New Jersey's System of Higher
Education at a Glance
NJ institutions of higher education offer over
3,800 degree and certificate programs. 90 complete programs
and 3,500 individual courses are offered by distance learning.
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30 English as a Second Language programs serve approximately 15,860
students, and approximately 10,000 disabled students receive special
56 Educational Opportunity Fund programs provide
academic support services to 13,590 disadvantaged students. (learn
more about EOF)
The aggregate five-year graduation rate for NJ's 12 senior public
intitutions exceeds the US average.
$613,374,173 was expended on research in fiscal 2003.
Number of Institutions by Sector
Institutional missions vary and include the
following services and activities:
- Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs
- Academic support
- Noncredit offerings, including job training and continuing
- Community service, including recreational and cultural events
- Small business support and technical assistance
Precollege programs serve approximately 20,300 financially/academically
disadvantaged middle and high school students.(find
a NJ precollege program)
of Students, by Sector (Fall
|State colleges & comprehensive universities
|Public research universities
|Total - Public Institutions
|Total credit-seeking students
Undergraduate students - 85% , Graduate/Professional -
Full-time - 61% , Part-Time
2006) - 56.4% female, 43.6% male
Age (Fall 2006) - 61% 24 and under, 39% 25 and older
||8.9% Other, unknown
|12.7% African American
||0.3% American Indian
||4.0% Non-resident aliens
- New Jersey is a national leader in providing need-based student
financial aid, and during the past decade the state has expanded
its provision of merit-based aid.
- New Jersey ranked 6th in the nation in fiscal 2002 in the
percentage of full-timne undergraduate students receiving state
- New Jersey ranks third among all states in the percentage of
full-time undergraduates who receive need-based grants and in
the need-based dollars it awards per student.
- New Jersey ranks sixth in the financial aid of any kind it
provides to students as a percentage of total state higher education
- During fiscal 2003, over 70,000 New Jersey resident undergraduate
students received approximately $227 million in financial assistance
from the state.
- The amount of need-based student financial assistance that
New Jersey awards its students is greater than the federal Pell
grant dollars that New Jersey resident students receive. For
example, in the 2000-01 academic year, New Jersey grant aid for
low-income students was 124% of the federal Pell grant aid. Nationally,
federal Pell grants are the major source of need-based student
aid, while the total amount of need-based aid awarded by the
states averages between 50% and 60% of the federal dollars distributed
in the form of Pell grants.
Significant Enrollment Trends
- Student enrollment is growing rapidly at New
colleges and universities.
- More than two-thirds of New Jersey high school graduates attend
college within one year of high school graduation, a college
participation rate that exceeds the national average.
- Since 1997, total enrollment in New Jersey has increased by
more than 35,500 students (about 11%). About 42% of the total
enrollment growth since 1997 occurred between fall 2001 and fall
- The overall growth in undergraduate enrollment has been fueled
by rising numbers of full-time undergraduates, while the enrollment
of part-time students continues to decline.
- The majority of students enrolled at New Jersey colleges and
universities are New Jersey residents.
- 40% of recent high school graduates were projected to attend
college in New Jersey in fall 2002.
- 12,318 undergraduates transferred to New Jersey 4-year institutions
in fall 2002.