New Jersey City University was founded in 1927 in order to train teachers. This public institution’s urban campus is located on 57 acres in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was listed as one of the best regional universities in the North in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the National Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits New Jersey City University. Some of the individual programs are accredited by the following: the National League for Nursing, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
There are more than 25 degree programs available through different colleges offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The schools that make up Jersey City University include: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, and the College of Professional Studies. Out of all of the academic programs offered the most popular majors of students graduating in 2009 include: Business administration and management; Psychology; Corrections and criminal justice; Organizational behavior studies; and English language and literature. The Fine Arts program was ranked as one of the best grad schools in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students applying for admission at the undergraduate level can either fill out an application online or print one and mail it in. A nonrefundable application fee is required for all online applications. Incoming students must also submit official high school transcripts, official college transcripts from all previously attended institutions (if applicable), and official SAT I scores. Transfer students who have completed more than 12 credit hours are not required to submit their official high school transcripts. All incoming freshmen and transfer students who have not completed composition and mathematics at the college-level will be required to take the ACCUPLACER Freshman Placement Test upon matriculation. This test helps decide which required courses students should take in their first semester.
International students must additionally have all of their foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services or an evaluation agency part of the National Council of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The evaluation must be based on a course-by-course evaluation and list all grades and subjects individually. These students must also take the TOEFL or IELTS if their native language is not English.
Students interested in applying for admission to a graduate program must submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Study and an Application for Matriculation. These students must also submit a nonrefundable application fee, an essay, official college transcripts from all previously attended universities, and two letters of recommendation. Standardized test scores must be submitted as well and the particular test required depends on the particular graduate program the student wishes to enroll in. Also all students applying to the College of Professional Studies must submit a resume. Depending on the program of study students may be obligated to meet additional admissions requirements.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students enrolled full-time may be eligible to receive various merit-based scholarships offered by NJCU. Scholarships are not offered for the summer semesters, however all scholarships are awarded for two to four years. In order to receive a scholarship students must first file a FAFSA. The different scholarship opportunities provided include various: Freshman Scholarships, Transfer Student Scholarships, an Alumni Scholarship, Talent Scholarships, and NJCU Foundation Endowed and Annual Scholarships. Students interested in receiving an NJCU Foundation Endowed and Annual Scholarship may be required to submit a scholarship application and meet specific requirements depending on the scholarship they are applying for.
Grants and Loans:
There are also several grants available and loans available to help students afford their higher education. Grants are a type of financial aid in which students do not have to pay back the money they are awarded. However loans must be paid back and they acquire interest. Some of the grants offered include: the Federal PELL Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and the New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant. The different loans offered include: the Federal Perkins Loans, the Direct Grad PLUS loan, the Direct PLUS Loan, the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, and the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
The student population is made up of more females than males. Most students enrolled at this university are from the Northern New Jersey counties, however many students are from the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. The student body at NJCU is made up overall of students from more than 40 countries.
Students have the opportunity of getting involved in the various student clubs and organizations as well as the through the different fraternities and sororities offered at NJCU.
Students interested in living on campus must fill out an application on the NJCU official website. New students also have the option of filling out the Housing Application they receive with their acceptance package. All of the residence halls are co-ed and the rooms are either traditional dorm style or apartment style. The apartment style residence hall is located off-site and it is only available for upper classmen and graduate students. Students living on campus will be provided with individual Internet access through the college network, on-site laundry facilities and air conditioning. All students living on campus must purchase a meal plan, however the meal plan is based on 100% flexible spending. Students can access their meal plan using their GothicCard.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division III. Their sports teams are known as the Gothic Knights and their school colors are green and gold. The sports teams available for men to compete in include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Women are also able to compete on various sports teams including: basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
There is also an Intramural and Recreational Sports Program offered for students which allows students to participate in the following team sports: flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, dodge ball, and water-polo. In this program there are also three individual sports including table tennis, bowling, and racquetball.
New Jersey City University. NJCU. 6 June 2011 <http://www.njcu.edu/>.
The Official Site of the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights. NJCU Department of InterCollegiate Athletics. 6 June 2011 <http://www.njcugothicknights.com/>.