Location: Wayne, NJ
Funding: Public Institution
Size: 11,500 students
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $11,918 for full-time students who are NJ residents. $19,458 for full-time nonresident students. Room and board is $10,700 per year.
Most Popular Majors: Business, Communication, Education, Nursing, Music, Art
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 62%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit William Paterson University of New Jersey's website at www.wpunj.edu/admissions/
Why Choose WPUNJ?
"WPU is just the right size school for me. Not too big, not too small. I liked that I could commute back and forth every day and that they had so many majors to choose from."
"I applied because it was close to home and I knew I wanted to stay home for the first year. I like that it was mainly commuters because I knew I would have friends."
"I applied to WPUNJ because it has a great education program. The atmosphere and the people are really nice. I wanted a school to feel just like home and this school definitely made me feel that way."
"It was the most affordable school. I like that it was just a bus ride away from NYC because it gives an opportunity for internships into the city without any extra complications. Also, I came in originally as a nursing student and it had a great program! Then I switched to journalism and I don't regret it one bit."
"I enjoy my class sizes and the campus is small but surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Whether it be the NY Skyline or the High Mountain Reserve, you're guaranteed something beautiful to look at."
"I really LOVED the scenery, that was on my must list. I had to have nature and trees and WPU has that; it's beautiful. I also liked how small it was. I'm not into the whole 50,000+ students at a college, I could never do lecture halls with 300+ students so I liked the size as well."
"WPU is very close to NYC so it helps with internships and places of work. I believe living on campus is a plus; the dorms are very close to the academic buildings."
"I like that WPUNJ has a lot of clubs and activities that student can get involved in. The campus is beautiful and I like hanging out in the Student Center with friends.
"My favorite part about WPUNJ is the campus's activities. There is no way anyone can be bored because there is constantly something to do. A great aspect is "common hour" which is on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm till 2:00pm. Most of these days there is a DJ playing music and some sort of activity going on which helps students get to know each other."
"I absolutely love the gym, I'm really into working out and having the option between the Overlook Fitness Center or the Rec Center. I also love the W; it's a little sandwich shop attached to Century Hall. "
"I love the class sizes; they're small, manageable, and professors know you by name usually. I also love how nice everyone is. Chivalry isn't dead here; people open doors for you!"
"I love the technology and the real life experience of the business campus."
"My favorite part about WPUNJ is definitely the activities that go on, like open mike nights or trips off campus."
"I believe school is what you make of it and being involved with clubs such as Her Campus WPUNJ will only make your experience more interesting and meaningful."
"What I love about being a student here is all the people I've met. I've made some friends for life and have had really interesting classes with great professors."
"I love when the seasons change on campus. We have a beautiful campus so when the leaves start to change colors, it's absolutely stunning!"
"I think my favorite part about WPUNJ is how friendly people are! As a first semester freshman, I made so many friends and I love that!"
"The alumni and students are friendly and helpful. The communication department is probably one of the best in the state."
"I do not like the system of academic advisors. I do not have guidance for my major and the requirements for the education program."
"I think any commuting WPU student will admit that the parking situation is off-the-wall. Get there early!"
"Parking can be pretty tight at WPU, but they are working hard to give us a new parking garage in the near future."
"Using Blackboard can be a pain at times. Sometimes when a major assignment is due and we have to submit it through Blackboard, the site is down! It makes me panic just a little bit, but nonetheless, the professors understand that technology has its flaws."
"The lunches are expensive and there is a lack of commuter lounges."
"From late Friday to Sunday no one is on campus walking around; like almost no one, it's a ghost town."
"Wayne Hall needs to step up their game when it comes to food, sometimes the food is overcooked, dried out, etc..."
"Honestly, there is not a lot to dislike about the school! If I had to choose it would be the food. Some days the food is great and is good quality, but then other days it's dry and gross."
"The food options could also be better; I'd want more healthy food options, especially at the food court."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I love being a first year. You'll be surprised how many people you'll meet. Orientation is so much fun and I would definitely recommend sleeping over. The night events are where you'll meet a lot of your friends."
"Orientation was fun. You stay the night and get separated into groups. You'll play icebreakers and there are fun events, games and food. You can win stuff, get your ID photo taken and receive your schedule. It was a great experience. It is also how I made my first good friend at WPU."
