New Jersey Colleges

New Jersey Colleges

New Jersey Schools – Overview

Few states have as high a concentration of colleges and universities as the state of New Jersey. This is both a consequence of New Jersey’s long and historic past as a colony and then a state, and its high population density. New Jersey ranks first in the nation for population density, with over 8 million individuals calling the relatively small Northeastern state home, the “Liberty and Prosperity” state attracts both the best and the brightest that this nation offers, while providing a copious amount of educational options for in-state students as well. Prospective students who are interested in New Jersey schools will be met with a wide variety of public and private schools, as well as many religious-based schools and several technical schools for career-ready students.

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There are 66 colleges and universities that are currently recognized by New Jersey’s accrediting body, the Commission on Higher Education. This includes eight for-profit schools, three public research institutions, eight state colleges and universities, and 14 private post-secondary schools. There are also 19 community colleges and 14 religious schools. All of these schools are accredited, with degree offerings ranging from Associate’s to Doctoral degrees, and some certificate and endorsement programs available.

The state’s public institutions are highly ranked both regionally and nationally, with many specialized degree programs that rank nationally and regionally as well. The three public research universities in the state are: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rowan University. The state colleges and universities are: The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State College, and William Paterson University. Of these, Rutgers University is undoubtedly the most well-known and the highest ranked. Split into three separate campuses, each with different tuition rates, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey operates out of Camden, New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey. Each of these campuses also ranks separately on U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings. The Camden campus ranks at #36 among Regional Universities (North), while the New Brunswick and Newark campuses each rank nationally: New Brunswick at #72, and Newark at #140.

Most of the other public schools in New Jersey also rank well regionally. Rowan University, one of the other two public research universities, is comfortably placed at #19 for regional universities, and Ramapo College of New Jersey is placed at #26. William Paterson University of New Jersey and Stockton University also rank nationally, at #104 and #53, respectively. Montclair university meanwhile is tied at #34 among regional universities. The last public research university, New Jersey Institute of Technology, is well placed among its peers at #140 among National Universities. Interestingly, the New Jersey Institute of Technology has the highest in-state tuition rate, at just under $16,000, despite being lower ranked than the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus (~$14,000 in-state tuition), and being tied with the Rutgers University Newark campus (~$14,000). Except for Rowan University, each of the state’s public research universities has a similar out-of-state tuition cost, at around $29,000 each. Rowan presents a bargain among these at ~$21,000 in annual tuition costs.

Several of the private institutions in New Jersey are world-renowned. The historic and trend-setting Princeton University was founded in 1746, and ranks impressively at #1 among national universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings. Indeed, this makes Princeton the best in the nation for all colleges. While this does not mean the school is

the best at everything, it does mean that a degree from Princeton will pay off much more than at most other universities. Understandably, acceptance into Princeton is not easy. The school has a 7.4% acceptance rate, and an annual tuition of over $43,000. That tuition rate is slightly misleading, however. Princeton has an impressively high endowment of $22.7 billion, making the school’s endowment larger than the gross domestic product of slightly less than half of the world’s countries (and indeed, would place Princeton at #104, above Cyprus and below El Salvador). Most students who are accepted into the school receive some sort of tuition assistance. Most students middle-income and below students who are accepted attain 100% payment on their tuition from the school. This means that the actual average annual cost for students who receive federal financial aid is around $8,000, putting the school at well below the national average for tuition rates.

Students interested in New Jersey should consider that the state is in the Northeast, where most colleges and universities cost around or more than the national average, including the public institutions. Fortunately, most colleges in the state, including the community colleges, boast of post-graduation salaries that average at or above the national average, including the community colleges.

Traditional Colleges in New Jersey

Berkeley College

Bloomfield College

Caldwell College

Centenary College

College of New Jersey

College of St. Elizabeth

Drew University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Georgian Court University

Kean University

Monmouth University

Montclair State University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Princeton University

Ramapo College

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Rider University

Rowan University

Rutgers University

Seton Hall University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Community Colleges – New Jersey

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Assumption College for Sisters

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  • Address – 350 Bernardsville Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945
  • Phone – (973) 543-6528

Atlantic Cape Community College

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  • Address – 5100 E Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
  • Phone – (609) 625-1111

Bergen Community College

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  • Address – 400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652
  • Phone – (201) 447-7100

Brookdale Community College

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  • Address – 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
  • Phone – (732) 224-2345

Burlington County College

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  • Address – 1536, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd, Pemberton, NJ 08068
  • Phone – (856) 222-9311

