Top Universities in New Jersey

By | April 20, 2019

For those interested in studying in New Jersey, we have a very useful list. We selected the best New Jersey institutions for prospective students. Please know that rankings are based on academic research, alumni reviews, graduation rates, as well as assessment from peer colleges. On the page, you will find major admissions stats such as acceptance rate, tuition fees, average SAT scores for each ranked college or university.

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Rankings Schools
1 Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Tuition: $38,650
Total enrollment: 7,859
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 8.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 98%
6-year graduation rate: 96%
Classes with under 20 students: 70.6%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1410-1590
2 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus (Piscataway, NJ)
Tuition: in-state: $13,073, out-of-state: $26,393
Total enrollment: 39,950
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 61.1%
Average freshman retention rate: 92%
6-year graduation rate: 77%
Classes with under 20 students: 38.7%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1080-1310
3 Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
Tuition: $43,561
Total enrollment: 5,541
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 41.7%
Average freshman retention rate: 91%
6-year graduation rate: 79%
Classes with under 20 students: 46.2%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1190-1390
4 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–Newark (Newark, NJ)
Tuition: in-state: $12,590, out-of-state: $25,910
Total enrollment: 11,804
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 54.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 86%
6-year graduation rate: 68%
Classes with under 20 students: 29.3%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 960-1170
5 Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Tuition: $34,750
Total enrollment: 9,656
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 85.1%
Average freshman retention rate: 82%
6-year graduation rate: 66%
Classes with under 20 students: 50.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 960-1170
6 New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
Tuition: in-state: $14,740, out-of-state: $27,140
Total enrollment: 9,558
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 68.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 83%
6-year graduation rate: 54%
Classes with under 20 students: 33.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1010-1230


Top Universities in New Jersey

Recent History of the State of New Jersey

During the First World War , New Jersey’s economy was reoriented in accordance with the needs of the war. The shipyards of the state built ships, the factories made weapons and ammunition. Even such “peaceful” industries as the Singer company, which produced sewing machines, switched to the production of military products.

To provide the armed forces with fuel, new oil refineries were built in New Jersey, and later it was they who made the state one of the leaders in the US chemical industry.

In New Jersey, military training camps Dix and Merritt were located, in which soldiers were trained before being sent to Europe (and demobilized after the end of the war).

During the First World War, the Germans organized several sabotage in New Jersey, the largest of which was an explosion on July 30, 1916 in an arsenal on Black Tom Island in New York Harbor near Jersey City. As a result of the explosion, seven people were killed, hundreds were injured, the earthquake from the explosion was felt even in Philadelphia. The famous Statue of Liberty was also seriously damaged.

In the twenties, New Jersey entered one of the most prosperous states in the United States. The transport network developed, especially roads. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge was built across the Delaware River, connecting the cities of Camden in New Jersey and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania (1926), the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and Jersey City (1927). The beaches of the ocean coast of New Jersey became an increasingly popular holiday destination.

Prosperity turned to decline during the Great Depression, tens of thousands of people lost their jobs and survived only thanks to public works under the “New Deal” of Franklin Roosevelt.

New Jersey was the first state to ratify a “dry law” that severely restricted the sale of liquor. At the same time, bootlegging flourished in the state, about forty percent of alcohol illegally imported into the United States passed through New Jersey, Newark was called the “bootlegging capital”, and Atlantic City, in which, in addition to illegal bars, gambling and prostitution flourished, “the best playground in the world”.

March 1, 1932 from the home of the pilot Charles Lindbergh in New Jersey was kidnapped by his one and a half year old son Charles Jr. Lindbergh became famous in 1927 when he flew the world’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris in a single-seat (and single-engine) Spirit of St. Louis aircraft.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of fifty thousand dollars, which was immediately paid. However, the child was not returned to the parents, and on May 12, 1932, the corpse of the boy was found. The examination showed that he was killed almost immediately after the abduction.

The investigation continued for more than two years, only in 1934 was Bruno Hauptmann suspected of committing a crime arrested. In 1935 he was sentenced to death, and in 1936 he was executed in the electric chair.

The kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son caused a huge public outcry in the United States, it was called the “crime of the century.” One result of this horrific crime was the passage by the US Congress of a law known as the Lindbergh Act, which makes it a federal crime to cross a state line with a kidnap victim.

Charles Lindbergh, tired of the constant attention of the press and fearing for his second son, John, left for Europe in 1935 and returned to the United States only after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.