Top Universities in NJ with Program Overviews

Learn about some of the best universities in New Jersey. Get information on rankings, degree programs, areas of study and other distinctions of New Jersey's top schools.

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Students in New Jersey have more than 40 universities to choose from when pursuing a degree in the state. Princeton University and Rutgers University are top-ranked New Jersey universities that offer diverse degree program options. Princeton is a research-intensive school with a low student-faculty ratio. Rutgers is a diverse institution with opportunities for continuing education. Read on for further details on these and other top universities in New Jersey.

Highly Ranked Universities in New Jersey

1. Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

In 2010, Princeton University - along with Harvard University - tied for the top school in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The private Ivy League school offers degrees through 34 academic programs and boasts a student-faculty ratio of 5:1. Degrees are offered in areas such as anthropology, music, philosophy, public policy and chemical engineering. Princeton is also known for its academic research; between 2008-2009, the university received over $230 million in research funding.

2. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick

Rutgers' main campus in New Brunswick was ranked the 66th-best school in 2010 by U.S. News and World Report. Rutgers is divided into 27 academic schools and colleges that offer more than 180 degree programs. Areas of study include agricultural sciences, computational biology, food science, business administration and women's history. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Rutgers offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for students interested in non-credit courses, adult learning degrees and professional education programs.

Rutgers represents a diverse learning environment; the student population comes from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report also named Rutgers the most ethnically and racially diverse campus in the nation.

List of Top Universities in New Jersey

College/University Name Distinction Location
Montclair State University Nearly 300 academic areas offered, including majors, minors, certificates and concentrations Montclair, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology Institution is home to the Enterprise Development Center, composed of 90 high-technology businesses Newark, NJ
Ramapo College of New Jersey Students have access to 250 internship and co-op opportunities in New York Mahwah, NJ
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey University includes the Coastal Research Center, which assists with managing coastal resources Pomona, NJ
Rider University University's College of Continuing Studies offers weekend, online and accelerated course formats Lawrenceville, NJ
Rowan University Students can participate in 175 study abroad programs taking place in more than 50 countries Glassboro, NJ
Seton Hall University Private Roman Catholic school; University offers several dual degree programs in a variety of disciplines, including law and medicine South Orange, NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology University operates three national research centers, including centers for maritime commerce, systems engineering and small ship design Hoboken, NJ
Thomas Edison State College University offers several all-online programs at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels, as well as some graduate certificates Trenton, NJ
William Paterson University of New Jersey University Honors College students have additional options for customizing their course of study, and they have the opportunity for thesis work and study abroad Wayne, NJ
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