University Facts


Campus Size and Location

Set on 380 wooded acres in Wayne, Haledon, 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.


William Paterson University has 83,415 alumni including 62,738 alumni who reside in New Jersey. Alumni reside in all 50 states and around the world.


The University has more than 10,000 students. During the Fall 2018 semester, 8,735 undergraduate students and 1,463 graduate students were enrolled.


William Paterson 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 30 percent of students claiming Hispanic heritage in fall 2018.


Richard J. Helldobler, PhD, is the eighth president of William Paterson University. He assumed the presidency on July 1, 2018.


The University’s 403 full-time faculty are highly distinguished and diverse scholars and teachers, including 41 Fulbright scholars and two Guggenheim Fellows and recipients of numerous other awards, grants, and fellowships. The University’s faculty of teachers/scholars continued to make a significant impact on their disciplines during the 2017-18 academic year. Faculty received or were nominated for 273 awards, honors, and fellowships; produced 505 books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and articles in journals and 215 artistic artifacts/events including performances, productions, and exhibitions, and gave 419 lectures, presentations, and workshops at academic conferences and other settings.

Economic Impact

William Paterson University is the sixth largest producer of college graduates in New Jersey. In 2017-2018, the University graduated 2,445 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 59 undergraduate degree programs, 47 master’s degree programs, certificate programs, and two doctoral programs (doctorate in 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. The University partners with Mercer County Community College to offer several bachelor’s degrees for Mercer graduates on the college’s West Windsor campus.

Noteworthy Points of Pride

  • The University has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by and has been included in their Guide to Military Friendly Schools each year since 2011.
  • The University is the first public New Jersey college or university that requires new undergraduates to take a course on civic engagement. During 2017-18, nearly 2,200 students completed 32 different civic engagement courses in a variety of disciplines and students contributed 10,697 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.

Experiential Learning

William Paterson University’s state-of-the-art facilities are designed to support the institution’s focus on experiential learning, and provide students with preparation for careers and graduate study. Examples include:

  • University Hall, an 80,000-square-foot academic building partially funded with $30 million from the “Building Our Future” Bond Act, which provides general-use classrooms and dedicated laboratories and clinical spaces for programs in nursing, communication disorders, and public health
  • Science Complex, which 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, music recording and audio production facilities; film, animation, and graphic design labs; large-scale robot system for 3D sculpting
  • Russ Berrie Professional Sales Laboratory, a unique computerized multimedia facility that simulates business office environments, and the Financial Learning Center, a simulated trading room

Campus Life

  • 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.
  • 100 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.
  • WP 88.7 FM Brave New Radio, the University’s award-winning student-run radio station, was named “Best Station in the Nation” in 2018 - for the fourth time in seven years - by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. It was also recognized as “Non-Commercial Station of the Year” by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and won the “Best College Radio Station Award” from the New Jersey Broadcasters Association in 2015 and 2019.
  • WPTV-6, the University’s student-run TV network, a finalist in four categories in the 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s awards.


William Paterson University is the third oldest public institution in New Jersey, chartered in 1855 in the city of Paterson. The University is named for William Paterson (1745-1806), the New Jersey patriot who was a signer of the Constitution, one of New Jersey’s first U.S. senators, New Jersey’s second governor, and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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