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The Garden State is home to some top-tier colleges and universities that contend with schools across the country. No matter what size campus or type of housing your teen’s looking for, there are so many options in NJ. But where should she go? Does she want a big school? Is she likely to be accepted? Is it affordable? In many cases, she can get discounted in-state tuition. We’ve rounded up a list of colleges and universities and found the stats (see pg. 98 for an explanation of the numbers) that’ll help with your search.

BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE
Bloomfield
Private
Annual tuition: $30,310
Room and board: $12,300-13,700
Undergrad enrollment: 1,839
Acceptance rate: 64 percent
Graduation rate: 13 percent
Retention rate: 63 percent
Fun fact: Bloomfield offers a 25 percent tuition discount to Wakefern (the company that owns Shoprite) employees and their dependents.

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY
Caldwell
Private
Annual tuition: $33,990
Room and board: $12,415
Undergrad enrollment: 1,603
Acceptance rate: 64 percent
Graduation rate: 45 percent
Retention rate: 84 percent
Fun fact: The university’s doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the first of its kind in the state.

CENTENARY UNIVERSITY
Hackettstown
Private
Annual tuition: $32,572
Room and board: $7,910 (no meal plan), $11,788 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 1,369
Acceptance rate: 87 percent
Graduation rate: 51 percent
Retention rate: 78 percent
Fun fact: Centenary offers a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies.

COLLEGE OF SAINT ELIZABETH
Morristown
Private
Annual tuition: $32,250
Room and board: $12,744 (no meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 757
Acceptance rate: 65 percent
Graduation rate: 33 percent
Retention rate: 68 percent
Fun fact: CSE went coed in fall 2016, which is why applications doubled that semester.

DREW UNIVERSITY
Madison
Private
Annual tuition: $38,668
Room and board: $14,672
Undergrad enrollment: 1,537
Acceptance rate: 63 percent
Graduation rate: 59 percent
Retention rate: 85 percent
Fun fact: Drew lowered tuition costs by 20 percent back to its 2010 rate last year.

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY (FLORHAM CAMPUS)
Madison
Private
Annual tuition: $42,096
Room and board: $10,896-21,722
Undergrad enrollment: 2,747
Acceptance rate: 84 percent
Graduation rate: 39 percent
Retention rate: 81 percent
Fun fact: The campus landscape was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City’s Central Park.

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY (METROPOLITAN CAMPUS)
Teaneck
Private
Annual tuition: $39,686
Room and board: $10,854-20,982
Undergrad enrollment: 5,467
Acceptance rate: 88 percent
Graduation rate: 30 percent
Retention rate: 74 percent
Fun fact: FDU has sister campuses in Canada and England.

FELICIAN UNIVERSITY
Lodi and Rutherford
Private
Annual tuition: $32,550
Room and board: $11,710-20,680
Undergrad enrollment: 1,626
Acceptance rate: 79 percent
Graduation rate: 26 percent
Retention rate: 76 percent
Fun fact: Felician is the only Franciscan university in NJ.

GEORGIAN COURT UNIVERSITY
Lakewood
Private
Annual tuition: $32,050
Room and board: $11,200-14,000
Undergrad enrollment: 1,613
Acceptance rate: 69 percent
Graduation rate: 28 percent
Retention rate: 72 percent
Fun fact: Georgian Court was built on the former estate of railroad tycoon George Jay Gould.

KEAN UNIVERSITY
Union
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $12,347.50
Room and board: $14,470 (no meal plan), $18,414 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 11,984
Acceptance rate: 82 percent
Graduation rate: 22 percent
Retention rate: 76 percent
Fun fact: Campus is home to the Liberty Hall Museum, a historic landmark chock-full of
artifacts from the American Revolution.

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
West Long Branch
Private
Annual tuition: $38,880
Room and board: $14,520
Undergrad enrollment: 4,706
Acceptance rate: 74 percent
Graduation rate: 57 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.

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
Montclair
Public
Annual in-state tuition: $13,073
Room and board: $10,992-17,486
Undergrad enrollment: 16,852
Acceptance rate: 71 percent
Graduation rate: 42 percent
Retention rate: 80 percent
Fun fact: Montclair was the first NJ state school to offer master’s degrees.

NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY
Jersey City
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $12,051.60
Room and board: $7,726.80-10,874.20 (no meal plan), $12,138.10-15,885.50 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 6,508
Acceptance rate: 92 percent
Graduation rate: 13 percent
Retention rate: 77 percent
Fun fact: NJCU was initially founded in 1927 as a training school for teachers.

NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Newark
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $17,338
Room and board: $13,600
Undergrad enrollment: 8,483
Acceptance rate: 61 percent
Graduation rate: 28 percent
Retention rate: 84 percent
Fun fact: Ninety-eight percent of faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Princeton
Private
Annual tuition: $51,870
Room and board: $27,020
Undergrad enrollment: 5,394
Acceptance rate: 6 percent
Graduation rate: 89 percent
Retention rate: 98 percent
Fun fact: Eighty-two percent of recent seniors graduated 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.

RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
Mahwah
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $14,374.40
Room and board: $11,940 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 5,618
Acceptance rate: 57 percent
Graduation rate: 60 percent
Retention rate: 86 percent
Fun fact: Ramapo is the smallest public college in New Jersey.

RIDER UNIVERSITY
Lawrenceville
Private
Annual tuition: $43,720
Room and board: $10,020-13,280 (no meal plan), $15,390-18,810 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 4,094
Acceptance rate: 67 percent
Graduation rate: 55 percent
Retention rate: 80 percent
Fun fact: Founded in 1865 as Trenton Business College, Rider was established to train leaders in the industrialized post-Civil War economy.

ROWAN UNIVERSITY
Glassboro
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $14,000
Room and board: $14,603
Undergrad enrollment: 15,401
Acceptance rate: 69 percent
Graduation rate: 48 percent
Retention rate: 85 percent
Fun fact: Since its founding in 1923, Rowan evolved from a teacher’s college to a regional university.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (CAMDEN)
Camden
Public
Annual in-state tuition: $11,999
Room and board: $13,450
Undergrad enrollment: 5,489
Acceptance rate: 69 percent
Graduation rate: 25 percent
Retention rate: 88 percent
Fun fact: Rutgers-Camden is New Jersey’s first and only Purple Heart University thanks to its service to military veterans.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (NEWARK)
Newark
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $14,409
Room and board: $13,536 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 8,551
Acceptance rate: 64 percent
Graduation rate: 37 percent
Retention rate: 84 percent
Fun fact: Rutgers-Newark was recently rated the most diverse campus in the country by US News and World Report.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (NEW BRUNSWICK)
New Brunswick
Public
Annual in-state tuition: $11,886
Room and board: $12,706
Undergrad enrollment: 35,641
Acceptance rate: 58 percent
Graduation rate: 60 percent
Retention rate: 94 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, made up of 14 US research universities.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
Jersey City
Private
Annual tuition: $36,386
Room and board: $9,902-13,524
Undergrad enrollment: 2,637
Acceptance rate: 91 percent
Graduation rate: 38 percent
Retention rate: 82 percent
Fun fact: Saint Peter’s is the only Jesuit college or university in NJ.

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
South Orange
Private
Annual tuition: $41,460
Room and board: $10,084-23,024
Undergrad enrollment: 5,969
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.

STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Hoboken
Private
Annual tuition and fees: $54,014
Room and board: $15,770
Undergrad enrollment: 3,123
Acceptance rate: 44 percent
Graduation rate: 42 percent
Retention rate: 94 percent
Fun fact: Ninety-six percent of the 2018 graduating class landed jobs or grad school acceptances within six months of graduation.

STOCKTON UNIVERSITY
Galloway
Public
Annual in-state tuition: $13,979
Room and board: $8,276 (no meal plan), $12,326 (meal plan)
Undergrad enrollment: 8,275
Acceptance rate: 82 percent
Graduation rate: 54 percent
Retention rate: 87 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.

THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY (TCNJ)
Ewing
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,571.20
Room and board: $13,536
Undergrad enrollment: 6,955
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.

WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY
Wayne
Public
Annual in-state tuition and fees: $13,060
Room and board: $6,790-9,380 (no meal plan), $10,770-14,922 (meal plan)
Enrollment: 8,838
Acceptance rate: 92 percent
Graduation rate: 27 percent
Retention rate: 77 percent
Fun fact: William Paterson is the third oldest public institution in the state.

Tuition, room and board costs and fun fact information was obtained from the most recent school data published on the colleges and universities’ websites. All enrollment, acceptance, graduation and retention stats were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov). Graduation rate reflects the percentage of full-time bachelor’s students who began in fall 2011 and graduated in four years. Retention rate reflects the percentage of first-year students who began their studies in fall 2016 and returned in fall 2017.