Best Universities & Colleges in New Jersey for 2021

These are the 26 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of New Jersey. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in New Jersey

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in New Jersey to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Bloomfield College Seal

    Bloomfield College

    Bloomfield, New Jersey

    Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey
    • 1,980 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,027 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private Liberal Arts college, Bloomfield was founded by the Presbytery of Newark in 1868. It originally began as German Theological School with the mission of making leaders for the missionary duties and churches, especially with huge German settlers at the time, a German speaking theological school became an important need. The school soon grew along with growing needs of its communities and by 1909 was authorized to grant degrees and in 1961 got its present name.

    Bloomfield College stays affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is situated in Bloomfield, New Jersey. With its lowest tuition fees in all of New Jersey, the college aims to become an institute that opens its doors for the underprivileged and sets new standards for providing for those who have not had opportunities before.

    The college life at Bloomfield begins with student orientation and the first year at the college is spent where students and their families connect with the college in getting to know each other and to play significant part in the lives of the students as they hop on to their new journey. Further ahead, there are many student clubs and organisations that the students take part in and use as a way to connect with each other and bring out their interests. There are 29 student clubs besides its Greek organisations. The students are also made to take part in community building through many projects such as American Red Cross, Footsteps for Families, Make a Wish Foundation and many others. In total its students have aided 120 organisations up till now. The college has athletic teams which participate at the NCAA Division II and the campus colors are Maroon and Gold.

    The Academic programs at the college cover undergraduate programs with majors in seven different departments including business, arts, nursing, humanities, education and others. The college also houses Westminster Arts Center and brings arts and cultural programs in participation with students, faculty and other partners.

    Bloomfield School Facts

    • Years Estd.1868
    • NicknameBears
    • MottoLux In Tenebris
    • Motto Eng.Light From Darkness
    • ColorsMaroon & Gold
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Bloomfield Alumni

    • Rupert Crosse

      Entertainment & Arts

      An actor, Academy Award-nominated

    • Gage Daye

      Professional Sports

      An NBA Development League player

    • Frantz Jean-Charles

      Professional Sports

      Retired Haitian soccer player

    • C. Louis Bassano

      Politics & Law

      A Politician; served both the New Jersey General Assembly as well as the Senate


  • Caldwell University Seal

    Caldwell University

    Caldwell, New Jersey

    • 2,138 Total Students
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,582 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A liberal arts university and a Catholic institute, Caldwell was established as a college in 1939 as it was incorporated by the State of New Jersey. The college was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic lead by Mother M. Joseph Dunn. It was in late 2013 that the college received approval for transitioning as a university however it officially began as a university in 2014.

    There are many academic programs that the university was the first one to introduce in the entire state of New Jersey, such as its Bachelors of Fine Arts program when it introduced in 1974, specialization in Art Therapy which it started offering in 2000, and a Post-Graduate M.A. in Art Therapy in 2008. The university is situated in Caldwell, New Jersey.

    Life at Caldwell University is all about everything that it believes its students need for complete development. It provides a religious life and spiritual development opportunities through campus ministry and activities such as volunteering to tutor or work with students with special needs. One of the campus events include The Midnight Run where students go out at night to provide meals and clothes to the underprivileged in the local community. Not just this, with its ‘Cougar Food Pantry’ which the university runs, it aims to provide meals and food to those who can’t afford from within community present at the university. Besides, there are more than 20 clubs and student activity groups that provide students to interact in a social setting and develop their skills in their interest areas. Students also enjoy Greek Life at the campus. The campus colors are Red and Gold and the mascot is the ‘Cougar’. There is also athletic participation with teams taking part in NCAA Division II.

    Academic programs at the university include undergraduate programs in 15 areas of study, with major, minor and certificate programs. There are also programs available for adult undergraduates. As part of its graduate program offerings, there are four graduate departments with eight Master’s programs and three doctoral programs.

    Caldwell School Facts

    • Years Estd.August 10, 1939
    • NicknameCougars
    • MascotCougar
    • MottoSapientia et Scientia
    • Motto Eng.Wisdom and Knowledge
    • ColorsRed and Gold
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – CACCECAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Caldwell Alumni

    • Arline Friscia

      Politics & Law

      Member of the General Assembly, New Jersey

    • Mary Jo Codey

      Politics & Law

      First Lady of the State of New Jersey, Wife of Governor Richard Codey

    • Arthur Morrison

      Professional Sports

      Former Professional Basketball Player (Portugal)

    • Mark Mautone

      Education & Advocacy

      Winner of Teacher of the Year, New Jersey for 2015

    • Beth Fowler

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress; appeared in numerous Broadway productions and Orange Is the New Black


  • Centenary University

    Hackettstown, New Jersey

    • 2,284 Total Students
    • 87% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,186 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private liberal arts college Centenary was founded by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1867. At the time, it started as a preparatory school for both men and women and so began its journey towards becoming a progressive, four year higher education institute.  The institute went through many phases serving as institute for women to finally becoming a master degree granting institute in 1995. It went ahead and transformed itself as a university in 2016.

    Based in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Centenary University has always upheld its mission of imparting knowledge and preparing not just professionals but individuals of a more culturally diverse global society. With its strong values of understanding, responsible decision making, the institute became the first institute in the state that puts service education as graduation requirement.

    For students at Centenary, education crosses the walls of the classrooms. Students interact with each and participate in various activities for social integration. There are various clubs or organizations that students can be part of or start their own. There are interesting events which are not just fun but also have a purpose, that is to serve the communities; there is Community Plunge where students take a day off and volunteer for community work and Midnight run, where students go out every Friday to serve food and provide clothing and hygiene facilities to those in need. All this makes students into better and active citizens. The university further acknowledges student efforts through Student Leadership Awards Ceremony, where student achievements are celebrated. However with all this, preparation for a great career isn’t forgotten; there is Career Development Center which helps students in paving way and in excelling their career. Recreation opportunities exist as the university’s athletic teams take part in NCAA Division III. The campus colors are Blue and Grey.

    Centenary offers programs at both undergraduate and graduate level which include 52 study choices, including minors. It provides Master’s and Doctoral programs under four fields of study. There are Certificate programs as well. Its notable facilities are Taylor Memorial Library, Edward W. Seay Administration Building, Reeves Hall, Trevorrow Hall, Littell Technology Center and Lackland Center.

    Centenary School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867
    • MascotCyclone
    • ColorsCentenary Blue and Grey
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Centenary Alumni

    • Debbie Harry

      Entertainment & Arts

      Lead singer of Blondie

    • Cole Kimball

      Professional Sports

      Played Pitcher for the Washington Nationals

    • Gail Phoebus

      Politics & Law

      Politician; 24th Legislative District Representative, New Jersey General Assembly since 2015


  • College of Saint Elizabeth Seal

    College of Saint Elizabeth

    Morristown, New Jersey

    • 1,247 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 804 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    CSE is a private four year liberal arts education that traces its beginnings to the year 1899 when it was founded by Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The college began small with only six students attending its first class, however it soon took pace and stated expanding physically as well as its academic base. Entering 20th century, the institute was conferring degrees in various fields.

