Why Invest in New Jersey’s Independent Colleges and Universities?

When the 13 independent colleges and universities in New Jersey succeed, so do corporations and businesses in the state. In fact, our member institutions make a tremendous contribution to New Jersey’s bottom line at very little cost to state residents.

    Contribute to the Success of the Future Workforce

    An educated citizenry contributes to the economic, intellectual, social, political and cultural value of society:

    • 24% of all students attending four-year institutions in New Jersey the Fall of 2022 were enrolled at an ICUNJ member institution.
    • Students build a solid educational foundation that 80% of employers indicate is desirable — a broad knowledge in the liberal arts.
    • By learning to think critically, communicate effectively and approach learning as on ongoing quest, our students develop the abilities that will serve them well wherever life takes them.

      Promote Diversity and a Global Community

      • Over one in five college students in New Jersey attends an independent college or university.
      • Diversity in undergraduate enrollment has increased over the past 10 years. Four of the State’s four-year Minority Serving Institutions are ICUNJ members.
      • Many older, working and part-time students attend, along with traditional full-time students just out of high school.

        Realize a Return on Education

          • New Jersey’s independent college students earned 22% of the baccalaureate degrees and 34% of all advanced degrees conferred in the state in FY2021.
          • More private college graduates finish on time (59% versus 38% at regional public universities), assisting students to avoid extra years of tuition.

          Why Partner with ICFNJ vs. Individual Schools?

          • Value the efficiency of a single point of contact who will disburse funds to any or all of our 13 member institutions.
          • Build corporate visibility and branding opportunities across New Jersey’s 13 private colleges and among their constituencies with a single gift.
          • Realize a high return on investment through targeted funding programs that support your business objectives.
          • Promote valuable civic identity – internally and externally — through named programs.
          • Contribute to the development of a quality future workforce that will promote New Jersey’s economy.

          Ways to Give

          With a the broad scope of giving opportunities offered in today’s dynamic educational environment, contributions and grants can be tailored to provide the greatest return on investment across our member campuses:

          • Contribute Unrestricted General Operating Funds These contributions allow our member colleges and universities to direct money where it is most needed. This is the most helpful and valuable way you can assist our 13 member institutions.
          • Fund Scholarships
          • Strategic Giving Programs  ICUNJ’s Strategic Giving Program allows our corporate and foundation partners to target their investments to provide support for areas closely aligned with their business objectives. Support of collaborative endeavors between private colleges and universities and specific industries helps address some of society’s most pressing workforce needs such as nursing preparation, teacher training and science education. ICUNJ adds value through best practices forums and shared purchasing of goods and services.

          Learn more about ICUNJ’s Corporate Affiliate Programs.