Camden County College

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  • Address – 200 College Dr, Blackwood, NJ 08012
  • Phone – (856) 227-7200

County College of Morris

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  • Address – 214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, NJ 07869
  • Phone – (973) 328-5000

Cumberland County College

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  • Address – 3322 College Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360
  • Phone – (856) 691-8600

Essex County College

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  • Address – 303 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102
  • Phone – (973) 877-3000

Gloucester County College

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  • Address – 1400 Tanyard Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080
  • Phone – (856) 468-5000

Hudson County Community College

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  • Address – 70 Sip Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
  • Phone – (201) 714-7100

Mercer County Community College

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  • Address – 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550
  • Phone – (609) 586-4800

Middlesex County College

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  • Address – 155 Mill Rd, Edison, NJ 08837
  • Phone – (732) 548-6000

Ocean County College

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  • Address – 1 College Dr, Toms River, NJ 08754
  • Phone – (732) 255-0400

Passaic County Community College

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  • Address – 1 College Blvd, Paterson, NJ 07505
  • Phone – (973) 684-6100

Raritan Valley Community College

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  • Address – 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876
  • Phone – (908) 526-1200

Salem Community College

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  • Address – 460 Hollywood Ave, Penns Grove, NJ 08069
  • Phone – (856) 299-2100

Sussex County Community College

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  • Address – 1 College Hill Rd, Newton, NJ 07860
  • Phone – (973) 300-2100

Union County College

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  • Address – 1033 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
  • Phone – (908) 709-7000

Warren County Community College

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  • Address – 475 NJ-57, Washington, NJ 07882
  • Phone – (908) 835-9222

Trade, Career And Vocational Schools – New Jersey

jersey shore


Berkeley College


Pennco Tech

Anthem Institute

Harris School of Business

Prism Career Institute

Strayer University

Cherry Hill

Dover Business College


Dover Business College


Lincoln Technical Institute

PC Age Career Institute


Prism Career Institute

Egg Harbor Township

Divers Academy International


Harris School


Jersey City

Anthem Institute

University of Phoenix

Lincoln Technical Institute


Harris School of Business



CDM Institute

Melrose Park

Lincoln Tech

Berkeley College


Lincoln Technical Institute

Mount Laurel

Anthem Institute

DeVry University

Keller Graduate School of Management

North Brunswick

Dover Business College

Lincoln Technical Institute


Anthem Institute



Omega Institute

Saddle Brook

Helma Institute

Central Career School

Everest Institute

South Plainfield

Berdan Institute



Berdan Institute


Harris School

National Massage Therapy Institute


Advantage Career Institute

West Long Branch

Berdan Institute

CDM Institute


CDM Institute


Lincoln Technical Institute


West Paterson

Berkeley College


Strayer University

Online Degrees and Programs In New Jersey

Most of New Jersey’s colleges and universities have made way online learning in their schools. As a result, almost all of the schools in the state offer some form of online degree programs and certificate programs. Prospective students interested in the online programs within the state will find that many of the best ranked programs are also at some of the state’s highest ranked schools. This includes both public and private institutions, as well as the state’s handful of community colleges. Among the top programs in the state are those found at Rowan University, Caldwell University, Saint Peter’s University, Seton Hall University, Thomas Edison State College and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a whole, however, New Jersey’s students do not take onlie courses in any significant portion. As of 2012, only 7.4% of the students enrolled in Title IV institutions were taking fully-online courses. Because the state’s schools are also more expensive than in most other places in the country, programs that do exist are more expensive per-credit. The most affordable programs can be found at Thomas Edison State College ($407 per credit), Rowan University ($436 per credit), Saint Peter’s University ($500 per credit) and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus ($946 per credit).

In general, the top colleges in the state are well behind most other states in offering valuable online degree programs. New Jersey’s community colleges do offer many online programs across each of the colleges. This is coordinated through the New Jersey Distance Education Affinity Group. Rowan University, where the best online degree programs can be found among the state’s public universities, offers 39 programs of various sorts for students interested in taking their learning online. This includes four Bachelor’s degrees, 13 Master’s degrees and 5 Doctoral degrees (all of which are in education). The remainder of the programs are certificates, endorsements and post-baccalaureate degrees. Most of the other degree programs available at the top-ranked schools are extremely limited. Some, such as Seton Hall University, only offer a handful of Master’s degree programs online. Others, such as Saint Peter’s University, offer online one.