New Jersey is a state with a broad mix of colleges and universities, from one of the largest colleges in the United States, Rutgers University, to prestigious private schools like Princeton University. There are a total of 31 four-year schools in the state, most with easy train access to large cities like New York and Philadelphia. Students attending college in New Jersey have the opportunity to qualify for in-state tuition through the program known as the New Jersey Dream Act, though this varies by school.
Bloomfield College, located only 15 miles from the hub of New York City, is home to more than 2,000 students and has a moderate acceptance rate. 85 percent of these students commute to the college, though residence halls are available for students living on campus. Though the total fees add up to more than $35,000, the college’s financial aid department gives students more than $38 million every year in financial aid.
Drew University in Madison, NJ is made up of three schools on its campus: the College of Liberal Arts, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and the Theological School. It is a Catholic based college, it is relatively non-selective, and it has core values of community service and activism.