Best Associate Programs in New Jersey

Many students consider an associate degree their first step toward a four-year degree. Other individuals find that an associate degree helps them advance in their careers. New Jersey associate degrees generally cost less than four-year degrees. It takes most students two years or less to graduate.

Associate degree-holders in New Jersey often make more money than those with just a high school diploma. For New Jersey’s 3,850,220 workers, the median annual wage is $48,200, or $23.17 per hour. The state’s bottom earners take home $28,180, while the state’s top earners get $127,240.

If you want to learn more about New Jersey’s best schools for associate degrees, look at the ranking below to help you navigate schools. You can use this information to determine which program is most suitable for you.

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    #1

    Assumption College for Sisters

    Denville, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    45

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5773

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5773

    Located in New Jersey, Assumption College for Sisters enrolls students in 2 programs. The institution offers top-ranked programs that provide a rigorous course of study. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1. The institution reports that 0% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a graduation rate of 100%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning makes graduates more competitive. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #2

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    New Brunswick, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    50,411

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12230

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29012

    Located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University-New Brunswick often ranks among the best schools. The institution offers a variety of degree-granting programs. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Learners can earn an associate degree in two years, a bachelor's degree in four years, a master's degree in 1-2 years, or a doctoral degree in 3-7 years. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Learners also use financial aid to pay for their college degree. The school holds regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #3

    Eastwick College-Ramsey

    Ramsey, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    781

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16782

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16782

    Located in Ramsey, New Jersey, Eastwick College-Ramsey often ranks among the best schools. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. Eastwick College-Ramsey holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

    #4

    Eastern International College-Jersey City

    Jersey City, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    292

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14916

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14916

    A private institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey, Eastern International College-Jersey City enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Eastern International College-Jersey City is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #5

    Thomas Edison State University

    Trenton, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    10,495

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $7182

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9342

    From its New Jersey campus, Thomas Edison State University offers 81 degree-granting programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20-to-1. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. If empty, omit or use negative variant The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The school offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies.

    #6

    Monmouth University

    West Long Branch, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    5,674

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $39968

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $39968

    A private institution, Monmouth University enrolls students from its campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies degree. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. A total of 99% of students receive financial aid and 67% take out loans at the institution. The private school reports a graduation rate of 74%. The admission rate is 79% for hopeful students. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    Eastern International College-Belleville

    Belleville, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    79%

    Enrollment

    234

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13325

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13325

    Eastern International College-Belleville grants degrees as a private institution from its location in Belleville, New Jersey. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. At the institution, 87% of students receive financial aid and 81% take out loans. The school reports a 79% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Eastern International College-Belleville holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #8

    County College of Morris

    Randolph, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    6,697

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8640

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12420

    A public institution, County College of Morris enrolls students on its campus in Randolph, New Jersey. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #9

    Eastwick College-Nutley

    Nutley, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    66%

    Enrollment

    455

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15706

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15706

    From its campus in Nutley, New Jersey, Eastwick College-Nutley awards degrees and certificates as a private institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. The accredited institution meets the requirements for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 95% of students receive aid, and 85% receive loans. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 66%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

    #10

    Rider University

    Lawrenceville, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    65%

    Enrollment

    4,636

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $45120

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $45120

    Rider University enrolls students on its Lawrenceville, New Jersey campus as a private institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or a bachelor's degree. The institution charges 726 per credit for its programs. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. At the institution, 100% of students receive aid and 65% receive loans. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 65%. The admission rate for prospective students is 76%. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    Warren County Community College

    Washington, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    3,251

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5100

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5700

    A public institution located in Washington, New Jersey, Warren County Community College educates students through multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school reports that students receive an average aid award of $6319, making the average tuition cost after aid $4661. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Warren County Community College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #12

    Salem Community College

    Carneys Point, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    865

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6360

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8850

    From its campus in New Jersey, Salem Community College enrolls students in 43 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 15-to-1. The institution reports that of its total enrollees, 77% receive financial aid. The school reports a 44% graduation rate for its programs. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #13