    College of Saint Elizabeth is a Roman Catholic institute and is named after Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded Sisters of Charity. The college maintains its mission and goals as serving the educational needs for those seeking knowledge and looking to transform their lives through education and commitment to service.

    At CSE, students find every opportunity that calls them to become engaged citizens. With a close knit community life students interact with each other and the faculty exchanging knowledge, learning and experiences. Religious life is encouraged on campus and through campus ministry students, and faculty find themselves praying, worshiping, attending Mass and serving communities together. Further interaction is assured through student clubs and organisations, more than 20 present on campus as students find their interests and learn outside classrooms. Arts are actively pursued on campus with students being creative and bringing dance, music or theatre performances. Students also put in their efforts and time volunteering for community services such as working with Habitat for Humanity or fundraising for a cause or taking part in service trips to distant areas. Students also apply to be a mentor taking a more active approach for assisting their peers throughout their journeys. The college has its athletic teams taking part in NCAA Division III, with its mascot being ‘Eagle’. The official campus colors are Dark Blue and Bright Blue.

    The academic offering consists of undergraduate programs with more than 50 fields of study in majors and minors. It also offers six combined bachelors degree programs and nine dual degree programs. Its notable facilities are Mahoney Library, Dolan Performance Hall, Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, O’Connor Hall, Santa Maria Hall, Santa Rita Hall and a few others.

    CSE School Facts

    • Years Estd.1899
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotEagle
    • MottoDeus Est Caritas (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.God is love.
    • ColorsDark Blue and Bright Blue
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – NEAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous CSE Alumni

    • Louise Currie Wilmot

      United States Navy officer, the highest-ranking and highest-decorated woman in the Navy

    • Shirley Tolentino

      Municipal Court judge in Jersey City from 1976 to 1984; held office as the Superior Court judge in 1984

    • Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich

      Author of Greater Perfection: beatified 2014

    • Sister Carmela Marie Cristiano

      Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who served the community as a teacher, social worker and activist; became the first religious sister to run for office in New Jersey


  • Drew University Seal

    Drew University

    Madison, New Jersey

    Drew University in Madison, New Jersey
    • 2,082 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 17% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,025 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Drew is a private university that traces its origins to the seminary that was founded in year 1867, after Daniel Drew approached Methodist Centenary Celebration with the idea for a theological seminary a year before in 1866. The seminary opened but by 1928 came the turning point when liberal arts were added to the seminary as part of curriculum. With this, the institute gained prominence and by 1955 also added a school for graduate studies.

    The university is based in Madison, New Jersey, and is affiliated with United Methodist Church. It draws its purpose from the Christian values of development of the entire self and nourishment of intellect, God consciousness and service towards the people.

    At the campus at Drew, the students find a warm community of students and faculty committed towards engagement and development. There are more than 90 student led clubs and organisations, a huge variety of arts, cultural, academic, recreation and others to choose from. There are also student associations, which further open up opportunities for students to learn leadership, an important skill the university believes its students need to develop. Besides this, another important part of the campus life is the religious life. There is Methodist faith but the university is open to welcoming other religions. Some of the events that the Religious Life Council brings for its students include vigils for peace, celebration of the Festival of Lights along with supporting other religious student led organisations. There are also other events and yearly Drew traditions that are also celebrated by the students and serve as entertainment on campus. The university has athletic teams taking part at NCAA Division III. The campus colors are Blue and Green.

    The academic programs offered at Drew consist of undergraduate programs with 30 majors, 51 minors and 10 pre-professional programs and ten Masters and five Doctoral degree programs. Its prominent departments/facilities are Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Rose Memorial Library, F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Baldwin Hall, Hoyt Hall, Brown Hall, McClintock Hall, Hurst Hall and more.

    Drew School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867 (1867)
    • MascotRangers/Ranger Bear
    • Motto______ _______, ______ ____
    • Motto Eng."Freely ye have received, freely give." (from Matthew 10:8 KJV)
    • ColorsBlue and green
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Athletics19 teams in 11 sports
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Drew Alumni

    • Clint Bolick

      Education & Advocacy

      Founded the Institute for Justice

    • William H. Gray

      Politics & Law

      Congressman from Pennsylvania, and President of the United Negro College Fund

    • Aileen Quinn

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress; played Annie in the 1982 motion picture

    • Olive Winchester

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Nazarene theologian; also the first female ordained minister in Great Britain

    • Arturo Valenzuela

      Politics & Law

      United States Assistant Secretary of State

    • Nathaniel Raymond

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Human rights investigator and anti-torture advocate

    • Roger H. Martin

      Education & Advocacy

      History professor and also President of Randolph-Macon College

    • Joseph DiSarro

      Education & Advocacy

      Political analyst; also professor at Washington & Jefferson College

    • Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor

      Business & Industry

      Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor

    • David B. Audretsch

      Science & Medicine

      German and American economist


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham Seal

    Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham

    Madison, New Jersey

    Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham in Madison, New Jersey
    • 3,394 Total Students
    • 83% Acceptance Rate
    • 18% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,559 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    FDU, a private higher education institute and coeducational was founded in year 1942 by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia. It started as a two year college and within a couple of years progressed as a four year education college. With introduction of its graduate degree programs in year 1956 and approval of its status by the New Jersey State Board of Education, it transformed into a university.

    The university is presently based in four locations, including its international campuses in Wroxton, Oxfordshire and Vancouver, British Columbia. Its campuses in United States are located in Madison and Teaneck, New Jersey. Commitment to its purpose of educating its communities, the college has become the largest private university in the state.

    FDU’s Florham campus was founded in 1958 and since then, this beautiful campus filled with natural beauty has been a center for learning and growth for its students. It is a residential college and offers academic as well as extracurricular activities and programs for the students. The campus offers around 50 student clubs for its students where they find social, recreational or other activities. The campus is also not without its fraternities and sororities. The student centers serves as the hub of student activity where students find coffee house as well as pub to hang out and make new friends or just relax. There are also arts performances as students are involved in theatre, dance groups or musical performances. Some of these include Broadway musicals, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and others. Some other campus events include comedy shows, spring-break trips, movies, Homecoming festivities and more. Students also celebrate sports and athletics; the campus teams are ‘Devils’ taking part at NCAA Division III. Its mascot is the ‘Ian the Devil’ and the campus colors are Blue and Red.

    As for the academic programs at Florham campus, these are over 65 Bachelors degree programs more than 60 minors, more than 55 Masters degree programs and a Doctoral program. Its notable facilities are Ferguson Recreation Center, John and Joan Monninger Center, Florence and Hamilton Twombly Halls, Rutherford Hall and others.

    FDU School Facts

    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Seal

    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Teaneck, New Jersey

    • 8,652 Total Students
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,491 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    FDU is a private and coeducational university and the largest in the state of New Jersey. The institute began in year 1942 when it was founded Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia and offered a two year curriculum. It wasn’t long before the college, with hard work, transformed into a four year college. By 1954 the college had also introduced its first graduate program and with that progressed as a university approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education.

