Founded 1855, Wayne
William Paterson University, located on 370 wooded hilltop acres in suburban Wayne, New Jersey, provides a challenging, supportive, intellectual environment for nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 33 states and 43 countries. Founded in 1855, William Paterson offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs, ranging from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs, through five academic colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. The university awarded its first doctorates to 11 graduates of its doctor of nursing practice program in May 2014, and launched its second doctoral program, the doctor of psychology, in Fall 2015.
Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, William Paterson has a distinguished resident faculty that includes 41 Fulbright scholars, as well as internationally recognized musicians, artists and scholars. Students benefit from individualized attention from faculty mentors, small class sizes, and numerous research, internship, and clinical experiences. The university has been nationally recognized for its leadership in the American Democracy Project and is a founding member of New Jersey Campus Compact. It has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by militaryfriendlyschools.com, and was among the first higher education institutions in the state to collaborate with Choose New Jersey.
The university provides students with a variety of opportunities for experiential learning in a range of disciplines. Programs in nursing, communication disorders, and public health benefit from a new $40 million academic building, University Hall, with specialized classrooms and clinical spaces for the health sciences, including the Nel Bolger, RN, Nursing Laboratory. Students in the sciences collaborate with faculty on numerous research projects supported by a state-of-the-art Science Complex with nearly 100 research labs and 50 teaching labs. The university’s nationally recognized programs in professional sales and financial planning in the Cotsakos College of Business feature access to the Russ Berrie Professional Sales Laboratory and the Financial Learning Center, a simulated trading room.