New Jersey Colleges and Universities: Overview of Schools

Find out which New Jersey colleges and universities are closest to the largest cities, have the highest number of students, offer the lowest net prices and have the highest graduation rates based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

New Jersey Schools Near Large Cities

If location is a major factor in your decision on which schools to study, you may consider the following schools that are all located close to some of the larger metro areas in NJ. Whether you want to earn less-than-one-year certificates or pursue an associate's, a bachelor's or a graduate degree, you will find a school that offers this education in Newark and Jersey City.

  • Rutgers University-Newark (Newark)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)
  • Essex County College (Newark)
  • Hudson County Community College (Jersey City)
  • New Jersey City University (Jersey City)

Largest Schools in New Jersey

The largest school in terms of the number of students enrolled is Rutgers University-New Brunswick, whose population is more than twice the number of students in the second largest school in New Jersey - Thomas Edison State University. One of the five largest schools is a community college; the others are public schools offering 4-year education. As of 2014-2015, the following schools have the highest student population:

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (48,378)
  • Thomas Edison State University (21,495)
  • Montclair State University (20,022)
  • Bergen Community College (15,651)
  • Rowan University (14,778)

Lowest Net Price

As of 2014-2015, all five New Jersey schools with the lowest average net price are community colleges that mainly offer certificates and associate's degrees. The NCES computes net price by subtracting the average financial aid that a full-time undergraduate receives from the average total of attendance.

  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Salem Community College ($5,401)
  • Mercer County Community College ($5,410)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Warren County Community College ($6,208)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES computes graduation rates based on the number of full-time undergraduate students who have completed their selected programs within 150% of the normal amount of time, e.g. six years or less for a bachelor's degree. The following universities have the highest graduation rates according to NCES data:

  • Princeton University (97%)
  • The College of New Jersey (85%)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82%)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (80%)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (74%)

To help you make informed decisions about your education, it's often wise to compare schools based on critical data, including student population, cost of attendance, graduation rate and location.

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