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 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 $700 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 19% of all degrees in FY2015.
- Our students earned 23% of the baccalaureate degrees and 37% of all advanced degrees conferred in FY2015.
- Our students earned 27% of all the education degrees and 30% of all advanced education degrees conferred by four-year institutions in FY2015.
- New Jersey’s independent colleges excel in degrees awarded by four-year institutions in the fields of Science and Technology:
30% of all math degrees
31% of all nursing degrees
43% of all engineering degrees
62% of all physical science advanced degrees
40% of all chemistry degrees
50% 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 was more than $10.4 billion in FY2015.
- 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 $579 million in 2016 and 2017 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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