New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology


Established in 1881, NJIT stands as a leader of excellence in higher-education instruction and research, and is the only public technology university in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. It is a multidisciplinary university housing five schools: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, Martin Tuchman School of Management and Ying Wu College of Computing. NJIT’s mission includes providing educational opportunities for a diverse student body. Talented students who are from low-income households and/or underrepresented populations and who are the first generation in their families to attend college benefit from all NJIT has to offer. Through a variety of programs, NJIT is able to provide these students with the necessary academic, financial and social support to enable them to reap the rewards of a college education and degree. The university is ranked among the top colleges and universities nationally for graduating minority students in engineering and computer science.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP)

The Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) offers a broad range of services to low-income, first-generation pre-college students to gain college access and have success in the STEM fields. The center also helps to improve the teaching of STEM in secondary and elementary schools. CPCP supports partnership programs that include the U.S. Department of Education’s federally funded TRiO Programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound), and the Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs/College Bound; Upward Bound English Language Learners). Learn more about Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP)

Pre-College Summer Experience Early College Preparatory Programs

Early College Preparatory Programs, through the Center for Pre-College Programs, include STEM summer programs for high-achieving students from post fourth to post 11th grades and college-credit courses for high school students through the Options for Advanced Academic Achievement program (Options) and the Academy College Courses. Although these programs are not exclusively for underserved and underrepresented students, many first-generation college students are enrolled in these programs. Learn more about Early College Preparatory Programs

Scholarship & Financial Aid Partnership with the Give Something Back Foundation

NJIT’s partnership with the Give Something Back Foundation has enabled talented students from low-income households and underrepresented populations to attend the university at no cost for tuition, fees and room and board. Many of these students are the first generation in their families to do so. Give Something Back is a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and scholarships to students of modest means to help them realize their full potential by achieving a college education.

Scholars & Leadership Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

The NJIT Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is specifically designed to assist low-income and first-generation or underrepresented students majoring in STEM disciplines in completing their bachelor’s degree and to enroll in post-baccalaureate degree programs toward ultimately obtaining doctoral degrees. McNair Scholars engage in research and other scholarly activities with faculty mentors and have the results of their research presented at professional conferences and published in professional journals. Learn more about Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

Academic Advising & Support Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at NJIT offers academic support along with career and personal counseling to first-time full-time freshman and transfer students who may be educationally and economically challenged. EOP at NJIT is the only program in the state of New Jersey to allow over-income students to participate in the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), which provides financial assistance and support services (e.g., counseling, tutoring and much more) to qualifying students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Learn more about Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Student Diversity

  • 8,008
  • 76/24
  • 30%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 19%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 19%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 29%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 88%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 61%
    Six-year graduation
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 51%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 23%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 410
    Full-time faculty
  • 119
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 17:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering Technologies, Architecture, Biological/Life Sciences

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Student Association, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Filipino Student Association, Latin American Student Organization, Muslim Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers, NJIT Association of Indian Students, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Spectrum - NJIT's LGBTQ+ Organization, Turkish Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $27,652
  • $13,434
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,904
    Required Fees
  • $13,300
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $50,006,771
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $14,683
    Average aid package
  • $26,726
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 33%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 77%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 72%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 13%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,045
    # of applicants
  • 61%
  • 3.57
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 520—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 590—680
    SAT Math
  • 510—630
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 03/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date