The 21 best colleges in N.J., according to Money

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Aug 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm

College cost is the second largest expenditure a family can make, so its not surprising families are looking more toward the bigger picture.

And what’s that you might ask? It’s cost versus payoff. If a college is more expensive it doesn’t specifically mean the return on investment will be better anymore.

When choosing the right school, families need to consider cost, financial aid, student debt and earnings after graduation. Luckily, Money did the hard work for you and compiled the “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, which ranks the top 727 schools across the U.S., including 21 from New Jersey.

Below is how New Jersey’s schools fared in the national rankings, their estimated cost for the upcoming school year, the average student debt a student accumulates and the average early career earnings of graduates.

21. Caldwell University

National rank: 648
Est. price 2018-19: $51,400
Average student debt: $25,800
Early career earnings: $44,300

20. Centenary University

National rank: 581
Est. price 2018-19: $49,500
Average student debt: $25,500
Early career earnings: $42,600

19. Felician University

National rank: 494
Est. price 2018-19: $51,800
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $51,500

18. William Paterson University

National rank: 491
Est. price 2018-19: $29,400
Average student debt: $24,500
Early career earnings: $47,800

17. Georgian Court University

National rank: 489
Est. price 2018-19: $52,200
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $42,700

16. Rider University

National rank: 459
Est. price 2018-19: $61,100
Average student debt: $25,800
Early career earnings: $48,700

15. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

National rank: 448
Est. price 2018-19: $58,000
Average student debt: $26,000
Early career earnings: $47,400

14. Saint Peter’s University

National rank: 398
Est. price 2018-19: $55,300
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $50,700

13. Monmouth University

National rank: 358
Est. price 2018-19: $56,200
Average student debt: $26,700
Early career earnings: $48,400

12. Kean University

National rank: 320
Est. price 2018-19: $30,000
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $45,700

11. Seton Hall University

National rank: 292
Est. price 2018-19: $58,500
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $53,900

10. Stockton University

National rank: 218
Est. price 2018-19: $31,000
Average student debt: $21,100
Early career earnings: $44,500

9. New Jersey Institute of Technology

National rank: 199
Est. price 2018-19: $37,400
Average student debt: $23,000
Early career earnings: $60,800

8. College of St. Elizabeth

National rank: 193
Est. price 2018-19: $53,300
Average student debt: $25,000
Early career earnings: $46,900

7. Rowan University

National rank: 182
Est. price 2018-19: $31,800
Average student debt: $20,000
Early career earnings: $48,400

6. Montclair State University

National rank: 164
Est. price 2018-19: $31,100
Average student debt: $23,000
Early career earnings: $47,400

5. Stevens Institute of Technology

National rank: 153
Est. price 2018-19: $68,800
Average student debt: $28,300
Early career earnings: $70,800

4. Ramapo College of New Jersey

National rank: 113
Est. price 2018-19: $31,600
Average student debt: $22,800
Early career earnings: $48,100

3. Rutgers University – New Brunswick

National rank: 65
Est. price 2018-19: $32,300
Average student debt: $22,200
Early career earnings: $55,800

2. The College of New Jersey

National ranking: 35
Est. price 2018-19: $35,300
Average student debt: $23,300
Early career earnings: $54,400

1. Princeton University

National ranking: 1
Est. price 2018-19: $67,700
Average student debt: $7,500
Early career earnings: $69,800

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader