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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 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.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money in New Jersey

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#1

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers University - New Brunswick tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in New Jersey. This large public school is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and 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 the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,256. 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 Rutgers New Brunswick is $116,656. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rutgers New Brunswick also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in New Jersey rankings.

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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. Newark, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,775 students 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 it costs about $24,923 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $113,649 to get a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Newark. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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%. Rutgers Newark excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked 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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Ramapo College of New Jersey helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in New Jersey. Ramapo College is located in Mahwah, New Jersey and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,307 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Ramapo College about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,952 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $118,237 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list means The College of New Jersey is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Ewing, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,685 students in 2018-2019.

At TCNJ, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,247. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the TCNJ is $133,180. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCNJ is ranked #2 for overall quality in New Jersey.

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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. This medium-sized public school is located in Camden, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Rutgers Camden, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $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. 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 88%.

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#6

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Madison, New Jersey is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 345 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Drew about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,867. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Drew is about $114,255. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

Stockton University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Stockton State is a public institution located in Galloway, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 2,018 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Stockton State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $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 you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Princeton, 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 1,297 students in 2018-2019.

At Princeton, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $44,264. 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 Princeton is $181,925. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 0.9% 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%. 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. Montclair State is located in Montclair, New Jersey and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,013 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Montclair State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,416. 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 Montclair State is $120,356. 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%.

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#10

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey

New Jersey Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #10. Newark, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,646 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at NJIT about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,743. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NJIT is about $143,877. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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%. NJIT also made our Best Colleges in New Jersey list, coming in at #5.

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#11

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

Rowan University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Glassboro, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,684 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Rowan graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,753. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rowan is about $143,458. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#12

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 766 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 Stevens is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $49,555. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Stevens is $223,493. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 0.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. 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 ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in South Orange, New Jersey, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,683 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Seton Hall to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,477. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall be around $172,959. 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 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Wayne, New Jersey, the fairly large public school handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at William Paterson University is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,201. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University is $118,429. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#15

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money 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.

It takes the average student at Rider about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $41,031 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rider is $169,868. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.3% 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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#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 student at Monmouth graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $40,553. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth be around $170,728. 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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#17

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

Kean University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #17. Located in Union, New Jersey, the fairly large public school awarded 2,493 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 Kean is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,849. 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 Kean is $125,385. 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 ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Saint Peter’s College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jersey City, New Jersey. It awarded 535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Saint Peter’s College graduates in less than 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. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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. New Jersey City University is a medium-sized public school located in Jersey City, New Jersey that handed out 1,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At NJCU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,545. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NJCU be around $130,601. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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 is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakewood, New Jersey. The school has a small population, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Georgian Court is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,811. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court be around $157,927. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#21

Centenary University

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Centenary University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #21. Centenary is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 351 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Centenary, 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 $32,207. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Centenary is about $135,269. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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With a ranking of #21, Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. FDU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Madison, New Jersey. It awarded 573 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At FDU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $44,279 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from FDU be around $191,728. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#23

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

With a ranking of #23, Caldwell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in Caldwell, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Caldwell about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $33,897 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell is about $151,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#24

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, New Jersey

College of Saint Elizabeth did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #24. CSE is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Morristown, New Jersey. It awarded 171 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at CSE graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,877. This means that the average student pays around $140,251 to get a bachelor’s degree from CSE. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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 did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #25. Located in Lodi, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 332 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Felician, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,162. 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 Felician is $141,475. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

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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