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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in New Jersey include 13 public and 45 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in New Jersey is $15,443, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in New Jersey. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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The Top 50 Colleges in New Jersey

Best Colleges In New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology

The College of New Jersey

Seton Hall University

Stockton University

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Thomas Edison State University

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in New Jersey

New Jersey’s thriving economy means graduates will have their pick of fulfilling careers. The five largest industries in New Jersey include office and administrative support occupations, transportation and material moving, sales, educational instruction and library occupations, and management.

For workers with bachelor’s degrees, the list of growing occupations in New Jersey is a diverse one. The number of positions for animal scientists, for example, is expected to increase by 100% by 2030. Other careers that should see rapid growth in the state include agents and talent managers, coaches and scouts, athletic trainers, and museum technicians and conservators.

Employers in New Jersey are looking for graduates from all disciplines. Some of New Jersey’s largest employers include the research department of the New Jersey Medical School, United Airlines, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Resorts Casino Hotel, and Princeton University.

What’s Next?

Many students turn to financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans to help pay for college. If you’re considering calling one of New Jersey’s universities home for the next four years, you need to know what aid the state provides:

Colleges by State

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