Northern New Jersey, where Newark is located, has the nation's highest concentration of pharmaceutical, high-tech, biotech and medical-device companies.
Newark is also a short subway ride away from New York City, the financial capital of the world. NYC is a world center for business, real estate, media and publishing. And since Newark is so close to NYC, and NJIT is a top ranked university, recruiters from all these fields come to NJIT to recruit students.
Newark is also a great city for science and technology students. For its size, New Jersey has the country's highest number of engineers, scientists and technology workers who work for major firms and start-up companies alike. These firms constantly need new employees, and NJIT students have an edge; the firms are filled with NJIT alumni, who help NJIT graduates find jobs.
The Newark-New York metropolitan area is also a living laboratory for NJIT students. Architecture students, for instance, get to work on urban revitalization projects in Newark, Jersey City and New York. Students studying civil and environmental engineering work on projects to improve the region's water, air, roads and bridges. And management students find internships at investment banks, business consultants and brokerage firms based on Wall Street -- a subway ride away from Newark's Penn Station.
As Newark's charismatic mayor, Cory Booker, said recently, "NJIT has done and continues to do so much for the city. The university is a major force in Newark. I'm awestruck by NJIT."
Newark has major assets that other cities envy: the largest seaport on the Eastern Seaboard, a major international airport, a network of highways as well as Penn Station and the PATH Trains, which offer quick rides into Manhattan, just 10 miles away. It is also home to the state's most vibrant arts center, NJPAC, and boasts a first-class professional baseball stadium - Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, where the NJIT baseball team plays its home games. Newark is also home to the Ironbound section, a daisy chain of Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants, bakeries, food markets and shops.
The Prudential Center, a sports and entertainment complex serves Newark and the entire Northern New Jersey area, is home to the New Jersey Devils hockey team. The arena hosts other events including the WNBA's New York Liberty, concerts, family shows and special events.
There's a lot to do in the neighborhood surrounding NJIT. Stroll College Walk, a community path that leads from NJIT and through or near the other campuses, ending close to the 12-acre NJPAC complex, in downtown Newark.
Walk a bit little farther and you can watch the Newark Bears, the minor league baseball team at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. NJIT's team plays its home games here, too. In this historic part of Newark, go to a concert, listen to a symphony, watch opera, dance or theater or visit one of several art galleries.