Today, the university has begun moving the edge on a wide range of fronts. NJIT's research efforts focused on critical economic and quality-of- life issues such as sustainable systems and the environment, life sciences and health care, and wireless technology. The university has redoubled its efforts to attract the best and brightest young people to emerging careers in science, technology, engineering, design and mathematics, and nurtures innovation and entrepreneurship in students as well as faculty. NJIT is working to expand its partnerships in the private sector and to shape educational and research programs that meet the needs of industry and help New Jersey and its people prosper.
MOVING THE EDGE in national recognition
NJIT's rankings place it among leading American universities:
- Top 50 among colleges without a medical school for research expenditures and top ten among universities whose main research is in engineering – NSF
- Top 10 among technological universities in faculty scholarly productivity – Academic Analytics
- A Princeton Review Best College, Most Wired College, and a Greenest College
- Top 100 producers of minority degrees, including 5th in the nation for bachelor’s degrees in engineering technologies to all minority students – Diverse Issues in Higher Education
- A top ten undergraduate program in architecture in the Eastern United States -- Design Intelligence's 2012 issue of "America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools."
- A top 75 undergraduate engineering program -- U.S. News
- A top school for video game design -- Princeton Review
- A top business school -- Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools for 2012
MOVING THE EDGE for careers
NJIT graduates have a definite advantage in the marketplace:
- All 10 of the majors with the highest starting salaries for grads in 2013 are in the areas of engineering, computing, and business, according to CareerBuilder.com.
- In 2012, NJIT graduates gained the best-paying jobs and most promising careers at a rate that is twice the national average.
- NJIT ranks eighth among public universities nationwide in alumni earning potential, according to Payscale.com.
- The fastest-growing occupations for college graduates are in the health care industry – including physician assistant, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, medical science and research, all available at NJIT—as well as computer-related occupations.
- PayScale’s 25 best-paid undergraduate majors, both for starting salaries and for career earnings, include all the engineering disciplines, industrial design, math, physics, biochemistry, computing specialties, and business.
- Among the CEOs of the S&P 500 companies, engineering is the single most common undergraduate degree (22 percent of the group). More than half of the CEOs have undergraduate degrees in engineering, business management, science, math, or computing.
- With students from more than 33 states and 100 countries, the high level of diversity in NJIT's student body and faculty prepares graduates to understand and succeed in the global marketplace.
MOVING THE EDGE in academics
NJIT leads the way in applying new technologies and approaches to enhance the educational experience in the classroom, the lab, and the studio.
- The university was one of the first in the nation to require computer science courses for all students, and the School of Architecture has been a pioneer in teaching computer-assisted design (CAD) and digital design.
- Nearly all academic programs provide real-world experience through experiential learning such as co-op, capstones, internships, and service-learning projects. Many co-op students go on to get permanent jobs with their co-op employers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), that’s a real plus in the job market -- 74 percent of graduates who find jobs have some real-world experience.
- Students learn the newest and most advanced technologies from the researchers involved in developing them. Special education programs are available in bioMEMS, mathematical biology, and optical science.
MOVING THE EDGE for New Jersey
As New Jersey’s science and technology university, NJIT works to support the state’s economic and intellectual well-being.
- NJIT tailors its academic and research programs to the needs of New Jersey industry, which has America's highest concentration of pharmaceutical, high-tech, biotech, and medical-device companies. New Jersey is home to the highest per-capita number of engineers and scientists and can also claim the highest per-capita rate of patents issued.
The university concentrates its programs in three areas critical to New Jersey’s economy and quality of life:
- Sustainable Systems, including sustainable design, environmental science and engineering, ecology, and alternative energy technologies
- Digital Everyware, including wireless telecommunications, social networks and cloud computing, network security, and financial bubble research
- Life and Healthcare Science and Engineering, including tissue engineering and adult stem cell research, rehabilitation medicine, biomedical informatics and data mining, and drug development and pharmaceutical manufacturing techniques
- The Newark–New York metropolitan area is a living laboratory for architecture and building sciences, environmental engineering, and transportation systems.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, NJIT faculty members are bringing their technical expertise to bear on the devastation that left its mark on the Jersey shore. Civil Engineering Professor Michel Boufadel, who directs the newly-established Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection, will be studying the storm’s impact on coastal ecosystems and the best ways to restore the state’s beaches. At the College of Architecture and Design, meanwhile, Professor Darius Sollohub and Adjunct Professor Thomas Dallessio are heading up the Center for Resilient Design, an initiative that focuses on methods for rebuilding quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably.
MOVING THE EDGE in research
Undergraduates at NJIT have many opportunities to participate in research projects:
- With more than $100 million annually in research expenditures, NJIT is ranked among the top 200 American research universities by The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State.
- The university actively encourages student innovation and entrepreneurship through programs like the Interdisciplinary Design Studio at the Albert Dorman Honors College, the Idea Factory at the College of Architecture and Design, and the Innovation Acceleration Center, in which students can develop their ideas into research projects and learn how to commercialize their results.
- In 2012, the university hired a new cadre of faculty -- more than 30 new professors with exceptional, multidisciplinary expertise in such areas as sustainable design, biomaterials and mechatronics to expand opportunities for students to participate in cutting edge research.
- As of August 20, 2012, NJIT had 114 non-provisional patent applications pending of which 56 are funded by third parties and 25 provisional patent applications pending. In addition, NJIT has 154 unexpired US patents of which 53 are unlicensed. The remaining 101 are either licensed (84, optioned 6) or jointly owned (11 with third parties).
- NJIT is home to the Enterprise Development Centers (EDC), New Jersey’s largest high-technology business incubator, and one of the largest in the nation. Ninety companies presently housed at the EDC employ 800 people. It has attracted more than $67 million in third-party funding and has revenues of $82 million.