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Last Updated: September 08, 2021

New Jersey - The Garden State

New Jersey is a state situated in the northeastern part of the US. It is the 11th most densely populated state in the country with an estimated population of around 9 million in 2021. New Jersey is also considered to be one of the finest states in the US to live in because of its safety, healthcare services, and high-quality education. The state was named after the Isle of Jersey in the Bay of St. Malo. The nickname 'The Garden State’ was coined by the famous New Jersey politician, Abraham Browning of Camden, in the year 1876, indicating the fertile lands, and the abundance of agricultural produce from the state.

New Jersey experiences a moderate climate where summers are mostly warm and humid, and the winters are generally extremely cold. Trenton is the capital city of New Jersey. The state is an industrial, political, and economic epicenter, and is also a melting pot of various cultures. Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Financial, Merck, Beckton Dickinson, Cognizant Technology Solutions are some of the Fortune 500 companies located in the state of New Jersey. Given that the state has such industrial prominence and a great education system, New Jersey is unquestionably one of the best choices for establishing a promising career.

Major Cities in New Jersey


Newark is one of the oldest cities in the United States and was founded by the Puritans in the year 1666. This is the biggest and most populated city in the state and is popular as a well-planned city with great opportunities for entrepreneurs. The headquarters of major companies like Audible, PSEG, and Panasonic are located here. It is a major center for manufacturing various goods like leather goods, rubber, jewelry, furniture, machinery, and so on. Newark is also known for its extensive transportation system, with the Newark International Airport being one of the busiest airports in the country located here, along with major seaports.

Jersey City

Jersey City is the second-largest city in the state of New Jersey. It was first founded in the year 1609 by the English navigator Henry Hudson and was established as a city in the year 1820. It is a vibrant city known for its cultural diversity and tourist attractions. Popular tourist destinations include Liberty State Park, Mana Contemporary, Liberty Science Center, MoRA Museum of Russian Art, Empty Sky Memorial, Katyń Memorial, and a lot more. Jersey City is also a transportation and economic hub and is known as the 'Wall Street West' of the state because of its numerous financial centers.


Paterson is the third-largest city of New Jersey and belongs to Passaic County. Paterson was founded by Alexander Hamilton in the year 1792 and was established as a city in 1851. However, it was reincorporated as a city in the year 1861. The city had numerous silk mills, and it was a major industry in the past, which is why it got its nickname 'Silk City'. The population is around 160,000 in the year 2021. It has always been a center for a large number of immigrants who would come to the city for employment and is still known to be culturally diverse. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Lambert Castle, Paterson Museum, American Labor Museum Inc, Passaic Falls, etc., are popular tourist destinations in this city.


This is the fourth-largest city in New Jersey, and its population is estimated to be around 130,000. Elizabeth used to be the capital city of the state and was founded in the year 1664. The city was named after the wife of Sir George Carteret. Just like the other cities of the state, the city of Elizabeth is also prominent as a transportation and economic epicenter. Retail Trade, Health Care, Lodging, Food Service are some of the leading sectors in the city. The Boxwood Hall State Historic Site, Liberty Hall Museum, Warinanco Park, Branch Brook Park, South Mountain - Fairy Trail, are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the city of Elizabeth.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Costs in New Jersey

List of major Universities/Colleges

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students

While living in a state where the cost of living is high, and where pursuing quality education can be expensive, remaining burdened by debts is the last thing a student would want. To do away with such circumstances, there are various scholarship programs or gift aid offered by the state or the individual universities that will help students. Students need to be well-informed about the scholarship programs offered by their institutions through the bursar office, or regularly check the respective websites for specific grants. Before applying for any such scholarship program, students are required to apply for (FAFSA) Free Application For Federal Student Aid so that it will be easy to determine which candidate is most eligible for the award.


New Jersey is a vibrant state with rich, diverse cultures and has people from all over the world not just to live here, but also to explore and enjoy as tourists. Apart from the highly sought-after entertainment center, the Atlantic city, there are numerous amazing places to visit such as Liberty State Park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Princeton Battlefield State Park, the Adventure Aquarium, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Liberty Science Center, Casino Pier, and Breakwater Beach Water Park, Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari, and so much more. Considering that the state experiences hot and humid summers and harshly cold winters, it is best to visit and explore the 'Garden State' at the onset of summer before July, or during September and October.

Universities & Colleges in New Jersey

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Princeton University (Princeton) 8720$55408 / $55408$56454 / $56454
Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Brunswick) 57162$16727 / $34499$20908 / $34499
Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken) 7990$57499 / $57499$39727 / $39727
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark) 13236$18818 / $35545$25090 / $35545
Rutgers University-Newark (Newark) 15897$15681 / $33454$20908 / $34499
The College of New Jersey (Ewing) 8825$17772 / $30318$18818 / $26136
Seton Hall University (South Orange) 11539$45999 / $45999$26136 / $26136
Montclair State University (Montclair) 24235$14636 / $22999$14636 / $19863
Rowan University (Glassboro) 23011$15681 / $24045$16727 / $16727
Monmouth University (West Long Branch) 6704$41817 / $41817$29272 / $29272
Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah) 6982$15681 / $26136$19863 / $19863
Rider University (Lawrenceville) 5422$47045 / $47045$22999 / $22999
Stockton University (Galloway) 11457$15681 / $22999$15681 / $22999
Rutgers University-Camden (Camden) 8154$16727 / $33454$21954 / $33454
Georgian Court University (Lakewood) 2850$35545 / $35545$17772 / $17772
Centenary College (Hackettstown) 2180$35545 / $35545$18818 / $18818
Caldwell University (Caldwell) 2466$37636 / $37636$19863 / $19863
Saint Peter's University (Jersey City) 3998$40772 / $40772$22999 / $22999
Kean University (Union) 16738$13590 / $20908$18818 / $24045
Felician University (Lodi) 2412$37636 / $37636$21954 / $21954
College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown) 1345$36590 / $36590$19863 / $19863
New Jersey City University (Jersey City) 9565$13590 / $24045$14636 / $22999
Bloomfield College (Bloomfield) 1980$29272 / $29272$10454 / $10454
Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton) 556$N/A / $N/A$18818 / $18818
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck) 9424$44954 / $44954$25090 / $25090
Drew University (Madison) 2564$42863 / $42863$17772 / $17772
William Paterson University of New Jersey (Wayne) 12113$14636 / $22999$14636 / $21954
University of Phoenix-New Jersey (Jersey City) 247$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham (Madison) 3730$47045 / $47045$25090 / $25090
New Brunswick Theological Seminary (New Brunswick) 136$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Thomas Edison State University (Trenton) 13093$7318 / $10454$12545 / $12545
Pillar College (Newark) 696$24045 / $24045$20908 / $20908
Berkeley College-Woodland Park (Woodland Park) 3842$25090 / $25090$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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