William Paterson University
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 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 28 states and 81 countries. Founded in 1855, William Paterson offers 52 undergraduate and 47 graduate degree 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’s graduate programs include two doctoral degrees: the doctor of nursing practice, added in 2011, and the doctor of psychology in clinical psychology, established in 2015. An Honors College provides academically gifted students with a rigorous curriculum.
The institution’s more than 400 full-time faculty includes 41 Fulbright scholars, two Guggenheim Fellows, and recipients of numerous other awards, grants, and fellowships. Students benefit from individualized attention from faculty mentors, small class sizes, and numerous research, internship, and clinical experiences. A focus on undergraduate research is featured each April during Explorations, a month of activities highlighting research, scholarship, and creative expression across all disciplines. William Paterson continues to expand its state-of-the-art facilities, including 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 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.
Designated as a Hispanic-serving institution in 2015, William Paterson has been nationally recognized for its leadership in the American Democracy Project and is a founding member of New Jersey Campus Compact. In 2011, the university became the first public New Jersey college or university to require new undergraduates to take a course on civic engagement. It has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by militaryfriendlyschools.com, and was among the first higher education institution in the state to collaborate with Choose New Jersey. The university is committed to sustainability and is a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Its solar panel installation, dedicated in 2010, ranks among the largest university installations in the United States.
Updated June 2018