William Paterson University of New Jersey

Wayne, NJ 07470
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William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution with both undergrad and graduate programs. It was founded in 1855, making it the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New Jersey. The university started as the Paterson City Normal School, offering training to teachers for New Jersey schools. Over the years, the university has expanded and included more programs. The university is now organized into five colleges. The College of Science and health offers nursing programs, along with a variety of medical majors. The campus is in Wayne, New Jersey, which makes it part of the New York City metropolitan area. 

Five nursing programs are offered at the school. Baccalaureate options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. There is also a master’s program and a doctoral program. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. Students that are enrolled in the BSN programs receive clinical training guided by faculty at various healthcare settings throughout the region. The school also has a state-of-the-art learning center on campus that provides a large inventory of hospital equipment, supplies, and audio-visual materials. The MSN program includes four different specialty tracks, including Adult-Gerontology, Administration, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students10,252
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 6 55
Master's degree 3 41
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1958 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1120
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor 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$406/credit
In State Students$406/credit
Out of State Students$671/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$696/credit
In State Students$696/credit
Out of State Students$1,085/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 $18,270 $18,270 $30,195
ADN 70 $28,420 $28,420 $46,970
BSN 125 $50,750 $50,750 $83,875
FNP 50 $34,800 $34,800 $54,250
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, 90% of William Paterson University of New Jersey's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 48% $4,678
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,234
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $5,365
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 28% $6,776
Federal Student Loans 67% $5,279
Private Loans 8% $11,768


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$12,898
$30,001 to $48,000$14,468
$48,001 to $75,000$18,754
$75,001 to $110,000$21,220
Over $110,000$21,623

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Jersey state board of nursing.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470

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