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William Paterson University of New Jersey

Seal of William Paterson University
Established 1855
Type Public University
Endowment $9 million
President Dr. Arnold Speert
Staff 1,129
Students 10,256
Undergraduates 8,741
Postgraduates 1,515
Location Wayne Township, New Jersey, United States
Campus 370 acres
Colors Orange & Black
Mascot Pioneers
Website www.wpunj.edu

William Paterson University (Full official name: The William Paterson University of New Jersey) is a public university located in Wayne, New Jersey, an affluent suburb of New York City.[1] It is set on 370 acres (1.5 km2) wooded in northeast New Jersey and the campus is located just 20 miles (32 km) west of New York City. The University has 10,256 students. During the Fall 2008 semester, 8,741 undergraduate students and 1,515 graduate students were enrolled. It has 1,129 full-time employees, including 379 faculty. members. The average class size is 20.5 with a student to faculty ratio of about 15.0 to 1.



William Paterson University

The school was founded in Paterson, New Jersey in 1855 as the Paterson City Normal School to provide professional preparation for teachers. In 1875, the school started to provide a one year program for teachers, which later expanded into a two-year program. By 1936, the school accepted those that did not intend to become teachers, later expanding offerings in nursing and business. The name of the school was changed in 1937 to the New Jersey State Teacher's College at Paterson.

In 1950, the college moved to its current hill-top location in Wayne, New Jersey. The school dropped the word "teachers" from its title in 1958 before being renamed The William Paterson College of New Jersey in 1971, in honor of the New Jersey statesman and patriot, William Paterson.

The college was renamed William Paterson University of New Jersey in 1997 after sufficiently expanding its program. In 2005, the school celebrated its 150th year of operation.


William Paterson offers 42 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs through its five colleges: Arts and Communication, Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. Certification is available in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education. Preprofessional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine are arranged at the request of students.

William Paterson is largely a commuter school; most of the students live off campus and commute to the school every day by car or other means. As such, parking is always an issue for commuting students. Many of these students, although not living on campus, still participate actively in many on-campus activities, such as sports, clubs, and other social activities.


The University has 12 intercollegiate sports teams in the NCAA Division III, five for men and seven for women, including successful NCAA teams in men’s baseball and women’s softball. The men's baseball team has won the national championship of Division III baseball twice (1992 & 1996) and the men's basketball team has gone to the Final Four twice (1999, 2001). Campus facilities include a competition-size indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, and a lighted athletics field complex. All teams are named "The Pioneers."

The school also has four club-level sports teams, which consist of bowling, ice hockey, equestrian, and rugby.

Growth and renovation

William Paterson has been experiencing an increase of students, causing a demand for newer facilities and expanding residence hall facilities. The most drastic and noticeable of these changes has been to the Machuga Student Center, which in 2003 began extensive renovations and additions. It was completed in the Summer of 2007. Another "most drastic and noticeable" is the massive addition onto the science center. 5 stories high, the construction began around 2008-2009 and plans to be finished fall of 2011.

Another addition has been the newly completed "High Mountain" Residence Halls, which took the place of incoming freshman residence halls in the Fall 2006 semester. High Mountain East is now known to mainly house freshman, and some sophomores, either in the Jazz program or in the Honors College. High Mountain West is the upper class facility for students with a GPA of 2.8 or higher The Towers, which had primarily been the freshman and sophomore residence halls since their completion in 1982, experienced a partial shutdown in 2006 due to lack of interest in staying there. In the fall of 2008 Towers was renamed "Overlook, North and South". The Overlook complex houses freshmen through seniors, with 526 students in Overlook North and 443 in Overlook South.