"My first year I was able to form a good knit of friends. It is easy to get to know upperclassmen because of the mixed classes and clubs or activities on campus."
"Most first year students take the same UCC courses so living in the same dorm building as your classmates is a plus. Most first year students stick together because they have more in common. The upperclassmen are very welcoming."
"I am still a freshman and I'd have to say it's a pretty easy transition if you're okay with being on your own. If not, then the freedom can be a huge shock. There is separate housing for freshman. High Mountain East is for honors and scholarship students and Overlook South is for other freshmen."
"First year was pretty fun; especially living on campus you definitely meet a lot of people."
"It's nice to be housed with people in the same year as you because you get to meet people, and the RAs have programs to try to make their residents know each other."
"It's definitely easy to fight off that Freshman 15 with all of the hills, but once you find out some shortcuts, getting to each building becomes pretty easy."
"I enjoyed my first year at WPU! I met so many people and not all of them were freshmen."
All About Academics
"One of the most popular majors is Professional Sales. It is actually one of the top 10 best in the country."
"Course registration isn't that great and the classes you want to get in you most likely won't unless you are a senior, have priority registration or someone drops the class before it starts."
"The academic requirements are easy if you attend every class like you are supposed to and the library is always packed during the day."
"Nursing is definitely a big major on campus."
"We are known for our great communication department as well as our business department."
"I don't know much about the other programs, but I am in the BFA fine arts program which is great. The professors care about helping us learn more and encourage us to explore what interests us best. As an art major, most of my assignments are pieces of artwork; however, it isn't any easier than writing a paper."
"The advising system is pretty simple. You should call your department and make sure you know who your advisor is and schedule a meeting! It is very easy to get into the classes you want. Being a freshman, they choose the classes for you but after that it is super easy to schedule classes and your advisor can help as well.
"People spend a lot of time in the library during finals week and people are usually studying there, the atrium or the science buildings."
"The jazz music is top ranked and second in the country! So I find that our program is both desirable and cut-throat; only a few get accepted, but that makes our program so great. Also, the nursing program is well ranked. WPUNJ was founded on education, so that is definitely a popular major. "
"The workload is what you make it to be. If you take a lot of writing intensive classes in one semester you might find yourself stressed. The key is to mix in intensive classes with elective classes so the workload isn't overbearing. You definitely cannot pass a class if you don't dedicate the time to do the work."
"The advising system can get hectic; it's best to check your WP Connect account to make sure you are assigned a new advisor."
"There are so many classes you can take for your general requirements so they are the easiest to form into a desirable schedule."
"Business, education and nursing are the most popular majors. I would say the workload is very manageable."
Learn From the Best
"Lorra Brown is one of the most experienced and popular professors in the communication department. I personally loved all of my communication and psychology professors."
"My favorite class was Anatomy and Physiology. Professor Leonard is great!"
"In the Communication Department Lorra Brown, Tina Lesher and Rob Quicke are well known names. Professor Brown is always emailing students about internships. The professors are nice, with a touch of tough love. They want to prepare you for the fast paced industry of media, so they do it for the best."
"My favorite class was my Media Writing class because I had an awesome professor, Michelle Bickford, and because it taught me the fundamental of writing."
"Students do go to the office hours, especially if they need the extra help. The professors are there for you, so seize the opportunity to get more help."
"Faculty have special projects they work on including Rob Quicke's work on WPU's 88.7 Brave New Radio Station. It is our college radio station that is ranked #1 in the country. Every professor has had an interesting life with great accomplishments and they don't hesitate to share them."
"My favorite classes have been Creative Writing and the Beat Generation. I think the professors challenge us here."
"I've liked the majority of my classes so far; I'm learning about the things that interest me most. The art professors have a great amount of personality and really like to get the students involved."
"I've only had a few classes, but I can 150% vouch for Professor Alexander Clemente for History. He will make anyone love history, you will never fall asleep in his class. He is seriously engaging and has a passion for history. Also, Professor Christian Holle for Psychology is a great and energetic professor. He's very fun and conversation oriented."
"Some of my favorite professors are McNicholas for Social Problems, Calogero for Public Speaking, Christodoulou for Principles of Management and Malindretos for Corporate Finance. These professors were great and extremely helpful. Although Corporate Finance was one of the hardest classes I've taken, Malindretos is a really nice guy and encourages his students."
