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
163
Total Enrollment in all institutes
429,548
Number of Public Educational Institutes
37
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
80
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
45
Graduation Rate
13.58%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
19,161
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
151

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in New Jersey
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew Brunswick50,254Four or more years$14,974361
Montclair State UniversityMontclair21,115Four or more years$12,790162
Rowan UniversityGlassboro19,465Four or more years$13,697123
Kean UniversityUnion14,056Four or more years$12,34885
Rutgers University-NewarkNewark13,451Four or more years$14,40994
Bergen Community CollegeParamus13,352At least 2 but less than 4 years$8,15467
Brookdale Community CollegeLincroft11,856At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,96354
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark11,423Four or more years$17,338105
Thomas Edison State UniversityTrenton10,934Four or more years$7,51968
Middlesex County CollegeEdison10,894At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,03278
William Paterson University of New JerseyWayne10,198Four or more years$13,06087
Seton Hall UniversitySouth Orange10,162Four or more years$42,170117
Camden County CollegeBlackwood9,675At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,440109
Stockton UniversityGalloway9,621Four or more years$13,73952
Union County CollegeCranford9,412At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,28059

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/