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)
Dr. Kathleen Waldron was invested as president in 2010.
William Paterson University has 73,983 alumni including 58,291 alumni who reside in New Jersey. Alumni reside in all 50 states and around the world.
The University has nearly 11,000 students. During the Fall 2016 semester, 9,103 undergraduate students and 1,480 graduate students were enrolled.
It is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey and nearly 30 percent of students are the first in their families to attend university. The University was recently designated as a Hispanic-serving institution with over 25 percent of students claiming Hispanic heritage.
The University’s 406 full-time faculty are highly distinguished and diverse scholars and teachers, including 41 Fulbright scholars and 2 Guggenheim Fellows and recipients of numerous other awards, grants, and fellowships. Faculty created more than 550 publications and 220 artistic performances, productions, and exhibitions, and gave more than 800 lectures, presentations, and workshops.
William Paterson University is the sixth largest producer of college graduates in New Jersey. In 2016, the University graduated more than 2,500 students. The University’s economic impact throughout the state is estimated to be more than $500 million a year.
Academic Programs and Degrees
William Paterson University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs through five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. The University also offers an Honors College program for academically gifted students with 10 tracks of study.
The University offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs (doctorate clinical psychology and doctor of nursing practice). Certification is available in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education. There are also pre-professional programs in law, medicine (dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary science), physical therapy, and physician assistant.
Noteworthy Points of Pride
- The University has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by militaryfriendlyschools.com and has been included in their Guide to Military Friendly Schools each year since 2011. There are nearly 150 veterans and active service students on campus.
- The University is the first and only public New Jersey college or university that requires new undergraduates to take a course on civic engagement. During 2015-16,, more than 2,300 students enrolled in 40 different courses in a variety of disciplines and students contributed more than 7,200 hours to community service projects.
- The University is committed to sustainability, and is a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Its solar panel installation ranks among the 10 largest university installations in the United States, supplying 15 percent of the institution’s energy needs.
William Paterson University provides state-of-the-art facilities including its new 80,000-square-foot $40 million academic building, University Hall. Funded in part by $30 million from the state’s “Building Our Future” Bond Act, the facility provides general-use classrooms and dedicated laboratories and clinical spaces for programs in nursing, communication disorders, and public health. The Science Complex encourages an interactive learning environment with nearly 100 research labs and 50 teaching labs, many of which can be configured in multiple ways to enhance faculty and student collaboration. HD-ready TV broadcast studios and radio broadcast studios and sound engineering facilities offer students hands-on opportunity in professional facilities, providing the skills needed for internships and careers. Students in the Cotsakos College of Business can take advantage of advanced faciltiies such as the Russ Berrie Professional Sales Laboratory, a unique computerized multimedia facility that simulates business office environments, and its Global Business and Finance Institute with its simulated trading room. The University Commons, including the John Victor Machuga Student Center, is the hub of campus life, providing students with seamless access to student development services, activities, meeting rooms, and dining venues, all under one roof.
- Housing for 2,600 students in 10 residence halls. Portions of the residence halls are dedicated to dynamic learning communities, as well as substance-free living.
- 115 student clubs and organizations
- 13 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports teams, six for men and seven for women
- Club sports include nationally ranked ice hockey, bowling, and rugby teams as well as cheerleading, dance, and equestrian teams.
The University’s many accreditations include the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools
of Music, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, among others.
William Paterson University is the third oldest public institution in New Jersey, chartered in 1855 in the city of Paterson.