Newark, New Jersey (NJ) Colleges and Universities

While there are only about three traditional, not-for-profit colleges in Newark, New Jersey (NJ), there are many options within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest cost, to find the school for you.

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The main types of traditional colleges and universities - 2-year and 4-year public colleges and non-profit private universities - are available in and around Newark, NJ. Read on to see some of the main schools near Newark in terms of their location, student population, net price and graduation rate as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Newark, New Jersey

Since Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, it's no surprise the there are several different types of colleges, universities and postsecondary programs nearby. The following schools have campuses in or near Newark.

  • Essex County College (Newark)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)
  • Pillar College (Newark)
  • Rutgers University- Newark (Newark)
  • Seton Hall University (South Orange)

Largest Schools near Newark, New Jersey

If you are interested in applying to larger schools, the area surrounding Newark contains several schools with student populations exceeding 10,000. The following schools have the largest student populations near Newark:

  • Rutgers University- New Brunswick (48,378 students)
  • Montclair State University (20,022 students)
  • Bergen Community College (15,651 students)
  • Kean University (14,359 students)
  • Middlesex County College (12,059 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

A school's NCES net price can be understood as the average amount of financial aid given to each student subtracted from the average cost of attendance. Look into the following schools for low net prices near Newark:

  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Hudson County Community College ($6,791)
  • Middlesex County College ($6,832)
  • County College of Morris ($6,858)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES determines a school's graduation rate by looking at the percentage of its students that complete their degree programs within 150% of the standard timeframe. The following schools have the highest graduation rates in the Newark area:

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82% graduation rate)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (80% graduation rate)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (74% graduation rate)
  • Rutgers University-Newark (68% graduation rate)
  • Drew University (67% graduation rate)

These kinds of factors can be important in deciding which specific schools or programs would work best for you and your educational goals. Prospective students in the Newark area can use these lists to filter through the numerous schools within a 25-mile radius.

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