Northern NJ Colleges, Universities and Schools

There are more than 90 colleges and universities within northern New Jersey. Learn about your educational choices, and find out which of these schools might fit your needs based on the criteria outlined below.

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Discover which of the colleges and universities in Northern New Jersey are closest to the area, have the lowest net price, the highest graduation rate and the largest student population according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Northern New Jersey

There are several schools near Morristown, NJ, which is the zip code mid-point for the Northern NJ area. Students in the area who are looking to attend a community college or university without going too far from home have a few options to choose from. These nearby schools offer a range of programs from certificate to doctoral levels and are within seven miles of downtown:

  • College of Saint Elizabeth (downtown)
  • Drew University (4.6 miles from downtown)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham (4.6 miles from downtown)
  • County College of Morris (5.7 miles from downtown)
  • Morris County Vocational School District (6.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools in Northern New Jersey

The largest school in Northern NJ is Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As one of several universities in Northern NJ -- and one of the best known -- Rutgers University-New Brunswick had a staggering 49,428 enrolled students in 2015, and 35,484 of them were in undergraduate programs. These universities and community colleges had large student populations in 2015:

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

Lowest Net Price

The NCES compiles figures regarding the average out-of-pocket costs for full-time undergraduates attending college for the first time. The net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded from the average cost of attendance (which includes in-state tuition, as well as room, board and textbook costs) for resident students. These are the schools with the lowest net price for the 2015 school year:

  • Raritan Valley Community College ($3,392)
  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Hudson County Community College ($6,791)
  • Middlesex County College ($6,832)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES also compiles information regarding school-specific undergraduate graduation rates. Data for the schools listed below is based on full-time undergraduate degree students who earned their degree within 150% of the normal time frame (six years). The following colleges and universities have some of the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82%)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (80%)
  • Rutgers University-Newark (68%)
  • Drew University (67%)
  • Montclair State University (66%)

Students in Northern New Jersey have several colleges and universities to choose from. If your educational needs combine with a value for school proximity, population density, low net cost, and high graduation rates, then considering an education in the Northern New Jersey area may be the right option for you.

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