NJIT is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features NJIT in the 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges (Random House).
“We’re pleased once again to appear in the book,” said NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch.
“We were surprised to see NJIT named “least beautiful campus” and wondered if anyone from The Princeton Review came here in recent years,” said Joel Bloom, vice president of academic and student services. In 2004, a campus center and administration building with a combined 350,000 square footage designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, opened. Earlier notable campus structures were designed by Princeton-based architects Robert Hillier and Michael Graves. In 2005, the completed restoration of Eberhardt Hall, an 1857 Victorian castle and a longtime campus landmark, was honored by the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and Victorian Society.
“There’s been a concerted effort at campus beautification—landscaping, replacement of outdoor signage and lighting—to give the campus an attractive and distinctive look,” Bloom added. “We encourage prospective students and their parents to visit or at least view us via our website and experience a highly-attractive urban campus.”
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide.
In the NJIT profile, students say the following.
- Mathematics, science, technology, and architecture offerings all shine at NJIT. The school is a “leader in the field of technology in the Tri-State Area” whose public school pricing allows students to “graduate without the bank owning our first-borns, which is a definite plus.”
- The demanding undergraduate curriculum means “you have to be serious about studies if you are choosing NJIT. There is no time for fun and games.” Students groan about the demands made on them but also recognize the benefits.
- “NJIT is an intense academic university that allows students to be prepared for the working world,” explains one architect. Another plus of studying at NJIT is “how well the students interact, especially during exam time. Seniors help juniors, who help sophomores, who help freshmen. It’s helpful when someone who has taken the courses you’re taking at the moment can put things into perspective and give you hints about what may be on the test.”
- Extracurricular life has improved recently with the addition of new recreation facilities, sports teams are all performing better and there are plenty of parties on Thursday nights on campus, organized by frats or clubs. In addition, New York City is minutes away.
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