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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey

27 Colleges
$32,778 Avg Cost*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value in New Jersey Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 27 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in New Jersey. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as overall quality or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

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Top Colleges for the Money in New Jersey

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#1

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Our 2021 rankings named Rutgers University - New Brunswick the best school for overall value in New Jersey for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rutgers New Brunswick is a large public school situated in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It awarded 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Rutgers New Brunswick to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,256 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rutgers New Brunswick is $116,656. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Rutgers New Brunswick did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#2

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list means Rutgers University - Newark is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rutgers Newark is a fairly large public school situated in Newark, New Jersey. It awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rutgers Newark is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,923. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Newark is about $113,649. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, Rutgers Newark is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#3

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list means Ramapo College of New Jersey is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Mahwah, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,307 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Ramapo College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,952. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College is $118,237. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#4

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The College of New Jersey. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey list. This medium-sized public school is located in Ewing, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at TCNJ about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $32,247 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from TCNJ is $133,180. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 2.4% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. TCNJ not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#5

Rutgers University - Camden

Camden, New Jersey

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Rutgers University - Camden helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in New Jersey. Rutgers Camden is a medium-sized public school situated in Camden, New Jersey. It awarded 1,368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Rutgers Camden about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,177. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Camden is about $114,304. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#6

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Located in Madison, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 345 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Drew, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,867. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Drew is $114,255. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

With a ranking of #7, Stockton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in Galloway, New Jersey, the medium-sized public school handed out 2,018 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Stockton State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,688. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Stockton State is about $109,688. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,297 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Princeton to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $44,264. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Princeton is $181,925. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Princeton is ranked #1 for overall quality in New Jersey.

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#9

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

Montclair State University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Located in Montclair, New Jersey, the large public school handed out 4,013 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Montclair State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,416. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Montclair State is $120,356. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#10

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey

New Jersey Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. NJIT is a fairly large public school situated in Newark, New Jersey. It awarded 1,646 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at NJIT about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,743. This means that the average student pays around $143,877 to get a bachelor’s degree from NJIT. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. NJIT not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#11

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

Rowan University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Rowan is a fairly large public school situated in Glassboro, New Jersey. It awarded 3,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Rowan to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,753. 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 Rowan is $143,458. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#12

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Hoboken, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 766 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Stevens about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $49,555 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $223,493 to get a bachelor’s degree from Stevens. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Stevens not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#13

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #13. Located in South Orange, New Jersey, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,683 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Seton Hall about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,477. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall is about $172,959. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. William Paterson University is located in Wayne, New Jersey and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at William Paterson University about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,201. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University be around $118,429. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#15

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. It awarded 854 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rider is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $41,031. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rider is about $169,868. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#16

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

Monmouth University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #16. Monmouth is a private not-for-profit institution located in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Monmouth is 4.2 years, and it costs about $40,553 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth be around $170,728. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#17

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

Kean University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. This fairly large public school is located in Union, New Jersey, and it awarded 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Kean is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,849. This means that the average student pays around $125,385 to get a bachelor’s degree from Kean. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#18

Saint Peter's University

Jersey City, New Jersey

Saint Peter’s University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Saint Peter’s University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Jersey City, New Jersey that handed out 535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Saint Peter’s College is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,728. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter’s College is about $131,100. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#19

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

With a ranking of #19, New Jersey City University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. NJCU is a public institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At NJCU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.9 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,545. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NJCU be around $130,601. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#20

Georgian Court University

Lakewood, New Jersey

Georgian Court University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #20. Georgian Court University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lakewood, New Jersey that handed out 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Georgian Court to complete their degree, and it costs about $35,811 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court is $157,927. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#21

Centenary University

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Centenary University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and it awarded 351 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Centenary graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,207. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Centenary be around $135,269. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Madison, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 573 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at FDU about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $44,279. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from FDU is about $191,728. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#23

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

Caldwell University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in Caldwell, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 333 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Caldwell is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,897. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Caldwell is $151,181. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#24

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, New Jersey

With a ranking of #24, College of Saint Elizabeth did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. CSE is located in Morristown, New Jersey and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 171 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At CSE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,877. 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 CSE is $140,251. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#25

Felician University

Lodi, New Jersey

Felician University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Felician is located in Lodi, New Jersey and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 332 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Felician graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $31,162 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Felician be around $141,475. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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