Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Caldwell University is a private Roman Catholic institution in Caldwell, New Jersey. The Sisters of St. Dominic founded the school in 1939 as the Caldwell College for Women. The university received university status in 2013 and changed its name to Caldwell University in 2014. The campus is in the suburbs of Caldwell, which is about 20 miles from Manhattan. The campus buildings are spread across 70 acres of land along Bloomfield Avenue, sharing the land with the Sisters of St. Dominic’s Caldwell convent. The university offers a variety of degree programs, with more than 25 undergraduate programs and 30 graduate programs. These programs include a mixture of both on-campus courses and online learning. 

The Caldwell University Department of Nursing offers undergraduate programs in the nursing field. These programs include the traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN. These programs are accredited by the CCNE. The RN to BSN program includes several options for registered nurses that want to obtain their BSN. Students may either take classes online, on campus, or use a hybrid-learning plan with courses offered at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Clinical experience for BSN students is provided through partnerships with a variety of healthcare clinics and community centers in the region. The university also uses simulation activities to help prepare students for a career in nursing. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students2,206
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 2 27
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 79.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/26/2012 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1150
ACT17 to 22
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$900/credit
In State Students$900/credit
Out of State Students$900/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$975/credit
In State Students$975/credit
Out of State Students$975/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $40,500 $40,500 $40,500
ADN 70 $63,000 $63,000 $63,000
BSN 125 $112,500 $112,500 $112,500
FNP 50 $48,750 $48,750 $48,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Caldwell University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 44% $4,650
Other Federal Grant 8% $729
State Grant & Scholarships 43% $9,649
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 97% $19,627
Federal Student Loans 63% $6,297
Private Loans 10% $15,758


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$12,860
$30,001 to $48,000$21,490
$48,001 to $75,000$22,229
$75,001 to $110,000$30,026
Over $110,000$30,884

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Jersey state board of nursing.
Caldwell University
120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006

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