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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
William Patterson is an above-average public university located in Wayne Township, New Jersey in the New York City Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,499 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the William Patterson acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Communications, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 51% of students, William Patterson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
About William Paterson University of New Jersey...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference
Address
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
Website
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William Paterson University of New Jersey Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
June 1
SAT Range
890-1080
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,530/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,710/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,759/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,706/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,645/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,551/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,499Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Ambitous
    43%
  • Determined
    21%
  • Extroverted
    21%
  • Druggie
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.69 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    56%
  • Family, Resourceful, High Education
    15%
  • Pride and Dedication
    15%
  • Multi-ethnic chicken noodle soup with opinions
    8%
  • Garbage
    3%
  • Unnecessarily difficult when help is needed
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.47 responses
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I love that it is so close to my school. There is always something to do on campus; events, shows, game nights. Such a great college experience. Academic wise all the professors are amazing, they are very eager and care about the students education. I went to Kean University before but the environment was not for me and their financial aid wasn't very good. But at William Paterson everyone I have spoken to is very helpful and no questions go unanswered. I have a lovely adviser that helped me plan out my four year plan in college and helped me get on the right track to success. All the students are very loving as well, no is left to sit alone and they are always introduced to others. Its such an easy environment to make new friends, and new connections.
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My experience at William Paterson has been awesome. I transferred from another university so it was easy for me to compare the two and William Paterson definitely out shinned the other. At William Paterson I experienced a number of clubs, organizations, and activities to be apart of. The environment itself also felt comforting and enjoyable. It is an awesome school for commuters and for residents because it provides great opportunities for both. Therefore in my opinion William Paterson University is not just a great university because of its organizations but because of the great programs and opportunities they provide as well.
William Paterson University of New Jersey is a solid school with solid teachers, although it doesn't hurt to check ratemyprofessor.com before registering for a class. William Paterson University does its best to help students through their college education through guidance counseling, workshops, and constant job opportunities sent to their students' emails. It's affordable, straight forward, and has a beautiful campus. You can really tell William Paterson University cares about its students.