Academic facilities

  • 1600 Valley Road
    • 1600 Valley Road is a 150,000-square-foot building that was formerly home to the headquarters of the Union Camp Corporation, which was taken over by the university in 2002 to house its business school. The building sits on a 50-acre wooded lot bordering the High Mountain Preserve and overlooking a pond. This building is the home of the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business—including the Global Financial Services Institute and the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales, College of Education, and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education.
  • Allan and Michele Gorab Alumni House
    • Located on Oldham Pond at Harmon Place in Wayne, the building houses the Alumni Relations Office and the John Rosengren Laboratories. The Alumni Office hosts meetings and events for graduates, while the laboratories serve as a research station for the Department of Biology.
  • Shea Center for the Performing Arts
    • Shea Center features a 922-seat theatre and the Shea Center Box Office; the offices of the Music Department and individual band, orchestra, and choral practice rooms; classrooms; a small recital hall; and a new recording studio.
  • Hobart Hall
    • Hobart Hall, located across Pompton Road from the main campus, contains the following departments: Communication; WCRN-AM and WPSC-FM, the campus radio stations, and WPTV6, the University's cable television center; telecommunication facilities for interactive teleconferences; electronic journalism labs; film production and screen facilities; a cable distribution center; an interactive television classroom; and a number of academic classrooms.
  • Coach House
    • The Coach House holds the Department of Computer Science, dedicated lab space, and computer workstations available to students for classroom assignments.
  • Wightman Memorial Gymnasium
    • Wightman Memorial Gymnasium contains the faculty and department staff offices of the Exercise and Movement Sciences Department. It also house a gym, dance studio, athletic training and exercise physiology labs, a competition-sized swimming pool, classrooms, and weight room.
  • Hunziker Hall
    • Hunziker Hall houses the Black Box Theatre, the Department of Women's Studies, offices and practice rooms for the Department of Music, and a number of academic classrooms.
  • Hunziker Wing
    • Hunziker Wing contains the following departments: Nursing, Community Health, and Communication Disorders, as well as classrooms. The Child Development Center and Speech and Hearing Clinic are also located in the Wing, as well as the Office of Tests and Measurements. Additionally, the Center for Academic Support is located on the third floor and provides tutoring and workshops for individuals seeking assistance in coursework and basic skills. Hunziker Wing is connected to Hunziker Hall by a hallway which connects the first floors of both buildings.
  • Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts
    • Ben Shahn Center features an extensive art gallery; a central, two-story, glass-walled and domed courtyard; several smaller art galleries; studios; a number of classrooms; and a filmmaking laboratory. The Center for Computer Art and Animation houses an advanced IRIS computer lab. The Center was named for Ben Shahn (1898-1969), a well-known New Jersey painter, muralist, and graphic artist.
  • David and Lorraine Cheng Library
    • The Library is a two-and-one-half story building, with group study rooms, several reading rooms, an auditorium, video and listening rooms, two classrooms, and several computing labs. Wireless access to the campus network is available on the 1st and 2nd floors. The library, originally named the Sarah Byrd Askew Library, was renamed in 2001 in honor of University Trustee Dr. David Cheng and his wife Lorraine, who made a large donation to WPUNJ's library.
  • Raubinger Hall
    • Raubinger Hall contains the following offices: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Graduate Admissions; Financial Aid; First-Year Experience; Center for International Education; the Departments of Political Science and Sociology; and classrooms and educational technology laboratories.
  • Science Hall
    • Science Hall houses the following departments/programs: Anthropology; Biology; Chemistry and Physics; Mathematics; Environmental Science; and Psychology. Ground has been broken for a new laboratory annex for this facility, and professors' offices, labs, and classrooms that are housed in the building are currently rotating through renovations, while the building is still occupied. This requires that many science lectures be held and computer-based labs be located in other campus facilities.
  • Atrium
    • The Atrium contains the following departments: African, African American, and Caribbean Studies; English; History; Languages and Cultures; Philosophy; and a number of computer classrooms. the first floor houses offices of Instruction and Research Technology, public access computer labs, writing center, language labs, and a multimedia auditorium.
  • Power Art Center
    • Located on Power Avenue in Wayne, just off of Hamburg Turnpike, Power Art is an extensive facility that accommodates an array of studio arts. It houses the office of the Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, the Department of Art, as well as faculty offices, and studios for three-dimensional design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, wood working, and painting.
  • The Rec Center
    • Serving as the focal point for physical recreation activities, the Rec Center contains a large multipurpose area that can accommodate 4,000 spectators at concerts or exhibitions, or can be divided into three courts for basketball and volleyball; four racquetball /handball (one equipped for walleyball) courts; a multipurpose room equipped with dance barre and mirrors; a weight/exercise room equipped with free weights, Nautilus equipment, lifecycles, rowing machines, Nordic Track Pro, Lifesteps, treadmills, and Gravitron; saunas and whirlpools; and a TicketMaster outlet.

