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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Motto "The Edge in Knowledge"
Established 1881
Type Public, research university
Endowment $57.0 million[1]
President Robert Altenkirch
Staff 504 (416 full time + 88 adjuncts)
Undergraduates 5,576 [1]
Postgraduates 2,829 h
Location Newark, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban, 45 acres (180,000 m2)
Athletics NCAA Division I
Mascot Highlander

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research university in Newark, New Jersey. NJIT offers 100 degree programs in 27 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate specialties.

NJIT is New Jersey's science and technology university. The school opened as the Newark Technical School in 1881 with 88 students. As of 2005, there are 8,058 students of which 1,400 live in one of the school's four dormitories. It is now home to the Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College, College of Science and Liberal Arts, and College of Computing Sciences. The current president, Robert A. Altenkirch, was inaugurated on May 2, 2003. He succeeded Saul K. Fenster, who was named the university’s sixth president in 1978.

NJIT is one of few Universities to offer extensive courses in Video Game development.[citation needed]

The school offers the only NAAB-accredited bachelor's degree in architecture in New Jersey.

It offers combined programs in medicine with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and St. George's University in Grenada.

The university is known foremost for its research capabilities ranging from the fields of stem cell research to nanotechnology to solar physics and polymer science. The school also specializes in the research of smart gun technology, and has trademarked the term Virtual Classroom and was the first to obtain then retain Yahoo!'s "Most Wired University" award.

On December 20, 2006, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed a bill to allocate $50 million towards the development of an NJIT-led stem cell research facility in Newark, NJ.

NJIT is a participating Internet2 member and held its first Internet2 Day in 2005.



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The New Jersey Institute of Technology that we know today has a rich history with its beginnings developing from the industrial age. Like many of the port cities around the world, the Newark, New Jersey, of the late 19th century was a thriving industrial center. Its factories churned out thread, metals, paints and leather goods. In Newark, Thomas Edison set the stage at his Ward Street factory for his later astounding achievements, and Edison rival Edward Weston established the first factory in the United States for commercial production of dynamo electric machines.

At the height of this age of innovation, in 1881, an act of the New Jersey State Legislature essentially drew up a contest to determine which municipality would become home to the state's urgently needed technical school. The challenge was straightforward: the state would stake "at least $3,000 and not more than $5,000" and the municipality that matched the state's investment would earn the right to establish the new school.

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The Newark Board of Trade, working jointly with the Newark City Council, launched a feverish campaign to win the new school. Dozens of the city's industrialists, along with other private citizens, eager for a work force resource in their home town, threw their support behind the fund-raiser. By 1884, the collaboration of the public and private sectors produced success. Newark Technical School was ready to open its doors.

The first 88 students, mostly evening students, attended classes in a rented building at 21 West Park Street. Soon the facility became inadequate to house an expanding student body. To meet the needs of the growing school, a second fund-raiser—the institution's first capital campaign—was launched to support the construction of a dedicated building for Newark Technical School. In 1886, under the leadership of the school's dynamic first director, Dr. Charles A. Colton, the cornerstone was laid at the intersection of High Street and Summit Place for the three-story building later to be named Weston Hall, in honor of the institution's early benefactor. A laboratory building, later to be called Colton Hall, was added to the campus in 1911.

Dr. Allan R. Cullimore led the institution from 1920 to 1949, transforming Newark Technical School into Newark College of Engineering. Campbell Hall was erected in 1925, but due to the Depression and World War II, only the former Newark Orphan Asylum, now Eberhardt Hall , was purchased and renovated by the college in the succeeding decades.

As of 1946, about 75% of the freshman class had served in the armed forces. Cullimore Hall was built in 1958 and two years later the old Weston Hall was razed and replaced with the current seven- story structure. Doctoral level programs were introduced and six years later, in 1966, an 18-acre (73,000 m2), four building expansion was completed.

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In 1975, with the addition of the New Jersey School of Architecture, the institution had evolved into a technological university, emphasizing a broad range of graduate and undergraduate degrees and dedication to significant research and public service. While Newark College of Engineering remains, a new university name—New Jersey Institute of Technology—was chosen to represent the institution's expanded mission.

Eberhardt Hall

The establishment of a residential campus and the opening of NJIT's first dormitory (Redwood Hall) in 1979 began a period of steady growth that continues today under the 2005 Landscape Master Plan. Two new schools were established at the university during the 1980s, the College of Science and Liberal Arts in 1982 and the School of Industrial Management in 1988. The Albert Dorman Honors College was established in 1994, and the newest school, the College of Computing Sciences, was created in 2001. As of 2008 there are 4 residence halls on campus: Redwood Hall, Cypress Hall, Oak Hall, and Laurel Hall.

