NJ at a Glance

NJ at a Glance

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It’s easy to understand why New Jersey consistently is among the 5 best states for educational excellence in CNBC’s annual Top States for Business rankings. From our highly-ranked universities to quality public school systems, New Jersey is one of the top undisputed education leaders.

More than 436,000 students are enrolled in the State’s 63 public and private colleges and universities. In US News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings, Princeton University earned the #1 spot for the 5th consecutive year. Several other New Jersey universities also are ranked among the Top 150 best in the nation, including: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Stevens Institute of Technology; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Seton Hall University.

In addition, New Jersey boasts one of the country's most well-educated and skilled workforces.  Nearly 36% of New Jersey’s workforce graduates from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher.  The national average stands at only 29%.

Greater than 13% of our workforce has an advanced graduate or professional degree, compared to 10.6% nationwide. The State also has one of the highest graduation rates from High School in the country: 88% of our seniors receive their diplomas. The national average: 81%.

Plus, New Jersey boasts the biggest concentration of scientists and engineers per square mile in the world – more than 225,000 at last count.

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