Caldwell University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell, New Jersey
Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell, New Jersey. Jared Kofsky / Wikimedia Commons

Caldwell University Admissions Overview:

Caldwell University is largely open; only about 15% of those who apply will not be admitted. Students with good grades and test scores above average have a good chance of being admitted, especially those with a strong academic background and a range of extracurricular activities. To apply, students can use the Common Application (more on that below), or they can use the Caldwell Application, available on the school's website.

Applicants must also submit transcripts, an academic essay, and two letters of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2016):

Caldwell University Description:

Caldwell University is located on a 70-acre campus in Caldwell, New Jersey, just 20 miles from Manhattan. Caldwell is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church. Students can choose from 28 fields of study with psychology and business being the most popular among undergraduates. The university has a 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and Caldwell takes pride in the interaction between students and faculty.

Caldwell has strong continuing education opportunities, and about half of the school's students are adults pursuing their degrees part-time. On the athletic front, the Caldwell Cougars compete in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,214 (1,637 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 30% Male / 70% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,650
  • Books: $2,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,140
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $48,690

Caldwell University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 65%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,424
    • Loans: $8,321

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Tennis, Cross Country, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Caldwell and the Common Application

Caldwell University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: