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2021 Best Colleges in New Jersey by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

Our list of the best colleges in New Jersey is ranked by Salary Score, which compares alumni salaries by major across the country. A higher score indicates that graduates from that school may be higher paid than other graduates in the same field of study. To determine bachelor's degree Salary Score, we looked at median alumni earnings by major at each college and compared them to salaries for the same majors at other schools. New Jersey’s top 18 schools have higher Salary Scores than the median for all colleges in the United States. The top school in New Jersey, Princeton University, also ranks #13 on our 2021 Best Colleges in the U.S. by Salary Score list.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Princeton University Princeton Princeton $50,340 95.90
#2 #2 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken Hoboken $52,202 89.92
#3 #3 The College of New Jersey Ewing Ewing $16,551 89.07
#4 #4 Seton Hall University South Orange South Orange $42,170 79.33
#5 #5 Felician University Lodi Lodi $34,320 77.82
#6 #6 Rider University Lawrenceville Lawrenceville $42,860 75.87
#7 #7 Rutgers University New Brunswick New Brunswick $14,974 67.00
#8 #8 Monmouth University West Long Branch West Long Branch $38,138 66.68
#9 #9 Centenary University Hackettstown Hackettstown $32,998 66.49
#10 #10 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah Mahwah $14,374 65.91
#11 #11 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne Wayne $13,060 62.78
#12 #12 Kean University Union Union $12,348 61.75
#13 #13 Rowan University Glassboro Glassboro $13,697 59.99
#14 #14 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark Newark $17,338 58.94
#15 #15 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck Teaneck $40,732 55.49
#16 #16 Caldwell University Caldwell Caldwell $34,715 54.06
#17 #17 Montclair State University Montclair Montclair $12,790 50.80
#18 #18 Georgian Court University Lakewood Lakewood $32,976 50.76
#19 #19 New Jersey City University Jersey City Jersey City $12,052 49.72
#20 #20 Drew University Madison Madison $39,800 44.75
#21 #21 Stockton University Pomona (and 1 other) Pomona (and 1 other) $13,739 39.70
#22 #22 Bloomfield College Bloomfield Bloomfield $29,950 38.82
#23 #23 Berkeley College Multiple Locations Multiple Locations $25,900 33.51
#24 #24 St. Peter's University Jersey City Jersey City $37,486 28.06