NJIT is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education according to The Princeton Review and is featured in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, "The Best 382 Colleges," as well as the list of “Best 229 Northeast Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the guide.
The Princeton Review uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the guide in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 137,000 students (358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's career services. Overall, students’ reported perceptions of NJIT have improved significantly from previous years.
"We chose New Jersey Institute of Technology for this book because it offers outstanding academics” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and author of "The Best 382 Colleges." In its profile, NJIT is praised for its "good return on investment through its focus on equipping students for life after college." NJIT also received the highest possible score (99) for the Fire Safety Rating, placing it on the Honor Roll list in this category. Other areas of strength include:
Academics: Students commented that faculty are “well-versed in their subjects.” Comments about academics stated that classes are good at “[incorporating] the topic of our major into the field” and “invoking a sense of logic with the application of our acquired skills and techniques.”
Research: Students commented on NJIT’s “wonderful technology and research opportunities.”
Administration: Students reported that upper staff “want to let you know that they are there to help” and make the effort to speak with students face to face.
Job Placement: Students commented on the “fantastic job placement after graduation with a large (and growing) number of alumni in fields like engineering, medicine [and] IT.”
Diversity: Students have varied interests ranging from “robotics, equestrian, theater and more,” and the diversity on campus “is absolutely an asset and a privilege.” “It is a very accepting campus, and students here acclimate quickly.”
Location: Newark is “an amazing city with so much culture to it… filled with an immense [number] of restaurants and food stops that are insanely delicious.”
Earlier this year NJIT placed 42nd on The Princeton Review's list of the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2017. NJIT was the only New Jersey school to make the list.