69631
Adult and Continuing Education-BCTSHackensack60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Cooper Health System Center for Allied Health EducationCamdenN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
County College of MorrisRandolph8,067At least 2 but less than 4 years7,38037
Cumberland County CollegeVineland3,148At least 2 but less than 4 years3,84051
Divers Academy InternationalERIAL30Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
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