William Paterson University of New Jersey: Narrative Description

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300 Pompton Rd.
Wayne, NJ 07470-8420
Tel: (973)720-2000
Admissions: (973)720-2906
Fax: (973)720-2910
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wpunj.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of New Jersey State College System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1855. Setting: 300-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 11,409. Faculty: 1,048 (371 full-time, 677 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 5,552 applied, 66% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 7,589 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,829 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 55 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 12% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 22% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 5/1, 3/10 for early action. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $7952 full-time, $255 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,690 full-time, $410 per credit part-time. College room and board: $8340. College room only: $5490. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Caribbean Student Association, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Sisters of Awareness, Student Activities Committee. Major annual event: Homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 2,299 college housing spaces available; 2,284 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. David and Lorraine Cheng Library with 305,155 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 4,112 serials, 19,661 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 50,000, Wayne is a suburban community located in the center of Passaic County's Wayne Township. The University lies twenty miles west of New York City and is easily accessed by all major New Jersey arteries and nearby Newark Airport. Community facilities include excellent shopping, hospitals, churches of all denominations and numerous clubs and organizations. The University is located within an hour of New York City, the Jersey shore, the Delaware Water Gap and the Meadowlands all of which offer facilities for recreation.

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