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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 $52,800 95.90
#2 #2 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken Hoboken $54,014 89.92
#3 #3 The College of New Jersey Ewing Ewing $16,923 89.07
#4 #4 Seton Hall University South Orange South Orange $43,780 79.33
#5 #5 Felician University Lodi Lodi $35,000 77.82
#6 #6 Rider University Lawrenceville Lawrenceville $44,460 75.87
#7 #7 Rutgers University New Brunswick New Brunswick $15,407 67.00
#8 #8 Monmouth University West Long Branch West Long Branch $39,592 66.68
#9 #9 Centenary University Hackettstown Hackettstown $33,492 66.49
#10 #10 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah Mahwah $14,678 65.91
#11 #11 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne Wayne $13,370 62.78
#12 #12 Kean University Union Union $12,595 61.75
#13 #13 Rowan University Glassboro Glassboro $14,000 59.99
#14 #14 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark Newark $17,674 58.94
#15 #15 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck Teaneck $42,220 55.49
#16 #16 Caldwell University Caldwell Caldwell $35,740 54.06
#17 #17 Montclair State University Montclair Montclair $13,073 50.80
#18 #18 Georgian Court University Lakewood Lakewood $33,610 50.76
#19 #19 New Jersey City University Jersey City Jersey City $12,414 49.72
#20 #20 Drew University Madison Madison $40,960 44.75
#21 #21 Stockton University Pomona (and 1 other) Pomona (and 1 other) $14,048 39.70
#22 #22 Bloomfield College Bloomfield Bloomfield $30,310 38.82
#23 #23 Berkeley College Multiple Locations Multiple Locations $26,500 33.51
#24 #24 St. Peter's University Jersey City Jersey City $38,760 28.06