    Fairleigh Dickinson University is a multi campus institute with two campuses based in Teaneck and Madison, New Jersey, and international campuses in Wroxton, Oxfordshire and Vancouver, British Columbia. With its quality education, the university imparts knowledge and skills aimed at professional development and community building.

    FDU’s campus in Teaneck, called the Metropolitan campus is a huge campus with a large student body offering a diverse yet fulfilling learning experience to each one of its students. The campus has Hackensack River running through which adds to the beauty of the campus. The campus life is filled with activities and there is immense focus on research. For socialising and extracurricular it offers more than 60 student led cubs and organisations – academic, professional to volunteering and social clubs. There are also fraternities and sororities on the campus. Students find fun and entertainment as students bring creative and arts performances such as theatre, dance and various arts productions. The campus also has its traditions such as Greek Week, Kwanzaa Week, Spring Jam, Aids Awareness Week etc. Sports and athletics are also significant for the students in campus; the teams take part at NCAA Division I and the mascot is called ‘Nitro the Knight’. The official colors are Blue and Red.

    Academic programs offered at FDU consist of eight Associate degree, over 85 Bachelors degree programs, over 60 minors and more than 55 Masters and three doctoral programs. Its prominent departments/ facilities are Silberman College of Business, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, Knight Club Gameroom, Rothman Center and few more.

    FDU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1942
    • NicknameKnights, Devils
    • MascotKnight, Ian the Devil
    • MottoFortiter et Suaviter
    • Motto Eng.Literally translated from Latin to "Strongly and Gently" (shortening of: suaviter in modo, fortiter in re or "gently in manner, strongly in deed")
    • ColorsBlue and Red
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – NEC and NCAA Division III - Middle Atlantic Conferences
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FDU Alumni

    • Peggy Noonan

      Politics & Law

      Columnist and author; also worked formerly as the speechwriter for Ronald Reagan

    • Eleanor Kieliszek

      Politics & Law

      Politician; the first woman elected as Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey

    • William Leiss

      Politics & Law

      President of the Royal Society of Canada from 1999 to 2001; also worked as Officer of the Order of Canada

    • Ron Brill

      Business & Industry

      Co-Founder of Home Depot

    • Richard Codey

      Politics & Law

      Former Governor as well as State Senate President of New Jersey

    • Vince Naimoli

      Business & Industry

      Founder and Chair of the Tampa Bay Rays

    • John J. Mooney

      Science & Medicine

      Co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter and also co-winner of National Medal of Technology


  • Felician University

    Lodi, New Jersey

    Felician University in Lodi, New Jersey
    • 1,957 Total Students
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,763 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Felician University (FU), a Catholic, Franciscan institute, is private co-educational university located in two campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey. FU is a higher education institute that has been established along with other two higher institutions by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice “Felician Sisters” of Lodi since July 1923. FU was founded as the Normal School to train and certify teachers for more than 10 years. On May 1935, the Normal school as accredited by the Catholic University of America to be a teacher training college. The teacher training college continued growing to be a junior one in 1941, then a year later, it was accredited by the laws of the State of New Jersey as an Immaculate Conception Junior College. On December 1963, the college was authorized to grant the degree of Associate in Arts by the State Department of Education. Finally, the college was accredited by the New Jersey State Department of Education to change its name to Felician University and be able to offer its 4 year program in Elementary Teacher Education. FU is only 19 kilometers far away from New York City.

    Felician mission is to help student achieve their goals and serve their surrounding community.  It targets spreading love for God in addition to liberal arts, learning and knowledge.

    FU fosters, in addition to religious and liberal education, athletics in order to participate in the development of the student skills and capabilities at different levels. FU campus is divided into two sections in Lodi and Rutherford that are connected together along the day by a shuttle bus service. The campus includes John J. Breslin Theatre and a unique library that contains more than 115,000 books, 43,000 online books, 20,000 online journals, 360 print periodicals, in addition to the computer rooms, and quiet study areas.

    FU offers more than 60 undergraduate programs, more than 10 master programs and 2 doctoral programs. FU consists of 4 schools which are School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education and School of Nursing.

    FU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1942
    • NicknameGolden Falcons
    • MottoIn Veritate Felicitas
    • Motto Eng.In Truth is Happiness
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – CACC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Georgian Court University Seal

    Georgian Court University

    Lakewood, New Jersey

    Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey
    • 2,122 Total Students
    • 73% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,322 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Georgian Court University is a private Roman Catholic University that was established in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy. The institution was initially located in North Plainfield, New Jersy as a school for liberal arts for women named Mount Saint Mary College. In 1924, the Sisters of Mercy purchased the Georgian Court in Lakewood Township to which the institute was relocated and named the Georgian Court College. Eighty years later, the institute was acknowledged as a University by the New Jersy Commission on Higher Education. The University remained as a school for women till 2013 when it became coeducational.

    The university campus was previously the summer estate of the millionaire George Jay Gould I which was designed by the architecture Bruce Price. The campus features several distinctive gardens including the Italian Garden, the Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden, the formal garden and the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum. The campus also has one of the 45 real tennis courts found worldwide. It was designated in 1985 as a National Historic Landmark. GCU has also two braches at Wall Township and Hazlet, New Jersy. The official colors of the university are blue and gold while its mascot is the lion. The university is member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and its teams compete in the NCAA Division II.

    The university is divided into three schools offering 51 undergraduate programs and 9 graduate programs. There are also some evening programs or online study programs. GCu is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university emphasizes on the participation of students in serving the community as it was declared in 2015 that GCU students and staff provided more than 90,000 hours for community service both locally and abroad. Almost 95% of the enrolled students get financial support through financial aid or scholarship programs.

    GCU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1908
    • NicknameLions
    • MascotRoary the Lion
    • MottoExpand Possibility
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – CACC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Kean University Seal

    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    Kean University in Union, New Jersey
    • 14,112 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,944 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kean University is a public coeducational higher education institute located in New Jersey on the banks of Elizabeth River. The university was established in 1855 in Newark under the name of The Newark Normal School. It initially served as a teacher education college. In 1937, the school name was changed to New Jersey State Teachers College. It moved in 1958 from Newark to Union township as the number of students increased significantly. The new location was the historic Livingston-Kean Estate including the Liberty Hall acreage, the historic James Townley House, and Kean Hall. The latter was the political meeting place and library of the senator Hamilton Fish Kean. In 1973, the name was changed again to Kean College of New Jersey. It finally achieved the university status in 1997 changing its name to the current one.

    The university main campus is located in Union Township covering 121.5 acres with several distinctive buildings as Kean Hall castle, Nancy Thompson Library, the Holocaust Resource Center, the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Wilkins Theatre, Zella Fry Theatre, and the Little Theatre. Additionally, the university operates several branch campuses including Liberty Hall Campus containing the National Historic Landmark Liberty Hall Museum, East Campus in Hillside, and Ocean County in Toms River. Kean University decided to establish a campus in China and started construction in 2012. It will be the first full American university to operate in China. The university official colors are blue and silver while its mascot is called the Cougar. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III.

