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US News Names NJIT to Prestigious Best National Research University List

U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges has named NJIT among the nation’s top tier of national research universities offering a range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees.  NJIT is now ranked 115 among the nation’s best national universities.  Every year for the past five years, NJIT has increased its ranking on this widely-read assessment of the nation’s colleges and universities. 

“For the fifth consecutive year, NJIT ranks in the top tier among the best national universities in the US News list,” said Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president of NJIT. 

"NJIT's statistics in the various categories used in the ranking provide prospective and current students and faculty with a good feel for the university, its selective small classes and relatively high graduation rate, considering the challenging technological curricula."

Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, NJIT interim provost and senior vice president for research and development, applauded the efforts of NJIT’s faculty and staff for their continuing efforts to focus on students.  “At NJIT, we care about students and provide a campus that welcomes diversity, and where students can flourish academically and personally,” Sebastian said.  “It’s typical at NJIT to see full-time instructors teaching most classes. It’s also typical to see students working in research labs with professors on federally-funded projects.” 

Joel Bloom, vice president for academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College noted that NJIT has been repeatedly recognized for being in the top percentage nationwide for awarding baccalaureate degrees to African-American engineers.  “As a public university, NJIT works hard to achieve the dual status of being nationally ranked while also committed to diversity, particularly those underrepresented in science, engineering and technology including women,” Bloom explained.

Next month, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) will present NJIT with its “Rising University Star Award.”  The Educational Opportunity Program, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has been the NJIT support system for NACME students.   The program provides educational opportunities and improves educational outcomes for populations traditionally underrepresented in mathematics, the sciences, engineering, computer and information science, business, architecture and engineering technology.  Since 1985, NACME has supported NJIT’s in preparing these students through five scholarship and grant programs.  To date, more than 400 NJIT students and alumni have been the beneficiaries. Many would never have been able to graduate without EOP’s and NACME’s support.

US News uses expert opinion and statistical data that it claims are reliable indicators of academic quality. Among the criteria used to score schools are the graduation rates and the rates at which students are retained from the first to the second year. Class size, faculty resources, the student/faculty ratio, and selectivity in admissions are also key.

Earlier this summer, The Princeton Review, once again named NJIT as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.  The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its popular guidebook.  Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the annual guide.   

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.