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Jersey City, New Jersey (NJ) Colleges and Universities

While there is a community college and a few private schools within the city limits of Jersey City, there are a total of 89 schools within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories to find the school for you.

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College students looking for educational options in and around Jersey City can find several public as well as private institutions. One way to narrow down your search is to review data from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). Prospective students can make the best possible selection by placing considerable weight on NCES data covering categories such as location, size, price, and graduation rate.

Schools Closest to Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City has a multitude of options within walking distance or available via public transportation. The schools in a 2.5-mile radius of Jersey City are a mix of 2 and 4-year institutions, both public and privately owned. Below are the 5 schools closest to Jersey City:

  • University of Phoenix-New Jersey (0.7 miles away)
  • Hudson County Community College (1.2 miles away)
  • Saint Peter's University (1.2 miles away)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (1.8 miles away)
  • New Jersey City University (2.5 miles away)

Largest Schools near Jersey City, New Jersey

There are a number of moderate to large-sized schools near Jersey City, with a total of 9 schools having more than 10,000 total students. The top 5 largest schools have student populations ranging from 11,500 to 20,500 total students and are listed below:

  • Montclair State University (20,465 total students)
  • Bergen Community College (14,585 total students)
  • Kean University (14,112 total students)
  • Rutgers University-Newark (11,720 total students)
  • Middlesex County College (11,662 total students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Another consideration for many college students is the cost of attendance. The following 5 schools had the lowest net prices according to NCES, based on the total cost for full-time students minus average aid in grants, loans or scholarships. The information used to determine these rankings was based on the 2014-2015 academic year and was compiled by the NCES.

  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Hudson County Community College ($6,791)
  • Middlesex County College ($6,832)
  • New Jersey City University ($7,753)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES also offers information on graduation rates. It provides school-specific data of full-time students who earn their undergraduate degree within 150% of normal completion time, which is six years for a bachelor's degree and three years for an associate degree. Below are the 5 schools with the highest graduation rates in 2015 according to the NCES:

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82% graduation rate)
  • Rutgers University-Newark (68% graduation rate)
  • Drew University (67% graduation rate)
  • Montclair State University (66% graduation rate)
  • Caldwell University (64% graduation rate)

With Jersey City having such a large selection of potential schools to choose from, it is highly recommended that students review NCES data to make the best selection, paying particular attention to categories such as graduation rates, cost, size, and location.

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