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Top New Jersey Colleges

15 of the Top Colleges in New Jersey

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New Jersey has wide ranging options for higher education. Princeton is the most prestigious of the group, but the list includes public, private, large, small, women's and Catholic institutions. The 15 top New Jersey colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking. The schools were chosen based on a variety of factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, graduation rates, selectivity, financial aid and student engagement.

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The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey
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Drew University

Drew University Graduation
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  • Location: Madison, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 2,581 (1,640 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small private university with a liberal arts focus
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of about 20;  chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; close proximity to New York City; high four-year graduation rate
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Drew University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Drew Admissions

Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University
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Monmouth University

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  • Location: Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 6,442 (4,711 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private comprehensive university
  • Distinctions: six colleges and strong professional programs; 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; located just one mile from the shore; Honors School for high-achieving students; member of the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Monmouth University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Monmouth Admissions

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology
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  • Location: Newark, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 8,398 (5,576 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university with a science and engineering focus
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 44 bachelor's degree programs; easy access to New York City; member of the NCAA Division I Great West Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the NJIT profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for NJIT Admissions

Princeton University

Princeton University
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Ramapo College of New Jersey

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  • Location: Mahwah, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 5,847 (5,561 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: average class size of 23; 40 academic programs; interdisciplinary academic structure; highly rated among master's-level colleges in the North; many new facilities; easy access to New York City; good value
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Ramapo College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Ramapo Admissions

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Richard Stockton College Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City
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  • Location: Pomona, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 7,307 (6,671 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: highly ranked among public master's universities in the North; strong environmental studies and marine science programs; 1,600-acre campus features an art gallery, observatory, a large outdoor research lab, and a laboratory, field station and marina for marine science; good value
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Richard Stockton College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Richard Stockton Admissions

Rider University

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  • Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 5,974 (4,760 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private university
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 60 degree programs across four academic colleges; easy access to New York City and Philadelphia; strong business programs; member of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Rider University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Rider Admissions

Rowan University

Rowan University
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  • Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 10,270 (9,036 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive public university
  • Distinctions: average class size of 20; 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 87 undergraduate majors across eight academic colleges; strong music education and business administration programs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Rowan University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Rowan Admissions

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