Students in the south half of New Jersey can choose from a variety of 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year community colleges, and technical or vocational institutions. According the NCES there are 27 public and private non-for-profit post-secondary schools in the area. Here we focus on schools that offer a variety of traditional educational programs, and compare a few in several important categories.
Southern New Jersey Schools Near Large Cities
For many students, being close to a large city is important. Students at these schools have access to resources that are unavailable to students at less urban schools. If this is a concern of yours, here are five South Jersey schools in city or suburb locations:
- Rutgers University-Camden (Camden, NJ)
- Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)
- Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
- The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)
- Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Largest Schools in Southern New Jersey
A good indicator of the academic and extracurricular opportunities you will find at a school is its student population. The NCES looks at both graduate and undergraduate student populations to develop their student population statistic. Here are five of the largest schools in South Jersey in 2015, according to the NCES:
- Rowan University (16,155 enrolled students)
- Thomas Edison State University (13,093 enrolled students)
- Camden County College (11,263 enrolled students)
- Rowan College at Burlington County (8,762 enrolled students)
- Stockton University (8,674 enrolled students)
Lowest Net Price
Most prospective students consider the cost of a college education a top consideration. The NCES calculates net price of each school by subtracting the average amount of undergraduate financial aid from the average total cost for full-time beginning undergraduate students. Ranked below are the five schools with the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Salem Community College ($5,401)
- Mercer County Community College ($5,410)
- Rowan College at Burlington County ($6,972)
- Rowan College at Gloucester County ($7,150)
- Cumberland County College ($7,909)
Highest Graduation Rate
The NCES calculates graduation rates by looking at the number of first-time, full-time undergraduates who graduated within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree). A relatively high graduation rate is one measure of a school's overall educational quality. The following schools had some of the highest graduation rates of the schools in the area, per 2015 NCES data.
- Princeton University (97% graduation rate)
- The College of New Jersey (85% graduation rate)
- Stockton University (73% graduation rate)
- Rowan University (67% graduation rate)
- Rider University (64% graduation rate)
If you live in the South Jersey area and wish to attend college, you have several varied options. Here we have highlighted a few of the schools based on location, student population, net price and graduation rate, to help you with your decision.