Sep 21, 2017

New Jersey


Located in the northeastern part of the U.S., New Jersey shares borders with New York to the north and northeast, the Delaware Bay to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the south. To the west is Pennsylvania and the Delaware River. Trenton is the state capital, and Newark is the largest city. Other cities include Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Sussex, Atlantic City, and Cape May.

According to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, New Jersey had a total population of 8,899,339. It was also the most densely populated state in the country.

Known as the ‘Garden State’, New Jersey is a major agricultural state with more than 9,071 farms covering 715,057 acres. It ranks fifth nationally in blueberry production and third in cranberries, bell peppers, and spinach. In addition, the state boasts a huge manufacturing sector with key industries including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing and electrical equipment. The tourism and financial services sectors are also well developed.

There are 21 companies on the 2014 Fortune 500 list that have their headquarters in New Jersey, including Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Prudential Financial, and Honeywell International,

Top Reasons to Study in New Jersey

  • Quality of Education: A 2014 CNBC report ranks New Jersey's education system as one of the top five in the country. The same report ranked the state #1 in 2013. U.S. News ranked Princeton University the top national university in the country (2014 rankings). Two other colleges - the State University of New Jersey (Rutgers) and Stevens Institute of Technology also made the list.
  • Employment Prospects: Despite a tight local employment market, New Jersey boasts a strong, dynamic economy and an ideal location within easy access to other major job markets in the northeastern part of the United States.
  • Quality of Life: In addition to being right next to New York, New Jersey has its own share of attractions, including fabulous beaches, state parks, and glitzy gambling and entertainment resorts. In 2013, the Forbes Best States for Business and Careers rankings placed New Jersey 3rd in the nation

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in New Jersey, contact the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Thomas Edison State College Visual/Performing Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Brunswick/Piscataway Campus Business Administration,Pharmacy,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Fairleigh Dickinson University: Metropolitan Campus Business,Health,Liberal Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
Princeton University Economics,Mechanical/ Aerospace Engineering,Politics Private >10,000 Request Info

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