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4 Year Public University

Contact Information

Cinzia Richardson
Office of International Students and Scholars
Phone: + 1 973 720 2976
Phone: + 1 973 720 2336



Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Students
Fall Semester (September): June 1
Spring Semester (January): December 1
Graduate Students
Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
Certain academic programs may have specific, earlier deadlines. Be sure to check the admissions requirements to determine if the program you are interested in has a special deadline.


Main Campus
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470


William Paterson University provides a challenging, supportive, intellectual environment for more than 11,500 students enrolled in five academic colleges: College of the Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Health. Founded in 1855 and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, William Paterson today offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including a number of programs leading to endorsement for teacher certification and other professional licensing qualifications. Located on 370 wooded hilltop acres in suburban Wayne, New Jersey, the University is just 20 miles from New York City, adjacent to 1,200 acres of wetlands and woodlands, and only three miles from the Great Falls in Paterson. William Paterson University’s advanced facilities provide students with a wide range of learning opportunities in its classrooms, laboratories, and studios, and throughout the campus, as well as at various off-campus locations. William Paterson’s faculty members provide a valuable blend of accomplished scholarship and practical, applied experience. Its distinguished faculty includes 37 Fulbright scholars and recipients of numerous other awards, grants, and fellowships. Students benefit from individualized attention from faculty mentors, small class sizes, and numerous research, internship, and clinical experiences.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Nursing Doctorate

Student Demographics

The University has an enrollment of nearly 11,518 students. During the Fall 2011 semester, 10,085 undergraduate students and 1,433 graduate students were enrolled.

ESL Program and Support Services

William Paterson University’s Academic English Program offers courses designed to improve the English reading and writing skills of students who are multilingual students from non-English language backgrounds. For this reason, students usually enroll in these courses during their first year. Students in the Academic English Program are matriculated at the University and may take additional courses. All Academic English courses earn graduation credits (free electives).
Academic English reading and writing courses are offered at the intermediate (level 1) and advanced (level 2) levels. Placement is determined by student profile information, Accuplacer test results, and the student essay. At each level (1 and 2), students enroll in a three-credit reading course and a three-credit writing course. An additional two-credit Writing Workshop serves Academic English students enrolled in English 110 (Writing Effective Prose).

Student Housing Options

William Paterson University houses approximately 2,600 students who reside in one of ten residence halls on-campus. Housing is guaranteed to all continuing graduate and undergraduate students. High Mountain East houses primarily freshmen, and is the hub for our Honors College. High Mountain West is the upper-class facility for students with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. All rooms are suite style, and are centered around common area lounges. Rooms are equipped with cable TV, Internet access, and phone service (on-campus calls only).
Other available residence hall options include Hillside Hall, Century Hall, Matelson Hall, Overlook North & South and White Hall. For further information, visit

Admission Requirements for First Year Students

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • The equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and have never attended a college or university
  • The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT),American College Test (ACT) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • The minimum TOEFL score on the web-based version is 79.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

You may apply as a transfer student if, in addition to the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma, you have either completed college/university level courses either in the U.S. or another country, or if you have an associate’s degree from a U.S. county/community college.
A course-by-course evaluation of all college coursework completed outside the U.S. must be translated into English and sent to the undergraduate Office of Admissions. A list of acceptable credit evaluation agencies can be found on our web site. Those individuals who have completed courses in the U.S. must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the undergraduate Office of Admissions.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants

    • Application for admission
    • Application fee
    • Require two letters of recommendation (three for Applied Clinical and Counseling Psychology)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended<

There are specific departmental requirements. for information.

Visa Categories Offered

  • F-1 Student Visa for full time matriculated students
  • J1 exchange student visa for short-term programs of study

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

Annual estimated cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses (2011/2012):

Tuition $18,628
Living Expenses $10,580
Miscellaneous $3,250 (books, supplies, transportation, personal needs, etc.)

Tuition $16,380
Living Expenses $11,080
Miscellaneous $1,000 (books, supplies, transportation, personal needs, etc.)

Graduate Students

International students are not eligible for federal and state financial assistance. However, students possessing F-1 or J-1 visas may work part-time on campus through the University’s own student employment program. Students may apply for a graduate assistantship.
A graduate assistantship is an academic award that carries a $6,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for the extent of the appointment. Graduate assistants are students who are matriculated and enrolled full-time in a graduate program. Graduate assistants work on campus a total of twenty hours per week.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The Division of Student Development is committed to your academic success and personal development. We have throughout our offices and in our programs, opportunities for you to enhance your William Paterson University education both in and outside the classroom. Learning can occur everywhere, certainly in the classroom with our excellent faculty, but also in our residence communities, in the Student Center or with a group of other students involved in clubs, fraternities/sororities or community service learning projects. For additional information, please visit: