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Top Colleges in New Jersey for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges 2017 tool. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Rutgers University-New Brunswick Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
34
OVERALL SCORE
93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 Ocean County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
91.16
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Stevens Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
85.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
4 Rowan University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
84.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
5 Stockton University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
74.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
6 Caldwell University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
71.38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Ramapo College of New Jersey Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
68.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Seton Hall University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
65.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 New Jersey City University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
63.62
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Berkeley College-Woodland Park Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
59.59
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 New Jersey Institute of Technology Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
56.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
12 Monmouth University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
55.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Cumberland County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
54.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Georgian Court University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
53.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
15 Montclair State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
51.87
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
16 Rowan College at Burlington County Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
50.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 Kean University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
48.2
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Felician University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
46.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Salem Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
45.32
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Warren County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
44.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Mercer County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
42.44
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Saint Peter's University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
42.04
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Drew University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
36.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 Camden County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
36.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Passaic County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
35.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Rutgers University-Camden Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
33.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
27 County College of Morris Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
32.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Centenary University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
32.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Middlesex County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
31.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Sussex County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
31.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Bergen Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
28.17
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Rutgers University-Newark Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
26.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
33 College of Saint Elizabeth Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
25.61
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Union County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
23.1
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Bloomfield College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
17.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Brookdale Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
14.22
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Raritan Valley Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
14.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Rider University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
13.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Hudson County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
11.43
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 William Paterson University of New Jersey Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
10.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
41 Atlantic Cape Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
9.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Rowan College at Gloucester County Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
9.11
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Essex County College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
8.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
6.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
5.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Pillar College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
0.87
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — in this case, for the 2015-16 school year — we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using the final 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,