New Jersey City University (NJCU) provides a diverse population of learners with an excellent education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond. Established in 1927 as a training school for teachers, today NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state. Located in Jersey City, NJ, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and just minutes from New York City, NJCU's fully accredited College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 44 undergraduate degree programs and 29 master’s programs and 3 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.
NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships. NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside Plaza 2 in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Brookdale in Wall Township in Monmouth County. In addition, NJCU will soon open a campus location in Fort Monmouth, NJ.
While New Jersey City University throughout its history has held fast to its founding principles of access and excellence, it has grown and evolved over the years to become the institution of great opportunity that it is today.
Chartered in 1927, what is now New Jersey City University opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City. It was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City in 1935 and Jersey City State College in 1958 before adopting its present-day status and name in 1998.
Degrees and disciplines evolve
NJCU began its history as the country’s only teacher-training college with a three-year program. In a single building situated on 10 acres along what was then Hudson Boulevard, it taught 330 women and one man, most of whom were residents of Hudson County. In 1958 the school was authorized to award the Bachelor of Arts degree, and an M.A. in education was added the following year. In 1962, it became one of the few colleges in the United States with a special-education demonstration school when it began administering the A. Harry Moore School, with which it officially merged in 1963. In 1968, Jersey City State College developed a liberal arts program.
In 1998, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved the school’s request for university status and a change in name to New Jersey City University, and the institution was restructured to include:
Since its founding, the institution now known as NJCU has consistently elevated the student experience with the addition of state-of-the-art campus facilities, including:
With each step along its storied history, NJCU has evolved from a school for area residents into one that welcomes students from throughout New Jersey and the United States and from countries around the world. As the NJCU community has grown richly diverse, so too have the options of settings in addition to campus, which now includes 27 buildings over 51.46 acres.
In 2002, NJCU and Brookdale Community College in Wall, NJ, launched a “Communiversity” partnership to offer bachelor and master degree completion programs for residents in central and southern New Jersey, and in 2007, NJCU opened its Harborside facility for graduate business programs in Jersey City’s waterfront financial district.
In September 2015, the NJCU School of Business, a state-of-the art, custom-designed facility opened at Harborside Plaza 2 directly on the waterfront, adjacent to the Exchange Place PATH station and steps away from the light rail station on Hudson Street. The two-story facility features 18 instructional spaces, two data science centers, a simulated trading floor, an auditorium, offices, study areas, a student lounge, and a large waterfront conference center with stunning views of Lower Manhattan.
While the NJCU community treasures our shared history, it is just part of our story. We invite you to visit and experience our vibrant atmosphere, explore our many excellent academic programs, meet our outstanding people. We are proud of our history, but we are even more
excited about what the future holds. We hope you will join us for the chapters ahead.
Student Success Initiatives At the core of NJCU’s mission is Student Success. Each member of the NJCU community is personally dedicated to and accountable for ensuring that each student receives a high-quality education and a first-rate experience that leads to timely graduation with minimal debt, an academically rich degree, and a meaningful future upon graduation.
PEER ADVISER LIAISONS
PALs serve as members of the University Advising Center (UAC) staff and assist students as they experience a variety of transitions including acclimation to academic life, major selection, and overall academic success at NJCU.
ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE
Orientation to College is a one credit course which serves as a guide to being a successful college student. In this course, students learn about habits, perspectives and resources that correspond with effective learning strategies and engaging with the campus.
ASCEND is a summer bridge program, aimed toward supporting students’ successful transition from high school to college.
The REBOUND program at NJCU assists students whose cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0, providing resources for throughout the semester to promote academic success, including workshops and advising sessions.
NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE
Through NSE, students continue to make progress toward their NJCU degree while studying at another institution throughout the USA, paying in-state tuition.
The Testing Services department provides placement testing for all incoming freshman and transfer students. All STEM and business majors must take a math placement exam.