Fast Facts


The 14 independent colleges and universities in New Jersey have a long history of meeting the needs of the State and its residents.  

Enabling Student Success

  • Our member institutions enrolled 65,046 students in Fall 2015 providing opportunities for students to find the right academic, cultural and social blend to enhance individual learning.
  • We enroll 25% of all students attending four-year institutions in New Jersey.
  • The overall minority enrollment at our member institutions is 32%, with the undergraduate minority enrollment even greater at 37%.
  • Our colleges and universities provide over $800 million in institutional grant aid to undergraduate students.

Meeting the Workforce Demand

  • While enrolling 15% of all higher-education students, New Jersey’s independent colleges awarded 20% of all degrees in FY2016.
  • Our students earned 23% of the baccalaureate degrees and 37% of all advanced degrees conferred in FY2016.
  • Our students earned 28% of all the education degrees and 29% of all advanced education degrees conferred by four-year institutions in FY2016.
  • New Jersey’s independent colleges excel in degrees awarded by four-year institutions in the fields of Science and Technology:

32% of all math degrees

31% of all nursing degrees

46% of all engineering degrees
66% of all physical science advanced degrees

43% of all chemistry degrees

54% of all computer science advanced degrees

New Jersey’s Investment in Independent Higher Education

  • The Building Our Future bond act and bond renewals provided $108.4 million  in capital support for the independent institutions since 2013.
  • The Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) programs totaled $98.4 million in financial aid for New Jersey students attending an independent college or university in New Jersey (FY2016).
  • Direct state support for operating aid in FY2017 is $1 million which is a reduction of $500,000 from the amount provided in FY2016 and $16.5 million below the FY2010 amount of $17.5 million.  Full funding of the formula would provide approximately $20 million.

Contributions to the State of New Jersey

  • The economic impact of the sector on the State of New Jersey is between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. 
    New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities employ more than 18,700 people.
  • The fourteen institutions collectively have more than 586,133 living alumni.  About 53% of all graduates of these institutions still live in New Jersey.
  • Our 14 member institutions will spend over $779 million in 2017 and 2018 on new construction and renovation of campus facilities.  These projects will generate many jobs in construction and related industries over the next several years.
  • Governor Christie and five of the Governor’s Cabinet Members, as well as 36 New Jersey state legislators are alumni/ae of our institutions.         

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