William Paterson University of New Jersey

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300 Pompton Road

Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 720-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#101 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,089, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 370 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. William Paterson University of New Jersey's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,918 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,458 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public, residential institution that offers an outstanding and affordable education to a diverse student body of more than 11,500 through baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. Located in suburban northern New Jersey, the 370-acre campus is just 20 miles from New York City, adjacent to 1200 acres of woodlands and hiking trails, and only three miles from the Great Falls National Historical Park in the city of Paterson. The University challenges students to high levels of intellectual and professional accomplishment and personal growth in preparation for careers, advanced studies, and productive citizenship. Faculty and staff use innovative approaches to research, learning, and student support to expand students' awareness of what they can accomplish. The University Core Curriculum prepares students for personal well-being, expression, ways of knowing, diversity and justice, community and civic engagement, and global awareness before advancing to a choice of 48 undergraduate degrees offered by five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. Proud of housing one of the country's largest collegiate solar panel installations and being named a finalist for a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the University features a new Science Complex and a new degree in environmental sustainability. The University is committed to programs that foster global responsibility and scientific inquiry. With strong programs in business, education, music and the arts, nursing, communication, and the sciences, students are well prepared to pursue careers with major broadcasting, data processing, technology and health care firms that dominate northern New Jersey and to pursue post-graduate studies in law, medicine, the arts, business, and the social sciences and humanities. Its 400 full-time faculty members include 39 recipients of prestigious Fulbright Fellowships. Students have an opportunity to work with professors on research, internships, performances, and other creative work. The faculty are poets, writers, TV and radio broadcasters, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, artists, musicians, and noted authors in their fields. Speaking more than 20 languages, they encourage international experiences with programs in China, the Netherlands, England, Wales, Spain, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Japan, India, and Kenya. The University fosters a supportive environment for faculty and student collaboration, particularly in research. An annual Research and Scholarship Day features more than 100 individual faculty and student presenters. In addition, 200 students and faculty mentors from 25 colleges presented their research in oral and poster sessions at this year's seventh annual Undergraduate Science Research Symposium. Both programs provide significant opportunities for students to engage with peers and faculty, discuss their research findings, and learn about the research activities and interests of others. We actively encourage experiential learning and practical opportunities for students. For the second straight year, William Paterson's student-run FM radio station was named Best College/University Station for colleges with 10,000 or more students in the 2013 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards. The College of Education, a leader in urban education, was selected for the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship Program to recruit top science and math graduates to teach in high-need schools. Named one of 25 great U.S. schools for future financial planners by Financial Planning Magazine, the University is a founding member of civic engagement organization New Jersey Campus Compact and is integrally involved in the community, including developing programming for Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $6,195,760


When applying to William Paterson University of New Jersey, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at William Paterson University of New Jersey is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.8%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at William Paterson University of New Jersey is 16:1, and the school has 49.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at William Paterson University of New Jersey include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Social Sciences; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
Psychology 10%
Social Sciences 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 6%

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Student Life

William Paterson University of New Jersey has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,089, with a gender distribution of 45.9 percent male students and 54.1 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. William Paterson University of New Jersey is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,423
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

William Paterson University of New Jersey offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. William Paterson University of New Jersey also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at William Paterson University of New Jersey, 89 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at William Paterson University of New Jersey.

Students who have cars on campus 89%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At William Paterson University of New Jersey, 71 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,961.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,918 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,458 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,600 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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