In 2003, the launch of the new Campus Center on the site of the former Hazell Hall centralized campus social events. Construction of a new Atrium, Bookstore, Information Desk, Dining Hall, computer lab, and new student organization offices continued into 2004. In 2005, a row of automobile chop shops adjacent to campus were demolished. In 2006, construction of a new off-campus residence hall by American Campus Communities commenced in the chop shops' prior location. The new hall, paying no homage to the chop shops of past, is dubbed the University Centre and is slated to open in Fall 2007.

In 2005, Eberhardt Hall was fully renovated and reinaugurated as the Alumni Center and the symbolic front door to the university. Its restored tower was the logo of the former Newark College of Engineering and was designed by Kevin Boyajian and Scott Nelson. A rebranding campaign with the current slogan, "NJIT - New Jersey's Science and Technology University - The Edge in Knowledge", was launched to emphasize NJIT’s unique position as New Jersey's preeminent science-and-technology-focused research university.

Recently, the school has changed its accredited management school into AACSB-accredited business school. The new formed business school focuses on utilizing technology to serve business needs. The school benefits from its close location to New York City; the financial capital of the world. It is located 25 minutes from Wall Street. The school has also strong academic collaboration with Rutgers business school.


The university has 5,263 undergraduate students, 2,795 graduate students, over 10,000 continuing education students, 416 full-time faculty, and 88 part-time faculty. The male-to-female student ratio is 4:1.[1]

The average SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen is 1143.

The average SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen to Honors College in 2008 is 1323 and a GPA of 3.65.

The minimum SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen to the Accelerated BS/MD program (combined with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) is 1400.

Albert Dorman Honors College

Albert Dorman Honors College, NJIT’s Institution was formed with an intention to help high achieving students perform to their full potential. Students in the Honors College have a chance to study and interact with other high achieving students.[2] Honors college students are not only backed by academic performance, but also by athletics or co-curricular participation.[3] To join the Honors College, one must fulfill several minimum requirements starting with filling out the Honors application form available online at [2][4] The Honors essay is the most important part of the application, where there is a chance to explain things that your statistical records cannot manifest.[5].


  1. Newark College of Engineering [3]
  2. College of Science and Liberal Arts [4]
  3. New Jersey School of Architecture and Design [5]
  4. School of Management [6]
  5. Albert Dorman Honors College [7]
  6. College of Computing Sciences [8]


The university is known foremost for its research capabilities in many fields, especially nanotechnology, solar physics, polymer science, and the development of a smart gun technology [citation required]. The university research centers include the National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity and SmartCampus. The university hosts the Metro New York FIRST Robotics office. The university also hosts the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research which owns and operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory, the world's largest solar observatory, located in Big Bear Lake, California, and operates the Owens Valley Solar Array, near Bishop, California.

In the past, NJIT was home to the Computerized Conferencing and Communications Center, a premier research center for furthering the state of the art in Computer Mediated Communication. The systems that resulted from this research are the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES), as well as the continuations after that: Electronic Information Exchange System 2 (EIES2) and the Tailorable Electronic Information Exchange System (TEIES). One of the foremost developments of EIES was that of the Virtual Classroom (TM), a term coined by Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz. This was the first e-learning platform in the world, and was unique in that it evolved onto an existing communications system, rather than having a system created specifically for it. The CCCC and EIES were shut down in the mid-90s.

The university currently operates a Class-10 cleanroom and a Class-1000 cleanroom on campus for academic and research purposes.

The university also maintains an advanced 67-node supercomputer cluster in its Mathematics Department for research purposes.

Student life

Student Government

Student Senate


  • The NJIT Student Senate is the only duly elected student body recognized by the university representing the full-time and part-time undergraduate students of the university. The Student Senate shall represent the desires, interests, and needs of the NJIT student body.


  • To represent the undergraduate student body in all matters which do not exclusively belong to any other individual organization.
  • To promote activities and to establish administrative and financial controls over those activities which affect the student body at large.
  • To advise the operations of all Student Senate funded organizations with respect to individual student organizations and the student body.
  • To advocate and defend the inherent rights and responsibilities of students consistent with the principles of academic freedom.
  • To provide students with direct information of activities, policies and decisions affecting them while in attendance at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • To assist, to approve, and to charter the formation of all Student Senate affiliated organizations.
Executive Board
  • President
  • Vice President of Administration
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Treasurer
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Recording Secretary
  • Elections
  • Judicial
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Finance
  • Athletics and School Spirit
  • Constitution
  • Public Relations
  • Senior Class
  • Class Presidents
  • College Representatives
  • Major Representatives
  • Students-At-Large
Graduate Student Association


  • The NJIT GSA is a student government organization that represents the interests of all graduate students in university affairs. The Graduate Student Association shall provide a structure through which graduate students work together to improve the quality of graduate student life.