    The university is divided into 6 colleges including The Nathan Weiss Graduate College which are in turn subdivided into 13 schools including Robert Busch School of Design. It offers 48 undergraduate and 36 graduate and doctoral programs.

    Kean School Facts

    • Years Estd.1855
    • NicknameKU
    • MascotThe Cougar
    • MottoSemper Discens
    • Motto Eng.Always Learning
    • ColorsBlue and Silver
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Kean Alumni

    • Bruce Williams

      Entertainment & Arts

      host of The Bruce Williams Show

    • Crowbar

      Professional Sports

      professional wrestler

    • Linda Morris

      Entertainment & Arts

      writer and Emmy Award winner

    • Nicholas Scutari

      Politics & Law

      Senator of New Jersey State

    • Scott Schober

      Business & Industry

      CEO and president of Berkeley Varitronics Systems


  • Monmouth University Seal

    Monmouth University

    West Long Branch, New Jersey

    Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey
    • 6,394 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,691 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Monmouth University is a private higher education institute located in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The university was established in 1933 and was initially named Monmouth Junior College. The name was changed in 1956 to Monmouth College before being changed again in 1995 to its current name after being recognized as university.

    Monmouth University states that its mission is to prepare the students to achieve the maximum of their potentials and become leaders in the world. The university has a suburban campus covering 159 acres. Among the prominent buildings on campus is Wilson Hall which is considered the campus centerpiece. It was formerly the site for Shadow Lawn mansion where President Woodrow Wilson stayed in the summer of 2016. The building was destroyed by fire in 1927 and was replaced a residence for Mr & Mrs. Hubert Templeton Parson which was purchased by the college during the Great Depression. The current university library building includes the former Murry and Leonie Guggenheim mansion and is accordingly named in their honor. Wilson Hall and the library are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other distinctive facilities include Lauren K. Woods Theater. The campus also offers 16 residential halls to the students including Beechwood Hall, Cedar Hall, University Bluffs, Oakwood Hall, Pinewood Hall and Spruce Hall. The official colors of the university are midnight blue and white. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Monmouth Hawks, compete in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as members of NCAA Division I.

    The university is divided into 7 schools including Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Leon Hess Business School, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies and an honors school. It offers 26 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. the university operates 5 Centers of Distinction including Monmouth University Polling Institute and Kislak Real Estate Institute.

    Monmouth School Facts

    • Years Estd.1933
    • NicknameHawks
    • ColorsMidnight Blue and White
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I- MAAC, Big South Conference, MAISA,CSCHC, Southland Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Monmouth Alumni

    • Wendy Boglioli

      Professional Sports

      Olympic Gold Medal champion swimmer

    • Foster Diebold

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of the University of Alaska System and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    • Noel Lawrence Hillman

      Politics & Law

      United States federal judge

    • Lee Lozowick

      Social Advocacy & Service

      American spiritual teacher and author, and founder of the "Hohm Community"

    • Robert Santelli

      Entertainment & Arts

      executive director of The Grammy Museum and former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


  • Montclair State University Seal

    Montclair State University

    Montclair, New Jersey

    Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey
    • 20,465 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 37% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 11,990 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Montclair State University is a public research higher education institute located in Montclair, New Jersey. It was established in 1908 as a normal school under the name of New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair. The first class consisted of 187 students taught by 8 faculty members on a campus that covers 25 acres. In 1915, the school established its first residential hall which is known as Russ Hall. In 1927, the college name was changed to Montclair State Teachers College and was the first institute to offer a Bachelor of Arts program in Pedagogy. The name was changed again in 1958 to Montclair State College after it merged with Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene. The college expanded into a comprehensive institute in 1966 and finally achieved the university status in 1998 gaining its current name. It started offering master’s degree programs and doctoral degree programs in 1932 and 2008, respectively. In 2016, the Carnegie Foundation changed the classification of the university from a master’s research institute to a doctoral research institute.

    Montclair State has a suburban campus covering around 500 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Abbot and Costello Center, Alexander Kasser Theater, Basie Hall, Blanton Hall, Bond House, Calcia Hall, Chapin Hall, Sprague Library, Stone Hall, Williams Hall and Yogi Berra Museum. The official colors of the university are red and white while its mascot is called Rocky the Red Hawk. Its athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III as members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into 10 colleges including Feliciano School of Business, John J. Cali School of Music and New Jersey School of Conservation. It offers over 300 programs granting bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the university was ranked among top 100 public institutes and among the top 200 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

    Montclair State School Facts

    • Years Estd.1908
    • NicknameRed Hawks
    • MascotRocky the Red Hawk(formerly, the Indians)
    • MottoCarpe Diem
    • Motto Eng.Seize the Day
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Montclair State Alumni

    • Scott Garrett

      Politics & Law

      New Jersey Congressman

    • A. J. Khubani

      Business & Industry

      founder, president and CEO of Telebrands Corporation

    • Sharpe James

      Politics & Law

      former Mayor of Newark

    • Herman Sokol

      Science & Medicine

      co-discoverer of tetracycline and president of Bristol-Myers Company

    • Mike Fratello

      Professional Sports

      NBA head coach, sports commentator


  • New Jersey City University Seal

    New Jersey City University

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey
    • 8,237 Total Students
    • 87% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,789 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    New Jersey City University is a public higher education institute located in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was established in 1929 and was initially named the New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City. The name of the college was changed in 1935 to New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City before being changed again in 1958 to Jersey City State College. In 1958, the college expanded its academic programs by becoming a liberal arts college. Thirty years later, the college achieved the university status as approved by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and accordingly, the college gained its current name.

    The university states that its mission is to encourage the community diversity, benefiting from the surrounding community assets and solving its challenges. The university has an urban campus covering 46 acres. Its centerpiece is Hepburn Hall which is a Gothic building designed by Guilbert and Betelle and opened in 1930. Other important buildings on campus include Karnoutsos Hall which is known by the students as the Crayola building because of its external colors as well as Frank J. Guarini Library. The college offers 4 residence halls including Co-op Hall and Vodra Hall. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Gothic Knights, compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. Its official colors are green and gold. The university operates Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex that is located at Newark Bay less than a mile away from the main campus.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges and schools including William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education and a college for professional studies. The college offers 41 undergraduate degree programs and 27 graduate degree programs. It grants bachelor and master’s degrees besides offering certificate non-degree programs.

