According to the school president, Eugene J. Cornacchia, transitioning St. Peter’s College to St. Peter’s University will open employment doors for students that may not have been opened quite as wide before.
“University in general conveys in peoples’ minds a high level institution of learning, a higher level of quality, and certainly raises the visibility of an institution in the market place,” Cornacchia said. He also said the better recognition and status that comes with being called a university could also open up new avenues of funding for the school.
The school is unveiling its new name, logo and distinction this week after receiving approval from the state to change its designation.
“Another area where it is going help though is in terms of recruiting international students,” Cornacchia said. “Abroad, a college is actually a high school level, whereas a university is an advanced level.”
Cornacchia said Jersey City residents and employers appreciate the high level of education provided by the city’s two institutions, and the St. Peter’s transition will only make the city more attractive to those looking to relocate to the region.
“In terms of the community itself, what it can now offer besides this absolutely phenomenal environment in the city — the urban life, the exciting dynamic life here with all its cultural features — it also can offer a level and quality of education that’s very attractive to people who want to locate here in Jersey City,” Cornacchia said.