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U.S. News Once Again Names NJIT Among Nation's Best National Universities

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2013 Edition has once again named NJIT to the top tier of national universities for its range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees.  This year, NJIT is ranked 139 out of 200 national universities; and sixth in the nation for diversity.  NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering ascended this year to the join the best in undergraduate engineering programs where the highest degree is a doctorate.  The ranking was 75.  

U.S. News uses expert opinion and statistical data as reliable indicators of academic quality.  Among the criteria for scoring schools are the graduation rates and rates at which students are retained from first to second year.  Also key:  Class size, faculty resources, student/faculty ratio and admission selectivity.

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. 

Academics will be enhanced this year with a new cadre of faculty -- more than 30 new professors with exceptional, multidisciplinary expertise in such areas as sustainable design, biomaterials and mechatronics.  More good news includes:

• NJIT has 154 unexpired U.S. patents, of which 101 are either licensed, optioned, or jointly owned with third parties.  There are currently 139 pending patent applications, of which 56 are funded by third parties.

• 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.

• The most visible improvement on campus will be the opening next fall of 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 main thoroughfare adjacent to the campus. 

• The Central King Building, Newark’s former Central High School, now owned by NJIT, is the site of improvements that will eventually include smart-classroom technology, new telecom and computer networks and new student lounges. 

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. 

The 2012 PayScale college rankings moved NJIT into the top 4 percent among US colleges and universities for return on investment (ROI).  NJIT ranks 59th for ROI on in-state tuition among more than 1250 institutions. 

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.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.