    NJCU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1929
    • NicknameGothic Knights
    • MascotGothic Knights
    • MottoIneamus Ad Discendum Exeamus Ad Merendum
    • Motto Eng."Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve"
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – NJAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NJCU Alumni

    • Timothy Adams

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor and model who participated in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV and films as Bad Boys II and Die Hard with a Vengeance

    • Maurice Fitzgibbons

      Politics & Law

      American Democratic Party politician

    • Melissa Gorga

      Entertainment & Arts

      American reality television personality who participated in The Real Housewives of New Jersey

    • Clay Constantinou

      Politics & Law

      former US Ambassador to Luxembourg

    • Betty Shabazz

      Social Advocacy & Service

      American educatorand civil rights advocate and the wife of Malcolm X


  • New Jersey Institute of Technology Seal

    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Newark, New Jersey

    New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey
    • 11,325 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 30% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,045 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research higher education institute located in Newark, New Jersey. The college was established in 1881 by a group of inventors and industrialists including Edward Weston. It was initially named Newark Technical School. The first class started at the school three years later and included 88 students who were taught in a rented place. The school started construction of its first building in 1886 which was later called Colton Hall. By 1930, the college expanded into a conventional engineering school and its name was accordingly changed to Newark College of Engineering. In 1973, a school of architecture was added to the college making it a technology university under its current name.  In 1979, the college opened its first residential hall which is named Redwood Hall. In 2013, the college campus received negative rating when it was ranked by Princeton Review as the least beautiful campus in the United States as it contains mishmash of architectural styles.

    The institute has an urban campus covering 48 acres in Newark, New Jersey. It includes several distinctive buildings and facilities including Campbell Hall, Central King Building, Cullimore Hall, Cypress Residence Hall, Dorman Honors Residence Hall, Eberhardt Hall, Fenster Hall, Fleischer Athletic Center, Kupfrian Hall, Guttenberg Information Technology Center, Laurel Residence Hall and York Center. Significant facilities on campus include class 100 and class 1000 cleanrooms for educational and research purposes, a solar observatory in addition to a 67-node supercomputer. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed the Highlanders, compete the NCAA-Division I as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The official colors of the university are red, white and blue.

    The university is divided into 21 departments and 6 colleges including Newark College of Engineering, Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences, Martin Tuchman School of Management and Albert Dorman Honors College. It offers 51 bachelor degree programs and 76 graduate degree programs granting master’s and doctoral degrees.

    NJIT School Facts

    • Years Estd.1881 (1881)
    • NicknameHighlanders
    • MascotThe Highlander
    • ColorsNJIT Red & White with Blue accent
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NJIT Alumni

    • Vince Naimoli

      Professional Sports

      owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team

    • Paul Sarlo

      Politics & Law

      Democratic New Jersey state senator

    • John J. Mooney

      Business & Industry

      inventor of the three-way catalytic converter and winner of National Medal of Technology

    • Wally Schirra

      Science & Medicine

      NASA astronaut who participated in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions

    • Kazuo Hashimoto

      Business & Industry

      inventor of Caller-ID system and telephone answering machine


  • Pillar College Seal

    Pillar College

    Newark, New Jersey

    • 421 Total Students
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Pillar College is a private evangelical Christian higher education institute located in Newark, New Jersey. The college was established in 2001 by the Pillar of Fire Church which is currently known as Pillar of Fire International. It was initially named Somerset Christian College and aimed at providing training and education to missionaries, preachers, and teachers. The college operates in the former campus of Zarephath Bible Institute and Alma White College which were both established by the same parent organization. In 2001, the college received its charter from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to offer 2-year associate degree programs. The college got approval 5 years later to offer 4-year bachelor degree programs. In 2013, the name of the college was changed to the current name.

    The college states that they believe in one Church universal following the ancient Apostles’ Creed. The college main campus is located in Park Place in Newark City, New Jersey. It also operates 3 extension sites in Somerset and Paterson, New Jersey in addition to Miami, Florida. The official mascot of the college is the Panther while its official colors are red, black and white.

    The college offers academic programs in 5 academic areas. The college also offers a special program called the Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree abbreviated as LEAD. Pillar has several ministry partners including Star 99.1, Urban Impact, Zarephath Christian Church, Victory Sports Camps and Autumn Blaze. The college is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Association for Biblical Higher Education.

    Pillar School Facts

    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationWesleyan

  • Rider University

    Lawrenceville, New Jersey

    Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    • 5,069 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 13% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 9,851 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Rider is a private higher education institute that has its roots in The Trenton Business College which was founded in 1865 by Henry Beadman Bryant and Henry D. Stratton. It started as an all-male institute but opened its doors to women in 1896. With further improvement, it evolved into a business college and then later into a college due to its academic expansion.

    It was made into a university in 1994. Based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, the institute maintains its vision of parting knowledge and working for the success of its students and the progress of societies through engaged learning and challenging conventional ideas.

    With a community like feel, at Rider University the students find themselves involved in activities, inside and outside of the classrooms, aimed at increasing awareness and greater involvement around the campus. There are more than a hundred student-run organizations. Students find a huge range of interests and benefit from making friendships and developing lasting connections. Organizations such as government and organizing committees are further aimed at growth and leadership among students by representing student interests and organizing events. Students also enjoy arts and cultural activities aimed at inclusion and celebration of diversity. Through theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and other expressions, students bring ideas to life. Community engagement and service is another important aspect and students take part in events such as Survivor/Caregiver Dinner, Martin Luther King Day of Service and others. There are university traditions and events that are celebrated all year round and are a source of fun for the students. These include Celebration of Lights, Eggscellent Egg Hunt, Relay for Life, Rock Fest, Lip Sync Battle and many more. Students are also provided with health and wellness services and facilities. There are also athletic teams competing at NCAA Division I; the teams are called Broncs, and the official campus colors are Cranberry and White.

    The academic programs offered consist of 71 undergraduate, 28 graduate degree programs and 27 certification programs. Its notable facilities are Moore Library, Talbott Library, Hillman Performing Arts Center and Bart Luedeke Center Theater.

    Rider School Facts

    • Years Estd.1865
    • NicknameBroncs
    • MottoIn Omnia Paratus (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.In all things prepared
    • ColorsCranberry and Grey
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Rider Alumni

    • Carol Meyrowitz

      Business & Industry

      CEO of TJX Companies

    • Donald Monks

      Business & Industry

      Vice chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon

    • Scott L. Tarriff

      Business & Industry

      CEO of Eagle Pharmaceuticals; former CEO of Par Pharmaceutical

    • Antonio Arocho

      Politics & Law

      Attorney and former chief operating officer of the Hispanic National Bar Association

    • Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Orange, New Jersey

    • Gregory Lorjuste

      Politics & Law

      Associate Director of Scheduling to United States President Barack Obama

    • Shirley Turner

      Politics & Law

      Member & president pro tempore of the New Jersey State Senate

    • Jack Armstrong

      Professional Sports

      Former Major League Baseball pitcher; 1990 MLB All-Star and World Champion

    • Nick Catone

      Professional Sports

      Male Athlete of the Year (2004); retired professional MMA fighter formerly competing in the UFC's Middleweight Division

    • Arthur Katalayi

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Senior adviser and global ambassador at Giving Back to Africa

    • James Morgart

      Entertainment & Arts

      Horror film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and critic

    • Gerald Peary

      Entertainment & Arts

      American film critic, who has been a reviewer and columnist for the Boston Phoenix since 1996. Former Acting Curator of the Harvard Film Archive


  • Rutgers University-Camden Seal

    Rutgers University-Camden

    Camden, New Jersey

    Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, New Jersey
    • 6,408 Total Students
    • 57% Acceptance Rate
    • 10% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,518 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Rutgers is a comprehensive public institute that dates back to 1766 when it was founded as an all male institute in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was called Queen’s College and was first given its name as ‘Rutgers’ in 1825 to honor the war veteran Colonel Henry Rutgers. It flourished into a land grant institute by 1864 and became university in year 1824.

