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New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University


New Jersey City University 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, New Jersey, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and just minutes from New York City, NJCU's College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 47 undergraduate degree programs and 30 graduate 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, New Jersey.


Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve

Your legacy is our passion.

  • Most Affordable institution in the state of New Jersey
  • Located in the most diverse city in the country & minutes away from the largest (New York City)
  • Top 10 "Best Cities for Recent College Grads"
  • Small class-size, big connections
  • Challenging & renowned degree programs
  • Vibrant student life

Mission Statement

New Jersey City University (NJCU) provides a diverse population 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.

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History of NJCU

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 the 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:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated as the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 in honor of the 1958 alumnus, president emeritus, and distinguished service professor of history and education
  • The College of Education, dedicated in 2007 as the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education in honor of the 1937 alumna, teacher, theologian, and humanitarian
  • The College of Professional Studies

Enhanced Environments

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:

  • Its first dormitory, Vodra Hall (1963)
  • The Forrest A. Irwin Library (1968), which was rededicated as the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library in 2000
  • The Student Union Building (1976), dedicated as the Michael B. Gilligan Student Union Building in 1985
  • The Athletic and Fitness Center (1994), dedicated in 2005 as the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center in honor of the 1956 alumnus and 1989-2005 Board of Trustees chair
  • A new, two-story Visual Arts Building with a sculpture garden featuring a work by internationally renowned artist Maya Lin (2003)
  • The Michael Graves-designed George Karnoutsos Arts and Sciences Hall, named in honor of the 1955 alumnus and retired professor of philosophy who donated $2.5 million to the University (2006)

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, New Jersey, 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.

Be at the Center of it All in Jersey City

Downtown Jersey City

Downtown Jersey City is home to "Wall Street West" a booming financial district and the site of the new 70,000-square-foot NJCU School of Business at Harborside. The downtown area offers endless opportunities for internships and jobs and is filled with galleries, theaters, restaurants, and retail stores.

Discover Hidden Treasures

As the State's second-largest city, Jersey City has much to offer: bustling urban streets, community neighborhoods, acres of green spaces, and historic landmarks. At NJCU, we understand that new surroundings and the demands of college life can sometimes be overwhelming. We take pride in sharing the city's treasures and strive to make every student feel welcome in their home away from home.

Global City

With one of the most diverse populations in the country, Jersey City is truly a global tapestry, rich in heritage. Its neighborhoods are home to communities of peoples of Italian, Cuban, Filipino, Polish, Jewish, Indian, Irish, Puerto Rican, Dominican, African, Arab, and Asian descent, among others. This cultural and ethnic richness is what makes Jersey City such an exciting place to live, learn, and grow.

Access to NYC

Conveniently located just minutes from New York City, NJCU offers students access to the world's financial capital and all it offers, including the finest in visual and performing arts, renowned museums, sporting, and cultural events, and unrivaled employment opportunities. Public transportation is readily available from campus to the heart of New York City.



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    2039 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 07305, Jersey City