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"The strength of a Caldwell University education is its strong liberal arts foundation that...

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

Beautiful and affordable with nationally accredited programs, Caldwell University is the only Dominican college in New Jersey and one of only 19 Catholic colleges in the U.S. that are guided in the tradition of St. Dominic. Caldwell offers nationally accredited programs, small class sizes, and outstanding personalized attention. With one of the lowest private college tuitions in New Jersey, and significant financial assistance offered to 90% of students, a Caldwell University education is a great value!


Caldwell University offers 30 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, and online options, all of which prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has partner programs in pre-med as well as dual-degree options. Affiliations with schools such as Columbia University, St. George’s University, and Temple University offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at Caldwell University and a professional degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and more at one of its affiliated institutions.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,595 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
29% male — 71% female
10% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
84 full-time faculty
11 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
31% of first year students live on campus
70% of all students live on campus

School Location

Caldwell University is located in one of the best towns in New Jersey, as designated by New Jersey Monthly. The university’s beautiful, 70-acre campus is a short walk to the revitalized center of town. Located twenty miles from New York City, Caldwell is minutes away from job and internship opportunities, an exciting culture, and many venues for entertainment. About an hour from campus are the beautiful beaches along the Jersey shore as well as spots for skiing and snowboarding in the Pocono Mountains.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

52% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 16%
Black or African American 15%
White 42%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 18%


National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II; Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC); Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)

16 Varsity Sports
WOMEN’S PROGRAMS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
MEN’S PROGRAMS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Sprint Football (coming Fall 2017), Tennis, Track and Field

Mascot: Cougars
Colors: Scarlet, Gold, White

Other Information

Caldwell University is a Catholic, coeducational, four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community, and excellence influence academic and campus life.

More Distinctions

  • Named a Great College for the Liberal Arts by the College Finder, a book published by Wintergreen Orchard House, the largest college and scholarship database provider in the country.

  • ranked Caldwell University the seventh safest and the highest overall among the private colleges and university in the garden state.

  • awarded a high ranking as “Best Return on Investment” among New Jersey Colleges.

  • Caldwell’s nursing program was recognized as a Best Nursing Schools in America and sited for quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value by


Caldwell University provides a campus experience that is intimate, inclusive, and interactive. Recognized as a strong choice for the liberal arts, employers and graduate schools recognize the value of a Caldwell University degree. With its highest retention rate and largest freshman class in its history, Caldwell welcomes many bright, driven students to campus.

It is a life-changing decision to attend college and choose a career path, and choosing Caldwell University is one truly defining moment. Recent research of Caldwell graduates find 94% of alumni to be employed, attending graduate school, or participating in service programs.

Study Abroad

As part of their commitment to developing ‘global students’, Caldwell offers both semester-long and short-term study abroad programs. This allows students to experience international customs and cultures and expand the breadth of their educational experience.  

Liberal Arts CORE

Caldwell University prepares students for their futures through its strong liberal arts foundation.

The university’s CORE curriculum is designed to meet the goals of a liberal arts education. It provides students with an informed acquaintance with the major branches of learning: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences; mathematics; and the social sciences. The CORE is designed to develop critical thinking skills, challenge students intellectually, promote an appreciation for diverse cultures, and increase moral and civic awareness. The CORE integrates writing across the curriculum to strengthen students’ writing abilities in all disciplines.

The learning objectives of the CORE include “global objectives” that cut across different disciplines. They articulate the expectation that, upon completion of the CORE, Caldwell students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning to support conclusions
  • Display competence in information literacy by selecting, utilizing, and documenting appropriate sources


The purpose of the foundational core is to introduce students to the breadth of disciplines in the liberal arts tradition while developing the fundamental skills of writing, critical thinking and information literacy.

The purpose of the enriched core is to reinforce central elements of the Catholic and Dominican identity of the university while giving students choices and flexibility to pursue topics of interest.

