7 Most Popular Colleges in New Jersey

7 Most Popular Colleges in New Jersey

New Jersey has a range of college programs and tuition costs with these schools at the top of manys students' lists.

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Montclair was the first college in New Jersey to offer master’s degrees.

If hearing “New Jersey” brings thoughts of MTV to mind, you might want to take a second look at the state. As one of the original 13 colonies, New Jersey is full of history – and 50 colleges and universities.

From four-year universities to technical colleges, New Jersey has a ton of different options for college students. There’s also a lot to choose from when it comes to tuition. Here are the seven most popular schools in the state and what they charge.

7. William Paterson University of New Jersey

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 11,518

Cost: $11,464 for residents, $18,628 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Most undergraduate students major in business at William Paterson. Not only is it the biggest college on campus, but it also allows students to specialize in areas such as professional sales, marketing, and music management.

Fun Fact: The university’s student-run radio station, WPSC 88.7 FM, won Best College/University Station at the 2012 Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards.

6. Kean University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 15,939

Cost: $6,924 for residents, $12,966 for out-of-state students

Best Program: When it comes to majors, business ranks first at Kean. Over 20 percent of students are enrolled in the program, which offers a cooperative education program that gets undergraduates involved with local businesses.

Fun Fact: Kean University produces more teachers than any other university in New Jersey.

5. Bergen Community College, Paramus

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 17,000

Cost: $128 per credit for Bergen residents, $270 per credit for out-of-county students, and $283 per credit for out-of-state students

Best Program: Liberal arts is the most popular major on campus. More than half the student body chooses to earn their associate’s degree in the department, which encompasses a wide range of classes from sciences to languages.

Fun Fact: Located in Paramus, Bergen Community College is at the heart of the country’s biggest shopping city. The residents of Paramus create more than $5 billion in retail sales every year.

4. Montclair State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 18,382

Cost: $11,057 for residents, $20,135 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: Business is one of the most highly ranked majors, along with family and consumer science. Students who major in business can choose an area of focus and pursue it in either business administration or economics. Family and consumer science majors receive an education that prepares them for a teaching career.

Fun Fact: Montclair was the first college in New Jersey to offer master’s degrees.

3. Thomas Edison State University

Type of College: Public Adult College

Enrollment: 20,251

Cost: $5,508 for residents, $8,111 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Engineering is the top major at Thomas Edison. Students can choose to earn either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in the field, and have the option of focusing on a certain type of engineering. Whether you’re interested in electrical engineering or electronic engineering technology, there’s a major for you.

Fun Fact: The college is one of the first in the U.S. to cater specifically to adult students.

2. Camden County College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 23,052

Cost: $101 per credit for Camden County residents, $105 per credit for out-of-county students

Best Programs: Camden County is home to an excellent nursing program – in fact, their associate’s degree programs in nursing, nursing research, and clinical nursing are among the top 50 in the country. The science technology program for students who wish to become technicians is also nationally ranked.

Fun Fact: The college offers mini-courses that run for five weeks and cover unique topics, such as “Haunted: A History of Ghosts in Literature and Pop Culture.”

1. Rutgers University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 58,180

Cost: $10,356 for residents, $23,676 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Undergraduates love the philosophy major offered at Rutgers. Not only is it internationally ranked, but it consistently tops national lists as well. Students receive a broad education in the field, and often go on to careers in everything from journalism to medicine.

Fun Fact: Rutgers has 180 different research centers and institutes that are available for student use. Rutgers also offers online options for certain majors. 1

Quick Facts

  • New Jersey established two colleges before the Declaration of Independence was signed – unlike any of the other 13 colonies.
  • High school students don’t just do well on their SATs in New Jersey; the average score of students in Bergen is 2100, which is the highest average in the U.S.

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