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New Jersey’s colleges and universities are like New Jersey itself – a diverse, unconventional complex of all sorts of characters. New Jersey has the Ivy League and the small liberal arts college, the world-class public research university and the tiny regional college. Above all, New Jersey has New Jersey – innovation, entrepreneurship, and fearlessness. 

Public Colleges and Universities in New Jersey 

  • The College of New Jersey – Ewing Township
  • Kean University – Union
  • Montclair State University – Montclair
  • New Jersey City University – Jersey City
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey – Mahwah
  • Rowan University – Glassboro
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark 
  • Stockton University – Galloway
  • Thomas Edison State College – Trenton
  • William Paterson University – Wayne

Community Colleges in New Jersey

  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Bergen Community College
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Burlington County College
  • Camden County College
  • Cumberland County College
  • Essex County College
  • Gloucester County College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County College
  • County College of Morris
  • Ocean County College
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Salem Community College
  • Sussex County Community College
  • Union County College
  • Warren County Community College

Private Colleges and Universities in New Jersey 

  • Bloomfield College – Bloomfield
  • Caldwell College – Caldwell
  • Centenary University – Hackettstown
  • College of Saint Elizabeth – Morris Township
  • Drew University – Madison
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University – Madison
  • Felician College – Lodi
  • Georgian Court University – Lakewood
  • Monmouth University – West Long Branch
  • Princeton University – Princeton
  • Rider University – Lawrenceville
  • Seton Hall University – South Orange
  • Saint Peter’s University – Jersey City
  • Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken

What Makes New Jersey Unique 

New Jersey is a small state (fourth-smallest in the country) with a little bit of everything, and a place for everybody – which is why it’s the most densely-populated state, too. After all, it’s the Garden State, one of the biggest producers of blueberries, tomatoes, cranberries, spinach, and even peaches. But everyone forgets that, since New Jersey is also a highly industrialized state, built on shipping and manufacturing, and because high swaths of the state are taken up with suburbs crisscrossed by rail lines and freeways taking workers to New York City and Philadelphia. From bioengineering to food production to finance and tech, New Jersey’s diverse population has created a need for a diverse higher education system, capable of delivering a well-trained career and technical workforce, as well as Wall Street professionals, high-tech researchers, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.

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Value in New Jersey’s Colleges and Universities 

Somehow, New Jersey pulls it off. Nothing in New Jersey is cheap, but the state is full of value from the most elite to the most accessible colleges and universities. New Jersey has two Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution – the Ivy League Princeton University, and the Public Ivy, Rutgers University – and both have demonstrated a commitment to affordable education. With the largest per-student endowment in the nation, Princeton was the first university in the nation to completely eliminate student loans – every student has their need met with grants and scholarships. Rutgers has put a priority on outreach to underserved students, launching initiatives like the Future Scholars Program to nurture promising underprivileged students and provide scholarships. Generous financial aid from New Jersey’s many small liberal arts colleges, and affordable tuition at regional public universities, make sure everyone in New Jersey who wants an education can find their best value.


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