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28 New Jersey Colleges, Ranked First To Worst

Twenty-eight four-year New Jersey schools were ranked by Niche.com, from first to worst. See the list below.

Ever wonder about the best four-year colleges in New Jersey? Niche.com ranked all of them, listing 28 colleges and grading them on their academic standards and quality of life.

The list was part of the web compiler's annual "Best Colleges" list that was released this week, identifying what it considers to be the top 100 in the nation based on assessments and reviews.

Two New Jersey schools were ranked in the top 100 on Niche.com's national list. Princeton University was number 5, and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken was number 88.

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The New Jersey list includes all four-year colleges in the state, awarding them grades that ranged from A to C-. No college in New Jersey received a D or F.

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The "Best Colleges" ranking is based on what the website considers a "rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education." For its national list, the website also includes millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 1,000 top colleges and universities in the U.S.

These aren't the most scientific results. Niche incorporates solid data into its rankings, but many of its metrics include some amount of online survey responses on the Niche.com website. So, an ambitious push by faculty, students and supporters can move the needle on a school's overall performance, including many of the metrics used by Niche, like school safety, student life, community ratings, diversity and more.

Below are all the schools in New Jersey, where they were ranked, their grade and a short review for each from a student:

  1. Princeton University, Princeton (A+) "As a graduating senior, I can definitively say that my four years at Princeton have been the best four years of my life."
  2. Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (A+) "It's a technical school so the learning environment is rigorous. You have to work for your grades and in the end will get what you deserve."
  3. Rutgers University, New Brunswick (A) "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has always been my number one choice. In addition, it has always been my reach school, since my time when applying to college in high school."
  4. The College of New Jersey, Ewing (A) "I met great friends the first few days I was on campus and am still friends with them today. TCNJ is not too far away from home but a great distance to feel like I am away but can also go home if need be."
  5. Rutgers University - Newark, Newark (A-) "I wanted to stay in Northern NJ, and Rutgers Newark was my top choice (accepted to Montclair and WPU, but I turned both of them down after getting in at Rutgers). It's got a great location (with easy to access public transportation, and easy to commute to), good professors, and the campus is easy to navigate."
  6. Rutgers University - Camden, Camden (B+) "I love Rutgers and couldn't imagine myself at any other school! The administration is highly qualified, and students at Rutgers Camden receive an amazing education from them."
  7. Seton Hall University, South Orange (B+) "The professors here are definitely passionate about what they teach so you'll definitely get the most out of your classes. Academics-wise, the school is excellent."
  8. Stockton College, Galloway (B+) "I absolutely love Stockton. It's so unique because of how closed off it is, it's not in the middle of a town or city, it's like we're our own little community and it makes all of the students feel so much more tightly knit because we're just a big family."
  9. New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark (B+) "My school's first semester was really up to the mark. Being an international student it was quite awkward for me to adjust with the surroundings, but school (has) favorable atmosphere and affection from the faculty made my days go well."
  10. Drew University, Madison (B+) "I never thought it was possible for a university to foster such close relationships both between faculty and students and within the student body itself."
  11. Monmouth University, West Long Branch (B) "My school is fairly small which allows it to meet the needs of all students; a factor that is very important to me."
  12. Montclair State University, Montclair (B) "I would not know how well recruiting or career services are here at Montclair, but I do know there is a fantastic alumni network as they have programs specifically for alumni here on campus are are constantly adding to it."
  13. Rowan University, Glassboro (B) "My experience at Rowan University has been what I hoped it would be and more. The staff are amazing and take time out of their busy days to make sure that every student has a clear understanding of all materials when fallen behind."
  14. Rider University, Lawrenceville (B) "Rider University is small but the faculty make it feel super home-y. This school is also apart of a very close-knit community and whenever you need help with an issue or finding something, there is someone to help."
  15. Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah (B) "I attended a summer program which allowed me to take 8 credits worth of classes and it was truly great. I learned more in the six weeks about life than I did in 18 years.""
  16. Kean University, Union (B) "Thus far, I enjoy going to Kean University. It's very close to home, it's very affordable, and all of the staff is helpful whenever you have questions."
  17. Berkeley College - Woodland Park, Woodland Park (B-) No comments
  18. Saint Peter's University, Jersey City (B-) "My experience has been honestly tremendous. I have nothing but great things to say of Saint Peter's University. "
  19. William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne (B-) "So far my freshman year was great. I made a few friends, and all of my professors were wonderful and such a big help. The school itself has such a nice feeling, but i'm barely there because I have to work to afford school."
  20. Fairleigh Dickinson University - College at Florham, Madison (B-) "So far I've liked almost all my classes and felt that they'll be useful in my career. The campus is gorgeous, and while people complain about 'too much walking,' there are bigger campuses with way more walking."
  21. Caldwell University, Caldwell (B-) "I love my school academically. But, socially, it is lacking. And what I hate the most is how ridiculously expensive it is for no reason."
  22. New Jersey City University, Jersey City (B-) "My school isn't the best, but it works for me. New Jersey City University is a small campus with an average class size of 15-20 students. Everyone keeps to themselves, but they're social when they want to be; they are very friendly."
  23. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck (C+) "I absolutely love my college experience so far. My first two semesters really showed me that college would definitely be some if the greatest years of my life. I made many friends that are interested in the same field that I am."
  24. Georgian Court University, Lakewood (C+) "Biology advisory is amazing and willing to go above and beyond for students."
  25. Centenary College - New Jersey, Hackettstown (C+) "The classes are okay, but they're somewhat of a joke. If you're looking to transfer from this school - forget it."
  26. Felician College Lodi (C+) "Even though it's a very small school, I absolutely love it. I have met so many people that I grew to love so much."
  27. College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown (C) "Good thing about the College of Saint Elizabeth is it is a small college. If attention is needed, attention is given and everyone knows everyone. I would not change a thing."
  28. Bloomfield College, Bloomfield (C-) "In order to make the best in this school, you have to be active, either in the greek life, clubs and organizations or sports. Or you have to keep up to date with all the events and things that are happening on campus. If not, life on campus would literally be dry. Also, even though it is a very small school, it does not mean that you would know everyone."

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