Feature Article: What's Next

August 6, 2018
Exterior of the NJCU Center for the Arts building.

NJCU is always on the move! A look at a few of the big plans for the University’s future.

As New Jersey City University marks its 90th anniversary, the institution is experiencing a time of enormous change and growth, positioning NJCU as a leading force for redevelopment in Jersey City.

NJCU Center for the Arts The project consists of the development of a 52,000-square-feet Center for Music Dance and Theatre, a 492-seat University Performing Arts Center, 11,800 square-foot of retail restaurants, and 160 market rate housing units.

Interior of NJCU's West Side Campus.
A view of NJCU’s West Side Campus from the corner of Hernandez Way and University Place Boulevard.

A view of NJCU’s West Side Campus from the corner of Hernandez Way and University Place Boulevard.


In 2017, NJCU held a groundbreaking ceremony for the second of five mixed-used buildings at University Place, a $400 million redevelopment project that aims to create a unique sense of place between NJCU’s main campus and the adjacent neighborhood. The two new buildings will together have more than 300 market-rate apartments, more than 11,000 square-feet of transformative commercial space on West Side Avenue, and parking for 303 vehicles. In 2016, NJCU celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its West Campus Village Residence Hall. The new facility doubled the University’s capacity to accommodate residential students. Future construction will bring additional shops, a supermarket, and other retail amenities, along with ample on-street parking and garages. Also planned are academic and non- academic facilities, including a center for the performing arts.

Exterior of the Science Building at sunset.
Exterior of the Science Building during the day.

The newly renovated and expanded Science Building is now open to students at NJCU and houses the Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Physics departments. The building is equipped with 45 ultramodern teaching and research laboratories, a greenhouse, observatory, imaging center, cell culture lab, bio-informatics lab, and Geographic Information Science lab. The Science Building expansion project included a 40,000-square-foot, five-story addition and a 70,000-square-foot renovation of the existing Science Building in the center of the Main Campus.

Several people cutting the ribbon to open the newly renovated Science Building.
“We are delighted to have this new, state-of-the-art building, where students can learn and investigate the wonders of the natural sciences.”
—Scott Mittman, Ph.D., R.E.M., C.E.S.C.O.
Interim Associate Dean of Sciences
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