Why WP?

If you have the will to succeed, we have what it takes to help you get there: Will. Power.  Here are 10 good reasons to choose William Paterson: 

Exceptional Quality and Value. 

William Paterson offers an excellent, affordable education in a supportive campus environment, surrounded by a diverse and motivated student body.

Broad Choices.

With a wide range of academic programs, offered through our five colleges, plus many opportunities for hands-on learning, research, internships and study abroad, you can expect a rich, challenging and fulfilling educational experience at William Paterson.

Outstanding Faculty.

You’ll study with exceptionally qualified professors who are also scholars, artists, and leaders in their fields. Actively engaged in research and creative activity, our faculty includes 37 Fulbright Scholars and recipients of numerous other awards and grants.

Prestigious Programs.

Many of our academic programs are widely recognized for excellence and hold prestigious national and international accreditations in a wide range of disciplines.

Core Strength.

Our flexible University Core Curriculum enables you to explore different disciplines and connect these courses with your major. Emphasizing writing, technology and active learning, the Core creates well-educated citizens––both local and global.

Right Size.

We’re a mid-size university with nearly 11,500 students––we are large enough to offer extensive learning resources and outstanding facilities, yet small enough to provide personalized attention and small classes that average just 19 students.

Ideal Location.

The University’s 370-acre wooded campus is located in Wayne, New Jersey, just 20 miles from New York City, adjacent to 1,200 acres of wetlands and woodlands, and only three miles from the historic Paterson Great Falls.

State-of-the-Art Facilities.

Major campus facilities include our new Science Complex, David and Lorraine Cheng Library, Financial Learning Center, Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales, Nel Bolger RN Nursing Laboratory, new, HD-ready broadcast TV studios, and many sophisticated labs, classrooms, and studios devoted to the arts and sciences.

Research Opportunities.

We encourage our students, both undergraduate and graduate, to get involved in the exciting projects led by our faculty in many different fields, giving you practical and relevant skills to take into the field, lab, or graduate school.

Learning Communities.

These are opportunities to take courses with other students who have similar majors, interests and goals in a community-centered environment.

Pioneer Pride.

William Paterson University offers a vibrant campus environment with a wide range of activities. From NCAA Division III athletics to student achievements in academics, the performing and visual arts, and civic engagement opportunities, we’re proud to support our community and proud to be Pioneers.