2017 Best Colleges in New Jersey

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    Princeton University

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 383 reviews
    College Senior:As a graduating senior, I can definitively say that my four years at Princeton have been the best four years of my life. No-loan financial aid, a wealth of quality opportunities, and the best student and faculty body I could have ever wanted combine here to make a school which has rightly been rated #1 the whole time I've been in attendance. Princeton has some of the tightest-knit and most generous alums in the world, and it's easy to see why. If you get accepted, you'd be a fool not to come.
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    Stevens Institute of Technology

    • Hoboken, NJ
    • 540 reviews
    College Junior:Its a technical school so the learning environment is rigorous. You have to work for your grades and in the end will get what you deserve. The people are okay, youll find your group of friends if you just open yourself up.
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    Rutgers University

    • New Brunswick, NJ
    • 5,061 reviews
    College Junior:Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has always been my number one choice. In addition, it has always been my reach school, since my time when applying to college in high school. I love Rutgers and I will never change my school.
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    The College of New Jersey

    • Ewing, NJ
    • 1,186 reviews
    College Sophomore:I met great friends the first few days I was on campus and am still friends with them today. TCNJ is not too far away from home but a great distance to feel like I am away but can also go home if need be. My school has primarily people from just New Jersey, so while I wish I met more out-of-staters, it is awesome that I can meet so many people from my state and it's easy to potentially visit them. The education that I am getting here is a phenomenal one as TCNJ is one of the best public schools in the state and in the region. The athletics here are also very good and TCNJ is part of one of the most competitive conferences for D-3 sports on the East Coast. This is very important to me because I play on the Varsity Softball team here and became one of the starters by the Spring season last year, which is incredible for me. My school is a very social, friendly, and active one with so many unique clubs and groups. The community here is a great one and every one, whether a student, faculty member, worker, etc., is part of the TCNJ family.
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    Rutgers University - Newark

    • Newark, NJ
    • 908 reviews
    College Senior:I wanted to stay in Northern NJ, and Rutgers Newark was my top choice (accepted to Montclair and WPU, but I turned both of them down after getting in at Rutgers). It's got a great location (with easy to access public transportation, and easy to commute to), good professors, and the campus is easy to navigate. I've also met a lot of cool people here so far and made a couple of good friends. Haven't seen any crime, I know people worry about being in Newark, but honestly I've never felt unsafe. As long as you stay on/near campus, you will be fine.
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    Rutgers University - Camden

    • Camden, NJ
    • 687 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Rutgers and couldn't imagine myself at any other school! The administration is highly qualified, and students at Rutgers Camden receive an amazing education from them. I have made life-long friends and could not imagine myself at any other school.
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    Seton Hall University

    • South Orange, NJ
    • 1,616 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors here are definitely passionate about what they teach so you'll definitely get the most out of your classes. Academics-wise, the school is excellent. However, I wish there were more events on campus that pertained to everyone and not just inclusive events for only those who live on campus. As a commuter, I find myself being bored on campus after class because there isn't much for us to do except hang out in the two lounges in our University Center which don't offer much but TV and snacks.
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    Stockton University

    • Galloway, NJ
    • 1,255 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love Stockton. It's so unique because of how closed off it is, it's not in the middle of a town or city, it's like we're our own little community and it makes all of the students feel so much more tightly knit because we're just a big family. I would absolutely choose this if I had to do it over. I've met some of the best friends I've ever made here at Stockton and had some of the best times of my life. The education is amazing and the friends and experiences are even better.
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    College Sophomore:My School"s first semester was really up to the mark. Being an international student it was quite awkward for me to adjust with the surroundings, but school'd favorable atmosphere and affection from the faculty made my days go well.
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    Drew University

    • Madison, NJ
    • 453 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I never thought it was possible for a university to foster such close relationships both between faculty and students and within the student body itself. Professors want you to succeed and encourage students to take advantage of the variety of tutoring options available for students.
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    Monmouth University

    • West Long Branch, NJ
    • 780 reviews
    College Junior:My school is fairly small which allows it to meet the needs of all students; a factor that is very important to me. The teachers are dedicated and supportive and truly care about their students.
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    Montclair State University

    • Montclair, NJ
    • 2,536 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would not know how well jo recruiting or career services are here at Montclair, but I don know there is a fantastic alumni network as they have programs specifically for alumni here on campus are are constantly adding to it. In addition to that, I have heard of students getting internships with Disney, BuzzFeed, NBC! So, of course, there still is hope for our students, there are many place in helping students get out into the world in which Montclair need to improve. but I have no doubts that we will grow as a university and improve.
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    Rowan University

