10 Reasons Why NJCU is Right for You

A Decision to Attend NJCU is a Wise One

You will have access to transformative experiences, services with your best interest in mind, faculty mentors who put you first, and campus life that is equally inclusive and exciting. Read on to learn why NJCU is the right school for you!

1. We Are Centered on Service

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We serve nearly 8,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs in wide-ranging fields including education, business, the fine and performing arts, the sciences, health, and the humanities. We also partner with our students to ensure they are set up for success, from career and academic advising, to mentoring, affordable tuition, and a Debt-Free Promise Program.

Though the Center for Leadership and Engagement, students learn to pay it forward. After they graduate, they go on to live out our motto—Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve—and become game changers and and servant-leaders in their own right, as influencers of industry, impactful civic leaders, and inspiring role models.

2. We Are Affordable

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NJCU tuition is among the lowest of the four-year colleges in New Jersey and we’re proud of it. College is a significant investment and we want to make sure you pay as little out-of-pocket as possible so you can finance your future with ease. In fact, approximately 80 percent of NJCU students receive some form of financial assistance. If you haven’t already, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov to maximize the options available to you. The NJCU School Code is 002613.

3. We Provide a Transformative Experience

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In addition to earning your NJCU degree, you will graduate with skills that employers want, including Civic Engagement and Intercultural Knowledge, Oral communication skills, written communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, Information and technological literacy, and quantitative Literacy. There’s a reason we are recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation for improving students' upward economic mobility by the Social Mobility Index and U.S. News and World Report.

4. The Faculty Prioritizes You

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NJCU’s faculty members are among the best and brightest at what they do. These wise guides are scholars, researchers, published authors, activists, and innovators. But despite their noted accomplishments and academic pedigrees, what matters most to them are their students.They will partner with you, mentor you, and push you to be your best and do your best.

5. All Are Welcome

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Our highly diverse student body is made up of students from all backgrounds and walks of life. Populations rounding out our inclusive campus community include first-time students, first generation students, transfer students, returning students, military members, working parents, working professionals looking to change their careers—and more. But no matter how they may differ from each other, they all have these things in common: they work hard for their successes and NJCU supports them in changing their lives for the better.

6. We’re Worldwide

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While we are in one of the most diverse cities in the nation with a student body to match, you can also immerse yourself in an exciting new culture, learn a new language, or gain a more global perspective while at NJCU.

We offer study abroad opportunities for a semester, summer, or academic year in nearly 50 countries around the world.


7. Our Reputation Gets Recognized

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According to College Factual, NJCU is among the best of the best for graduating highly paid nurses and health professionals. In addition, many of our programs are recognized for being the most popular around, including homeland security, criminal justice, accounting, fine and studio art, literature, and psychology. You can’t go wrong.


8. We’re a Safe Space 

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According to ranking and review site Niche and the Safe Campus National Campus Safety Summit, NJCU is among the safest colleges in New Jersey. Factors include low crime rates, drug and alcohol use, and student reviews at more than 1000 colleges large and small across the country. Nestled in the heart of Jersey City and directly across the Hudson River from New York City, you can rest assured you are in good hands.

9. We are Sporty

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NJCU is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We sponsor 22 intercollegiate athletic programs in baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's bowling, men's and women's cross country, eSports, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's wrestling, and men's and women's volleyball.

10. There’s Something for Everyone

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NJCU offers a wide variety of student activities that are designed to make your college experience fun, meaningful, and well rounded through rewarding participation in the life of campus and our greater community. We challenge and encourage all students to become involved though a variety of clubs and organizations, including cultural and ethnic groups, as well as those that focus on religion. Membership is open to all NJCU students and students can also apply to start a new club that matches their interests.