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West Paterson, New Jersey (NJ) Colleges and Universities

There are 89 mainstream schools within 25 miles of West Paterson, New Jersey. Read about the schools with the closest campuses, highest graduation rates, most students and lowest costs so you can figure out which West Paterson schools are right for you.

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Schools near West Paterson, also known as Woodland Park, include a mix of 4-year private colleges, 4-year public universities and 2-year community colleges. These lists of schools rank the traditional postsecondary institutions in West Patersonin several categories based on information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to West Paterson, New Jersey

The area surrounding West Paterson features a diverse array of postsecondary institutions, including state universities and smaller community colleges. Students looking for schools with the closest campuses to West Paterson can look into the following colleges and universities:

  • Berkeley College - Woodland Park (located in West Paterson)
  • Montclair State University (3.1 miles away from West Paterson)
  • Passaic County Community College (3.2 miles away from West Paterson)
  • Caldwell University (4.2 miles miles away from West Paterson)
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey (4.3 miles miles away from West Paterson)

Largest Schools near West Paterson, New Jersey

Students who are interested in schools with larger student populations have numerous options to choose from in the West Paterson area, including many with student bodies exceeding 10,000. These schools have the largest student populations among the traditional schools near West Paterson:

  • Montclair State University (20,465 students)
  • Bergen Community College (14,585 students)
  • Kean University (14,112 students)
  • Rutgers University - Newark (11,720 students)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (11,325 students)

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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
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Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines a school's net price for a given academic year by subtracting the average amount of financial aid given to full-time, beginning undergrads from the average total cost of attendance. Schools near West Paterson with the lowest net price for the 2014-2014 academic year are:

  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Hudson County Community College ($6,791)
  • County College of Morris ($6,858)
  • New Jersey City University ($7,753)

Highest Graduation Rates

A particular school's graduation rate describes the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who finishes their degree programs within 150% of the standard length of time. According to 2015 data, the traditional schools near West Paterson with the highest graduation rates were:

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82% graduation rate)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (74% graduation rate)
  • Rutgers University - Newark (68% graduation rate)
  • Drew University (67% graduation rate)
  • Montclair State University (66% graduation rate)

These factors - population, location, net price and graduation rate - can be extremely helpful for any potential student who is trying to see which particular schools would be best for him or her, especially in an area as diverse and populous as West Paterson, New Jersey.

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