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Top Colleges in New Jersey

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Whether you’re looking for an Ivy League education at Princeton, a state school experience at Rutgers, or a liberal arts education at Drew University, New Jersey colleges have something to offer everyone. And with one of the best statewide educational grants in the country, a New Jersey education can be surprisingly affordable. Check out the New Jersey colleges below to find your future school.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Princeton, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
5,236 undergraduate students
98% graduation rate
$11,080 average per year after aid
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The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ • Public, Suburb

Ewing, NJ

Public, Suburb

62% acceptance rate
6,491 undergraduate students
87% graduation rate
$17,138 average per year after aid
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ • Public, City

New Brunswick, NJ

Public, City

68% acceptance rate
35,827 undergraduate students
84% graduation rate
$15,365 average per year after aid
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Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Hoboken, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

53% acceptance rate
4,053 undergraduate students
87% graduation rate
$36,674 average per year after aid
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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ • Public, City

Newark, NJ

Public, City

69% acceptance rate
8,377 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$17,093 average per year after aid
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Rutgers University-Camden

Camden, NJ • Public, City

Camden, NJ

Public, City

79% acceptance rate
4,747 undergraduate students
71% graduation rate
$12,755 average per year after aid
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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, NJ • Public, Suburb

Mahwah, NJ

Public, Suburb

70% acceptance rate
4,859 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$15,232 average per year after aid
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Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, NJ • Public, City

Newark, NJ

Public, City

77% acceptance rate
8,066 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$12,807 average per year after aid
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Drew University

Madison, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Madison, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

80% acceptance rate
1,520 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$15,336 average per year after aid
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Stockton University

Galloway, NJ • Public, Suburb

Galloway, NJ

Public, Suburb

85% acceptance rate
8,359 undergraduate students
76% graduation rate
$18,724 average per year after aid
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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ • Public, Suburb

Montclair, NJ

Public, Suburb

91% acceptance rate
15,993 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$13,705 average per year after aid
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Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

West Long Branch, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

84% acceptance rate
4,057 undergraduate students
69% graduation rate
$25,324 average per year after aid
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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ • Public, Suburb

Glassboro, NJ

Public, Suburb

84% acceptance rate
14,925 undergraduate students
69% graduation rate
$22,978 average per year after aid
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Saint Peter's University

Jersey City, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, City

Jersey City, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, City

93% acceptance rate
2,017 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$11,397 average per year after aid
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Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

South Orange, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

77% acceptance rate
5,924 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$32,484 average per year after aid
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Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Hackettstown, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

98% acceptance rate
1,111 undergraduate students
68% graduation rate
$23,763 average per year after aid
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Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

Teaneck, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Teaneck, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

85% acceptance rate
2,515 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$10,987 average per year after aid
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Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Caldwell, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

96% acceptance rate
1,624 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$15,142 average per year after aid
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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Lawrenceville, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

82% acceptance rate
3,174 undergraduate students
61% graduation rate
$22,316 average per year after aid
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William Paterson University of New Jersey

Wayne, NJ • Public, Suburb

Wayne, NJ

Public, Suburb

83% acceptance rate
7,165 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$17,225 average per year after aid
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We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in New Jersey

Tuition Aid Grant (TAD):

The Tuition Aid Grant (TAD) is a need-based grant for New Jersey residents attending approved institutions. Nearly one-third of all full-time undergraduate students in New Jersey have received assistance from this grant. The amount awarded varies based on need and the types of institution the student is attending. 

New Jersey College Promise: 

The New Jersey College Promise program gives New Jersey residents the opportunity to attend community college free of tuition. This program is need-based so awards will be calculated based on your annual adjusted gross income (AGI). 

New Jersey tuition reciprocity agreements

New Jersey does not currently have any tuition reciprocity agreements with any other states. 

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Frequently asked questions about studying in New Jersey

What is the hardest college in New Jersey to get into

 The school with the lowest acceptance rate in New Jersey is Princeton University, with only 4% of students getting accepted. Since Princeton is an Ivy League school, it typically has a more rigorous admissions process.

Does New Jersey have tuition reciprocity?

New Jersey does not currently have any tuition reciprocity agreements, or set programs with other states to provide discounted tuition.

Why should I study in New Jersey?

Studying in New Jersey will give you the opportunity to visit both its beaches or its major cities. Its proximity to New York City can be very appealing to students, as there are many career and internship opportunities that are accessible in the tri-state area.  Another benefit is that New Jersey has train systems that allow students to travel through the area in a cost effective manner. If any of this appeals to you, the Garden State might be a great place for you to further your education.

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