Best Small Colleges in New Jersey 2022

Small colleges in New Jersey are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small 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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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in New Jersey is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 12 small colleges in New Jersey. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine New Jersey's best small 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.

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Best Small Colleges in New Jersey 2022

  1. #3

    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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  2. #4

    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

  3. #5

    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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  4. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    4K

    What is Thomas Edison State University known for?

    Thomas Edison State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    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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  6. #8

    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
  7. #9

    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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  8. #10

    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

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  9. #11

    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

  10. #12

    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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New Jersey’s Best Small College in Your Area of Interest

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. Drew University
  2. Saint Peter's University
  3. Caldwell University
  4. Rider University
  5. Centenary University
  6. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  7. Georgian Court University
  8. Thomas Edison State University
  9. Saint Elizabeth University
  10. Berkeley College
  11. Felician University
  12. Bloomfield College

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