"As a third year business and communication double major, some of the greatest professors I had include Lorra Brown for Corporate Social Responsibility, Staci Dinerstein for College Writing, Regina Pappalardo for Media Writing, Frank Plateroti for Communication in Action, Andre Sayegh for the Modern World, Shan Feng for Principles of Marketing, Maria Kromidas for Diversity and Equity in Schools and Anthony Chirles for Advertising. All of these professors truly left a lasting impression on me and taught me the most. Some of these classes had intense workloads, while others were light, but they were all excellent professors and I would highly recommend any and all of these if you want to have the best learning experiences possible. They are extremely considerate, helpful, friendly and super knowledgeable in their fields of study."
Interests & Involvements
"The students on campus do participate in extracurricular activities and clubs. People find out about clubs by word of mouth or the Club Hub. One of the most popular clubs is the intramural sports clubs."
"Clubs can be hard to join at our school. During the Club Fair I tried joining a few clubs, attended their first meetings, but there were no meetings to follow up with. Her Campus was one of the clubs that followed through with meetings and events."
"I love the fact that by joining Her Campus from the start of school I made some of my best friends. These girls are always so helpful and love group input. We work as a team and even outside of the club we are best of friends. It's always been hard for me to make girl friends and by being in this club it has been a lot easier."
"Most people find out about clubs through Club Fair, which takes place each semester. The most popular seem to be the sororities and fraternities."
"Greek life is very popular among the campus and the radio station is big hit."
"What I enjoyed about being involved on campus is that you make many new friends."
"To start a new club on campus you need 15 members and an advisor, but it is not that easy because it requires a lot of paperwork and a long approval process by SGA."
"A great club to join and get to know other students in is the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB)."
"There are always flyers and posters letting us know about activities on campus. There are events during Common Hour that clubs sometimes participate in and that's also another way to learn about clubs. Greek life is definitely popular on campus."
"SGA, SAPB and Greek life are the top contenders."
"The school always has some events going on and most of the time they are free so just show up. It doesn't hurt to explore, you may end up having fun!"
"Your college experience is what you make of it. No one is going to go looking for you; you have to find what you're interested in. There are some very passionate students that lead some worthwhile clubs and host great events. It's your job to study our 90+ clubs and see which ones will be the most fun and beneficial for you to get involved in."
"Football is very well known on campus! Students love to attend the games, especially homecoming!"
"Both our men's and women's basketball teams always do well, as do rugby and hockey. There are a ton of intramural and club sports."
"I'm big on school spirit and try to attend as many sporting events as possible. These athletes have made it into collegiate level teams and deserve support of their fellow Pioneers."
"Every WPUNJ sport is popular and games are well attended."
"Our hockey team is out of this world. I think they are by far the best team on campus, but also the most underrated. Since the hockey rink is off campus, it's hard to get to games, but I make it there anyways with friends."
"The homecoming football game is always packed and basketball gets a lot of students to go!"
"There's separate athletic culture; all the teams usually stick together and don't have that many friends outside of the group."
"The basketball team and the lacrosse team are both well known. The volleyball and basketball games are always a hit!"
"Women are the dominating force on campus. There is a Women's Studies program and Her Campus is a women's club."
"Yes, there are A LOT of women empowerment groups."
"The girls throughout WPU are different. There are girls of all cultures and races."
"Women are more commonly involved in campus activities, clubs and events. Most girls are very motivated and passionate about something and are very successful in those activities they take part in. There are so many admirable girls who have done great things to involve others and give the campus a positive reputation."
"The girls on campus are very stylish, always keeping up with the latest trends... Her Campus is probably one of the best ways to keep yourself up-to-date with all the girly campus news and information."
"Girls on campus are very fashionable. There are so many different styles, but women on campus always have some cool outfits!"
"Everyone has their own style. There will be a girl with a skirt and blouse, a girl in sweats and a hoodie, and the girl that wears a shirt that shows her entire stomach."
"Girls tend to dress however they feel; there is no standard dress code. There is of course the army of UGGs, Victoria's Secret yoga pants and hoodies, but there are also skinny jeans, dresses, heels and flats."