In addition to the CORE, the university has pursued national accreditations that provide external validation of its academic strength and excellence. Caldwell’s undergraduate programs in business, education, and nursing received national accreditations, respectively, from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CACREP). Additionally, its graduate programs have received accreditations in nursing by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and in Applied Behavior Analysis by Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater  
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

Small Classes for Huge Opportunities

One of the strengths of Caldwell University is its size. Caldwell is committed to providing the best learning environment designed to help students succeed. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the average class size is able to be an engaging 16 to 20 students. This allows for personalized attention and support to each and every student. Since more than 80% of faculty have earned the highest degree available in their fields, they each have a depth of experience that allows them to inspire students. Within the two lecture halls on campus, there are very few courses that exceed 50 students. In fact, over 60% of the classes offered at Caldwell University have 20 students or fewer.

Because Caldwell is a teaching institution, all courses are taught by faculty; there are no teaching assistants. This maintains the quality of teaching and further enhances the value of a Caldwell University education.

Amazing Programs

Caldwell University offers 30 nationally acclaimed undergraduate majors. Programs in Business, Education, Psychology, Nursing, and ABA have all received specialized accreditations attesting to their rigor and academic excellence.

Applied Behavior Analysis

With the only the only doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in New Jersey, Caldwell is proud of its commitment toward skill development and behavior change for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Students can even enter the dual program as undergraduates and receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology alongside a master’s degree in ABA, learning from the highly decorated ABA faculty. Plus, graduate students have the chance to earn hands-on experience while working at the on-campus Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. This state-of-the art facility conducts cutting-edge research in both basic and applied principles of behavior while serving the autism community.

Health Education

Caldwell’s Inter-Professional Health Education collaborative provides exciting new programs in the health professions include a B.S. in Public Health Education, B.S. in Health Science, and a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. These programs, as well as the B.S. in Nursing, offer students exciting new career opportunities in one of the fastest growing job markets the Health Professions. Many unique combined programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, occupational or physical therapy, and athletic training are also offered at Caldwell University. These programs are designed to save students’ time in the educational process as well as give them the chance to partner with schools such as Columbia University, UMDNJ, Temple University, and others. Faculty advisement is provided throughout the entire process to ensure all program requirements are met, ensuring a full, well-rounded education that is just as attainable as it is challenging.

Sport Management

Sport Management joins the list of new majors offered at Caldwell and is offered through the business department. Students in this major address the business and operational aspects of sports.

CARES Center

At Caldwell University, each student’s success is taken to heart. The CARES center combines advising, registration, financial aid, and the bursar offices to better serve students. The center ensures that every student has the opportunity and means to complete his or her degree program not only in a timely and efficient manner, but also in a way that is enriching and rewarding.

Class-Wide Experiences

Caldwell University provides students with the support and the tools they need to succeed. The “Freshman Seminar” and “Freshman Connect” are programs designed to ease the transition from high school to college and strengthen student’s academic skills in a controlled learning experience. Through the “Second-Year Experience” program, students explore different majors, careers, and internships. They also have access to workshops that improve resumes, interviewing skills, and much more.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 209 304 148 5 2 0 0 668

The Big Apple at Caldwell’s Doorstep

Caldwell University offers students opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Because of its close proximity to New York City, Caldwell situates students comfortably close to a variety of museums, Broadway shows, cultural and business centers and more. Faculty in business, the arts, music, and communication arts routinely take students into New York City to enhance their learning experience. Students have also shadowed professionals in the business world. Among these amazing opportunities is the Communication Arts department’s Saturday Morning Film Festival in New York City, which lets students attend premieres before general public openings.  

Campus Fun for Everyone

On campus, Caldwell University’s Visceglia Gallery is the host of art various exhibits displaying the work of national, local, and student artists throughout the year. The Caldwell University Concert Series, which runs throughout the fall and spring semesters, includes performances from students, faculty, staff, and even musicians from around the globe.

Campus is often “abuzz” with guest lecturers, renowned authors, television personalities, and many more esteemed visitors. Those who prefer sports have 15 NCAA athletic teams to join. These include both men’s and women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Additionally, women can choose from softball, volleyball, bowling, and lacrosse. Baseball completes the roster of team sports for men and women. This fall, additions to Caldwell’s roster will include Collegiate Sprint Football and men’s lacrosse. Also new this fall, the Caldwell University Marching Band will be added to promote team spirit.


Service and community are crucial at Caldwell University. Through campus events, students strengthen their understanding of the needs of society, gaining an enriched foundation for serving mankind as they enter the workforce.

