U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best College rankings placed Princeton University in the No. 1 spot for national universities, but New Jersey schools made a number of appearances throughout the annual evaluation.
To ensure the integrity of comparisons, schools are grouped into specific categories to create different rankings.
Out of 16 total state schools included, The College of New Jersey came in the highest at No. 4 on the 2019 list of Best Regional Universities for the North. Regional universities offer a broad range of majors to undergrads, some master’s and few doctoral programs.
Centenary University, College of St. Elizabeth, Felician University and New Jersey City University were included in an alphabetical listing of schools ranked Nos. 142 through 187.
The top ranking New Jersey Regional Universities are:
No. 4 – The College of New Jersey
No. 28 – Monmouth University
No. 28 – Ramapo College of New Jersey
No. 28 – Rutgers University-Camden
No. 35 – Rider University
No. 35 – Stockton University
No. 62 – Fairleigh Dickinson University
No. 74 – Caldwell University
No. 81 – Saint Peter’s University
No. 93 – William Paterson University
No. 139 – Georgian Court University
No. 139 – Kean University
Just two schools from the state appeared in the rankings for liberal arts colleges: Drew University and Bloomfield College. These schools focus almost entirely on undergraduate education and must award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences.
Public Schools appear ranked by category in the 2019 report with New Jersey boasting a total of 11 schools on the list: five national universities, led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick; and six regional universities, with the College of New Jersey leading the pack.
No. 17 – Rutgers University-New Brunswick
No. 46 – New Jersey Institute of Technology
No. 52 – Rutgers University-Newark
No. 90 – Montclair State University
No. 91 – Rowan University
No. 1 – College of New Jersey
No. 7 – Ramapo College of New Jersey
No. 7 – Rutgers University-Camden
No. 9 – Stockton University
No. 27 – William Paterson University of New Jersey
No. 46 – Kean University
Rutgers University-Newark came in first on the ethnic diversity ranking for national universities in 2019. By examining the proportion of non-international minority students and a school’s overall mix of ethnic groups during the 2017-2018 academic year, the report identifies where students are most likely to encounter students from an ethnic group other than their own.
Six additional New Jersey schools were included in the rankings: New Jersey Institute of Technology (national university), Rutgers University-New Brunswick (national university), Bloomfield College (national liberal arts college), New Jersey City University (regional university), College of St. Elizabeth (regional university) and Felician University (regional university).
Six schools from New Jersey made the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Veterans rankings, with The College of New Jersey adding another first place finish to its 2019 accolades.
The list is based upon data returned during the report’s overall surveying which asked schools to identify the enrollment of veterans and active-duty service members, and the benefits offered to them.
TCNJ came in at No. 1 on the regional universities list, followed by Monmouth University, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Rutgers University-Camden, tied at No. 13; and Stockton University at No. 17.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick came in at No. 28 among national universities.