William Paterson University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of William Paterson University

William Paterson University is a public institution situated in northeastern New Jersey, just 20 miles from New York City. The institution has a large selection of 44 undergraduate and 22 graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The William Paterson Pioneers play in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 10,198 (8,735 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male/55% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,370 (in-state); $21,768 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600
  • Room and Board: $11,900
  • Other Expenses: $3,140
  • Total Cost: $30,010 (in-state); $38,408 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 83%
    • Loans: 68%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,078
    • Loans: $6,682

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Social Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Overview of William Patterson University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • William Patterson University Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 450/550
    • SAT Math: 440/540
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 16/23
    • ACT English: 15/23
    • ACT Math: 16/23

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for William Patterson University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If William Patterson University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Kean University, University of Texas at Brownsville, California State University Los Angeles, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for William Patterson University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than William Patterson University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Applying to William Patterson University

Application Deadline: June 1

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