University Facts

The University

Founded in the city of Paterson in 1855, William Paterson is the second oldest of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey.

Campus Size and Location

Set on 370 wooded acres in Wayne and North Haledon, New Jersey, the campus is just three miles from the historic Great Falls in Paterson yet just 20 miles from the rich cultural, artistic and commercial life of New York City. (For more information about our local community, visit the Wayne Township website)


The University has nearly 11,000 students. During the Fall 2015 semester, 9,398 undergraduate students and 1,464 graduate students were enrolled.

Employees/ Faculty

1,153 full-time employees, including 411 full-time faculty members.


For the 2016-17 academic year, an undergraduate student who is a resident of New Jersey taking between 12 and 19 credits per semester would pay $12,573 ($6,287 per semester) for tuition and mandatory fees. Typical room and board cost is approximately $11,264 per year. Tuition (including fees) for graduate students who are New Jersey residents is $688 per credit and $1,069 per credit for non-residents.

Financial Aid

Available through a number of federal and state grant, loan, scholarship, and work-study programs. The University, Foundation and the Alumni Association award competitive scholarships based on academic merit to students.

Housing on Campus

Students reside on campus in ten residence halls or apartment-style facilities, which accommodate 2,600 students. Portions of the residence halls are dedicated to dynamic learning communities, as well as substance-free living.

Majors and Degrees

William Paterson University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs through its five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. Certification is available in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education. There are also preprofessional programs in engineering, law, medicine (which includes dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary science), pharmacy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology.


William Paterson University’s more than 38 major buildings include the new University Hall, Science Complex, David and Lorraine Cheng Library,the state-of-the-art facility at 1600 Valley Road, which includes interactive classrooms, the Financial Learning Center, and the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales with its professional sales laboratory; Rec Center, University Galleries, and Shea Center for Performing Arts. The University also features other sophisticated laboratories devoted to arts and sciences, acres of property for environmental research, and many specialized facilities such as its radio and TV broadcast studios. Students can gather in the University Commons Complex that includes the John Victor Machuga Student Center, Speert Hall, and a conference center. The complex also contains an art gallery lounge, recreational areas, an ATM, a bookstore, and several auxiliary dining areas.


“Pioneer spirit” is evident in the University's 13 intercollegiate sports teams, six for men and seven for women, and numerous NCAA Division III post-season tournament appearances. Club sports include cheerleading, dance, equestrian, track, and the nationally ranked ice hockey, bowling, and rugby teams. Campus facilities include a competition-size indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, natural-grass soccer and softball fields, 3,000-seat Recreation Center, baseball stadium, and lighted A-Turf football/field hockey complex.


The total number of active William Paterson University alumni is 71,233, including alumni residing outside the United States.