New Jersey’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in New Jersey

Nearly half of the colleges and universities in this state are private, and tuition rates range from $6,000 to $52,000. With a graduation rate of 97% and a student population of just over 7,000, Princeton University is the state’s most esteemed institution. Narrowing in on the sciences and arts, this Ivy League school offers unique areas of study, including robotics, intelligent systems, and public life. The remaining 31 public colleges and universities range in tuition from $4,000 to $17,000.

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The state’s largest and top-ranked public research institution is Rutgers University. With campuses in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden as well as smaller locations across the state, Rutgers awards degrees in physics, economics, criminal justice, and psychology. New Jersey also has 11 religiously affiliated colleges and universities, including the oldest diocesan university in the United States, Seton Hall University. This Roman Catholic university has a tuition rate of $42,000 and a student population of over 8,000.

New Jersey, known for its sandy shores and busy expressways, also has more diners than any other state in the U.S., as well as the world’s longest boardwalk, located in Atlantic City. Many influential people, including Buzz Aldrin, Frank Sinatra, and Thomas Edison, have called The Garden State home. Visitors can even peek at some of Edison’s early light bulbs at the Menlo Park Museum. And with 50 higher learning institutions to choose from, students can find a school that suits their career path and budget.

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What are New Jersey’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine New Jersey's best Christian colleges and universities?

The best colleges pound for pound!

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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There are 9 Christian colleges and universities in New Jersey, 5 of which meet our criteria. The best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 50%.

5 Best Colleges & Universities in New Jersey

  1. #1

    Drew University

    #871 institution's historical influence
    #589 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    2K

    Madison, NJ

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    What is Drew University known for?

    Drew University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Medical

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  2. #2

    Seton Hall University

    #514 institution's historical influence
    #691 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/26

    South Orange, NJ

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    What is Seton Hall University known for?

    Seton Hall University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications

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  3. #3

    Saint Peter's University

    #1723 institution's historical influence
    #345 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/20

    Jersey City, NJ

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    What is Saint Peter's University known for?

    Saint Peter's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • History
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Business

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  4. #4

    Caldwell University

    #3865 institution's historical influence
    #311 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    Caldwell, NJ

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    What is Caldwell University known for?

    Caldwell University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
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  5. #5

    Centenary University

    #9765 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1043/20

    Hackettstown, NJ

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    What is Centenary University known for?

    Centenary University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Georgian Court University

    #4189 institution's historical influence
    #359 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1059/22

    Lakewood, NJ

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    What is Georgian Court University known for?

    Georgian Court University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
  7. #7

    Saint Elizabeth University

    #11725 institution's historical influence
    #600 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    993/17

    Morristown, NJ

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    What is Saint Elizabeth University known for?

    Saint Elizabeth University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • History
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Felician University

    #7520 institution's historical influence
    #280 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/17

    Lodi, NJ

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    What is Felician University known for?

    Felician University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • History
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
  9. #9

    Bloomfield College

    #4088 institution's historical influence
    #552 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    965/17

    Bloomfield, NJ

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    What is Bloomfield College known for?

    Bloomfield College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

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