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.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students2,206|
|Student to Faculty Ratio12:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||930 to 1150|
|ACT||17 to 22|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$900/credit|
|In State Students||$900/credit|
|Out of State Students||$900/credit|
|In District Students||$975/credit|
|In State Students||$975/credit|
|Out of State Students||$975/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$729|
|State Grant & Scholarships||43%||$9,649|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||97%||$19,627|
|Federal Student Loans||63%||$6,297|
$17,857Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Jersey state board of nursing.