Food & Drink
"I don't think the food is that great. The best meals are of course the junk food like pizza that people get excited for. There are many food places and restaurants nearby and also ones that you can walk to."
"I had the dining hall food once and I was not impressed. The good news is that we have a large variety of food on campus within close driving and walking distance to the campus."
"WPU has a dining hall with great food served with buffet style. I also love to eat in the Student Center! Great sushi! I especially love the Starbucks Coffee!"
"Wayne Hall is the dining hall on campus. The food is great and always fresh. The W is a latenight campus store that sells just about anything. The restaurants and fast food places in the Student Center are great as well."
"I heard that the food has gotten a lot better, but when I lived on campus it wasn't the greatest. The W is a go to place especially for those late night cravings!"
"Dining hall food could definitely be better. I like the food at the W. My favorite place to eat is the cafe."
"There are many places near by off campus that take WPU Pioneer Express and deliver to the dorms if the food selection in the dining hall or food court is not appetizing to you!"
"Most things I get off campus because it's cheaper and easier as a commuter."
"The food on campus isn't that great, but my favorite place is the cafe. They make good hot chocolate sometimes."
"There are frat parties and the big ones are TKE and PKT. From personal experience, I recommend TKE parties! You have to search for them sometimes, but usually you can find one of the guys ranting about the upcoming social event. There is alcohol at all frat parties, but you don't have to drink it.... If you aren't a party person the mall is just a bus ride away. There are also many restaurants so people go to dinner."
"People go to parties and there are also bars near campus for older students. People like to do a lot of different things. You usually know almost everyone living on campus one way or another."
"People go home on the weekends, study or party. There are greek life parties. Students either go to the club or house parties for weekend festivities. I don't think people feel pressured into drinking, but it is assumed that if you go to a party there will alcohol."
"People tend to go home on the weekends, but there is always something to do! There are fraternity or sorority parties, but usually their houses are not in walking distance."
"You can go to a movie night that's hosted by the school or go on one of their weekend trips. Anything that's happening on campus you can find out about in Campus Activities."
"Most people are very involved during the school week not just with their classes and work, but their club meetings or other events. The most socializing occurs during common hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday nights are the most common for parties because most students do not have Friday classes."
"Dorms are great. There are no community bathrooms, which is a plus. Instead, we have suite style rooms. You can pick a roommate upon request and the security on campus is good as well. We always have someone guarding the entrance to the dorm buildings and if you don't live on campus you have to be signed in. Upperclassmen usually live in the apartments because you have your own kitchen and you can drink there."
"Dorms aren't bad at all. Living in the apartments is the best. Dorms are safe. Off campus housing is easy and really popular as well."
"I'm spoiled when it comes to the dorm life because I am lucky enough to live in High Mountain East, which is essentially the honors dorm. Those who have an academic scholarship or are in the Honors College will have the opportunity to live there. It has slightly larger rooms, sound doesn't spill out."
"It is a fairly unpopular choice to dorm here at Willy P, but it definitely saves a lot of stress in my opinion."
"I'm a freshman now and I live in Overlook South. It's nice that you get to share a bathroom with two other students and your roommate instead of communal bathrooms. I like that there are lounges on every floor to study in. It's a good way to get homework done without going to the library. "
"The dorms hold movie nights occasionally or helpful homework nights; it's pretty cool!"
"I feel pretty safe living on campus. The freshman dorms are in close proximity to one another... There are several activities that RAs hold several times a month for residents."
Exploring Wayne, NJ
"Wayne offers a lot of restaurants and shopping places. The adjacent towns support WPUNJ and Wayne offers a lot of deals for students at local establishments. People often go off campus for lunch or shopping!"
"Wayne has many hiking trails with beautiful views of the city."
"Wayne is a great place to dine and shop. Everything is very close by and we receive many student discounts because of our proximity."
"Wayne is pretty low key. There are some restaurants and stores walking distance. Not so much nightlife."
"Wayne is suburban so I feel safe exploring it. There's a lot of mini malls in Wayne. Wayne is a nice town and very big!"
"Wayne is really close to the city and there's public transportation that is easy to use to get there."
"There is a large list of places where Pioneer Cash is taken in Wayne... There is always something around campus to do such as bars, lounges, bowling and movies."
HC's Complete College Guide: William Paterson University of New Jersey
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