Administrative buildings

  • Hobart Manor
    • Originally known as Alisa Farms when first constructed, this forty room mansion originally belonged to John McCullough, a Scottish immigrant who made a fortune in the wool industry, constructed a two-story fieldstone castle with two octagonal turrets facing the valley to the East. When he returned to Scotland, the family of Garret A. Hobart, the Twenty-Fourth Vice President of the United States, who had served under William McKinley purchased the house. His son expanded the original design of the house greatly, to its' present day size. In 1948, the building was sold to the University for $200,000, which then converted most of the rooms to offices, three classrooms, and the library. During the celebration of the Bicentennial, the building was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers for Historic Places and, in recognition of its history, was renamed Hobart Manor. In 1985, the Manor was emptied and a major renovation began. Partitions were removed, and much-needed electrical and plumbing repairs were made. The leaded glass windows, beautiful marble fireplaces, and original hardwood floors were all restored. Today, the Manor houses the offices of the President, Institutional Advancement, Development, and Alumni Relations. Its refurbished public rooms include the original dining room, drawing room, library, billiards room, and central foyers. Furnisheed with period reproductions, the rooms once again offer a reminder of life in another era.
  • Morrison Hall
    • Morrison Hall is the center for Campus Outreach activities. It is primarily used for students who are looking for jobs in the area, students looking for internships, and students interested in foreign exchange and study abroad programs.
  • College Hall
    • College Hall is home to administrative offices, the Bursar and Registrar offices in particular.
  • Admissions Hall
    • Located behind Hobart Hall, the admissions hall is where all things pertaining to actual admission to the university are handled.

Student life buildings

  • John Victor Machuga Student Center

The Student Center of William Paterson had been a point of contention for years as construction hampered services offered to students for a time (although the facility was being renovated portions remained open to students). Ground broke in late 2003, and construction was scheduled to be completed in 2005, in time for the university's 150th anniversary celebration. However, the project continued through that and the following school year, leading to its completion in 2007.

Highlights of the renovated facility include a new information desk, expanded space for events, a new 500-seat ballroom, new meeting rooms, a redesigned food court, and several outdoor patios and lounges. A glass-enclosed bridge on the second floor links the Student Center to the new ballroom and new meeting rooms, all equipped with multimedia capability. Students now have easier access to student development services, activities, meeting rooms, and dining venues.

The Machuga Student Center houses the offices for campus activities, hospitality, dining services, and more than fifty student clubs and organizations. Other offices include commuter services, conference services, the vice president for student development, career development and advisement, and disability services.

  • Wayne Hall

Wayne Hall, William Paterson's central dining facility for resident students, has received various improvements including a student lounge on the ground floor. The Pioneer Restaurant, previously located on the second floor of the Student Center, is now located on the renovated second floor of Wayne Hall. Much to the chagrin of dorming students, Wayne Hall's food quality has not received any upgrades.

  • The Rec Center

Far larger than Wightman Gym, the Rec Center is an all-inclusive recreational facility, including a gymnasium, an exercise machine room, and various other recreational services.

Residence Halls

William Paterson features many on-campus living facilities, both old and new.

  • High Mountain East and High Mountain West
    • The most recently constructed residence halls, completed in Summer 2006 feature card-key locking mechanisms on the doors. They are designed to accommodate 372 students.
  • North and South Tower
    • The Tower complex was completed and ready for student occupancy by the Fall Semester of 1982. It was the original dormitory alternative to apartment living in Pioneer and Heritage Halls. The North Tower accommodates 526 students while the South houses 443. The south tower now has card-key locking mechanisms as well, due to its renovations during the 2008-2009 year.
  • Hillside Hall
    • Hillside Hall currently holds all students, but is typically for upperclassmen. It can hold 247 students.
  • Century Hall
    • Century Hall currently holds all students, but is typically reserved for upperclassmen. It can hold 287 students, and features an in-hall "W Store" which is the campus' convenience store. It is also the only fully serviceable residence hall all year round.
  • White Hall
    • White Hall is no longer a wet dorm, as of the 2009-2010 year. It is a smaller residence hall, holding only 73 students.
  • Matelson Hall
    • Matelson Hall is now one of the only wet dorms, other than the apartments, meaning alcohol is permitted. Its current capacity is 138 students.
  • Pioneer and Heritage Halls
    • Commonly referred to simply as "The Apartments", Pioneer Hall and Heritage Hall are reserved for upperclassmen age 21 or older, or age 20 and have obtained at least 58 credits of study (thus attaining Junior status.)

Notable alumni

Notable Faculty


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Coordinates: 40°56′49″N 74°11′53″W / 40.947°N 74.198°W / 40.947; -74.198



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