    Although it started in New Brunswick, the university has another branch based in Camden, New Jersey and which was founded as College of South Jersey in 1920s, becoming part of the university in 1950. At the campus the mission is to deliver quality academic as well as research opportunities making its students into thinkers, scholars and leaders.

    Life at Rutgers University-Camden is dominated by opportunities and activities that are all about development of the complete self. Involving each student, there are more than 75 student run clubs and organisations offering new interests and platform for social as well as leadership growth. There is also active Greek life in campus. Students also get plenty of opportunities to connect with communities as they engage in service through volunteering time or being part of causes or projects such as community centers, homeless people, donations, local churches etc. Students also enjoy being creative at the campus and find plenty of opportunities to be either part of cultural and arts activities or simply be a spectator and enjoy them. The campus brings many arts performances such as theatre, visual arts, music, reading series etc. For students the central flocking destination is the ‘Campus Center’ a place where students find all the necessary resources to hang out with friends, work on a project, hold a meeting etc. The university campus also has athletic participation at NCAA Division III. Official campus color is Scarlet.

    Academic programs at the Camden campus are undergraduate programs with 36 majors and 29 graduate degree programs. Its notable facilities /departments are Paul Robeson Library, Stedman Gallery, Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers School of Business, Rutgers Law School and few more.

    Rutgers School Facts

    • Years Estd.November 10, 1766
    • MascotScarlet Raptors
    • MottoSol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
    • Motto Eng.Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
    • ColorsScarlet
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIINew Jersey Athletic Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Rutgers University Seal

    Rutgers University

    New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • 49,428 Total Students
    • 57% Acceptance Rate
    • 32% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 35,340 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Rutgers is a public university and a research institute that traces its roots to the Queen’s College. The college was founded in year 1766 as an all male institute in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It first got its name ‘Rutgers’ in 1825 named for a war veteran. The college was affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church and by 1864 became a land grant institute as well. It wasn’t until 1918 that it started admitting women and by 1924 became a university.

    The university is the 8th oldest state university in the country and with its age old tradition the university is committed to offering quality education and supporting world class research for developing innovative and intellectually sound solutions.

    The campus life at Rutgers University is one which offers a balance mix of academics and activities making it the most fulfilling experience. Learning begins outside classroom through research work, ‘Living-Learning Communities’, through lectures, seminars or speaker series. Students also enjoy taking part in over 400 student led clubs and organisations and not only do they find learning and growth opportunities but also develop leadership qualities and learn team building. There are Student Associations as well as fraternities and sororities that provide additional leadership development opportunities. Students also get involved in community service which further acts as growth opportunity to understanding cultures, community problems and developing empathy. Either students work with local organisations or simply volunteer their time for projects. The university has its own annual events that mark tradition as well as bring entertainment and social activity for the students; these are Charity Bed Race, Rutgers Day, Dance Marathon and others. As part of recreation and physical activity, students enthusiastically take part in athletics. The teams are called ‘Scarlet Knights’ competing at NCAA Division I. The official campus color is Scarlet.

    At Rutgers, students are offered undergraduate programs with over 100 majors and more than 220 graduate programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Archibald S. Alexander Library, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and others.

    Rutgers School Facts

    • Years Estd.November 10, 1766 (1766-11-10)
    • NicknameScarlet Knights
    • MottoSol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
    • Motto Eng.Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
    • ColorsScarlet
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Rutgers Alumni

    • Brad Ascalon

      Entertainment & Arts

      Industrial designer

    • Jim Coane

      Entertainment & Arts

      Emmy award-winning television executive producer; also writer and director of Dragon Tales

    • Robert Pulcini

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award nominated documentary and feature filmmaker; worked as a co-director of American Splendor

    • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

      Business & Industry

      Author and tech entrepreneur

    • Earl MacDonald

      Entertainment & Arts

      Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut; former musical director and also the pianist with Maynard Ferguson

    • Morton Jay Chiat

      Business & Industry

      Founder of TBWA\Chiat\Day advertising

    • Bernard Marcus

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Home Depot

    • Richard H. Fink

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Mercatus Center; also current executive vice president at Koch Industries

    • Roy Franklin Nichols

      Education & Advocacy

      Historian and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1949

    • Louis Freeh

      Politics & Law

      Director of the FBI from 1993 to 2001

    • Albert Schatz

      Science & Medicine

      Graduate assistant to Selman Waksman; also known for co-discovering Streptomycin

    • Peter C. Schultz

      Science & Medicine

      Co-inventor of fiber optics

    • Dorothy Cantor

      Science & Medicine

      Former president of the American Psychological Association


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    Rutgers University-Newark

    Newark, New Jersey

    Rutgers University-Newark in Newark, New Jersey
    • 11,720 Total Students
    • 65% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 11,646 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A public research university and one of the campuses of Rutgers University, this campus traces its beginnings to when the flagship institute was founded in 1766. The parent institute began as men’s institute and was called Queens College. Named after the war veteran, Colonel Henry Rutgers, the college was designated as a land grant institute in 1864 and with admission of women in 1819 became a university by 1824.

    The university has another campus based in Newark, New Jersey which was established in 1946 as University of Newark (founded in 1908) became part of the university. The campus incorporates knowledge and inquiry into its education with the aim of producing scholarship, and preparing students for more globally creative solutions.

    At Rutgers University-Newark, students find diversity as an important factor, combining education and learning with culture, arts, recreation as well as social mobility. There are over 180 student led clubs and organisations which serve as primary units for student activities, learning outside of classrooms and for forming lasting personal and professional relationships. Developing its student’s cultural perspective and enabling them to become effective leaders, there are cultural events held at the campus. Students also get the chance to be involved in service learning trips on a global scale, having worked in India, Tanzania and Nicaragua. The students also get involved with the local community through service and volunteering for causes. Students take part in Alternative Spring Break, Make A Difference Day, Service Day or raising awareness and making donation through the Student Outreach Council. Students also enjoy many entertainment and traditional events at the campus as well; these include DeStress Pancake Breakfast, The Lens: Artist Spotlight, Homecoming and others. There is athletic participation at NCAA Division III by teams ‘Scarlet Raiders’. The campus color is Scarlet.

    Academic programs at the campus consist of undergraduate programs with over 40 majors and over 50 programs consisting of graduate and professional programs. Its prominent departments/facilities are Rutgers Law School, Rutgers Business School, John Cotton Dana Library, Don M. Gottfredson Library, lement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and more.

