Report ranks N.J.’s college tuition costs; which one tops $50K a year?

Annual tuition at 27 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges ranged from $11,762 to $50,725, with more than half topping $29,000 a year, according to a published report Wednesday.

NJ Advance Media’s ranked the colleges and universities in the state — excluding certain nontraditional schools such as Thomas Edison State University and for-profit institutions — based on a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The study included both public and private colleges, and found nationwide averages of $8,202 a year in tuition and fees at public schools and $21,189 a year at private ones.

As might be expected, the state’s 12 ranked public colleges were the cheapest, with tuition ranging from $11,000 to $17,000; the cost at the 15 ranked private colleges jumped to a range of $29,000 to more than $50,000 a year.

The Ivy League’s Princeton University, often ranked at or near the top of the nation’s best colleges and its best value colleges, does not have the state’s highest tuition. said in its report that the study did not include room and board and other costs, which could run in excess of $13,000 a year on top of tuition.

The public colleges’ rankings:

27. New Jersey City University, Jersey City: $11,762;
26. Kean University, Union/Hillside, $12,106;
25. William Paterson University, Wayne, $12,802;
24. Stockton University, Galloway, $13,403;
23. Rowan University, Glassboro, $13,422;
22. Ramapo College, Mahwah, $14,080;
21. Montclair State University, Montclair, $14,102;
20. Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, $14,107;
19. Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, $14,567;
18. Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Brunswick, $14,638;
17. The College of New Jersey, Ewing, $16,148;
16. New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, $16,898;

The private colleges’ rankings:

15. Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, $29,300;
14. Georgian Court University, Lakewood, $32,260;
13. Centenary University, Hackettstown, $32,580;
12. College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, $33,070;
11. Felician University, Lodi/Rutherford, $33,650;
10. Caldwell University, Caldwell, $34,100;
9. Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, $36,402;
8. Monmouth University, West Long Branch, $36,732;
7. Seton Hall University, South Orange, $40,788;
6. Rider University, Lawrenceville, $41,310;
5. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan, Teaneck/Hackensack, $41,811;
4. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, Madison/Florham Park, $44,145;
3. Princeton University, Princeton, $47,140;
2. Drew University, Madison, $48,336;
1. Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, $50,725.

For the complete study, click here.