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Barbara Berreski, JD, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Director, Government & Legal Affairs



Patricia S. Berry

Chief Operating Officer


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Public Affairs


Support Staff

Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office

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NJASCU Institutions – By the Numbers


A Powerful New Jersey Presence, Building a Powerful New Jersey Future


Most of the information below applies to all nine NJASCU members – New Jersey’s seven state colleges and universities (The College of New Jersey, Kean University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University), plus two research universities, Montclair State University and Rowan University that remain affiliate members of NJASCU.  Any variations are noted.  In addition, the data are for AY 2018-2019, unless otherwise noted.


Students and Alumni


  • 100,209 undergraduate students.
  • 116,038 total students, including graduate and professional education students.
  • 97% of undergraduates are residents of New Jersey.
  • 91% of first-time students at New Jersey’s public four-year institutions are residents of New Jersey – making New Jersey the 4th best in the country at enrolling home-state students.
  • 708,000 alumni.
  • 71% of NJASCU institution alumni live in New Jersey.
  • $12,909 is the average in-state tuition and fees at AY 2018-2019 (NJASCU members – including Thomas Edison State University, which is an online, undergraduate-and-graduate-degree granting university charging only per credit); without TESU, the average tuition and fee average figure is $13,583.
  • 2.33% tuition and fee increase among NJASCU schools (AY 2018-2019 compared to AY 2017-2018); the slow rate of tuition and fee increase among all of New Jersey’s senior publics during the four-year time frame of 2012 to 2016 – representing the 10th lowest, five-year percentage change among public four-year institutions nationally.
  • 32,272 bachelor’s degrees conferred by NJ Senior Publics (including Rutgers and NJIT) in 2016 three times the number of degrees conferred by the private not-for-profit senior higher education institutions.
  • $5 million spent annually on mandatory free tuition or unreimbursed tuition waivers for members of special groups, i.e., National Guard, senior citizens, unemployed.

 Economic Benefits - $3.7 billion to the State of New Jersey


The state’s senior public institutions of higher education provide an enormous economic and lifestyle value to their local communities and the State of New Jersey – a value that extends far beyond their primary chartered missions of providing affordable, high-quality education that ultimately benefits everyone in society.  Based on economic impact studies that some individual NJASCU institutions have done over the past few years, the economic impact value of all the institutions is estimated to be $3.6 billion to the State of New Jersey and the communities that host the colleges and universities.  This estimate takes into account the following factors:

  • $2.13 billion represents NJASCU institutions’ total operating budgets totaled.
  • $330 million represents the NJASCU institutions’ capital projects since 2013 – stimulated by the recent infusion of state bond money through the Building Our Future Bond Act that allotted $247.5 million to the state colleges and universities and other bond funds administered by the NJ Educational Facilities Authority.
  • 23,700 employees for NJASCU institutions fall into the following categories:  full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff; adjunct faculty; part-time staff; and mentors.  They also would pay $240 million in payroll taxes.
  • 116,038 students are spending an estimated $600 million annually in New Jersey (based on calculations from economic impact studies of some NJASCU institutions).  Ninety-seven percent (97%) of NJASCU students live in New Jersey, so they and their families are contributing to New Jersey’s economy.
  • 71% of NJASCU institution alumni live in New Jersey, giving back in significant ways to their communities.
  • $12.272 million is contributed to New Jersey’s communities through community service provided by its students, faculty and staff.  The number of community service hours are staggering – an estimated 500,000 hours per year.  The volunteer jobs include: serving in crucial emergency roles (fire and first aid), tutoring/mentoring, building affordable housing, fundraising for local charities, and implementing food and clothing drives.  The New Jersey equivalent pay rate for volunteers is $25.68 per hour. 


January 9, 2019

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