    Rutgers School Facts

    • Years Estd.November 10, 1766
    • NicknameScarlet Raiders
    • MottoSol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
    • Motto Eng.Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
    • ColorsScarlet
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIINew Jersey Athletic Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Rutgers Alumni

    • Raymond G. Chambers

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Philanthropist and humanitarian; also chairman of MCJ Amelior Foundation

    • Kevin J. Collins

      Education & Advocacy

      Authority on legal and investment banking matters, also a leader in environmental preservation

    • Ida L. Castro

      Politics & Law

      First Latina commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Personnel

    • Richard J. Hughes

      Politics & Law

      Former governor of New Jersey; chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey

    • George McPhee

      Professional Sports

      Vice president and general manager for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League

    • Esther Salas

      Politics & Law

      Judge in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

    • Judith Viorst

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author and columnist for Redbook magazine; Emmy Award winner in 1970

    • Ozzie Nelson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Radio and television entertainer

    • Wade Henderson

      Social Advocacy & Service

      President and CEO of, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

    • Charles Evered

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer/Director


  • Thomas Edison State University Seal

    Thomas Edison State University

    Trenton, New Jersey

    Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey
    • 13,093 Total Students
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    TESU is a public higher education institute that is based in Trenton, New Jersey. The present-day university was founded in the year 1972 after it received the approval from the New Jersey Board of Education a year before. It was initially formed as the Thomas Edison State College and it was in the year 2015 that it was given university status.

    The university took its name after Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor and who spent a major part of his adult years in the state of New Jersey. Taking inspiration from its namesake, the focus at the institution is learning, progress, creativity, and development for intellect for ‘self-directed adults’.

    Life of a student is flexible and open to self-planning at the Thomas Edison State University, for it’s not a university in the traditional sense. The students choose their own learning pace and completion of their degrees, at the time and place they find most suitable. Since it offers education for the adults, there is more than one option to continue with the academic journey; the options consist of online programs, credit transfers, credit-bearing exams, and prior learning assessment.  The university attendance is not completely barred for those enrolled at the university. The students attend commencement, and give their exams but can also pay a visit to the institute to meet an advisor. Student support is considered an important part of the institute’s culture. Besides these, appreciation of arts and creativity at TESU is not what is known to all; the university holds many art pieces in its buildings and facilities. An entire room is dedicated to Prudence Townsend Kelsey exhibiting her collectables which she collected in her trips. It is called Prudence Townsend Kelsey Memorial Room.

    The academic programs offered at the university consist of associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs in 100+ areas of study and also undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. Its prominent facilities/departments are Hanover Hall, George A. Pruitt Hall, Kuser Mansion, The Kelsey Complex, Watson School of Public Service and W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, Heavin School of Arts and Sciences.

    TESU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1972
    • MottoEruditio perpetua vitae (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Learning throughout life
    • ColorsBurgundy and beige
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous TESU Alumni

    • Arthur C. Brooks

      Business & Industry

      Gary Heavin, founder and CEO of Curves International

    • Arthur C. Brooks

      Science & Medicine

      Economist, President of the American Enterprise Institute

    • Steven L. Herman

      Entertainment & Arts

      South Asia bureau chief and a Radio/TV Correspondent for the Voice of America

    • Walter E. Fountain

      Social Advocacy & Service

      United States Army Brigadier General, Assistant Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard

    • Mike Davis

      Professional Sports

      Texas Southern University head men's basketball coach

    • Captain Edwin Muñiz

      Science & Medicine

      Aerospace Physiologist

    • Steve Levicoff

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer

    • Kristina Sisco

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress

    • Raj Mukherji, Esq.

      Politics & Law

      Assemblyman, Member of the New Jersey State Legislature and former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City

    • Marc Gafni

      Education & Advocacy

      Former rabbi and author



All Top Colleges in New Jersey

  • Bais Medrash Toras Chesed

    Lakewood, New Jersey

    • 104 Total Students
    • 46% Acceptance Rate
    • 64% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 84 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Bais Medrash Toras Chesed is a private four year institute offering Jewish studies. It was established in the year 2000 and offers religious education to a small student population in Lakewood, New Jersey.  Under the current leadership of Rabbi Nosson Stein and Rabbi Gelfand, this religious institute has come a long way in a short span of time, starting with only 35 students being enrolled the first day the institute opened its doors in the city.

    The institute’s location is crucial to its mission in serving the Jewish communities as preserving Jewish heritage. The township of Lakewood is home to large Orthodox Jewish population and so the institute has developed as a center for Jewish ideology and renaissance.

    The campus life at BMTC is a combination of academics and also time for socializing and interacting with each other. Fridays are the usual days for the students to spend their time off from studies to make visits off campus. Every alternate Friday students join the local families as latter host them. Similarly, a meal together with everyone in the yeshiva is also held on Friday evenings, once a month. In this small event, students give speech and learn public speaking. During winters, these Friday evening meals are complemented with discussions and seminars. Students are also encourages to do volunteer work in their free time. They involve themselves in raising funds for Lev L’Achim, helping local children with schoolwork. Outreach programs are also conducted during summer breaks. The institute also runs a publication program, publishing scholarly papers by faculty and students.

    At the institute, the students are required to undergo rigorous routine involving studies on Talmud while staying on the campus is mandatory for the freshmen. Through this, the students stay focused on their studies, connect with other students and involve with faculty and teacher on a higher level needed to get a firm grasp on the knowledge. It offers Bachelor’s degree in Talmud studies and Rabbinical studies and the programs are accredited by Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission.

    BMTC School Facts

    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Beth Medrash Govoha

    Lakewood, New Jersey

    • 6,579 Total Students
    • 22 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    A private and all male institute, Beth Medrash Govoha began in 1943 and was founded by Rabbi Aharon Kotler and Rabbi Nosson Meir Wachtfoge. Over the years, the yeshiva has grown and served many students in the country, however it remains closely associated with the Kotler family, family of one of the founders. The leadership since the start of the institute has stayed within the family, who has been greatly involved with the preparation of its students into religious leaders and scholars needed in the world today.

    BMG classifies itself as the Haredi yeshiva located in Lakewood Township, New Jersey. It has been licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and accredited by the Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools. With all its years of struggle to serve the Jewish community, the yeshiva has come to become the largest yeshiva in the country and counted amongst the largest in the world.

    This yeshiva introduces a unique curriculum around Talmudic studies to its students. The academics centers on classic Torah studies using the Talmud, Rabbinic, Responsa and two other literature sources. Students study through ‘Chaburah’ system which means to study in groups; groups of scholars sit along with their study partners and study a subject with the same pace as their partners. These groups are further monitored by a head or a leader typically called rosh chaburah. The tradition of arranging in groups and arranging partners are done on the Tumul day. On this day, the students decide with their partners about the study subjects and check compatibility with each other regarding studying in the group. Another distinctive feature about BMG is provision of scholarship and allowance that it has continued since its beginning. It would provide allowance to its married students early in the start, however supporting 5,000 married students isn’t possible for the institute though it still provides compensation called the ‘Kolel check’.

