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New Jersey Higher Education, formerly the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education that was established by the Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994, serves to encourage an integrated system of higher education within New Jersey. New Jersey Higher Education also administers grant programs, including the College Access Challenge Grant Programs composed of the New Jersey’s Aim High Academy Initiative, Disengaged Adults Returning to College Grant Program, Dual Enrollment Incentive Grant Program, and the FAFSA Completion Grant Program, as well as the College Bound Grant Program,and the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program. Higher education in New Jersey includes 31 public and 35 independent institutions, like Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Thomas Edison State College, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and private schools like Princeton University and Rider University.
Rutgers University was chartered in 1766 as Queen’s College in New Brunswick and named Rutgers College in1825 after Revolutionary War veteran and trustee Colonel Henry Rutgers. Rutgers University is a four-year, public institution serving 39,950 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Rutgers University is ranked No. 68 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges. Rutgers offers online undergraduate and graduate classes in art history, biology, education, economics, geological sciences, information technology and informatics, journalism, library and information science, music, nursing, physics, political science, public administration, social work, and women’s and gender studies.
Princeton University was established as British North America’s fourth college in 1746. Originally known as the College of New Jersey, the institution moved from Newark to Princeton in 1756. U.S. News & World Report ranks Princeton University No. 1 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Princeton also offers nine courses through Coursera, a free online course collection: algorithms part I and II, statistics, world history, networks, computer architecture, analytic combinatorics part I and II, and sociology.
Thomas Edison State College provides degree programs exclusively for adult learners. Founded in 1972, the four-year, public institution offers online associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and graduate degree programs. Degree programs are available in business administration, computer and information technology, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, humanities, liberal studies, psychology, accounting, operations management, nursing, and human resources management.