Iselin, New Jersey, Higher Education and City Facts

Iselin, New Jersey, is a census-designated place in the greater New York City metropolitan area. It is located within easy commuting distance of several institutions of higher learning. Read more about Iselin, its economy and school options below.

Information about Iselin

With a population of 18,695, as of the 2010 U.S. census, the community of Iselin is a part of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. Iselin's residents are about 46% Asian, 37.4% white, 7% Hispanic and about 7% African American, also based on 2010 census data.

Iselin combines a rural atmosphere with the conveniences and opportunities of an urban community. Its Eastern Seaboard setting means that residents enjoy a four-season climate that features warm, humid summers and often-snowy winters. Woodbridge Township has a community center, library and downtown shopping area.

The nearby city of New York is the primary cultural, educational and business center for the region. Its attractions include Central Park, Times Square, Broadway and off-Broadway theater and thousands of restaurants, bars and performance venues, all of which are found within a short train ride from Iselin.

Higher Education

About 80 public and non-profit schools are located within 20 miles of Iselin, including several well-known New York schools. Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, is about 9 miles from Iselin. It has programs for more than 48,000 students, making it the largest university near Iselin. This university was ranked 72nd among national universities in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report ranking data. It was also listed as the 28th best public school in the nation and has several highly ranked graduate programs, including gender and literature (6th), women's history (1st) and discrete math (8th), as ranked by U.S. News.

Middlesex County College, a 2-year public school in Edison, is about 6 miles from Iselin and has programs for about 12,000 students. Kean University in the city of Union and Union County College in Cranford are just a short drive from Iselin.

Several rabbinical schools and theological seminaries can also be found in this area, while nearby New York City is home to New York University and Columbia University, among a host of others.

Economy and Employment

Iselin's downtown area contributes to a healthy regional economy and supports operations for such corporations as Siemens AG and Wells Fargo, while a large business park, Metropark, operates on the outskirts of the community and functions as an employment and transit center for the region.

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