Service Day is a landmark event that involves the entire campus community. Classes are canceled, and students, faculty, and staff volunteer their time throughout New Jersey. All students are involved each year as they support the needs of local shelters and food banks, volunteer at local community centers, or clean up local parks.

Greek Life on campus is also dedicated to community service, as sororities and fraternities work to “give back” to the community. Activities may include fundraising for victims of natural disasters or participating in a 5k run for Caldwell University’s nationally known Center for Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis. Through these types of events, students learn about the importance of community.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry brings to life the Dominican Catholic identity by infusing the campus with a touch of spiritual life. It offers events such as retreats and alternative spring breaks during which students travel to build homes and learn about the reality and injustices of poverty.

Great Facilities

Recent campus improvements continue to enhance all aspects of student life. New dorm spaces are quickly growing to accommodate a record-breaking freshman class size, and a new Learning Commons is continually furnished with up-to-date technology for efficient collaboration between students. Additionally, a new CARES center has opened to be a one-stop for student needs, and a Wellness Center is the perfect place to care for the mind, body and spirit. A campus-wide technology transformation is in full force with 3-D printing, engaging 360-video, technology-infused learning environments, as well as a quadrupled Wi-Fi footprint.

Caldwell University offers on-campus living in either a traditional dormitory-style setting or an apartment-style setting. The recently renovated Caldwell Dining Hall and Cougar Den provide great places to eat, study and make friends. In the Newman Center, students will also find the fitness center and indoor running track, which are open to all students.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Current statistics report that 94% of recent Caldwell University graduates are employed, attending graduate school or participating in service programs. Employers and graduate schools recognize the value of a Caldwell University degree.

The office of Disability Services is a dedicated office for students with disabilities and will make appropriate accommodations as needed. Caldwell University ensures that all students will have equal access to all services, programs and activities.


Caldwell University offers internship opportunities to students throughout the year to enhance their learning experiences. Students have worked in all fields, from healthcare to business, sport management to television networks, and everything in between.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,582 Total Applicants
2,271 Total Admissions
330 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.40% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 530
SAT Math 430 550
SAT Writing 420 530
SAT Essay 7 8
ACT Composite 19 23
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 18 22
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $29,950
Fees $1,250
Total $31,200
Room and Board (on campus) $10,965
Estimated Total On Campus $42,165


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015

$25,465 First year students
$24,679 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

73.53% on average, the percentage of need that was met
14% of financial need students that had need fully met

$21,342 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,049 Average need-based loan

Aid Information

Students applying to Caldwell University can use either the University’s application or the Common Application. Caldwell University offers an Early Action Deadline of December 1st, with an admissions decision by January 1st. Their holistic approach to the application review requires submission of high school transcripts,  SAT or ACT scores, an essay and two letters of recommendation. Caldwell University students typically have a 3.49 GPA in high school as well as a mid-50% SAT score between 980-1160.

Caldwell University is committed to helping students afford their education. With the one of the lowest private college tuition in New Jersey combined with our financial aid options, Caldwell can be more affordable than some public institutions.

In addition to need-based grants from Caldwell University, the State of New Jersey and the federal government, Caldwell also offers a number of merit-based scholarships.

Presidential scholarships are generally awarded to full-time freshmen with outstanding high school achievement and SAT scores exceeding 1300. (Awards range from $20,000 to full tuition and are renewable each year for four years.

Caldwell scholarships are generally awarded to full-time freshmen with excellent academic high school achievement and minimum SAT scores of 1080 (math and verbal combined) and high school grade point averages above 3.0. Awards range from $10,000 to $20,000 and are renewable each year for four years. Transfer students with cumulative grade point averages above 2.8 may receive scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $20,000.

High School Achievement Awards are generally awarded to full-time freshmen at the time of acceptance and are based upon consistent high academic achievement during their high school career. These are annual awards and are renewable each academic year, contingent upon continued successful academic progress.

Nursing Grants

Nursing grants are generally awarded to full-time freshmen with excellent academic high school achievement and minimum SAT scores of 1080 (math and verbal combined). Awards range from $9,000 to $20,000 and are renewable each year for four years.

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