    The institute runs two semesters in a year and students are enrolled /admitted in both of the semesters.

    BMG School Facts

    • Years Estd.1943 (1943)
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Eastern International College

    Belleville, New Jersey

    Eastern International College in Belleville, New Jersey
    • 207 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    EIC is an institute providing specialised education and training in the field of medical practices. It started in 1990 as Micro Tech Training Center and was based in East Orange, offering computer training. Within some time, the institute not only received approval by New Jersey Department of Education but was also accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. As it saw change in employment trends, the institute began offering training in healthcare fields in 2002.

    It relocated several times and came to be based in Jersey City in 2000 and extended to another campus in Belleville, New Jersey in 2004. Over time, the college has extended its curriculum, adding practical learning opportunities and focusing on not only professional skill development but also social and personal development.

    Eastern International College has become an institute which fosters the development of practical skill set and for that, brings experiential learning platforms. The students enjoy personal and one on one interaction with the faculty which results in better exchange of knowledge as well as close monitoring of student progress. Further academic services come in the form of tutoring, academic advising and counselling by which the mentors and teachers help students decide the right academic course, help cope up with academic schedule or any obstacles they face in their journey, and provide extra help in areas where students lack. Student life is further characterised by extracurricular activities on campus as student body representation and social activities arranged through departmental student professional groups. Student Life Coordinator also takes active interest in learning about student interests. These help students to be more socially active and be involved in learning programs. There are also community service activities arranged such as blood drives, food drives and others.

    As for the academic programs offered at EIC, it includes four Associate degree programs and a Bachelors degree programs in dental, nursing and medical practices disciplines.

    EIC School Facts

    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Mesivta Keser Torah

    Lakewood, New Jersey

    • 34 Total Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 100% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Mesivta Keser Torah is a Jewish private non-profit college for male students. It is located in Lakewood, New Jersey. All enrolled students receive financial grants supporting their studies. The college offers only one academic program in Talmudic Studies that follows semester calendar. It has extremely low graduation rate of only 6%.

    Mesivta Keser Torah School Facts

    • LocationNew Jersey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Princeton University Seal

    Princeton University

    Princeton, New Jersey

    Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
    • 8,138 Total Students
    • 7% Acceptance Rate
    • 68% Enrollment Rate
    • 5 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 27,290 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Princeton University is a private research institute located in Princeton, New Jersey. The university was established in 1746 in Elizabeth City under the name of College of New Jersey with the aim of training ministers. It is the fourth higher education institute to be established in the United States and among the 9 colleges to be established before the American Revolution. The college relocated after one year to Newark before moving in 1756 to its current location. The college continued to operate in a single building; Nassau Hall till 1803 when Stanhope Hall was built. In 1802, Nassau Hall was damaged by fire which happened again in 1855. The students of class 1879 donated twin lion sculptures that were placed at the entrance till 1911 when the same class replaced them with tigers. The university granted the first doctoral degree in 1879. The college name was changed in 1896 to its current name. In 1969, the university became a coeducational institute and started to admit women. Currently, Princeton University has the greatest per-student endowment in the world making it one of the wealthiest universities.

    The university campus covers 500 acres and is considered as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. The university has more than 200 buildings including 10 libraries. Prominent buildings on campus include Holder Hall, Walker Hall, Blair Hall, McCarter Theater and Murray-Dodge Hall. Moreover, the university has a branch campus split between Plainsboro and South Brunswick, which is known as the James Forrestal Campus. The university athletic teams, who are known as Tigers, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Ivy League. The university keeps many unique traditions Arch Sings, Bonfire, Bicker, Communiversity and Holder Howl.

    The university is divided into 37 academic departments offering 55 undergraduate, 18 master’s and 33 doctoral degree programs.

    Princeton School Facts

    • Years Estd.1746
    • NicknameTigers
    • MottoDei Sub Numine Viget (Latin):51
    • Motto Eng.Under God's Power She Flourishes:51
    • ColorsOrange and Black
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIvy League, ECAC Hockey, EARC, EIVAMAISA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Princeton Alumni

    • Turki al-Faisal

      Politics & Law

      Saudi politician, diplomat and member of the House of Saud

    • John Bardeen

      Science & Medicine

      the only one to win the Nobel Prize twice in physics

    • Karl Compton

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of MIT

    • Morris Tanenbaum

      Business & Industry

      developer of the world’s first silicon transistor

    • Michelle Obama

      Politics & Law

      first Lady of the United States


  • The College of New Jersey Seal

    The College of New Jersey

    Ewing, New Jersey

    The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey
    • 7,406 Total Students
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 11,290 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a public higher education institute located in Ewing, New Jersey. The college was established in 1855 under the name of New Jersey State Normal School. It was then the first normal school to be established in New Jersey and the ninth in the United States. In 1908, the phrase “in Trenton” was added to its official name. In 1925, the school started offering four-year baccalaureate degree programs. In 1928, the college purchased 210 acres to relocate from Trenton on Clinton Avenue to its current location. The first building to be completed was Green Hall which was built in traditional Georgian colonial style. In the following year, the college changed its name again to “New Jersey State Teachers College and State Normal School at Trenton”. The name changed again in 1937 and 1958 before finally gaining its current name in 1996. The college started in 1947 offering graduate degree programs. In 2013, the college established the Campus Town complex on 12 acres. The complex consists of seven residential and commercial buildings including a Campus Town Clock Tower.

    TCNJ campus covers 289 acres. It has several distinctive buildings and facilities including June Walker Field, George Ackerman Park, Roscoe L. West Hall, Forcina Hall, Kendall Hall and Bliss Hall. The campus also offers several residential halls including Allen Hall, Brewster Hall, Ely Hall, Norsworthy Hall, Eickhoff Hall, Cromwell Hall and Decker Hall. The college library is known as R. Barbara Gitenstein Library. It is a five-story library including a 105-seat multi-purpose auditorium. The campus also hosts the David Sarnoff Museum, which was formerly located at Princeton Junction. The college has several publications including the Signal Newspaper, TCNJ Magazine, Lions Television and WTSR non-commercial radio station.

    The college is divided into 7 schools offering more than 50 academic programs. The college also offers some programs at international locations including Bangkok, Thailand; Majorca, Spain; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

    TCNJ School Facts

    • Years Estd.1855
    • NicknameLions
    • MascotRoscoe the Lion
    • ColorsTCNJ Blue & TCNJ Gold
    • LocationNew Jersey
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – NJAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous TCNJ Alumni

    • Joseph A. Mussomeli

      Politics & Law

      the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia

    • Sheila Callaghan

      Entertainment & Arts

      award-winning playwright and screenwriter

    • James Florio

      Politics & Law

      former Governor of New Jersey

    • Madaline A. Williams

      Politics & Law

      first African American woman elected to the New Jersey Legislature

    • Adam Mamawala

      Entertainment & Arts

      stand-up comedian


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