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. The following is a quick list of how independent higher education continues to play a critical role in the advancement of the State of New Jersey and its residents.
Enabling Student Success
- Our member institutions enrolled 64,839 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 $615 million in institutional grant aid to undergraduates.
- 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 education degrees and 27% of all advanced education degrees conferred by four-year institutions in FY2013.
- New Jersey’s independent colleges excel in the 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
– 60% 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 $182 million in FY2013 – the price it would cost the State to educate the New Jersey residents our institutions enrolled at the undergraduate level.
Contributions to New Jersey
- 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 18,400 people, who contribute back to the State through taxes.
- Our 14 member institutions will spend over $460 million in 2014 & 2015 on new construction and renovation of campus facilities. These projects will generate new jobs in construction and related industries.
- There are currently 36 New Jersey state legislators who are alumni/ae of our institutions.
For a copy of the Fact Sheet, click www.njcolleges.org/uploads/Impact, Independent Colleges & Universities in NJ, 2014 - CURRENT.pdf