    Raritan Valley Community College

    Branchburg, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    7,080

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5472

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5472

    From its New Jersey campus, Raritan Valley Community College offers 82 academic programs. Learners benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-faculty ratio at the school is 19-to-1. According to the institution, 52% of enrollees receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a 27% graduation rate. Graduates often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive candidates on the job market. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #14

    Union County College

    Cranford, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    8,298

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10562

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10562

    Located in Cranford, New Jersey, Union County College educates students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. Union County College has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    Middlesex County College

    Edison, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    26%

    Enrollment

    10,084

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5568

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5568

    From its campus in Edison, New Jersey, Middlesex County College enrolls students as a public institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #16

    Cumberland County College

    Vineland, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    2,651

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4080

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4080

    Cumberland County College, located in Vineland, New Jersey, enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Cumberland County College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    Ocean County College

    Toms River, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    7,480

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5790

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8100

    A top-ranked school, Ocean County College enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Toms River, New Jersey. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #18

    Brookdale Community College

    Lincroft, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    10,438

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7605

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8355

    From its campus in Lincroft, New Jersey, Brookdale Community College offers programs as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Brookdale Community College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #19

    Rowan College at Burlington County

    Mount Laurel, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    7,316

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3806

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5548

    Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Rowan College at Burlington County often ranks among the best schools. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #20

    Eastwick College-Hackensack

    Hackensack, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    533

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16697

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16697

    Eastwick College-Hackensack is a private institution located in Hackensack, New Jersey. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports that 99% of learners receive financial aid, while 73% take out loans. The school reports a 42% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Eastwick College-Hackensack holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

    #21

    Saint Peter's University

    Jersey City, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    3,197

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $37660

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $37660

    A private institution, Saint Peter's University educates students on its campus in Jersey City, New Jersey. With both academic and technical programs, the institution helps students reach their career goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division coursework. Students also take general education coursework during their bachelor's degree. In upper-division classes, undergraduates learn advanced concepts in their major. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Saint Peter's University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    Sussex County Community College

    Newton, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    39%

    Enrollment

    2,190

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5040

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6720

    Sussex County Community College, which offers programs from its Newton, New Jersey campus, often ranks among the top schools. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help students reach a variety of career goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. Sussex County Community College has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    Centenary University

    Hackettstown, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    1,629

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33550

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33550

    Located in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Centenary University enrolls students as a private institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies degree. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. At the institution, 98% of students receive financial aid and 63% take out loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 62%. Applicants can expect admission rates of 93%. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Centenary University holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #24

    Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus

    Sewell, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    6,369

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4080

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4080

    A public institution in Sewell, New Jersey, Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 75% of students receive financial aid and 42% take out loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 34%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #25

    Mercer County Community College

    West Windsor, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    19%

    Enrollment

    6,342

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4608

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6900

    Mercer County Community College offers programs from its campus in West Windsor, New Jersey. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Consult the institution's website to find information on the typical timeline for program completion. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. Mercer County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #26

    Bergen Community College

    Paramus, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    11,409

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7224

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7602

    From its Paramus, New Jersey campus, Bergen Community College offers 73 program options for students. Learners enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio at the school is 20-to-1. A total of 66% of students receive some form of financial aid. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 22%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #27

    Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

    Teaneck, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    7,479

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $41154

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $41154

    Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus, a private organization located in Teaneck, New Jersey, offers multiple programs. Students earn an accredited degree that prepares them for careers and professional advancement. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Degree-seekers pay a per-credit fee of around 883 at the school. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #28

    Camden County College

    Blackwood, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    8,122

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3570

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $3570

    From its campus in Blackwood, New Jersey, Camden County College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students can fund their education with financial aid such as federal loans, scholarships, and grants. A total of 71% of students receive financial aid and 11% take out loans at the school. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 21%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Camden County College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #29

    Felician University

    Lodi, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    2,556

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32550

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32550

    Felician University, located in Lodi, New Jersey, offers 81 programs for students. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. According to the institution, the student-to-faculty ratio stands at 14-to-1. A total of 100% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 54%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The school offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. Hopeful students can expect admission rates of 94%. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies.

    #30

    Berkeley College-Woodland Park

    Woodland Park, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    2,625

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24605

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24605

    Berkeley College-Woodland Park enrolls learners from its Woodland Park, New Jersey campus. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions department can help students complete the process. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.