Students who live in New Jersey or who would like to study there will find a variety of 2-year and 4-year schools from which to choose from. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we will take a look at a number of schools that might meet your education needs.
New Jersey Schools Near Large Cities
Large urban areas usually offer more opportunities that you will not find in other less populated cities and towns. There are a number of schools that are located in the urban centers of New Jersey. Here are five school that are located in midsize to large cities.
- New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
- Essex County College (Newark, NJ)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
- Rutgers University-Newark (Newark, NJ)
- Hudson Community College (Jersey City, NJ)
Largest Schools in New Jersey
Being at large school with many peers can also be a good sign of opportunities. Funding, networking opportunities and versatility in programs is often associated with large student populations. Here are the largest schools in New Jersey according to 2014-2015 NCES records.
- Rutgers University-New Brunswick (49,428 enrolled students)
- Montclair State University (20,465 enrolled students)
- Rowan University (16,155 enrolled students)
- Bergen Community College (14,585 enrolled students)
- Kean University (14,112 enrolled students)
Lowest Net Price
The NCES calculates a net price statistic for U.S. colleges to provide a comparison of the costs of attending school full-time as an undergraduate. The NCES formula for this figure takes the total undergraduate cost of tuition (in-district or in-state rates, where applicable), room, board, books and fees for one year, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to undergraduates. The net price figures for the 2014-15 academic year show that the following schools were the most affordable out of schools in the state.
- 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 Rates
To calculate graduation rates, the NCES looks at how many undergraduates complete their degree program within 150% of the 'normal time', e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree. The following statistics are based on the figures for students who began full-time pursuit of a bachelor's degree in 2007 and finished in 2013. These 4-year schools had the highest graduation rates among the compared schools.
- Princeton University (97% graduation rate)
- The College of New Jersey (85% graduation rate)
- Stevens Institute of Technology (82% graduation rate)
- Rutgers University-New Brunswick (80% graduation rate)
- Ramapo College of New Jersey (74% graduation rate)
When choosing what school to attend, it is important that you make an informed decision. Use the information presented here to make a decision based on the location, student population, net price and graduation rates of New Jersey schools.