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New Jersey's System of Higher Education at a Glance

New Jersey institutions of higher education offer almost 4,200 degree and certificate programs (search the inventory of approved programs).  Over 100 complete programs and over 3,500 individual courses are offered by distance learning.

30 English as a Second Language programs serve approximately 15,860 students.

56 Educational Opportunity Fund programs provide academic support services to 13,590 disadvantaged students. (learn more about EOF)

The aggregate five-year graduation rate for NJ's 12 senior public intitutions exceeds the US average.

The Institutions

Number of Institutions by Sector

Institutional missions vary and include the following services and activities:
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs
  • Research
  • Academic support
  • Noncredit offerings, including job training and continuing education
  • Community service, including recreational and cultural events
  • Small business support and technical assistance

Student Characteristics

Precollege programs serve approximately 20,300 financially/academically disadvantaged middle and high school students.(find a NJ precollege program)

Fall 2009 Enrollment
Number of Students, by Sector
Community colleges 177,173 (41%)
State colleges & universities 102,218 (24%)
Public research universities  69,543 
(16%)
Total - Public Institutions  348,934 (81%)
Independent institutions 83,233 (19%)
Total credit-seeking students 432,167  
Undergraduate
Graduate/Professional
85%
15%
Full-time
Part-Time
63%
37%
Female
Male
55.1%
44.9%
Age 24 & under
Age 25 & older
63.7%
36.3%
Race/Ethnicity (Fall 2008)
White
52.8%
African American
12.9%
Hispanic
13.5%
Asian
  7.9%
American Indian
  0.3%
Non-resident alien
  4.3%
Other, unknown, or unreported
  8.3%
FY 2010 Degrees & Certificates Awarded
Number of Awards, by Sector
Community colleges 18,944 (25%)
State colleges & universities 20,603 (27%)
Public research universities  15,956 
(21%)
Total - Public Institutions  55,503 (73%)
Independent institutions 20,199 (27%)
Total Degrees & Certificates 75,702  

Student Assistance
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) is a New Jersey authority that provides students and families with the financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school.
  • In the 2008-09 academic year, New Jersey ranked 1st in the nation for need-based undergraduate grant dollars per undergraduate student enrollment, and 4th for all aid awarded per undergraduate.

  • Each year HESAA delivers over $1.2 billion in financial aid through grants, scholarships and loans.

  • Since 1999, HESAA has waived over $46 million in guaranty insurance fees for federal loans for NJ borrowers, dramatically decreasing students' indebtedness.

  • New Jersey's need-based Tuition Aid Grant programs (TAG) provided nearly 70,000 awards totaling almost $262 million in FY 2009.

  • The Authority's revenue allows it to reduce interest rates on NJCLASS loans. Last year, the interest rates on loans in NJCLASS were as low as 7.62% -- among the lowest in the nation.

  • HESAA awarded approximately 14,000 merit-based scholarships to keep the State's brightest students in New Jersey in 2009.


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Last updated: November 2, 2011