  • To represent and articulate the interests of the graduate students.
  • To promote communication between students, faculty, and administration.
  • To oversee the expenditure of graduate student association fees.
  • To promote and encourage the professional growth, social and cultural development, and academic excellence of students in the graduate programs of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Executive Board
  • President
  • Vice President of Administration
  • Vice President of Public Relations
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Technology Officer
  • Clubs and Constitution
  • Finance
  • Activities Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Campus Planning Committee
  • Graduate Student Research Day Committee
  • Representatives
  • Alternate Representatives

Student organizations


NJIT Highlander Mascot
See also: List of college athletic programs in New Jersey, USA #Division I

NJIT's sports teams are called the NJIT Highlanders. The school colors are red and white, with navy. NJIT's athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I. The men's soccer team participates in the Atlantic Soccer Conference while most other teams are independent Division I. The NCAA has agreed for NJIT to reclassify its entire athletics program to Division I. This is a four-year process that will bring all Highlander sports to full Division I status and championship eligibility by 2009-10. After many years of being an independent, they will compete as charter members of the all-sports version (previously football-only) Great West Conference for its inaugural 2008-09 season. [6]

The sports available at NJIT are:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer Team

Honor societies

Greek life


Residence life

Mission statement

"To collaborate with students, faculty and staff in providing residential services that support students' academic and personal development by fostering diverse, engaging and responsible learning communities."[7]

Living on campus

Since 1978 students have been able to live on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus. The Residence Life community consists of over 1450 graduate and undergraduate students.

There are four residence halls on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus. Redwood Hall was the first constructed in 1978 followed by Cypress, Oak and Laurel halls. Each hall has a unique character with Cypress and Redwood being primarily freshman halls and Laurel and Oak designated upper classmen halls.

Food services on campus are provided by Gourmet Dining Services or GDS. Taco Bell, Hershey Ice Cream Shop, a salad shop (Leafs & Grains), coffee shop (Tech Café), sandwich shop (Part of Leafs & Grains) and a convenience store (The C-Store) are also all available on campus.


  • The Tour de Tech is an annual campus bicycle race.
  • Some still call the university by its earlier name, Newark College of Engineering (NCE). NCE is now one of the six colleges within the university.
  • NJIT students have been called NiJITs in the past (School catalogue of '78, P.45)
  • Beginning in 2004, NJIT Day has become an annual campus event taking place early October of each year where the families of students as well as alumni are invited to participate in the festivities.

Some Notable Alumni

Some Notable Faculty Members


  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges Today named NJIT 115th (Tier-1) overall in the National Universities category. It is also rated as the 7th most ethnically diversified university among universities in this category. [13] It is also rated as one of the best public national universities in the country. [14]
  • NJIT ranked ninth in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees in engineering to African Americans, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • The Oct. 17, 2006 issue of US News and World Report named NJIT’s program as sixth in the nation based on enrollment in ABET-accredited engineering schools and fifth in the nation based on the age of the program.[2]
  • NJIT is currently ranked by Princeton Review as #6 in the Nation for Least Happy Students. In recent years, it has been ranked #1 in this category three times (2002-2005), and #5 once (2005-2006 academic year). [3]
  • Princeton Review also ranks it #8 in the Nation for "Professors Get Low Marks" and #15 for "Diverse Student Population". [3]
  • Princeton Review also ranks NJIT as one of top 50 best value public colleges. [4]
  • Princeton Review (2010 Edition) ranks NJIT's School of Management among the 301 best business schools in USA.
  • NJIT is currently ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as #10 in the nation in mathematics for faculty productivity. [15]

NOTE: The Princeton Review ranking statistics are based on the best 371 colleges of more than 2500 colleges in USA.

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ NJIT: Albert Dorman Honors College
  3. ^ NJIT: Albert Dorman Honors College: About the Albert Dorman Honors College
  4. ^ NJIT: Albert Dorman Honors College: Apply
  5. ^ NJIT: Albert Dorman Honors College: Tips for Writing an Honors College Essay
  6. ^,5143,700241969,00.html New Great West Conference
  7. ^ ResLife Main Page
  8. ^ Beatrice Alice Hicks, 1919–1979, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Accessed December 18, 2007. "After graduating from Orange High School in 1935, she enrolled in Newark College of Engineering, later renamed the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In 1939, she received her B.S. in chemical engineering, and stayed on at the school as a research assistant for three years after graduation."
  9. ^ "John Mooney, co-inventor of the Catalytic Converter, to Receive Distinguished Alumni Achievement Medal from New Jersey Institute of Technology", New Jersey Institute of Technology press release. Accessed April 24, 2008.
  1. ^  To calculate the ratio of men to women select table CSD-B (found in this reference) and divide the total enrollment of men by the total enrollment of women.
  2. ^  EIES History.

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Coordinates: 40°44′31″N 74°10′44″W / 40.742°N 74.179°W / 40.742; -74.179

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