Top New Jersey Colleges

14 of the Best Colleges and Universities in New Jersey

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 14 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. Iggynelix / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Ewing, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 7,406 (6,758 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the country; easy train access to Philadelphia and New York City; over 50 degree programs; high retention and graduation rates; excellent value
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit The College of New Jersey profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for TCNJ Admissions

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Drew University Graduation
Drew University Graduation. Fingfox / Flickr
  • Location: Madison, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 2,082 (1,450 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small private university with a liberal arts focus
  • Distinctions: impressive 10 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

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Monmouth University Sculpture
Monmouth University Sculpture. Sister72 / Flickr
  • Location: Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 6,394 (4,693 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private comprehensive university
  • Distinctions: six colleges and strong professional programs; 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; located just one mile from the shore; Honors School for high-achieving students; member of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Monmouth University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Monmouth Admissions

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NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology
NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology. Andrew Maiman / Flickr

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Princeton University
Princeton University. _Gene_ / Flickr

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Ramapo College Berrie Center for the Arts
Ramapo College Berrie Center for the Arts. Copyright Ramapo College
  • Location: Mahwah, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 6,026 (5,661 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

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Rider University Basketball
Rider University Basketball. Photo by Jeff Golden / Getty Images
  • Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 5,069 (4,172 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private university
  • Distinctions: 12 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

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Rowan University
Rowan University. Wasted Time R / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 16,155 (13,169 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive public university
  • Distinctions: average class size of 20; 18 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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Rutgers University Camden
Rutgers University Camden. Photo Credit: Henry Montesino

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Rutgers University Football
Rutgers University Football. lisatozzi / Flickr
  • Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 49,428 (35,484 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive public university
  • Distinctions: flagship campus of the Rutgers system; 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; ranks highly among national public universities; many strong graduate programs; easy access to New York City and Philadelphia; Scarlet Knights compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Rutgers-New Brunswick profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Rutgers-New Brunswick Admissions

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Golden Dome Athletic Center at Rutgers-Newark
Golden Dome Athletic Center at Rutgers-Newark. Arthur Paxton / Wikimedia Commons

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Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University. InfoAgent / Wikimedia Commons

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Stevens Institute of Technology Gatehouse
Stevens Institute of Technology Gatehouse. ST47 / Flickr

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Richard Stockton College Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City
Richard Stockton College Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City. Paul Lowry / Flickr
  • Location: Galloway, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: 8,674 (7,808 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public liberal arts university
  • 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 Stockton University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Richard Stockton Admissions

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