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William Paterson University of New Jersey

William Paterson University of New Jersey Rating: 3.6/5 (24 votes)

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Introduction

The William Paterson University of New Jersey was established in 1855 as the Paterson City Normal School to meet the growing demand for professional training of teachers-in-service. In 1875, the school started offering a one-year teacher program for high school graduates interested in taking up the teaching profession. The duration of the program was eventually increased to two years. The school went through several locations before moving to 19th Avenue and East 22nd Street in Paterson. In 1923, an act was passed for establishing the New Jersey State Normal School at Paterson. The school started offering diverse programs and a four-year elementary curriculum. In 1967, the college transformed to a multipurpose liberal arts institution and was renamed as the William Paterson University of New Jersey in 1971.

Presently, WPU of New Jersey enrolls approximately 11,200 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its five colleges: Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business; Arts and Communication; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science and Health.

This school is located on a 370-acre wooded area in Wayne, New Jersey, about 20 miles west of New York City. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Academics

Offered are 44 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs and close to 500 courses. The College of Arts and Communications offers B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Art, B.A. in Communication, and B.A. and B.M. degrees in Music. The Cotsakos College of Business offers B.S. degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Professional Sales and B.A. degree in Economics. The College of Education offers B.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. The college also offers certification programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers B.A. degrees in areas such as Anthropology, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The College of Science and Health offers B.S. degrees in areas such as Applied Health, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, and Nursing. The college also offers B.A. degrees in Communication Disorders and Liberal Studies: Integrated Math and Science.

The graduate degree programs offered include M.A., M.M., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S., and M.F.A. degrees in areas such as Biology/Biotechnology, Literacy, Business Administration, Art, Music, and English.

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Admissions

For undergraduate programs, this school admits first-year students, transfer students, international students, and non-degree and visiting students. First-year students need to submit the admission form, official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and a portfolio review for the art (B.F.A.) program.

International students need to submit the international application for admission and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts. International students are also recommended to submit their SAT/ACT scores though it is not an admission requirement. All international applicants are required to appear for the university placement test for reading, writing, and mathematics.

Financial Aid

The William Paterson University of New Jersey offers financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aid available to students include: federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The university recommends a priority deadline of April 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Different types of federal and state aid programs that provide financial assistance to the students include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, SMART Grant, Tuition Aid Grants program (TAG), Education Opportunity Fund Grants (EOF), and William Paterson University Tuition Aid Grants. Students may also be eligible for Perkins loans, Stafford Subsidized and Un-subsidized loans, and PLUS loans for Parents.

Different student employment options include on-campus and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Various scholarships available for the students include the NJ World Trade Center Scholarship, Survivor Tuition Benefits, Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship, and Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars and Urban Scholars program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2787th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The campus offers many cultural, social, and leadership activities. Various annual sponsored programs such as welcome week, Latin heritage month, homecoming weekend, spring fest, African heritage month, and the senior dinner dance are held on campus annually. The Student Government Association is a representative body of the students. There are a number of clubs and student organizations on campus. Some of these include the Bowling Club, Dance Team, Computer Science Society, Exercise and Movement Science Club, Math Club, and the Outdoors Club. The weekly independent campus newspaper is known as The Beacon.

This school provides seven housing complexes: Century Hall, High Mountain East and West, Hillside Hall, the Towers, Matelson Hall, White Hall, and the Apartments (Pioneer and Heritage Halls).The dining facilities for students are available at the Wayne Hall Dining Room and the Machuga Student Center Food Court.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

This school is a member of the NJ Athletic Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the NJ Intercollegiate Association for Women. The university has 18 intercollegiate sports teams for men and women which compete in Division III. The athletic teams include men’s basketball, baseball, football, cross country, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and soccer. Women’s sports include cross country, field hockey, basketball, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor spring track.

Information Summary

Ranks 18th in New Jersey and 947th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New Jersey and 214th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 5 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 44 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wayne, NJ 07470
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population54,069 (54,069 urban / N/A rural)
Households18,755 (2.74 people per house)
Median Household Income$83,651
Families14,370 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3411

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 938th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,421 $7,421 $14,961
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,497 $4,497 $4,497
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $382 $382 $630
FT Graduate Tuition $10,575 $10,575 $18,033
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,993 $2,993 $2,993
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $712 $712 $1,073
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,580 $27,580 $35,120
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,680 $26,680 $34,220
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,880 $15,880 $23,420

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,464 $11,694 $11,464 $11,694 $18,628 $19,094
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,400 $11,420
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,375 $2,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,375 $2,450
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,375 $2,450

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,935 (3,597 male / 5,338 female)
Admitted 6,086 (2,479 male / 3,607 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 1,294 (634 male / 660 female)
FT Enrollment 1,289 (630 male / 659 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (4 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment11,414

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

854th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1100

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,605
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,700
Board Fee$5,000

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 30 244 453 113 4 1,256 189 2,310
Accounting 4 10 15 14 36 8 89
African-American/Black Studies 2 2
Anthropology 1 2 11 3 17
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General 5 14 3 35 10 67
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 3 1 5
Athletic Training/Trainer 3 2 1 3 1 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 11 7 37 9 70
Biotechnology 1 1 2 5 9
Business Administration and Management, General 11 13 30 7 107 12 180
Chemistry, General 4 2 4 2 12
Clinical Psychology 1 4 4 1 10
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 1 1 30 5 38
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 11 5 3 10 29
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 6 1 9
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 3 1 30 1 36
Creative Writing 4 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 14 2 38 10 65
Economics, General 8 4 9 1 23
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 6 6 14
Educational/Instructional Technology
Elementary Education and Teaching 6 12 2 1 59 9 90
English Language and Literature, General 11 23 4 84 6 128
Environmental Studies 1 1 7 9
Finance, General 1 6 10 8 18 2 45
Financial Planning and Services 1 1 3 5
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 5
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geography 3 4 7
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 7
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 4 3 9 3 19
History, General 5 13 1 1 48 6 74
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 6 1 5 4 18
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 5 11 6 34 6 64
Latin American Studies 1 2 3
Legal Studies, General 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 4 17 2 29
Management Science 3 11 11 4 30 7 66
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 9 1 21 10 48
Mathematics, General 3 3 2 22 1 31
Music Performance, General 1 1 22 3 27
Music, General 5 18 2 25
Nursing Education
Organizational Communication, General 1 1 4 1 7
Philosophy 1 6 2 7 16
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 3 41 4 50
Political Science and Government, General 1 12 11 16 2 42
Psychology, General 22 57 7 71 10 171
Reading Teacher Education 1 11 3 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 7 14 17 46 3 94
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 2
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 2 3 1 14 4 24
Sociology 34 60 3 71 11 180
Spanish Language and Literature 15 1 16
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 24 2 28
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 37 39 1 125 20 226
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 9 27 3 39
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies 1 1 3 1 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 192nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $102,348 ($109,407 male / $92,854 female)
Number of FT Faculty 399 (196 male / 203 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,215
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $14,607,768

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