Sure, it’s nice to get into a great college, but these days, a bigger question is: Can I afford it? Now, educational company Great Value Colleges has produced its list of “50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Northeast,” and four New Jersey institutions made the cut.Great Value Colleges eliminated colleges with annual tuition higher than $22,000, then ranked the remaining schools based on eight categories centered on the student experience.
Finally, it divided its list into the Top 25 public colleges and Top 25 private colleges.
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Three schools from the Garden State made it onto the public-college list, while another was the lone representative on the private-school ranking.
The public schools were:
- Rutgers University, ranked 18th;
- The College of New Jersey, ranked 21st;
- Rowan University, ranked 23rd.
And the private school was:
- Princeton University, ranked 20th.
Great Value Colleges touted a variety of statistics when praising New Jersey’s colleges. For instance, it applauded Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten Conference as opening up doors both athletically and academically. In addition, TCNJ earned laurels for its student involvement and retention and Rowan won accolades for its engineering program and environmental initiatives.
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Princeton, which has earned the top spot in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranking of colleges for two years in a row, was praised for both its selectivity in choosing freshmen and its ability to keep them.
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