As an industry leader, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students for careers in the ever-changing technological market. Offering state-of-the-art facilities, industry connections and an outstanding reputation, it aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be pioneers in their sector and is the USA’s number one university for upward economic mobility (Forbes).
Based in the lively downtown district of Newark, NJIT is located just 20 minutes away from Manhattan and the inspiring, world-famous sights of New York City.
About this university
NJIT spends USD 170 million on research activity every year and is renowned for its capabilities in this field. In recognition of the impressive funding and commitment to research at NJIT, it now holds the R1 Carnegie Classification for Research University. The university invests intelligently in a number of cutting-edge research centers within five research clusters of high significance:
- bioscience and bioengineering
- data science and management
- environment and sustainability
- material science and engineering
- robotics and machine intelligence
A dedicated career development service provides a clear vision of how to best get students ready for their post-graduation careers. Careers advisors actively support students and help with interview skills and advice on work experience opportunities in the public and private sectors.
The NJIT campus has doubled in size over the past ten years as the university continues to grow. New halls of residence and a huge new Campus Center have been introduced. Athletics is another major part of NJIT, with multiple NCAA Division One sports teams and outstanding facilities. With a 425-seat theatre, also housing two student productions a year for the artistically inclined, there really is something for everyone to get involved in with the active extra-curricular life on the bustling NJIT campus.
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NJIT Jumps into Top 100 for 2020 U.S. News College Rankings
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has risen nearly 50 places over the last two years, to be ranked 97th in America. NJIT has now joined the top 100 national universities for 2020 in the annual U.S. News and World Report, assessing colleges and universities across the nation. Reflecting the institutions impressive teaching standards, staff have worked hard to improve the academic and social experience of students studying at NJIT.
The U.S. News and World Report decides its rankings based on a number of important different aspects, including outcomes, faculty resources, financial resources, student excellence, expert opinion and alumni giving. NJIT has seen impressive rises in student retention and graduation rates. Student applications have jumped from 4,300 in 2013 to more than 9,000 in 2019. This is in part down to the huge investments that have been made in teaching staff and research. In recent years, 150 new faculty members have been hired to facilitate more intimate class numbers of 20 or less to ensure optimum student to teacher contact time.
Over USD 170 million is spent annually on research activity at NJIT, granting New Jersey with an R1 rating in research by the Carnegie Classification. This is the highest possible rating.
Talking of the institution’s success, NJIT President Joel Bloom, said “we now are rated R1 for research by the Carnegie Classification. Forbes ranks us 1st in the nation for the upward economic mobility of our students from the lowest brackets of family income. Payscale.com ranks NJIT #43 out of more than 4,000 universities for the mid-career earnings of our graduates.”
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Scholarships & Funding
Financing a degree program can be a concern for international students, and NJIT provides a variety of different funding packages to ensure the financial security of its student community. There are a number of private loans and scholarships available to students of various eligibility requirements, including many which are available to international students.
Lending institutions, such as banks, and private agencies can offer loans at a competitive range of interest rates, and any international student may access these loans if they present an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer.
Additional external funding can be sourced through NJIT’s Scholarship Universe online portal, an online tool developed to connect students with relevant, vetted scholarship options based on individual criteria. Scholarship Universe build a profile including their personal information and specific needs and eligibility requirements, which an adaptive matching engine uses to suggest a customised list of scholarship opportunities.
NJIT does offer scholarship awards to lessen the need for further financial assistance. These include the International Presidential Scholarship, an award minus the out-of-state surcharge, which students must apply for with admission to be considered. There is also the Albert Dorman Honors College Scholarship, which is exclusively available to members of Albert Dorman Honours College.
NJIT has a range of entry requirements for international students, who are considered on the basis of their entire academic record with a particular focus on math, science and English grades.
Highest scores obtained on the SAT or ACT are considered by NJIT, using the ‘math + critical reading’ composite, with an expected average of 1190 on the SAT. Those with scores below 1100 are advised to retake and seek a higher mark.
