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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 Paterson 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 7,285 undergraduate students. The William Paterson acceptance rate is 92%. Popular majors include Communications, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 55% of students, William Paterson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,700.
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
92%
Application Deadline
June 1
SAT Range
930-1120
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,779/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,115/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

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
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,285Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,553
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Ambitous
    40%
  • Determined
    20%
  • Extroverted
    20%
  • Druggie
    13%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.71 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.81 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    54%
  • Family, Resourceful, High Education
    17%
  • Pride and Dedication
    15%
  • Multi-ethnic chicken noodle soup with opinions
    7%
  • Garbage
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Unnecessarily difficult when help is needed
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
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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As a transfer student from Bergen Community College, William Paterson University was the perfect match for me. I say this because I attended another will known N.J college before deciding to go to WPUNJ and the experience was not welcoming. At WPUNJ the faculty members are always there to assist whenever needed. There is also a lot of on campus activities and support for incoming and current students. For example when I was having some problem with my organic chemistry 2 class and I was directed to the student for success where I was being tutored for an hour twice a week along with other that needed help. The school also have a host of extracurricular opportunities for students to explore. I recently graduated in August of 2018 and I loved everything and would not change a thing about WPUNJ.
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Diverse campus, many clubs and events on campus. Students very friendly and professors very helpful.

Brand new buildings built and state of art new dorm opening Fall 2019.

I am a communication major specializing in journalism.
Just got a paid internship in New York City at CNN and I love it!

William Paterson University rocks!
This school is basically a good place to go if you know what you want to do and just need a degree to do it. All in all, this is a decent school, but you have to be focused and advocate for yourself as academic advisement is subpar. If so, you will be fine. The clubs and activities are great. Food sucks! Dorms are decent. It could be better, but it could be worst.