Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in New Jersey

11 Colleges
1,301 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,960 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in New JerseyEducation is the #12 most popular major in New Jersey with 1,301 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.5% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking analyzed 11 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in New Jersey

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

The College of New Jersey comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Ewing. TCNJ also made our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list, coming in at #1.

It takes the average student at TCNJ about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,957. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from TCNJ is $144,372. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Our rankings recognize Rider University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville. Rider also made our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list, coming in at #2.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rider is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,496. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rider be around $159,373. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Wayne, William Paterson University is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at William Paterson University, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

It takes the average student at William Paterson University about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,234. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University is about $132,138. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kean is a large public school located in the suburb of Union. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Kean, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

It takes the average student at Kean about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,579. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Kean is about $133,464. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Montclair State University. Montclair State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Montclair. Montclair State also made our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list, coming in at #8.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Montclair State is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,695. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State is $125,971. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Seton Hall, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey ranking.

At Seton Hall, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $38,817 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $161,867 to get a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Monmouth University. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Monmouth not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list.

At Monmouth, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,782. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth is $167,482. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Our rankings recognize Rowan University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Glassboro, Rowan is a public school with a large student population. Rowan not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rowan is 4.4 years, and it costs about $34,946 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rowan is $153,063. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#9

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Stockton University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Galloway, Stockton State is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Stockton State also made our Best Colleges for Education in New Jersey list, coming in at #9.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Stockton State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,302. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Stockton State is $116,580. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ

Centenary University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Hackettstown, Centenary is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Centenary to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,271. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Centenary is about $118,738. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Education Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 3,877
New York 4,512
Maryland 1,036
Delaware 478
District of Columbia 77

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 544
Teacher Education Subject Specific 507
Special Education 182
General Education 68

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 3,442
Social Sciences 2,939
Communication & Journalism 2,116
History 740
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 434

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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