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 150 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 2,453 students graduated with students earning 1,342 Master's degrees, 721 Bachelor's degrees, 336 Certificates, and 54 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 97 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 2,063 students graduated with students earning 1,649 Bachelor's degrees, 326 Master's degrees, and 88 Certificates.

New Jersey Institute of Technology offers 124 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 2,854 students graduated with students earning 1,741 Bachelor's degrees, 974 Master's degrees, 85 Certificates, and 54 Doctoral degrees.

Drew University
Madison, NJ

Drew University offers 63 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 527 students graduated with students earning 362 Bachelor's degrees, 122 Master's degrees, 40 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Rutgers University-Newark offers 103 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 3,778 students graduated with students earning 2,234 Bachelor's degrees, 1,256 Master's degrees, and 288 Doctoral degrees.

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers 67 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,576 students graduated with students earning 1,273 Bachelor's degrees, and 303 Master's degrees.

Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Stockton University offers 68 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 2,332 students graduated with students earning 1,991 Bachelor's degrees, 285 Master's degrees, 54 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University offers 128 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 2,492 students graduated with students earning 1,231 Bachelor's degrees, 922 Master's degrees, 276 Doctoral degrees, and 63 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 2020, 11 students graduated with students earning 8 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 2020, 1,036 students graduated with students earning 644 Associate's degrees, and 392 Certificates.

Eastwick College-Nutley offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 184 students graduated with students earning 136 Associate's degrees, and 48 Certificates.

County College of Morris offers 51 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,254 students graduated with students earning 1,244 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates.

Union County College
Cranford, NJ

Union County College offers 61 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,660 students graduated with students earning 1,598 Associate's degrees, and 62 Certificates.

Salem Community College
Carneys Point, NJ

Salem Community College offers 39 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 224 students graduated with students earning 186 Associate's degrees, and 38 Certificates.

Warren County Community College offers 33 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2020, 189 students graduated with students earning 189 Associate's degrees.

Eastwick College-Hackensack offers 15 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 64 students graduated with students earning 42 Associate's degrees, and 22 Certificates.

Cumberland County College offers 46 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 622 students graduated with students earning 505 Associate's degrees, and 117 Certificates.

Sussex County Community College offers 36 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2020, 396 students graduated with students earning 381 Associate's degrees, and 15 Certificates.

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School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Princeton University Logo Princeton University Princeton, NJ
5/5
8 : 1 7,853
Stevens Institute of Technology Logo Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
5/5
24 : 1 7,257
Healthcare Training Institute Logo Healthcare Training Institute Union, NJ     22
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Logo Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
4/5
22 : 1 50,411
The College of New Jersey Logo The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
4/5
21 : 1 7,783