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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
159
Total Enrollment in all institutes
437,104
Number of Public Educational Institutes
37
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
81
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
41
Graduation Rate
12.73%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
18,952
On Campus and Online Programs in New Jersey
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
2
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
10
Number of Institutes Offering both
147
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Colleges and Universities in New Jersey
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesPrograms Offered
Eastwick College-HackensackHackensack263At least 2 but less than 4 years$14,83214
Assumption College for SistersDenville38At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,5442
Atlantic Cape Community CollegeMays Landing5,905At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,29150
Bergen Community CollegeParamus14,519At least 2 but less than 4 years$8,04665
Beth Medrash GovohaLakewood6,523Four or more yearsN/A3
Bloomfield CollegeBloomfield1,996Four or more years$29,30023
Rowan College at Burlington CountyMount Laurel8,586At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,54559
Caldwell UniversityCaldwell2,214Four or more years$33,95045
Camden County CollegeBlackwood10,997At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,440107
Centenary UniversityHackettstown2,203Four or more years$32,58042
Adult and Continuing Education-BCTSHackensack60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
County College of MorrisRandolph8,067At least 2 but less than 4 years$8,58037
Cumberland County CollegeVineland3,148At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,74051
Divers Academy InternationalERIAL30Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Drew UniversityMadison2,129Four or more years$49,46850