Best Online Colleges in New Jersey

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The Best Online Colleges that New Jersey has to Offer

The same technology that enables a teenage gamer to score points shooting weapons in a virtual sci-fi world can be used to teach medical students how to save lives online.

This is the case not only in the classroom, but in bedrooms and living rooms that have an internet connection across the nation—and around the world! As it turns out, the state of New Jersey has some of the best online options out there.

What kind of Online College in New Jersey should you attend?

Online learning is here to stay. Colleges and Universities the world over are adapting to this brave new world. New Jersey is among them. The online programs featured on this ranking come from the state’s best and brightest schools.

Distant education has been used by universities for over 150 years but the advent of the world wide web has seen the process streamlined. The use of online resources has seen far-flung students come together with teachers to further their educational aspirations. Utilizing web-based courses in synchronous and asynchronous time frames, online library facilities, email and chat rooms, these resources have made the ease of access suit the students competing commitments.

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Top 10 Best Online Colleges in New Jersey

Rank School Location
1 Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
2 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
3 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
4 Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ
5 Saint Peter's University Jersey City, NJ
6 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
7 Montclair State University Montaclair, NJ
8 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
9 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
10 Centenary College Hackettstown, NJ

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What are the Best Online Colleges in New Jersey?

College Choice has done the heavy lifting in comparing all the four-year degree colleges and universities in New Jersey and their online program offerings. Accessing information from college and university websites, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the U.S. News and World Report, College Choice has ranked New Jersey’s best online colleges.

We’ve used metrics that include graduation rate, institutional reputation, programs offered online, tuition costs, average student indebtedness after graduation and expected early career salaries. So have at it! Here are the Best Online Colleges in New Jersey!

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  1. Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    Location

    New Brunswick, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a public, research co-educational university and is the oldest "brick and mortar" campus of the State University of New Jersey. Five smaller campuses—College Avenue,Busch,Livingston,Cook, andDouglass—make up the New Brunswick campus. It is home to 19 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The university is accredited by theMiddle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Features

    Rutgers offers 11 fully online degree programs: two bachelor's degrees and nine master's degrees. The Bachelor degrees are a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. The online master's degrees include programs such as:

    • MBA in Business Administration
    • MS in Social Work
    • MS in Biomedical Engineering
    Notables

    Offering multiple start dates throughout the year Rutgers online programs have all the advantages of an on-campus education with the convenience of learning from anywhere and at any time. The only requirement is a computer with an internet connection and a willingness to learn.

  2. Rowan University
    Location

    Glassboro, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Rowan University is a public research university in New Jersey with campuses in Glassboro and Camden. The school offers more than 80 bachelor's programs, 60 master's programs, five doctoral programs, and two professional programs through its 14 schools and colleges. Rowan University offers online graduate and undergraduate programs through its Division of Global Learning & Partnerships.

    Features

    Rowan Global's online programs include six bachelor degrees and 15 master's degrees.Rowan Global also offers five online Doctorates in Education. Undergraduate students will enjoy a generous transfer credit policy for degree completion programs. Some of the online degree programs cover:

    • Construction Management
    • Law and Justice
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    Notables

    Students can engage with one another and the course instructor using internet-based communication tools that include email, chat rooms, and online discussion boards. A learning management system that incorporates the multi-media technologies of digital slide shows, audio, and video are used to deliver course content.

  3. Monmouth University
    Location

    West Long Branch, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1933 as Junior College, Monmouth University (MU) received its charter in 1995. This private university maintains a campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey. As well as being licensed by the State of New Jersey, Monmouth University's education program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Features

    Each semester, the school offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate online classes that can either be completed through a degree program or on their own. All of the classes offered are designed and taught by the same full-time faculty members who conduct the face to face teaching on campus.Some of the online programs include:

    • Master's in Criminal Justice
    • Master's in Forensic Nursing
    • Doctorate of Nursing
    Notables

    Monmouth University's online courses are structured like traditional classroom-based classes, with lecture notes, discussions, assignments, and exams. They are delivered through e-Campus, the University's online collaborative learning environment. Students can use their MU account and password to access the content of their courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  4. Rutgers University-Newark
    Location

    Newark, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Rutgers University-Newark is a public, research co-educational university and one of the three bricks and mortar campuses of the State University of New Jersey. Formerly the University of Newark, it became part of the Rutgers University in 1946. It is home to seven undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Features

    Rutgers offers 11 fully online degree programs: two bachelor's degrees and nine master's programs. The bachelor's degrees are a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. The online master's degree offerings include:

    • MS in Public Administration
    • MBA in Business Administration
    • MA in Liberal Studies
    • ME in Biomedical Engineering
    Notables

    Offering multiple start dates throughout the year Rutgers online programs have all the advantages of an on-campus education with the convenience of learning from anywhere and at any time. The only specialist requirement is a computer with an internet connection.

