NJIT’s largest freshman class also sets record for women, people of color

The total enrollment at New Jersey Institute of Technology is up 24% since 2013, reaching a new high of 12,600 students — but it’s the type of students enrolling that has university officials especially pleased.

Underrepresented minorities also set a new record, making up 50% of the first-year class, underscoring NJIT’s dedication to offering science, technology, education and mathematics education to traditionally marginalized groups, school officials said.

The number of first-year students identifying as Black has nearly tripled since 2013, while Hispanic first-year enrollment has reached over 30% for the second year in a row.

The largest-ever first-year class also reflects NJIT’s pursuit to enroll more women in STEM, and has again eclipsed the 30% mark for women enrollees. Freshman enrollment figures for men (1,155) and women (495) have set a new benchmark in NJIT’s history.

The fall first-year cohort plays a substantial role in this expansion, with 1,650 new students joining — an increase of 12% from the previous year — as of Sept. 1.

NJIT President Teik Lim, now in his second year, was thrilled.

“The rise in applications and enrollment at NJIT can be attributed to students recognizing the exceptional value NJIT offers as a launchpad for future success,” he said. “Our goal is to create a culture of belonging, as embracing DEIB concepts authentically is a hallmark of success among institutions and is a cornerstone of NJIT’s mission.”

NJIT numbers

Metrics for the Class of 2027 at New Jersey Institute of Technology:

  • 13,999: Applications received (up 7% from 2022);
  • 12,600: Total undergraduate enrollment (highest ever);
  • 1,650: Size of freshman class (largest ever);
  • 1,317: Average SAT score of incoming students.

NJIT’s graduate student enrollment has also continued to climb. For the first time, students pursuing master’s, doctoral degrees or certificates have eclipsed 3,400, a 20% increase over 10 years.

To accommodate the growing enrollment, NJIT has continued to enhance its physical infrastructure. In the past 10 years, the university embarked on a $550 million campus transformation that involved substantial additions and renovations.

Facilities such as the Wellness and Events Center, Life Sciences and Engineering Building, NJIT’s Makerspace, along with comprehensive updates to numerous lecture, laboratory and classroom spaces, were part of this transformation. The 2022 opening of Maple Hall, a 200-unit apartment-style residence, signified an increased demand for contemporary, well-equipped accommodations.

The upsurge in enrollment has correlated with NJIT’s improved standing in prominent national rankings. Most notably, NJIT is No. 1 in a New York Times college ranking tool among all public universities when you prioritize high alumni earnings, economic mobility and academic profile.