Why Choose an Independent College or University?

Selecting a college or university is one of the most important life decisions for students and their families. The 13 independent institutions in New Jersey are as diverse as the state’s population. They offer on-campus liberal arts programs, as well as nontraditional options for working adults, with programs ranging from fine arts to business, law, medicine, education, science and much more.

Independent colleges and universities are innovative and diverse, but they share the same purpose: to offer students choice and create a highly skilled workforce for New Jersey.

Personal Attention

New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities offer small class sizes, superlative academics, opportunities for involvement and leadership in campus and service activities and vibrant communities.

Generous Financial Aid

More than 95% of students at our member institutions receive financial assistance directly from the institutions themselves, scholarships and/or state and federal grants – putting a college education within reach.

High Graduation Rates

Students at New Jersey’s independent institutions have a high degree of success; in fact, all of our members exceed the national average for on-time graduation.

Post-Graduation Success

With high rates for employment and acceptance to graduate school, our students continue to succeed professionally. Their education provides the skills that employers cite as keys to success: critical thinking, problem solving, communications, teamwork, creativity and the thirst for lifelong learning.