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 college experience she’s seeking, 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 top pick affordable? At public NJ colleges, 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: $29,950
• Room and board: $11,950
• Undergrad enrollment: 1,995
• Acceptance rate: 64 percent
• Graduation rate: 13 percent
• Retention rate: 65 percent
• Fun fact: Bloomfield offers the lowest full-time tuition rate for a private four-year college in all of NJ.

2. Caldwell University

Caldwell, caldwell.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $32,990
• Room and board: $12,025-14,750
• Undergrad enrollment: 1,637
• Acceptance rate: 64 percent
• Graduation rate: 45 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: $32,092  
• Room and board: $11,444
• Undergrad enrollment: 1,518
Acceptance rate: 87 percent
Graduation rate: 51 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: 65 percent
 Graduation rate: 33 percent
• Retention rate: 56 percent
• Fun fact: A new four-year Bachelor of Science pre-licensure program in Nursing is slated to launch in Fall 2018.

5. Drew University

Madison, drew.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $38,688
• Room and board: $14,108
• Undergrad enrollment: 1,521
Acceptance rate: 63 percent
• Graduation rate: 59 percent
• Retention rate: 87 percent
• Fun fact: Tuition lower than you expected? Drew is rolling back costs 20 percent in Fall 2018, resetting the tuition to what it was in Fall 2010.

6. Fairleigh Dickinson University (Florham Campus)

Madison, fdu.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $44,145
• Room and board: $13,824
• Undergrad enrollment: 2,513
• Acceptance rate: 84 percent
• Graduation rate: 39 percent
• Retention rate: 78 percent
• Fun fact: The campus landscape was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer behind New York City’s Central Park.

7. Fairleigh Dickinson University (Metropolitan Campus)

Teaneck, fdu.edu
Private

Annual tuition: $41,811
 Room and board: $13,824
• Undergrad enrollment: 5,357
• Acceptance rate: 88 percent
• Graduation rate: 30 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: $5,625-9,935
 Undergrad enrollment: 1,648
 Acceptance rate: 79 percent
• Graduation rate: 26 percent
• Retention rate: 84 percent
• Fun fact: This is the only Franciscan university in NJ.

 

9. Georgian Court University

Lakewood, georgian.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $31,416
Room and board: $10,808
• Undergrad enrollment: 1,591
 Acceptance rate: 69 percent
• Graduation rate: 28 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: $12,347.50
Room and board: $13,513
• Undergrad enrollment: 11,812
• Acceptance rate: 82 percent
 Graduation rate: 22 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.

11. Monmouth University

West Long Branch, monmouth.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $38,538
 Room and board: $11,674-16,802
• Undergrad enrollment: 4,707
• Acceptance rate: 74 percent
• Graduation rate: 57 percent
• Retention rate: 79 percent
• Fun fact: Monmouth is home to five Centers of Distinction, a collection of orgs that promote awareness about community issues, including the Urban Coast Institute (hello, Jersey Shore!)

12. Montclair State University

Montclair, montclair.edu
Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $12,455
 Room and board: $12,946
• Undergrad enrollment: 16,810
 Acceptance rate: 71 percent
• Graduation rate: 42 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: $11,760
• Room and board: $11,835.50-14,903.30
• Undergrad enrollment: 6,663
• Acceptance rate: 92 percent
 Graduation rate: 13 percent
• Retention rate: 78 percent
 Fun fact: NJCU started out as the first teacher’s college with a three-year program in the US.

14. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, njit.edu
Public

• Annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,898
• Room and board: $7,000
• Undergrad enrollment: 8,211
 Acceptance rate: 61 percent
• Graduation rate: 28 percent
• Retention rate: 88 percent
• Fun fact: Ninety-nine percent of faculty hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree attainable in their fields.

15. Princeton University

Princeton, princeton.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $49,330
• Room and board: $16,290
• Undergrad enrollment: 5,400
• Acceptance rate: 6 percent
 Graduation rate: 89 percent
• Retention rate: 98 percent
 Fun fact: Eighty-two percent of 2017 grads completed their studies 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: 57 percent
• Graduation rate: 60 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: $42,120
• Room and board: $15,280-18,700
• Undergrad enrollment: 4,085
• Acceptance rate: 67 percent
• Graduation rate: 55 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: 69 percent
• Graduation rate: 48 percent
• Retention rate: 85 percent
• Fun fact: Rowan’s Chemical Engineering program is ranked third in the country among masters level programs.

PHOTO COURTESY OF Bethany Stofko
 

19. Rutgers University (Camden)

Camden, camden.rutgers.edu
Public

• Annual in-state tuition: $14,970
• Room and board: $13,450
• Undergrad enrollment: 5,003
• Acceptance rate: 57 percent
• Graduation rate: 25 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: $14,085
• Room and board: $13,652
• Undergrad enrollment: 8,170
• Acceptance rate: 64 percent
• Graduation rate: 37 percent
 Retention rate: 83 percent
• Fun fact: Rutgers-Newark boasts 43 premier research centers.

21. Rutgers University (New Brunswick)

Piscataway, newbrunswick.rutgers.edu
Public

Annual in-state tuition: $14,638-16,332 (based on school/major)
• Room and board: $12,452
• Undergrad enrollment: 36,168
 Acceptance rate: 58 percent
• Graduation rate: 60 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: $9,426-15,892
• Undergrad enrollment: 2,672
• Acceptance rate: 91 percent
Graduation rate: 38 percent
• Retention rate: 81 percent
• Fun fact: The only Jesuit college or university in NJ.

23. Seton Hall University

South Orange, shu.edu
Private

• Annual tuition: $39,900
• Room and board: $13,214-22,368
• Undergrad enrollment: 5,956
• Acceptance rate: 73 percent
 Graduation rate: 56 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: $50,370
• Room and board: $14,400-16,150
• Undergrad enrollment: 3,115
• Acceptance rate: 44 percent
• Graduation rate: 42 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: $9,824-15,220
• Undergrad enrollment: 7,854
• Acceptance rate: 82 percent
 Graduation rate: 54 percent
• Retention rate: 86 percent
• Fun fact: The campus is involved with facilities like the Marine Science and Environmental Field Station, the Coastal Research Center and an on-campus outdoor research lab.

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: 48 percent
 Graduation rate: 73 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: $13,060
• Room and board: $10,770-14,922
Enrollment: 9,103
• Acceptance rate: 92 percent
• Graduation rate: 27 percent
• Retention rate: 75 percent
• Fun fact: This is the third oldest public institution in the state.

 

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