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

    55

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5773

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5773

    From its campus in Denville, New Jersey, Assumption College for Sisters offers programs as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The institution's accreditation is unknown.

    #2

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    New Brunswick, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    50,173

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15407

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32189

    From its campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers academic programs as a public institution. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #3

    Eastwick College-Ramsey

    Ramsey, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    824

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15990

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15990

    A private institution located in Ramsey, New Jersey, Eastwick College-Ramsey offers a variety of programs. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Eastern International College-Jersey City

    Jersey City, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    336

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21225

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21225

    From its campus in Jersey City, New Jersey, Eastern International College-Jersey City offers academic programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #5

    Thomas Edison State University

    Trenton, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    10,227

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $7926

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9856

    Thomas Edison State University ranks as a top school from its campus in Trenton, New Jersey. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #6

    Monmouth University

    West Long Branch, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    5,953

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $39592

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $39592

    Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. Monmouth University holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    Eastern International College-Belleville

    Belleville, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    68%

    Enrollment

    264

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21225

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21225

    From its campus in Belleville, New Jersey, Eastern International College-Belleville offers multiple programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #8

    County College of Morris

    Randolph, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    7,488

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5190

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12870

    From its Randolph, New Jersey campus, County College of Morris enrolls learners in 47 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unknown. How much aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 35%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #9

    Eastwick College-Nutley

    Nutley, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    511

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15305

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15305

    Located in New Jersey, Eastwick College-Nutley offers 12 programs for students. The institution's top-ranked programs offer students a challenging course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is not currently known. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 60%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.

    #10

    Rider University

    Lawrenceville, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    4,674

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $44460

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44460

    From its campus in New Jersey, Rider University enrolls students in 115 programs. Students enjoy rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. Information on the student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 67%. Students should explore how workplace experience makes them more competitive employee candidates. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #11

    Warren County Community College

    Washington, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    3,243

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5190

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6090

    Warren County Community College enrolls learners from its Washington, New Jersey campus. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #12

    Salem Community College

    Carneys Point, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    996

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6960

    Salem Community College, located in Carneys Point, New Jersey, operates as a public institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports a 47% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #13

    Raritan Valley Community College

    Branchburg, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    7,793

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4852

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6052

    From its Branchburg, New Jersey campus, Raritan Valley Community College enrolls students in 79 programs. Degree-seekers benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. Information on the average student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 28%. Students should explore how workplace experience makes them more competitive employee candidates. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #14

    Union County College

    Cranford, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    9,181

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5281

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10562

    From its campus in Cranford, New Jersey, Union County College grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    Middlesex County College

    Edison, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    23%

    Enrollment

    11,142

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3564

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7128

    From its Edison, New Jersey campus, Middlesex County College enrolls learners in 79 programs. The institution offers top-ranked programs that provide a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The school reports a 23% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #16

    Cumberland County College

    Vineland, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    2,989

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4560

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8820

    Located in Vineland, New Jersey, Cumberland County College operates as a public 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. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school reports a 36% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #17

    Ocean County College

    Toms River, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    8,171

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4575

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7695

    Located in Toms River, New Jersey, Ocean County College grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #18

    Brookdale Community College

    Lincroft, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    11,489

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5525

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9530

    A public institution located in Lincroft, New Jersey, Brookdale Community College offers a variety of programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #19

    Rowan College at Burlington County

    Mount Laurel, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    8,439

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4730

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6901

    A public institution located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Rowan College at Burlington County enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Rowan College at Burlington County holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #20

    Eastwick College-Hackensack

    Hackensack, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    442

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14832

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14832

    From its campus in Hackensack, New Jersey, Eastwick College-Hackensack grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students 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 waiver for standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Learners also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. Eastwick College-Hackensack has received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    Saint Peter's University

    Jersey City, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    3,233

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $38760

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38760

    Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, Saint Peter's University is a private institution that offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Saint Peter's University has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    Sussex County Community College

    Newton, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    2,318

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8760

    From its campus in Newton, New Jersey, Sussex County Community College offers programs 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 may operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. Sussex County Community College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #23

    Centenary University

    Hackettstown, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    1,681

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33492

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33492

    A private institution located in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Centenary University enrolls learners in multiple programs. Students can earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The school's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #24

    Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus

    Sewell, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    30%

    Enrollment

    6,953

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4560

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9720

    A public institution located in Sewell, New Jersey, Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus educates students through multiple programs. Students leave the school with credentials that prepare them for the workplace. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #25

    Mercer County Community College

    West Windsor, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    20%

    Enrollment

    7,480

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4669

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8149

    A public institution, Mercer County Community College educates students on its campus in West Windsor, New Jersey. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Mercer County Community College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Bergen Community College

    Paramus, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    23%

    Enrollment

    12,968

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4573

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8659

    Bergen Community College, a public organization located in Paramus, New Jersey, offers multiple programs. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #27

    Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

    Teaneck, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    8,206

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $42220

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42220

    From its campus in Teaneck, New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus awards degrees and certificates as a top school. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #28

    Camden County College

    Blackwood, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    20%

    Enrollment

    9,735

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4320

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4440

    Camden County College, located in Blackwood, New Jersey, grants degrees and certificates as a public institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports a graduation rate of 20%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #29

    Felician University

    Lodi, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    2,262

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $35000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $35000

    From its campus in Lodi, New Jersey, Felician University grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique 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. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #30

    Berkeley College-Woodland Park

    Woodland Park, NJ

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    2,858

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26500

    A private institution, Berkeley College-Woodland Park grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private institution reports a 44% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Berkeley College-Woodland Park is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.