Best Private Colleges in New Jersey 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in New Jersey.

Best Private Colleges in New Jersey 2022

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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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 15 private universities in New Jersey. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in New Jersey, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in New Jersey

  1. #1

    Princeton University

    Princeton , NJ
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    6%

    Graduation

    98%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1515/34

    What is Princeton University known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Earth Sciences

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  2. #2

    Seton Hall University

    South Orange , NJ
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/26

    What is Seton Hall University known for?

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

    • Criminal Justice
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Business

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  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1420/32

    What is Stevens Institute of Technology known for?

    Stevens Institute of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Monmouth University

    West Long Branch , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    What is Monmouth University known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Communications
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    Rider University

    Lawrenceville , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    What is Rider University known for?

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

    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Economics

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  6. #8

    Berkeley College

    Woodland Park , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Berkeley College known for?

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

    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #9

    Saint Peter's University

    Jersey City , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/20

    What is Saint Peter's University known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Physics

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  8. #10

    Georgian Court University

    Lakewood , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1059/22

    What is Georgian Court University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical

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  9. #11

    Felician University

    Lodi , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/17

    What is Felician University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
  10. #12

    Bloomfield College

    Bloomfield , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    965/17

    What is Bloomfield College known for?

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

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

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  11. #13

    Caldwell University

    Caldwell , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    What is Caldwell University known for?

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

    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • History
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. #14

    Centenary University

    Hackettstown , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1043/20

    What is Centenary University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #15

    Saint Elizabeth University

    Morristown , NJ

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    993/17

    What is Saint Elizabeth University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Princeton University
  2. Drew University
  3. Stevens Institute of Technology
  4. Seton Hall University
  5. Saint Peter's University
  6. Monmouth University
  7. Caldwell University
  8. Rider University
  9. Centenary University