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William Paterson University

William Paterson University

William Paterson University
William Paterson University is a public, residential institution that offers an outstanding and affordable education to a diverse student body of more than 11,000 students through our 250 baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. Art student at William Patterson UniversityThe University challenges students to high levels of intellectual and professional accomplishment and personal growth in preparation for careers, advanced studies, and productive citizenship. As a mid-size university, we are large enough to offer extensive learning resources and impressive facilities, yet small enough to provide personalized attention and small classes that average just 19 students. With our highly recognized faculty and campus-wide support system, we help our students develop and strengthen the skills they need to achieve success.
William Paterson University's more than 400 full-time faculty, including 41 recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, provide an opportunity for students to work with professors on research, internships, performances, and other creative work. The faculty includes poets, writers, television and radio broadcasters, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, artists, musicians and noted authors in their field.
Set on 370 wooded acres in Wayne, New Jersey, the campus is just 20 miles from the rich cultural, artistic and commercial life of New York City. Our close proximity to NYC offers our graduate students unique access to internship and employment opportunities.  Our location is also within 250 miles of Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Academics, Accreditations and Rankings
Student at William Patterson UniversityWilliam Paterson University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs through its five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health.
The University ranked among the best programs in the country for professional sales and financial planning, and earned recognition for the diversity focus of its teacher preparation programs. The University continues to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2021. The College of Education has been reaccredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2019. William Paterson's Cotsakos College of Business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Art student at William Patterson UniversityRecent ranking and accolades include: 
  • William Paterson University is named among the 2015 list of Top University  Sales Programs in the nation for itsRuss Berrie Institute for  Professional Sales in the Cotsakos College of Business. William  Paterson has been included in the Sales Education Foundation's annual list of  top sales programs since it began the list in 2007.
  • William Paterson  University’s Cotsakos College of Business is  included in the 2015 edition of Princeton Review's, The Best 295  Business Schools. This marks the sixth consecutive year the Cotsakos  College of Business has been featured in the book, which is well known for its  college rankings based on how students rate their schools.
  • University's Financial  Planning Program in the Cotsakos College of Business is named one of the top schools for financial planners by Financial  Planning Magazine for third consecutive year. William Paterson  was named one of the nation’s top ten schools for financial planners in 2011,  and again in 2012, when they expanded their list to the top 25. Once again, in  2013, William Paterson was on the magazine's list of "30 Great  Schools" for future financial planners.
  • William Paterson University solar panel facility ranks among the top ten largest  installations at higher education institutions in the United States, according  to a report released by the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education  (AASHE) in October 2011.
  • William Paterson  University’s College of Education received the Best Practice  Award in Support of Global Diversity for 2011 from the American Association of  Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The award honors the integration of  diversity awareness into educator preparation and was presented to  representatives of the program at AACTE’s 63rd Annual Meeting and Exhibits in  San Diego.
Costs and Applying
William Paterson University is committed to providing an exceptional and affordable public higher education. While your graduate education is a crucial investment in your future, we work on your behalf to ensure that your education is as flexible and affordable as possible.
Please complete the form on the right and we will soon be in touch with you to discuss your future at William Paterson University.
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