For international students who are not from a native-speaking English country, it is important to prove proficiency via a TOEFL test, with a minimum score of either 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS score will also allow consideration for admission, and non-native speakers will also be required to take a placement test in English when they arrive on campus.
Department and Faculty
With a focus on creating pioneers of the future, faculty at NJIT look to encourage creativity and give students the skills they need to achieve this. The Chief Academic Officer, the Provost, plays an active role in monitoring NJIT and ensuring the high educational standards for which it is known are upheld.
New Jersey provides top-class education to students across a variety of interesting courses in different disciplines. Highly qualified, experienced and research led teaching staff have built an inspiring faculty at NJIT. Lecturers use a number of engaging and innovative teaching techniques to bring the very best out of students. The programmes at NJIT have been specifically designed not only to immerse students in their chosen academic discipline, but also to equip them for future success.
Programs are delivered by staff following a structured, strategic plan to optimise the quality of tuition and prepare students for career success. Teaching excellence is recognized each year with a special set of awards, praising those who go above and beyond to help NJIT students achieve their goals.
With the goal of venturing beyond the typical areas of study, New Jersey has created an impressive blend of technical education with liberal discussion. This enables interdisciplinary learning at the intersections of disciplines. At NJIT, 11,400 students from over 70 different countries are enrolled in a range of degree programs. There is constant development of new educational opportunities to meet changing student demands. NJIT offers six schools and colleges at which international students can enrol:
Newark College of Engineering
The college offers a range of subjects over a wide selection of areas. These include choices such as biomedical engineering, transport, and pharmaceutical engineering.
College of Science and Liberal Arts
Undergraduate and master’s programs, as well as teacher education programs, are offered across six major academic departments, including biological sciences, humanities and physics to name a few.
Martin Tuchman School of Management
The school offers undergraduate courses in a number of different business specialisms, as well as a variety of MBA options. Accredited by AACSB international, the school also offers a renowned PhD in Business Data Science.
Albert Dorman Honours College
The Albert Dorman College offers challenging honours programmes and a variety of accelerated degree partnerships. Students are granted admission if they can demonstrate academic excellence.
Ying Wu College of Computing
A wide range of courses are available to study, from bioinformatics to cyber security. Students have the opportunity to study in a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility. To get insight into the competitive computing world, co-op programs in collaboration with industry experts have been created for students.
J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design
Students have the opportunity to pursue various architectural and design related programs, including industrial design and urban systems.
Campus and facilities
NJIT provides international students with the benefit of studying in beautiful surroundings with a wide range of excellent facilities for both study and leisure.
The new Campus Center offers a range of purpose-designed spaces for work, refreshment, socialising, and recreation. Other facilities include:
The campus is served by two libraries, the Van Houten Library and the Barbara and Leonard Littman Library for Architecture. Each building is a state-of-the-art research center, fully furnished with reference materials, publications, information databases, fast wireless internet, and serviced by knowledgeable and helpful staff members.
Everyone is able to participate in sports at NJIT. Varsity, club and intramural sports are open in the likes of soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball and judo, so there is room for participation for everyone and superb sporting facilities to utilise.
These facilities include the Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center, complete with a gym, fitness center, swimming pool, health center and racquetball courts. The men’s and women’s NCAA Division 1 soccer teams play at the recently renovated Lubetkin Field, which doubles up as a venue for physical education classes and intramural sports. Right next to the Campus Center is a peaceful green, which is often used for games such as frisbee.
For students with a love of professional league sports, the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, is less than 15 miles from campus. If Major League Soccer is a passion, students can visit the Red Bull Stadium, home of the NJ Red Bulls, based just 3 miles from campus.
A 425-seat Jim Wise Theatre caters the needs of the more artistic students, hosting two student productions each year. There is a Jim Wise Scholarship available to those who participate in those productions, which feature many students taking the minor in theatre available in the Department of Humanities.