New Jersey Graduate Schools: Overview of Major Schools

Large public universities, small private colleges, seminaries -- these are among the types of institutions offering graduate education throughout New Jersey. Depending on the school, students can earn master's degrees, doctorates and/or graduate certificates. To explore some of these school options, prospective students should review data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the following categories: proximity to large cities, size, cost, and graduation rate.

New Jersey Graduate Schools Near Large Cities

New Jersey is not a large state, but it does have a few moderate-sized cities in Newark, Camden, and the state's capital, Trenton. Many students value proximity to a large city as it can enhance the college experience. Below are the 5 schools closest to a large city:

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (downtown Newark)
  • Rutgers University (downtown Newark)
  • Rutgers University (0.8 miles from Camden)
  • Thomas Edison State University (2.8 miles from Trenton)
  • Seton Hall University (4.6 miles away from Newark)

Largest Schools in New Jersey

New Jersey has numerous moderate to large-sized schools, with the largest school having nearly 50,000 total students. There are a total of 8 schools with 10,000 or more students, with the top 5 schools ranging from 13,000 to 50,000 total students. Here is a list of the 5 largest schools in New Jersey

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (49,428 total students)
  • Montclair State University (20,465 total students)
  • Rowan University (16,155 total students)
  • Kean University (14,112 total students)
  • Thomas Edison State University (13,093 total students)

Lowest Tuition Price

Finding a reasonably priced college or university is important to many full-time students, especially for those wanting to enter graduate programs, which are typically more expensive. According to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the five institutions below had some of the lowest in-state graduate tuition during the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Montclair State University ($9,960)
  • New Jersey City University ($9,974)
  • Rutgers University-Newark ($16,272)
  • Rutgers University-Camden ($16,272)
  • Saint Peter's University ($18,900)

Highest Graduation Rate

One way for prospective students to gauge the success or productivity of a certain school is by comparing graduation rates. In New Jersey, 26 of the 34 graduate schools in the state have graduation rates of 50% or higher. The top 5, listed below, have undergraduate graduation rates ranging from 74% to 97%:

  • 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)

In the search for the perfect school, it is imperative for prospective students to weigh these criteria, including graduation rate, price, size, and proximity to large cities.

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