Frequently Asked Questions
In New Jersey, higher education is arrayed in various segments and includes the group of nine state colleges and universities (The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Thomas Edison State College and William Paterson University); three public research universities (New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, and Rutgers University); nineteen county colleges (community colleges); and fourteen independent colleges and universities. Higher education also includes several proprietary institutions and special purpose religious institutions.
New Jersey colleges and universities are governed by institutional trustee boards and are coordinated through New Jersey Higher Education, an agency which is administered by the Secretary of Higher Education, with advice from the NJ Presidents' Council and others. State college and university trustee boards are composed of lay citizens appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate. Trustees serve six-year terms, which may be renewed. They serve as unpaid volunteers.
Rather than being part of a
system governed by a single
board and a set of rules, in
Check with other colleges.
Regarding the state
colleges and universities, check
with the NJ Association of State
Colleges and Universities.
You can also check with the
Commission on Higher Education.
Other sources include the
national higher education
Its history and law sets it
apart from the state
of the latter began as teacher
originally called "normal
Labor's interests are served by unions. The NJ Council of State College Locals AFT/AFL-CIO is the faculty's bargaining unit. Management is represented by the NJ Governor's Office of Employee Relations (OER), with state college/university representatives on the management negotiation team. The state pays benefits and in principle should pay in full state negotiated salary increases for employees. However, the state does not ordinarily fund these increases, but instead passes the cost of raises on to colleges.
Yes. The degree of self-governance trustee boards have, and the existence of institutional foundations, allow state colleges/universities to have a great deal of freedom to encourage private contributions and allow major donors to dedicate gifts.
Academic and Admissions
state colleges and
universities, including Rowan
University, serve about
95,000 undergraduates annually
are the leading source of
bachelor's degrees in
No. Admissions are
competitive, but many who apply
do get in. Each public
four-year institution has its
own standards and unique set of
Typically, fewer than one-half of the
applications to the freshman
More than ever. This is particularly true due to a well established agreement between the New Jersey state colleges and New Jersey community colleges. When there is a good match between the learning objectives of a beginning (lower-level) course at a two-year college and advance courses at senior colleges; they are said to be "well-articulated."
Two-year college students are well advised to remain in close contact with their advisors/counselors about their degree attainment goals.
Trustee boards set tuition based on anticipated costs of educational operations over the years ahead. Before making a decision, they are required by law to hold open public hearings to allow comment from students and the general public.
The per student cost of delivering an undergraduate education to full-time students is about $20,000. The state pays about $8,000 of that. In tuition and fees, full-time students who are New Jersey residents pay on average $12,200 (less any aid they receive). Full-time residential students pay, besides tuition, about $17,600 in room, board books and other costs per academic year. Full-time tuition and fees, plus room and board and other academic costs total about $29,800 on average per year.
The public tends to overestimate the cost of tuition significantly for all categories of colleges, according to polls sponsored by the American Council on Education.