New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is now among the Top 100 national universities in the United States, placing #97 in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report released early this month. This is a jump of almost 50 places in the last two years – from #140 in 2018. In 2019, it placed #106.
NJIT is also ranked #41 overall among the Best Value Schools, #43 among Top Public Schools and #93 in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs categories.
NJIT Provost and Senior Executive Vice President Fadi Deek highlights he primary drivers of NJIT’s ranking gains, as follows: (1) graduation and retention rates, (2) resource allocations that support students and faculty and (3) the institution’s ability to attract high-achieving students. “These empirical measures show that NJIT is putting student success at the forefront of all that it does,” he says.
Graduation and Retention Rates. NJIT noted a significant improvement in its graduation and retention rates and has been cited by Forbes at #1 in the upward mobility of its students particularly those coming from low income families. NJIT graduates had the highest percentage of graduates who are in the highest income brackets 10 years after graduating from the institute.
Resource Allocations. NJIT has recently hired 150 new faculty members and has dramatically enhanced its research enterprise. NJIT now conducts $170 million in annual research activity and is rated an R1 research university, the highest possible ranking accorded to an institution for its research activity by the Carnegie Classification. NJIT has also reduced the percentage of big classes (those with more than 49 students) to more of the smaller-sized classes (those with a maximum of 20 students).
Ability to attract high-achieving students. NJIT’s current first-year students have an average high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 out of 4.0 and average SAT scores of 1,297 out of 1,600. The average high school GPA for the 154 students entering NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honours College is 3.95 while the average SAT score reaches 1486.
NJIT’s admissions jumped from 4,300 in 2013 to more than 9,000 this year. With the addition of 1,400 first year students this year, the number of high-achieving students has improved significantly especially with the high GPAs of applicants that even surpassed the GPA of some students from the most prestigious universities in the U.S.
What the new ranking means for the institution and NJIT’s other citations
NJIT is currently preparing its students to be job-ready with its multidisciplinary curriculum and technologically-intensive approach to education.
NJIT President Joel Bloom says that being in the Top 100 National Universities is an important milestone for NJIT. “It’s where we belong based on the investments we have made in the success of our students and faculty. I’m particularly gratified because this recognition is the direct result of efforts that have yielded tangible and important results. NJIT’s rise in these rankings is about substance, and U.S. News is just one of the places taking note of what is happening here,” he qualifies.
Overall, the citations that NJIT has received thus far are as follows:
- R1 for research by the Carnegie Classification
- #1 in the U.S. for the upward economic mobility of students from the lowest brackets of family income according to Forbes
- #43 out of more than 4,000 universities for the mid-career earnings of graduates, based on the latest rankings by Payscale
- one of the best 10 colleges with great career services, by Money.com Magazine
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