William Paterson University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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William Paterson University Description:

Founded in 1855, William Paterson University is a public university that sits on 370 wooded acres in northeastern New Jersey, just 20 miles from New York City. Students at William Paterson can choose from 44 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs from the university's five colleges. The university has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of about 20. Pre-professional fields are particularly popular. The student body is diverse, and the university has a significant commuter population. On the athletic front, the William Paterson Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,583 (9,103 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,574 (in-state); $20,466 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,103
  • Other Expenses: $3,140
  • Total Cost: $28,417 (in-state); $36,309 (out-of-state)

William Paterson University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,953
    • Loans: $6,901

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, English, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Soccer, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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William Paterson University Mission Statement:

"William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution that offers an outstanding and affordable education to a diverse traditional and nontraditional student body through baccalaureate, graduate and continuing education programs. The University's distinguished teachers, scholars and professionals actively challenge students to high levels of intellectual and professional accomplishment and personal growth in preparation for careers, advanced studies and productive citizenship. Faculty and staff use innovative approaches to research, learning and student support to expand students’ awareness of what they can accomplish. The University’s graduates embody a profound sense of responsibility to their communities, commitment to a sustainable environment and active involvement in a multicultural world."