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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:

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.

Graduate Admissions:

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.

Financial Aid


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

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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/>.

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in New Jersey and 1233rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.06
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 878 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 18 0.01
Forcible Rape 49 0.02
Robbery 961 0.39
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,402 0.56
Larceny 3,439 1.38
Vehicle theft 860 0.35

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jersey City, NJ 07305
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population58,542 (58,542 urban / N/A rural)
Households20,185 (2.87 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,169
Families14,443 (3.41 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh 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 District3410

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1011th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,561 $7,651 $15,973
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,092 $3,092 $3,092
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $252 $252 $532
FT Graduate Tuition $9,486 $9,486 $17,060
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,813 $1,813 $1,813
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $528 $528 $948
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,863 $25,863 $34,275
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,777 $23,777 $32,189
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,987 $14,987 $23,399

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,021 $10,422 $10,021 $10,422 $17,893 $18,609
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,130(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,466 $10,827
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,780(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,858 $10,758
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,780(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,918(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,183 (1,623 male / 2,560 female)
Admitted 1,727 (691 male / 1,036 female)
Admission rate 41%
First-time Enrollment 649 (274 male / 375 female)
FT Enrollment 576 (247 male / 329 female)
PT Enrollment 73 (27 male / 46 female)
Total Enrollment8,442

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

1167th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 72%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 493
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1013

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 Capacity265
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,690
Board Fee$3,717

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 375th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,007 ($97,418 male / $95,351 female)
Number of FT Faculty 241 (115 male / 126 female)
Number of PT Faculty 766
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $10,615,840

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