Business Insider ranked NJIT number three yesterday in its newest listing of the 25 “most underrated colleges in America.” The news site plotted the annual ranking by U.S. News and World Report of the best colleges and universities against PayScale's mid-career salary rank to identify outliers--institutions that outperform their U.S. News rating.PayScale, which looks at mid-career salaries, has ranked NJIT among the nation's best in several notable lists, including return on investment (ROI). NJIT is ranked 6th (top 1 percent) among 437 public universities and 27th (top 2 percent) among 1,511 public and private institutions in the U.S.
“Future income isn't the only factor that should determine college choice, but it may be the most important one,” according to Business Insider editors. “So how good are the famous college rankings from U.S. News & World Report at predicting future income? It turns out there are some majorly underrated and overrated schools.”
According to the 2013 Princeton Review, NJIT is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. The new Fiske Guide to Colleges, a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Britain, features NJIT. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks NJIT tops for graduating minorities. Notable rankings include third nationally for awarding master’s degrees in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields to Hispanic students.
In less than a decade, NJIT has moved from a solid, well-regarded local institution to a top-ranked public university distinguished by excellence in education and research and recognized in New Jersey as a leader in the region’s economic and intellectual development. Academics were enhanced this year with a new cadre of faculty -- more than 20 new professors with exceptional, multidisciplinary expertise in such areas as sustainable design, biomaterials and mechatronics. More news includes:
• NJ Governor Chris Christie approved last month nearly $100 million in grants construction and infrastructure projects to enhance and expand NJIT’s role as the state’s science and technology university and a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research.
• Some $86.3 million will update the Central King Building, Newark’s former Central High School. The money will transform the interior space of the 102-year-old, four-story structure into a 21st century state-of-the art hub for STEM education and research.
• NJIT manages and operates Big Bear Solar Observatory, the world’s largest aperture solar telescope.
• The NJIT Enterprise Development Center, the state’s oldest and largest business incubator, supports 90 resident companies with 800 employees, including 300 NJIT students, $82 million in expenditures and $67 million in third-party funding.
• Opening this fall on campus will be the Warren Street Village, a complex adding 600 beds to NJIT's residential housing, along with a new restaurant, convenience store, fitness center and more. The Village is the first of four projects of the larger Gateway Project, led by NJIT, to redevelop 20 acres along MLK Blvd, a thoroughfare next to the campus.
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