Our Mission

Today, with its four-pronged mission of education, research, service and economic development, the university plays a critical role in shaping New Jersey’s future. As a major public technological university, NJIT is an important conduit through which technology flows into society.

University researchers seek new knowledge to improve processes and products for industry. Through public and private partnerships and economic development efforts, the university helps to grow new business ventures that fuel the economy. NJIT’s research program is among the fastest-growing in the nation and ranks among the top ten technological universities in the nation for research expenditures. The university’s extensive community outreach and economic development programs include the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), New Jersey’s first and largest small-business incubator—one of the top 25 in the nation—focusing on high-technology companies and minority-owned businesses.

NJIT has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency.

As the state’s Homeland Security Technology Systems Center, NJIT serves as a consultant for technology evaluation and develops prototypes of integrated homeland security systems for testing, demonstration and training. The Center focuses on areas already identified by the federal government as vital to national security: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, protecting critical infrastructure and key assets, emergency preparedness and response, and defending against catastrophic threats and domestic counter-terrorism.

NJIT’s educational programs prepare students to be leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. Our educational programs grow out of a century-long tradition of academic excellence, and our student body is one of the most diverse in the United States. Ninety-eight percent of NJIT’s full-time faculty holds the terminal degree for their field. The university’s faculty:student ratio is 1:13.

NJIT is ranked in the nation’s top tier of national research universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges. The Bloomberg Businessweek survey of U.S. colleges ranked NJIT in the top 10 percent nationally for return on investment and classified the university as one of four higher education “best buys” in New Jersey. Payscale.com ranked NJIT fourth among state universities for salary potential, both at the starting level and at mid-career. According to Forbes.com, NJIT ranks among the nation’s 25 “most connected” campuses. The Princeton Review named NJIT among its Best 373 Colleges for 2011, the nation’s top 25 campuses for technology and as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible campuses. In a study by Academic Analytics, NJIT was tenth among research universities specializing in science, technology, engineering and math based on faculty scholarly productivity. Tech Transfer 2.0 ranked NJIT third in the U.S. in most inventions per Federal dollar. In addition, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks NJIT among the nation’s leading schools for graduating minority engineering and computer science students.

NJIT’s goal for the next decade is to be recognized as a top-ranked public research university, as a national leader in the education of underrepresented groups for the technological professions, and as a catalyst for a healthy New Jersey economy.