The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research university in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. NJIT is New Jersey’s Science & Technology University.
Centrally located in the New York metropolitan area its campus is within walking distance of downtown Newark. New York City, 9 miles (14.5 km) and under 30 minutes away, is directly accessible from campus via public transit.
Founded in 1881 with the support of local industrialists and inventors, especially Edward Weston (334 US Patents), NJIT opened as Newark Technical School in 1884.[b] Application oriented from inception the school grew into a classic engineering college – Newark College of Engineering (NCE) – and then, with the addition of a School of Architecture in 1973, into a polytechnic university that is now home to five colleges and one school.
NJIT opened with 88 students.[c] As of fall 2014, the university enrolls more than 10,600 students, over 2,200 of whom live on campus. Architecturally significant buildings include Eberhardt Hall, the Campus Center, and the Central King Building – in the Collegiate Gothic style – which is being renovated into a STEM center. Planned facilities include a Wellness and Events Center that will house a 3,500-seat venue for social and sporting events.
NJIT offers 50 undergraduate (Bachelor of Science/Arts) majors and 78 graduate (Masters and PhD) programs. Via its Honors College it also offers professional degree programs in collaboration with nearby institutions. These include accelerated program in medicine (M.D.) with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, St. George’s University School of Medicine, and American University of Antigua, and an accelerated engineering + law program (BS, JD) with Seton Hall Law School. An early leader in distance learning – it trademarked the term “Virtual Classroom” – NJIT offers a wide range of on-line courses and degrees.
The university is organized into 27 academic departments. Three departments, Biological Sciences, History, and Theater Arts, are federated with Rutgers-Newark whose campus borders NJIT’s. With a student population that is almost 20% international NJIT consistently ranks among the 10 most ethnically diverse national universities in the country. It has multiple study abroad options along with extensive co-op, internship, and service opportunities. According to PayScale (2015–16) NJIT ranks 19th among Engineering Schools and 34th among Research Universities in the US by Salary Potential.
NJIT is categorized as a high research activity (RU/H) university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Its NSF funding exceeded $107 million in 2013. Areas of focus include: applied mathematics, materials science, biomedical engineering, signal processing, transportation planning, and solar-terrestrial physics – of which the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research is a world leader. NJIT’s mission includes economic development; two examples of which are the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), an on-campus business incubator that houses over 90 start-ups, and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII).
NJIT is Land-grant university. It is also a Sea-grant college, and a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. A leader in the graduate education of students that are underrepresented in STEM fields, it has participated in the McNair Scholars Program since 1999.
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