  5. Saint Peter's University
    Location

    Jersey City, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Saint Peter's University is a not for profit, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic College with a campus located in New Jersey's second largest city, Jersey City. It also has satellite campuses in Englewood Cliffs and South Amboy. Its five colleges and schools offer over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Saint Peter's University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Features

    Saint Peter's offers online options such as the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Educational Leadership (Higher Education) and an RN to BSN program that enables registered nurses who hold a diploma or an associate's degree in nursing to gain a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree.

    Notables

    Saint Peter's curriculums are developed in the tradition of Jesuit values, Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” The online programs are designed to meet student needs mindful of their individual schedules. In 2015, Saint Peter's was ranked fifth nationwide in the "Colleges That Add the Most Value" category by Money magazine.

  6. Seton Hall University
    Location

    South Orange, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Seton Hall Universityis aprivate, sea grant,Roman Catholicuniversitywith a main campus inSouth Orange, New Jersey and a satellite campus for the University's School of Law in the nearby city of Newark. In addition to the School of Law, Seton Hall has a College of Arts and Sciences, The Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, a College of Education and Human Services, a College of Nursing, and more.

    Features

    The university offers several online graduate and certificate programs. However, it does not offer any undergraduate online degree at this point. You'll find 12 master's programs, a doctorate program, and numerous online certificates. Here's a more detailed look at your options:

    • MS in Professional Accounting
    • MSN in Health Systems Administration with Case Management
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Certificate in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability
    Notables

    Seton Hall University offers a rich Catholic heritage with the flexibility of online learning, an outstanding faculty, the latest technology advancements, and a values-centered curriculum. The online education branch also features 24/7 technical support.

  7. Montclair State University
    Location

    Montaclair, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Montclair State University is New Jersey's second largest public university with its main campus located in the city of Clifton, New Jersey. The University offers 54 undergraduate majors and over 130 graduate degree programs. They are offered through the university's many schools and colleges. The school is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Features

    The Graduate School offers a number of online master's programs and certificates. The online programs are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Some examples of the degrees offered include MA in Child Advocacy and Policy, MA in Educational Leadership, and Master of Business Administration. Here's a look at the online graduate certificates:

    • Arts and Health Graduate Certificate
    • Computing Technology Graduate Certificate
    • Educational Assessment Graduate Certificate
    • Gifted and Talented Education Certificate
    Notables

    The University also offers an MFA in Dance as a low residency online graduate program designed especially for mid-career dance artists, danceteachers and other dance professionals. The two-year program consists of two four-week programs of summer classes on campus with the subsequent Fall and Spring semesters completed online.

  8. William Paterson University of New Jersey
    Location

    Wayne, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The William Paterson University of New Jersey (WPUNJ) is a coeducational public university with a brick and mortar campus in the town of Wayne, New Jersey. Founded in 1855, it is the second oldest of the nine state colleges and universities located in New Jersey. The school offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 master's degree programs, and two doctoral programs through its five colleges.

    Features

    William Paterson University of New Jersey offers an undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies with Tracks in Psychology and Sociology, specifically designed for adult returning students and transfer students seeking an online degree completion program. The school also offers two graduate programs:

    • MEd in Curriculum and Learning
    • MEd in Literacy
    Notables

    William Paterson University offers two, three, and four credit online courses during its “Online Winter Session” that runs from late December through mid-January with the choice of over 80 courses.The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  9. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
    Location

    Teaneck, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is a private, nonsectarian university that was founded in 1942. The Metropolitan Campus is located close to New York City and spans the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack. It has a strong career focus and is home to many of FDU's business, professional, science and health care programs. Undergraduate studies are offered through three colleges.

    Features

    Fairleigh Dickinson's online undergraduate degree programs include an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degrees. Online master's degrees are offered in Digital Marketing, Electrical Engineering, Administrative Science, Homeland Security, Sports Administration, Mathematical Foundations, Nursing Education, Creative Writing, and more.The university also has numerous graduate certificate courses available online:

    • Global Security and Terrorism Studies
    • Emergency Management and Administration
    • Computer Security & Forensics
    Notables

    FDU delivers its online content through a Blackboard online system known as Webcampus. All students, both on-campus and online, are provided with a Webmail electronic mail account. Most FDU students are able to register online for their courses, and to track their academic progress and grades. The school also has a 24/7 Help Desk resource for students.

  10. Centenary College
    Location

    Hackettstown, NJ

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Centenary University is a private, coeducational Liberal Arts university with its main campus in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the school offers 52 academic majors along with minors in each program. In 1999, Centenary opened the Center for Adult and Professional Studies. Centenary University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Features

    The School of Professional Studies at Centenary University offers a variety of associate, bachelor, master's and certificate programs online. Around 20 percent of the school's total population takes part in online education. Some of the available degree programs include:

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
    • Master of Business Administration
    Notables

    As well as being offered online these programs are also offered with an in-class format and with a blend of the two formats in a single class; the blended format meets in person just one evening per week. The classes are accelerated and start six times a year

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