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New Jersey City University
Motto Ineamus Ad Disendum Exeamus Ad Merendum
Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve
Established 1929
Type Public
President Carlos Hernández
Undergraduates 6,300
Postgraduates 2,000
Location Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban, 46 acres
Athletics NCAA Division III
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname Gothic Knights
Mascot Knights
Website www.njcu.edu

New Jersey City University (NJCU) is a public university in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. It is a member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City, the institution was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City in 1935 and Jersey City State College in 1958, becoming a liberal arts college in 1968. In 1998, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a change of institutional status and accepted the present name, "New Jersey City University."[1]

The University's Main Campus is located five miles from Lower Manhattan across the North River (Hudson River) and is accessible from Pennsylvania Station (New York City) and The Port Authority Bus Terminal by public transport provided by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[2] The oldest building on the campus is Hepburn Hall, an attractive Gothic structure at the front of the campus. Completed in 1930, Hepburn Hall serves as the symbol of the university and features prominently in the school's publications. The other buildings are various shades of modern.

A new seven-story Arts and Sciences building designed by architect Michael Graves was built in the center of the campus. The 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) building will be the replacement for Grossnickle Hall and will house 14 classrooms, 10 computer labs, faculty offices for nine departments, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The Fine Arts building on Culver Avenue features a new Maya Lin sculpture in the entrance garden area. There are also renovated buildings on West Side Avenue that are part of the school. One of the buildings is the West Side Theater, the space for University theatrical productions and community events. The other houses the Business Development Incubator program. The University's Athletic Complex is located near Hackensack RiverWalk on the Newark Bay. Between these facilities and the main campus, construction has begun on the new "West Campus" between West Side Avenue and Route 440 that will more than double the campus's total area. The West Campus will include academic buildings, residences, retail spaces, parking, and a "University Promenade."[3]

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History

1927: The New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City was chartered. The institution was built to accommodate 1,000 students and an eight-room demonstration school in its one building, Hepburn Hall, on ten acres on what was then Hudson Boulevard.

1935: The name was changed to New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City. The institution was authorized to offer a four-year teacher education program and award the bachelor of science degree in education.

1936: A degree program in health education and nursing was initiated in cooperation with the Jersey City Medical Center for the training of school nurses.

1958: New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City became Jersey City State College and was authorized to award the bachelor of arts degree.

1959: The institution began to offer the master of arts in elementary education.

1968: Jersey City State College became a multipurpose institution, authorized to develop a liberal arts program and to enlarge its teacher preparation programs.

1985: The institution was awarded a $5.7 million Governor’s Challenge Grant for an expanded Cooperative Education Program, which would serve all academic majors. From that time, Jersey City State College was known as New Jersey’s premier cooperative education college.

1998: The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a petition submitted by the JCSC Board of Trustees requesting that the institution be granted university status and renamed New Jersey City University. The University was restructured into three colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies.

2003: NJCU joined with the City of Jersey City, the Jersey City Board of Education, and New Jersey Transit to collaborate on Jersey City Bayfront Plan. New Jersey City University West Campus Redevelopment Plan is a part of this huge project and NJCU is a major player in this University-Community Partnership.

Academics

University rankings

USNWR National[4] NR
WM National[5] NR

NJCU is organized into three colleges offering 32 undergraduate study and 19 graduate degree programs. The objective of the College of Arts and Sciences of New Jersey City University is to graduate students who have a well developed liberal arts education as well as professional knowledge and competence within their major academic disciplines. The College is committed to engendering life-long, reflective learners who are socially responsible and critically responsive to ever more diverse peoples and cultures.

The Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education at New Jersey City University provides leadership in meeting the educational and professional needs of students preparing for careers as teachers and other school personnel. The College is committed to building and sustaining a learning community that provides high quality instruction for persons seeking careers in urban educational environments. As such, the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education is dedicated to preparing reflective urban practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help all children learn. In 1998, after Jersey City State College became New Jersey City University, the administration created a separate College of Education. Students seeking careers in business administration, criminal justice/fire science/security, health sciences and nursing have for years been prepared to assume leadership positions in their chosen professions by the College of Professional Studies. NJCU’s Criminal Justice program is one of the most popular in the region and its nursing program is also highly acclaimed.

NJCU was not ranked in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report, being deemed a "Tier 4" institution.[6]

Campus living

The University operates three residence halls: Co-op Hall, a corridor-style facility with common area bathrooms and study lounges for freshmen; Vodra Hall, a traditional dormitory with shared baths between rooms for upper-class students and special needs individuals; and 2040 University Apartments, a residence for seniors and mature students consisting of apartment-style suites for two and three individuals.

All halls offer staff coverage, 24-hour security, on-site laundry and kitchen facilities, study lounges, computer labs and on-line computer capabilities for each resident student. All students are provided a meal plan, which can be utilized in campus food facilities-the Marketplace in the Gilligan Student Union, Vodra Dining and the Knight Spot in Vodra Hall. In addition, residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of educational, multicultural and recreational programs offered by the University and Residence Life Program.

The John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) is the home of the Gothic Knight basket ball and volleyball teams and the focal point for the NJCU athletic department and recreation and intramural activities. The 72,000-square foot JMAC opened in the fall of 1994, giving the University one of the finest indoor recreational facilities in the area. The state-of-the-art building features a 2,000-seat basketball and volleyball arena, a fully-equipped exercise and fitness center, a 25-yard swimming and diving pool with adjacent sauna, three racquetball courts, a tenth-of-a-mile elevated jogging track, a multi-purpose room for aerobics and classes, and locker room space for teams, students, faculty and staff.

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