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List of 4-Year Public Universities & Colleges in New Jersey

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New Jersey is known as the ‘Garden State’ and is the 4th smallest state by land mass yet the 11th most populous state. Despite the small physical nature of the state, the state has more than nine million residents and over 200 accredited colleges and universities. The public colleges in New Jersey are some of the finest in the nation. Top ranked state colleges in New Jersey include Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Thomas Edison State College, and Kean University. You will find state colleges in Trenton, Ewing, Wayne, Camden, and Union to name a few.

New Jersey Public College Degrees

Given the robust public university system in New Jersey, students can readily find degree programs to pursue in virtually every conceivable learning domain. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees found at New Jersey public schools exceed the average in both diversity and quality. Students will find exceptional curriculum in traditional areas of study such as nursing, business, teaching, and art along with specialized degrees. Examples degree programs in an area of specialty include immunology, toxicology, gerontology, palliative care nursing, psychiatric nursing, genetics, and robotics.

Where Do You Begin Your College Search in New Jersey?

Students just starting the college search process should start by reading our eBooks The Complete Guide to the College Admissions Process and Getting into Your Top College Choice. Establish your priority list based on criteria that is important to you and then begin sorting schools that meet your thresholds. Manually sift and sort schools on your abbreviated list on our state portal page or leverage our search tools to expedite the process. In either case, the more you know about your goals and academic preferences the better equipped you will be to find your perfect college match in short order.

Public 4-Year College & University Listings

Below is a listing of all the public 4-year state universities and colleges in New Jersey. Follow the links below to get more details on admissions, tuition, financial aid and much more.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Ramapo College of New Jersey
Kean University in Union, NJ10,000 to 19,999info
Montclair State University in Montclair, NJMore Than 20,000info
New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ5,000 to 9,999info
New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ10,000 to 19,999info
Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Rowan University
Rutgers University - Camden in Camden, NJ5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Rutgers University - Camden
Rutgers University - New Brunswick in New Brunswick, NJMore Than 20,000info Virtual Campus Tour of Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Rutgers University - Newark in Newark, NJ10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Rutgers University - Newark
The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ5,000 to 9,999info
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway, NJ5,000 to 9,999info
Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ10,000 to 19,999info
William Paterson University of New Jersey in Wayne, NJ10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of William Paterson University of New Jersey

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both New Jersey in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.