Fast Facts

NEW JERSEY’S INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

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 64,768 students in Fall 2013 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.
  • Our students earned 24% of the baccalaureate degrees and 36% of all advanced degrees conferred in FY2013.
  • Our colleges and universities provide over $657 million in institutional grant aid to undergraduate students.

Serving Diversity

  • One in six college students in New Jersey attends an independent college or university.
  • The overall minority enrollment at our member institutions is 30%, with the undergraduate minority enrollment even greater at 35%. 

Meeting the Workforce Demand

  • While enrolling 15% of all higher-education students, New Jersey’s independent colleges awarded 20% of all degrees in FY2013.
  • Our students earned 23% of all the education degrees and 27% of all advanced education degrees conferred by four-year institutions in FY2013.
  • New Jersey’s independent colleges excel in degrees awarded by four-year institutions in the fields of Science and Technology:
  • 29% of all math degrees
    • 35% of all nursing degrees
    • 46% of all engineering degrees
    • 59% of all physical science advanced degrees
    • 40% of all chemistry degrees
    • 52% of all computer science advanced degrees

New Jersey’s Investment in Independent Higher Education

  • Direct State support in fiscal year 2014 to our 14 member institutions equaled $1 million.
  • Our member institutions saved the State of New Jersey over $184 million in FY2013 – the price it would cost the State to educate the New Jersey residents our institutions enrolled.

Contributions to the State of New Jersey

  • The economic impact of the sector on the State of New Jersey was more than $9.7 billion in FY2012.
  • The fourteen institutions collectively have more than 423,700 living alumni.  About 54% of all graduates of these institutions still live in New Jersey.
  • New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities employ more than 17,000 people.
  • Our 14 member institutions will spend over $460 million in 2014 & 2015 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 six of the governor’s Cabinet Members are alumni/ae of AICUNJ institutions, as well as 36 members of the New Jersey State Legislature.      

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