New Jersey (NJ): Trade Schools, Colleges, and Universities

There are 77 public and private not-for-profit schools within New Jersey. This overview will display specifics for some of the available schools in New Jersey such as schools with large student bodies, proximity to large metropolitan cities in New Jersey, lowest net price, and graduation rates.

There is a large amount of public and private, non-profit colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey. Using statistics from the National Center for Education, you can weigh and compare your criteria to what's available in this state.

Largest Schools in New Jersey

Population size may be important to those who are considering larger universities, either for networking and more social opportunities, or to feel apart of a larger community. In either case, the largest school in New Jersey based on student population size is Rutgers University in New Brunswick, with 48,378 students and a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

  • Thomas Edison State University (21,495 students)
  • Montclair State University (20,022 students)
  • Bergen Community College (15,651 students)
  • Rowan University (14,778 students)
  • Kean University (14,359 students)

New Jersey Schools Near Large Cities

Although it is a small state, there are a few large metropolitan areas in the state of New Jersey. Three of the largest cities are Newark, Jersey City, and Camden. If proximity to such a city is a critical gauge for your consideration of a school, the following schools are located in those cities:

  • Rutgers University - Camden (Camden)
  • Hudson County Community College (Jersey City)
  • New Jersey City University (Jersey City)
  • Essex County College (Newark)
  • Rutgers University - Newark (Newark)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the average net price of attending a post-secondary institution by taking the total cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies and subtracting the amount of grant or scholarship aid first-time undergraduate students receive on average. Often, this financial aid makes the net price well below NCES reported total costs. The following net prices are based on the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Raritan Valley Community College ($3,392)
  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Salem Community College ($5,401)
  • Mercer County Community College ($5,410)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)

Highest Graduation Rate

As a possible indicator of student satisfaction, this rate is calculated by NCES to show the percentage of full-time first-time students who graduate within 150% of the normal time, such as six years for four-year degrees and three years for two-year programs. Of the four schools, the three below had the highest overall graduation rates for those students who enrolled in 2010 at two-year schools or in 2007 at four-year institutions.

  • Princeton University (97%)
  • Union County Vocational Technical School (95%)
  • Morris County Vocational School District (90%)
  • The College of New Jersey (85%)
  • Monmouth County Vocational School District (83%)

Transferring Low-Cost Credits

Through Thomas Edison State University (TESU), students can transfer up to 90 credits earned through into their degree program. Students interested in this option can take courses and their related proctored exams, then transfer the credits into TESU.

Students can learn more about TESU college credit and view a transfer guide here.

To conclude, there are plenty of universities, colleges, and trade schools in New Jersey that can meet whatever standards you may have towards considering or selecting a post-secondary school to attend.

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