Magazine Touts New Jersey Institute of Technology for Small Classes and Diversity

NEWARK, Dec. 4--Students looking these days for a public university offering degrees in engineering, computing or architecture, at an economical cost, may want to give New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) a second look. The growing public research university, New Jersey's third largest, recently received recognition in the 2001 Best College Issue, produced by US News and World Report.

The magazine rankings touted NJIT for small, individualized classes, students who graduate with minimal debt and student diversity.

NJIT ranked 43 among 75 top national universities for a high proportion of small classes with fewer than 20 students. Almost two-thirds, or 60 percent of the classes at NJIT fall into this category. When you compare NJIT within its own class of public institutions, the university shines, emerging seventh in the nation for small classes.

"Given the technical nature of the classes, the integration of the computer into all classes and that we often ask students to work in teams, we find that smaller classes work best," explains Joel S. Bloom Ed.D., vice president for academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT.

NJIT students graduate with minimal debt. According to the magazine, NJIT ranks eighth nationally because only 33 percent of the graduates leave with an average amount of debt no greater than $10,000. "A primary reason our graduates are not burdened by loans is that we spend much time helping students who need jobs find them," says Greg Mass, executive director of career development services at NJIT.

Mass' services annually place between 30 and 40 percent of the NJIT student body in cooperative jobs or internships. The work enables students to earn money not only during the school year but also throughout summers. Plus, the types of pre-professional employment students find pays on average two to three times above the minimum wage. Other factors helping students keep down their expenses include NJIT's comparatively low tuition for a technological university and strong financial aid packages.

NJIT ranks seven out of more than 225 universities around the nation for diversity. Asian Americans represent the largest minority group. This group represents 24 percent of the university's enrollment. However black and Hispanic engineering groups have long honored NJIT for its commitment to helping black, Hispanic and other minority group members achieve an education in engineering and technology.

"Historically, NJIT's commitment has included academic programs, services, financial support and a climate conducive to enrolling and graduating minority students," says Bloom. One especially important pipeline for retaining, supporting and graduating minority students has been the strength and commitment of the Equal Opportunity Program at NJIT, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this coming spring. The program is responsible for helping more minority students graduate at NJIT than at most technological universities.

Since 1992, Black Issues in Higher Education has backed up this claim by giving NJIT high grades in its rankings for graduating high numbers of minority students.

The magazine's most recent poll (covering the 1999-2000 school year) ranks NJIT 16th in the U.S. and first in New Jersey for graduating minority students with engineering degrees. According to the publication, NJIT graduated 183 minority students of which 133 were men and 50 were women. The poll also NJIT ranked 11th in the U.S., and first in New Jersey, for graduating African American students and 19th in the U.S. and first in New Jersey for graduating Hispanic students with baccalaureates in engineering-related technologies.

"We are clearly every year in the top ten percent across the nation for graduating minority students," says Bloom. "It's great to be recognized for our hard work and commitment, which produce these results."


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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