New Jersey Colleges by the Numbers

A look at New Jersey's colleges and universities, and why your teen may want to consider staying in state.




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No matter what size school she's looking for, or if she wants to commute or live on campus, she's got options in NJ. The Garden State is home to some top-tier colleges and universities that contend with schools across the country. But where should she go? Does she want a big school? Is she likely to be accepted? Is her school affordable? In many cases, she can get discounted in-state tuition. We’ve rounded up a list of colleges and universities in the state and found the stats that'll help start your search.

1. Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, bloomfield.edu

Private

•  Annual tuition: $29,300

•  Room and board: $11,700-11,900

•  Undergrad enrollment: 1,995

•  Acceptance rate: 62 percent

•  Graduation rate: 31 percent

•  Retention rate: 65 percent

•  Fun fact: Bloomfield offers a 25 percent tuition discount to Wakefern (the company that owns Shoprite) employees and their dependents.

2. Caldwell University

Caldwell, caldwell.edu

Private

•  Annual tuition: $32,250

•  Room and board: $11,710-14,360

•  Undergrad enrollment: 1,637

•  Acceptance rate: 85 percent

•  Graduation rate: 39 percent

•  Retention rate: 77 percent

•  Fun fact: The university's doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the first of its kind in the state.

3. Centenary University

Hackettstown, centenaryuniversity.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $31,156  

• Room and board: $11,110

• Undergrad enrollment: 1,518

• Acceptance rate: 88 percent

• Graduation rate: 46 percent

• Retention rate: 87 percent

• Fun fact: Centenary offers a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies.

4. College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, cse.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $31,000

• Room and board: $12,744

• Undergrad enrollment: 763

• Acceptance rate: 66 percent

• Graduation rate: 40 percent

• Retention rate: 56 percent

• Fun fact: CSE went coed in June 2015, which is why applications for the fall of 2016 doubled.

5. Drew University

Madison, drew.edu

Private

Annual tuition: $46,920

• Room and board: $13,296

• Undergrad enrollment: 1,521

• Acceptance rate: 57 percent

• Graduation rate: 57 percent

• Retention rate: 87 percent

• Fun fact: Drew’s theater program is ranked among the top ten in the country by The Princeton Review.

6. Fairleigh Dickinson University

(Florham Campus)

Madison, fdu.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $40,752

• Room and board: $13,130

• Undergrad enrollment: 2,513

• Acceptance rate: 79 percent

• Graduation rate: 38 percent

• Retention rate: 78 percent

• Fun fact: The campus landscape was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City's Central Park.

7. Fairleigh Dickinson University

(Metropolitan Campus)

Teaneck, fdu.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $38,418

• Room and board: $13,086

• Undergrad enrollment: 5,357

• Acceptance rate: 77 percent

• Graduation rate: 25 percent

• Retention rate: 75 percent

• Fun fact: FDU has sister campuses in Canada and England.

8. Felician University

Lodi and Rutherford, felician.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $31,290

• Room and board: $11,250-19,870

• Undergrad enrollment: 1,648

• Acceptance rate: 79 percent

• Graduation rate: 20 percent

• Retention rate: 84 percent

• Fun fact: Felician is the only Franciscan university in NJ.

9. Georgian Court University

Lakewood, georgian.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $30,800

• Room and board: $10,808

• Undergrad enrollment: 1,591

• Acceptance rate: 74 percent

• Graduation rate: 26 percent

• Retention rate: 85 percent

• Fun fact: Georgian Court was built on the former estate of railroad tycoon George Jay Gould.

10. Kean University

Union, kean.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $12,107

• Room and board: $13,513

• Undergrad enrollment: 11,812

• Acceptance rate: 74 percent

• Graduation rate: 21 percent

• Retention rate: 73 percent

• Fun fact: The campus is home to the Liberty Hall Museum, a historic landmark chock-full of artifacts from the American Revolution.

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11. Monmouth University

West Long Branch, monmouth.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $36,033

• Room and board: $13,451

• Undergrad enrollment: 4,707

• Acceptance rate: 77 percent

• Graduation rate: 55 percent

• Retention rate: 79 percent

• Fun fact: Monmouth was selected by The Princeton Review as a 2016 Green College, thanks to sustainability efforts like constructing energy-efficient buildings.

12. Montclair State University

Montclair, montclair.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $12,455

• Room and board: $12,946-14,894

• Undergrad enrollment: 16,810

• Acceptance rate: 66 percent

• Graduation rate: 39 percent

• Retention rate: 83 percent

 Fun fact: Montclair was the first NJ state school to offer master’s degrees.

13. New Jersey City University

Jersey City, njcu.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $11,762

• Room and board: $11,250-12,350

• Undergrad enrollment: 6,663

 Acceptance rate: 85 percent

• Graduation rate: 7 percent

• Retention rate: 78 percent

• Fun fact: The NY Red Bulls started using NJCU’s newly-renovated soccer field for practice this past summer.

14. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, njit.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,898

• Room and board: $12,008-14,848

• Undergrad enrollment: 8,211

• Acceptance rate: 59 percent

• Graduation rate: 25 percent

• Retention rate: 88 percent

• Fun fact: Ninety-eight percent of faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields.

15. Princeton University

Princeton, princeton.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $47,140

• Room and board: $15,610

• Undergrad enrollment: 5,400

• Acceptance rate: 7 percent

• Graduation rate: 89 percent

• Retention rate: 98 percent

• Fun fact: Eighty-four percent of students completed their studies last year with no debt thanks to Princeton's no-loan policy, which replaces student loans with grant aid that doesn’t need to be paid back.

16. Ramapo College

Mahwah, ramapo.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $14,080

• Room and board: $11,680

• Undergrad enrollment: 5,762

• Acceptance rate: 53 percent

 Graduation rate: 61 percent

• Retention rate: 86 percent

• Fun fact: Ramapo is the smallest public college in New Jersey.

17. Rider University

Lawrenceville and Princeton, rider.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $40,570

• Room and board: $14,700

• Undergrad enrollment: 4,085

• Acceptance rate: 72 percent

• Graduation rate: 58 percent

• Retention rate: 78 percent

• Fun fact: Founded in 1865 as Trenton Business College, Rider was established to train leaders in the industrialized post-Civil War economy.

18. Rowan University

Glassboro, rowan.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $13,422

• Room and board: $12,236

• Undergrad enrollment: 14,345

• Acceptance rate: 71 percent

• Graduation rate: 48 percent

• Retention rate: 85 percent

• Fun fact: Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher's college to a regional university.

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19. Rutgers University

(Camden)

Camden, camden.rutgers.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $10,043-15,207

• Room and board: $8,422-13,586

• Undergrad enrollment: 5,003

• Acceptance rate: 57 percent

• Graduation rate: 27 percent

• Retention rate: 87 percent

• Fun fact: Rutgers-Camden was originally founded in 1926 as South Jersey Law School.

20. Rutgers University

(Newark)

Newark, newark.rutgers.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $14,107

• Room and board: $13,652

• Undergrad enrollment: 8,170

• Acceptance rate: 65 percent

• Graduation rate: 34 percent

• Retention rate: 83 percent

• Fun fact: Rutgers-Newark was recently rated the most diverse campus in the country by US News and World Report.

21. Rutgers University

(New Brunswick)

Piscataway, newbrunswick.rutgers.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $12,202-17,938 (based on school/major)

• Room and board: $10,784-12,982

• Undergrad enrollment: 36,168

• Acceptance rate: 57 percent

• Graduation rate: 59 percent

• Retention rate: 92 percent

• Fun fact: Rutgers-New Brunswick is a member of the Big Ten Conference (the oldest D1 college athletics conference in the country), as well as the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which is made up of 14 research universities throughout the US.

22. Saint Peter’s University

Jersey City, saintpeters.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $35,326

• Room and board: $15,334

• Undergrad enrollment: 2,672

• Acceptance rate: 74 percent

• Graduation rate: 39 percent

 Retention rate: 81 percent

• Fun fact: Saint Peter’s is the only Jesuit college or university in NJ.

23. Seton Hall University

South Orange, shu.edu

Private

• Annual tuition: $38,400

• Room and board: $9,474-22,616

• Undergrad enrollment: 5,956

• Acceptance rate: 67 percent

 Graduation rate: 54 percent

• Retention rate: 85 percent

• Fun fact: International Business Times named Seton Hall one of the top five universities for undergraduate internships thanks to its 17,000+ opportunities.

24. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, stevens.edu

Private

• Annual tuition and fees: $50,725

• Room and board: $14,780

• Undergrad enrollment: 3,115

• Acceptance rate: 39 percent

• Graduation rate: 39 percent

• Retention rate: 95 percent

• Fun fact: Ninety-six percent of the 2016 graduating class landed jobs in their fields within six months of graduation.

25. Stockton University

Galloway, stockton.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $13,403

• Room and board: $10,678-16,256

• Undergrad enrollment: 7,854

• Acceptance rate: 77 percent

• Graduation rate: 50 percent

 Retention rate: 86 percent

• Fun fact: The campus is involved in the surrounding shore landscape with facilities like the Marine Science and Environmental Field Station, Coastal Research Center and an on-campus outdoor research lab.

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26. The College of New Jersey

Ewing, tcnj.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,148

• Room and board: $13,200

• Undergrad enrollment: 6,787

• Acceptance rate: 49 percent

• Graduation rate: 75 percent

• Retention rate: 94 percent

• Fun fact: Housing is guaranteed for two years for new full time, first-year students.

27. William Paterson University

Wayne, wpunj.edu

Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $12,680

• Room and board: $8,770-11,310

Enrollment: 9,103

• Acceptance rate: 76 percent

• Graduation rate: 29 percent

• Retention rate: 75 percent

• Fun fact: William Paterson is the third oldest public institution in the state.

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