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William Paterson University of New Jersey Overview

Located in Wayne, New Jersey, William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Wayne makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is William Paterson University of New Jersey Known For?

1,785 Undergraduate Awards
$31,853 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at William Paterson University is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, William Paterson University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $46,600 a year. That's about 14% more than their peers at other schools.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

William Paterson University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#319 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at William Paterson University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Best Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Most Popular Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#143 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#164 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards William Paterson University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#31 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#34 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#40 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#87 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search
#91 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is William Paterson University of New Jersey?

Location of William Paterson University of New Jersey

Contact details for William Paterson University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-720-2000
Website: www.wpunj.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mywpu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WPUNJ_EDU

How Do I Get Into William Paterson University?

You can apply to William Paterson University online at: www.wpunj.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for William Paterson University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into William Paterson University?

92% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
93% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 92%, William Paterson University is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to William Paterson University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 570. Math scores were between 460 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for William Paterson University of New Jersey  ( 470 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for William Paterson University of New Jersey  ( 460 to 550 )
200
800
William Paterson University received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for William Paterson University of New Jersey  ( 16 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for William Paterson University of New Jersey  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for William Paterson University of New Jersey  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford William Paterson University of New Jersey?

$31,853 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of William Paterson University is $31,853. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At William Paterson University, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,352 a year. That adds up to $25,408 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at William Paterson University is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

William Paterson University of New Jersey Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,165 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,605 undergraduate students at William Paterson University, with 7,165 being full-time and 1,440 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  William Paterson University

There are also 1,500 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,165 full-time undergraduates at William Paterson University, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  William Paterson University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of William Paterson University of New Jersey students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of William Paterson University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 521
Black or African American 1,444
Hispanic or Latino 2,335
White 2,514
International Students 46
Other Races/Ethnicities 305

Geographic Diversity

New Jersey students aren't the only ones who study at William Paterson University of New Jersey. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at William Paterson University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and China.

Online Learning at William Paterson University of New Jersey

545 Took All Classes Online
2,873 Took At Least One Class Online
20.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,873 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at William Paterson University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 37th most popular in New Jersey for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of William Paterson University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at William Paterson University of New Jersey was 20.8%. This is the #874 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at William Paterson University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of William Paterson University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at William Paterson University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at William Paterson University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teacher Education Subject Specific #53
Teacher Education Grade Specific #75
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #108
Liberal Arts General Studies #108
Education #199

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

William Paterson University of New Jersey Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 195 0 0 0 195
Communication & Media Studies 190 0 0 0 190
Teacher Education Grade Specific 64 6 54 0 124
Criminal Justice & Corrections 123 0 0 0 123
Nursing 73 3 36 4 116
Business Administration & Management 2 0 101 0 103
Health & Physical Education 93 0 10 0 103
Accounting 95 0 0 0 95
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 93 0 0 0 93
General Biology 70 0 6 0 76
Finance & Financial Management 74 0 0 0 74
Marketing 74 0 0 0 74
Sociology 69 0 4 0 73
General English Literature 60 0 2 0 62
Communication Sciences 25 0 33 0 58
Liberal Arts General Studies 58 0 0 0 58
Mental & Social Health Services 52 0 0 0 52
Computer Information Systems 49 0 0 0 49
Fine & Studio Arts 43 0 6 0 49
Music 39 0 8 0 47
History 34 0 6 0 40
Educational Administration 0 6 32 0 38
Teacher Education Subject Specific 23 2 12 0 37
Special Education 0 11 22 0 33
Political Science & Government 23 0 4 0 27
Health Sciences & Services 26 0 0 0 26
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0 21
Mathematics 19 0 0 0 19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 19 0 19
International Business 13 0 0 0 13
Economics 13 0 0 0 13
Allied Health Professions 12 0 0 0 12
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 11 0 11
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 9 0 0 0 9
Anthropology 9 0 0 0 9
Biotechnology 7 0 1 0 8
General Sales & Marketing 8 0 0 0 8
Chemistry 8 0 0 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 6 0 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 0 0 0 6
Romance Languages 5 0 0 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 0 0 5
Geography & Cartography 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Instructional Media Design 0 2 0 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 2 0 0 2
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,785 32 394 4 2,215

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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