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William Paterson University of New Jersey

  • Wayne, NJ
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 10,027
    total students
  • $7,421 | $14,961
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • June 1
    fall application deadline
  • 68%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 523
    sat math
  • 506
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Experience a Facilitated Transition from High School to College Life at William Paterson University of New Jersey

William Paterson University is located in the town of Wayne, New Jersey, just 20 miles west of New York City. It is a popular choice for undergraduate degrees in New Jersey with more than 10,500 full- and part-time students enrolled at the university.

The campus is set on 370 acres of woodland and incorporates student residences, sports fields, and recreation areas. The park-like setting encourages a home away from home environment where students can enjoy a multi-faceted college experience. Nearly 2,600 students reside on campus and the balance commute daily by means of bus, train, or private vehicles.

Freshmen in particular benefit from the First Year Experience - a department dedicated to assisting students with the various aspects of adjusting to college life. The first year seminar is a compulsory course for the first semester that helps to introduce the university campus and its facilities.

In addition, freshman students get the opportunity to meet and integrate while learning about the various athletic, arts, cultural, and special interest clubs and societies. The course also covers basic skills such as note taking, research, and critical thinking that will help students to get the most out of their chosen study programs.

William Paterson University has Five Colleges Where Undergraduate Students Can Study the Majors of Their Choice

Located in the Middle Atlantic region, William Paterson University is one of nine state colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in New Jersey. There are currently 43 study programs at the university's five colleges including several specially designed pre-professional courses.

The School of Arts and Communication has a strong student contingent. Students can explore the fields of music engineering, television, film or theatre, English literature and writing, jazz studies, or art.

The Cotsakos College of Business focuses on commercially-oriented programs that provide students a solid foundation in business science.

Students enrolling at the College of Education can choose to specialize in special needs education, elementary school education, pre-school education, or specific-subject secondary school education.

Students interested in pursuing a career in law, social sciences, or humanities can choose their area of specialization at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The College of Science and Health accommodates a broad range of pre-med students including dentistry, optometry, and physical therapy students. Other degree programs in the field of health and science include majors in speech pathology or nursing.

William Paterson University Has Financial Aid Packages in the Form of Scholarships, Grants, and Work Study Programs

There are many partial and full scholarships and grants available as part of financial aid packages offered at William Paterson University. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and genuine financial need. In addition, various work-study programs exist on campus to help students pay for their tuition.

It is the expectation when scholarships or grants are awarded that students retain a high academic standard, and results are carefully reviewed at the end of each semester. Students are encouraged to send in applications early as grants and scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Students studying arts or communication may be awarded scholarships if they show particular artistic promise. Students enrolled in the university honors college receive a merit scholarship, but because these scholarships are very competitive, the award criteria are very high with students achieving excellent grade scores.

It's important when applying for financial aid for students to include their class ranking. If they do not have this information, they can ask the school guidance office to forward the information directly to the university.

Students Get Involved in the Athletics, Arts, or Cultural Programs at William Paterson University

Athletics at William Paterson University are an integral part of college life because they allow students to further develop social, physical and emotional skills. Sportsmen and women representing the university in various sports are known as Pioneers, and can be recognized at sporting events on the East Coast by their distinctive orange, white, and black colors.

The basketball and baseball teams are strong competitors and have won state titles over the years. Many WPU students who have excelled on the sports field are honored in the Pioneers Hall of Fame.

There are other on-campus special interest clubs and societies such as the Outdoors Club, the Spanish Club, or the Music Education Club, where students can meet and make friends who have similar interests. Students are also encouraged to start new clubs and interest groups if they feel there isn't a student organization that meets their interest.

Student events, concerts, and public debates are often held on the university campus so there are always activities happening where new students can get involved. In addition, the Centre for Closely Held Business provides educational forums, workshops, and research support for nearby businesses.


Location & Contact

William Paterson University of New Jersey

300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470-8420
USA

Mr.Anthony Leckey

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 973-720-2903
Fax: 973-720-2910
Email: leckeya@wpunj.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Behavioral Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Financial Planning and Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Selling Skills and Sales
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,935
    • Accepted6,086
    • Acceptance Rate68%
    • Enrolled10,027
    • Female Applicants5,338
    • Females Accepted3,607
    • Female Acceptance Rate67%
    • Male Applicants3,597
    • Males Accepted2,479
    • Male Acceptance Rate68%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
      portfolio for art, audition for music
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.14
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen June 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 506 450 540
    • SAT Math 523 470 560
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$7,421
    • Out-of-state tuition *$14,961
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$4,496.98
    • Room and board *$10,600.00
    • Room only *$6,700.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students10,027
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino24.36%
    • Black or African American13.9%
    • White or Caucasian46.81%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.12%
    • Asian6.87%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.24%
    • Unknown3.86%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.87% representing 41 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students2% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 22%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations 720 Modeling Group, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Young Democratic Socialists, WPBN (TV Club), Honors College Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,118
    • Full-time Percentage36%
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 11,414 students to 1,118 faculty

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