Pre-College Programs

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Message from the Pre-College Programs Director

Nelson Rodriguez

Greetings and welcome to the New Jersey City University Pre-College Programs, my name is Nelson Rodriguez and as of 2020 I was tasked with becoming your new Director. Pre-College is here to deliver support services to the students and families of Jersey City who want to succeed and create new and unimaginable opportunities. We are here for you, the scholars of the Pre-College Programs. Our staff, which includes administrators, counselors, mentors, tutors, educators, folks who care about your futures, are dedicated to provide educational enrichment, leadership development and community outreach all which will create an environment that inspires change in your life. It starts with a moment, the minute you are registered to be one of our Scholars, you will always be one of ours. We prepare the opening, but you will create the path.

It is the goal of the NJCU Pre-College Programs to ensure that ALL our Scholars actualize their full potential and pursue their lifelong ambitions.

Mission & Vision

About Us


Interested in Applying?

What you’ll need to complete your application:

  • School counselor contact information
  • Most recent income tax documentation (if applicable)
  • Application must be completed in one sitting

Note: If you, or your child’s school is not listed on the Pre-College website please still apply and be sure to include the accurate school information on the form.

Pre-College Application FAQ

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Who Can Participate in Pre-College?

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 (C+) or better.
  • Interested in attending college.
  • Potential 1st generation college student (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree)
  • 7th - 12th grade students who attend the target schools.
  • Attend one of the one of our Target Schools in the Jersey City Public School system, which include: Chaplin Charles Watters School PS #24, Ezra L. Nolan School PS #40, James F. Murray School PS #38, Mahatma K. Gandhi School PS #23, Martin Center for the Arts PS #41, Ollie Culbreth, Jr. School PS #14, Whitney M. Young, Jr. School PS #15, University Academy Charter HS, Abraham Lincoln HS, Henry Snyder HS

Contact Us

Contact NJCU Pre-College Programs:
Phone: 201-200-2347
Email: njcuprecollege@gmail.com

Mailing Address: 
2039 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Vodra Hall, Room 203
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597

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Helpful Resources

  • Student Resources
  • Family Resources
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Community Partners