NJIT was named by The Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 institutions for undergraduate education in the annual college guide for 2012 and on PrincetonReview.com one of 220 "best” institutions in the Northeast. Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which profiles and rates schools.
"We commend NJIT for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of The Best 376 Colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.” Franek noted that the effort widely represents colleges by region, size, selectivity and character.
“We’re proud of our students and professors,” said Joel Bloom, vice president of academic and student services at NJIT. “It is tough to graduate from an engineering, science and technology university like NJIT. The challenges of calculus, physics, chemistry and the like can be daunting. Nevertheless, our applicant pool and enrollment continues to grow. Our professors and staff do a good job and you don’t see anyone crying anything but tears of joy at our commencements.” Why?
NJIT graduates in mid-career are in the top 8 percent of some 1052 colleges recently surveyed for return on investment (ROI) by Bloomberg Businessweek. The survey examined graduation rates, total cost to graduation, and ROI as a measure of earnings of graduates against the cost of a degree. The Bloomberg study was based on a report by PayScale Inc. NJIT was also ranked 4th in the nation by PayScale among over 400 top state universities in terms of the salaries earned by its graduates.
In its profile on NJIT, The Princeton Review praises the school for its diversity, low cost of living and very little drug use and quotes extensively from NJIT students surveyed for the book. 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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