When it comes to education, it’s hard to beat New Jersey, which ranks #5 in education in the country, according to CNBC's 2015 Top States for Business.
Ranked third overall in Wallet Hub’s 2015 States with the Best School Systems, New Jersey is leading the way in educating the next generation. The proof is in the numbers: New Jersey’s public school systems spend an average $19,211 per student—significantly higher than the national average. Plus, with 113,818 full-time classroom teachers, New Jersey has one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the nation.
New Jersey’s strength in education begins with its excellent pre-K and elementary schools, where children get the foundation they need for future academic success. As one of two states with the highest percentage of preschoolers enrolled in kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed.
It’s no wonder our students consistently score high in all areas—from math (ranked #4), to reading (tied for #4), to graduation rates (tied for second lowest dropout rate in the nation).
New Jersey’s high schools also receive national accolades. In fact, the state’s high schools dominated Newsweek’s Top High Schools 2015 list, with six of the top ten high schools in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings included 27 New Jersey high school gold medal winners, 31 silver medal winners and 41 that were recognized with bronze medals.
New Jersey higher education institutions, too, rank very highly in national evaluations. Princeton University was ranked #1 nationally by US News & World Report in its 2016 college rankings and has been ranked #1 for the past five years.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a Big Ten school with nearly 47,000 undergraduates and more than 19,000 graduate students enrolled annually also ranks in the Top 150 National Universities, along with Stevens Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University and New Jersey Institute of Technology; Drew University ranks in the Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges.
Rutgers and Princeton are also among the top 62 universities nationwide for research, as recognized by their inclusion in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Approximately 436,000 students are enrolled in New Jersey’s 63 public and private colleges and universities—fueling one of the world’s largest concentrations of highly educated and skilled talent.