    • Glassboro, NJ
    • 1,443 reviews
    College Sophomore:My experience at Rowan University has been what I hoped it would be and more. The staff are amazing and take time out of their busy days to make sure that every student has a clear understanding of all materials when fallen behind. The classroom environment is personal and allows a student to feel comfortable and build relationships with staff and peers, rather than in a large lecture hall. My school is all about creating opportunities for all students and those who struggle economically. I'm proud of my school and what it is, what it is becoming and what it stands for. I would choose this school over and over again because it has given me some of the best, most personal, and greatest experiences in my life thus far.
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    Rider University

    • Lawrenceville, NJ
    • 1,052 reviews
    College Sophomore:Rider University is small but the faculty make it feel super home-y. This school is also apart of a very close-knit community and whenever you need help with an issue or finding something, there is someone to help.
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    Ramapo College of New Jersey

    • Mahwah, NJ
    • 805 reviews
    College Sophomore:Ramapo went from being a decent school with a decent party scene, to now a very boring social atmosphere due to events on campus. If you are looking for a campus, where there are things to do all the time, this is not the school for you.
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    Kean University

    • Union, NJ
    • 1,143 reviews
    College Sophomore:Thus far, I enjoy going to Kean University. It's very close to home, it's very affordable, and all of the staff is helpful whenever you have questions.
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    Berkeley College - Woodland Park

    • Woodland Park, NJ
    • 219 reviews
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    Saint Peter's University

    • Jersey City, NJ
    • 611 reviews
    College Junior:My experience has been honestly tremendous. I have nothing but great things to say of Saint Peter's university. Its classroom sizes are ideal for a student who values that one on one experience between student and professor
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    College Sophomore:So far my freshman year was great. I made a few friends, and all of my professors were wonderful and such a big help. The school itself has such a nice feeling, but i'm barely there because I have to work to afford school. The campus makes you forget that. Just sitting on a bench listening to music, the trees around you. It makes you forget all the things you want to forget.
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    College Junior:So far I've liked almost all my classes and felt that they'll be useful in my career. The campus is gorgeous, and while people complain about "too much walking" there are bigger campuses with way more walking.
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    Caldwell University

    • Caldwell, NJ
    • 364 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I love my school academically. But socially it is lacking. And what I hate the most is how ridiculously expensive it is for no reason. It is so hard for me to pay to go to this school, it makes me over-look all of its other great qualities.
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    New Jersey City University

    • Jersey City, NJ
    • 623 reviews
    College Sophomore:My school isn't the best, but it works for me. New Jersey City University is a small campus with an average class size of 15-20 students. Everyone keeps to themselves, but are social when they want to be; they are very friendly. The Student Government Organization tries very hard to engage activity with the students. During the first week of school, they throw a welcome back party, free breakfast, bake sales, free giveaways, and live concerts. They are pretty successful. And during the cooler months when it's too cold for outside activities, they have movie nights on campus, which is my favorite. They always play good movies, such as Avengers. What makes my university unique is the diversity. There's a wide variety of races and religions at my campus. I've learned a lot of new things by talking to some of my peers. If I had to choose my school again, I definitely would. I haven't had any bad experiences so far, and I intend to keep it that way. At NJCU, we are one big family.
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    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    • Teaneck, NJ
    • 883 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love my college experience so far. My first two semesters really showed me that college would definitely be some if the greatest years of my life. I made many friends that are interested in the same field that I am. I am more outgoing and I became more adaptable to different challenges. Fairleigh Dickinson provides a program for Hispanics which really opened my eyes and made me realize that although others may doubt my capabilities there are Professors and other faculty the that will do anything and everything to help me succeed.
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    Georgian Court University

    • Lakewood, NJ
    • 271 reviews
    College Sophomore:Biology advisory is amazing and willing to go above and beyond for her students lots of chemistry courses even though the major is biology and some classes overlap each other with the labs or other classes. Work load is fair, curriculum is set up very well, not sure about job opportunities or internships.
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    Centenary College - New Jersey

    • Hackettstown, NJ
    • 252 reviews
    College Sophomore:The classes are okay, but they're somewhat of a joke. If you're looking to transfer from this school - forget it - the credit system Centenary has is very different to any other schools, and the catalogue is horribly written. The school also has a pretty bad reputation to other colleges.
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