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William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ
William Paterson, founded in 1855, is a public, multipurpose university. It offers a tradition of academic excellence and commitment to student success. Of its distinguished faculty, 86 percent hold doctoral and other terminal degrees, and 24 have been awarded Fulbright scholarships. The school is nationally renowned for its undergraduate and graduate programs. It offers access to state-of-the-art information and communications technology, small class size, flexible scheduling, student research and honors programs, national and international student exchanges, internships, leadership opportunities, scholarships and financial assistance, and a beautiful wooded 300-acre campus in Wayne, 20 miles west of New York City.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 9,103
   Women Not reported
   Men Not reported
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 76% of 10,787 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.15
SAT Math 507 average
450-540 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 498 average
440-540 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite Not reported
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $28,417
Out-of-state: $36,309
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $12,574
Out-of-state: $20,466
  Room and Board $11,103
Average Percent of Need Met Not reported
Average Freshman Award $10,798
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 411
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Wayne Population 54,717
Nearest Metropolitan Area New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 47% of freshmen, 23% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Pioneers
Sororities 1.5% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.1% Asian
16.5% Black/African-American
29.1% Hispanic/Latino
2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
41.5% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students 0.9% from 44 countries
First-Year Students Returning 75.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 21.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported