Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in New Jersey.
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The following agencies accredit schools in New Jersey. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (CSSMSA)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
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For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
New Jersey offers a number of fine public universities to choose from. Learn more about some of these choices below.
The eighth oldest college in the United States, Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities, which is made up of 62 most highly ranked research universities in North America. The faculty, which includes winners of the National Medals of Science and Technology, MacArthur “Genius” Fellows, Guggenheim Fellows, and Fulbright Scholars, offers an elite yet affordable education. In fact, Rutgers is the only research institution in the state of New Jersey to be included in Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values.
Montclair State University
Academically, Montclair is consistently ranked in the top tier of Northern Regional Universities by the U.S. News & World Report, and a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State. The US Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Campuses: 2014 Edition, and Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” included Montclair State in their rankings of America’s greenest campuses. Known for diversity, Montclair is listed by Higher Education Magazine in the “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” for 15 years running. In 2012, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Montclair State one of 2012’s “Top Degree Producers” in its ranking of institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. For the past four years Montclair has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine, and in 2013, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll included Montclair for co-curricular and curricular community service, volunteerism, and community engagement.
Thomas Edison State College
Devoted exclusively to the mission of quality adult education, Thomas Edison State has designed its programs, administration, and technology to work especially well for nontraditional students with many commitments outside of school. As a result, it is one of the largest schools in New Jersey by enrollment, and offers many programs – even for BA, BS, and graduate degrees – in many formats. The College offers online courses; guided independent study programs; online e-Pack® courses; examination programs such as TECEP®; and Prior Learning Assessment courses that enable students to demonstrate they possess college-level knowledge that has been acquired outside a classroom; this variety sets the college apart from most alternatives.
Just as impressive as the state’s public offerings, New Jersey’s private colleges are well-known and respected. Find out more about the most notable ones below.
The fourth oldest university in the United States, Princeton boasts a student to faculty ratio of only 6 to 1, as well as a long tradition of scholarship and research. Nine National Humanities Medalists and 15 Nobel Prize Winners have come from Princeton, and among the faculty and staff there have been 20 National Medal of Science Winners and 22 Nobel Prize Winners. Campus life is a major part of the experience for Princeton students, and housing is guaranteed for all undergraduates.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall is a Catholic University, and as a result, a focus on not only academics but ethics is central to study there. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 edition ranked Seton Hall University 128th among the first tier of national universities, which makes this the fourth consecutive year the University has improved its standing in the ranking. U.S. News & World Report also placed Seton Hall on its list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” which features what they believe to be the top 100 universities nationwide for students “trapped in the GPA of a B student” with “heart[s]…set on a great college.”
West Long Branch
Monmouth University offers an “experiential learning” approach for its students, which can include cooperative education, experiential education classes, independent study, internships, job shadowing, research projects, service learning, and/or study abroad. Monmouth ranks in the top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of Regional Universities North, and the Princeton Review featured the University in The Best 378 Colleges in 2014. The Princeton Review also selected Monmouth as one of 322 Green Colleges in 2012 and 2013, and became both the winner of the 2012 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Leadership and the first private institution in New Jersey to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency.