It’s been a good year for NJIT. For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 Edition has named NJIT to the top tier of national universities for its range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees. The same edition has, once again, named NJIT among its list of 100 national universities that are “A-plus schools for B students.”U.S. News uses expert opinion and statistical data as 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.
In less than a decade, NJIT has moved from a solid, well-regarded local institution to a top-ranked public university distinguished for excellence in education and research and recognized in New Jersey as a leader in the region’s economic and intellectual development. The most visible changes include a more appealing and welcoming campus; more degree offerings including a new School of Art and Design in the new College of Architecture and Design; and an eight-year-old department of biomedical engineering that has developed so rapidly that today it boasts 400-plus students and upwards of $2.5 million annually in grants.
More good news includes:
The Princeton Review named NJIT one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. The educational services company, once again, featured NJIT in the 2012 edition of its popular college guide, The Best 373 Colleges (Random House). Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges were profiled. The Princeton Review also listed NJIT among the most environmentally responsible in the Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges, based on a notable commitment to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education has ranked NJIT 4th in the nation for producing African-American master’s degree recipients in engineering.
Forbes magazine has, once again, ranked NJIT among its 650 best colleges.
According to statistics published by the National Science Foundation, NJIT is 38th in research and development expenditures among all universities and colleges in the U.S. without a medical school. In 2009, R&D expenditures at NJIT totaled almost $93 million, with $43.6 million emanating from competitive federal grants.
NJIT graduates in mid-career are in the top 8 percent of some 1052 colleges recently surveyed for return on investment (ROI), according to 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. PayScale also ranked NJIT as 4th in the nation among over 400 top state universities based on salaries earned by NJIT graduates.