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

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

Beautiful, affordable, and equipped 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, 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.

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 have 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).

More Distinctions

  • Recent recognition for offering one of the best learning environments in New Jersey for 2017 by, a leader in education and career resources.

  • 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 allows students to discover who they are. Recognized as a strong choice for the liberal arts, employers and graduate schools recognize the value of a Caldwell University degree. With one of the highest retention rates in history and one of the largest freshman classes, Caldwell continues to welcome record numbers of students to campus.

Study Abroad

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

Liberal Arts CORE

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

The university’s CORE curriculum is designed to meet the goals of a liberal arts education. It develops students’ 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,” all of which naturally cut across different disciplines. They articulate the expectation that, upon completion of the CORE, Caldwell students will be able to:

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


The purpose of this enriched core is to reinforce central elements of the Catholic and Dominican identity of the university, all while giving students choices and flexibility to pursue what interests them and excel in all that matters to their success.

CARES Center

At Caldwell University, each student’s success is taken to heart. The CARES center combines advising, registration, and financial aid to serve students as much as possible. This center ensures every student the opportunity and means to complete their degree program, not only in a timely manner and efficient manner, but also in a way that is enriching and rewarding.

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

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 that is designed to help students succeed. The student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, and the average class size ranges from just 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 their students.

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

Class-Wide Experiences

Caldwell University provides students with the support and the tools they need to succeed. The “Freshman Seminar” and “Freshman Connect” are designed to ease the transition from high school to college, all while strengthening students’ academic skills in controlled learning experiences. Then, through the “Second-Year Experience” program, students explore different majors, career options, and potential internship programs, gaining support and guidance to build their résumés, interviewing skills, and more.

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 such developmental disabilities as autism, led by faculty who are recognized as some of the finest in the country. Students can even enter the dual program as undergraduates in order to move ahead and receive both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in ABA. Additionally, 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, including 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. 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 such schools as Columbia University, UMDNJ, Temple University, and others.

Sport Management

Sport Management has recently joined the list of the fantastic new majors offered at Caldwell. Offered through the business department, Sport Management challenges students to address the business and operational aspects of sports.

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 City Right Next Door

Caldwell University offers students opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom. Because the University is in such close proximity to New York City, its students can easily visit museums, Broadway shows, cultural and business centers, and more.  Faculty in business, the arts, music, and communication arts further enhance their course materials by taking routine trips into New York City. Students have even shadowed and interned with top professionals in the business world.

Featured Experiences

On campus, the newly renovated Visceglia Gallery hosts various art exhibits that display the work of national, local, and student artists throughout the year. Caldwell University also hosts concerts throughout the year, featuring performances from students, faculty, and staff alike.

Campus is often “abuzz” with guest lecturers, renowned authors, television personalities, and many more esteemed visitors.

High-Quality Facilities

Recent campus improvements continue to enhance all aspects of student life. Additional dorm space was created to accommodate recent growth; a CARES center was established to acts as a one-stop for student needs; a Wellness Center has stood as a place to care for the mind, body, and spirit, and a Learning Commons offers students a technology-oriented collaboration center in which to excel throughout their course work. A campus-wide technology transformation is in full force with new tools for 3-D printing, engaging 360-video, technology-infused learning environments, and 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  

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

Service Learning

Service and community are part of the discovery of Caldwell University. Through campus events, students strengthen their understanding of the needs of society. They gain 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 cancelled so that students, faculty, and staff all get to volunteer their time throughout New Jersey. Every year, all students are involved to 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; sororities and fraternities work to “give back” to the community. Their activities have included fundraising for victims of natural disasters and 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 brings to life the Dominican Catholic identity, infusing the campus with a touch of spiritual life. Incoming freshmen are invited take part in a faith immersion program, “FIRST,” which stands for Freshmen Immersion into Reflection, Service, and Tradition. This gives new students a chance to reflect on how they can make the most of the rest of their college experiences. Additional Campus Ministry events include retreats and alternative spring breaks, during which students travel to build homes and learn about the reality and injustices of poverty.


Caldwell University offers internship opportunities to students throughout the year to enhance their learning experience. Students have worked in all fields, ranging from healthcare, business, sport management, television, to 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. Its 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 tuitions in New Jersey, and combined with spectacular 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.