New Jersey Senior Public Colleges and Universities

New Jersey students, it’s time to come home.

We’re tough. We’re resilient. And we need you back.

As New Jersey faces the challenges of rebuilding a devastated economy due to the coronavirus crisis, our state needs help from the 120,000 New Jersey residents who attend a college or university outside of our borders.

New Jersey needs your energy, your intelligence, and your commitment. Our public universities and colleges are open and ready to welcome you home, to provide an easy transfer process, and to enable you to finish your degrees and help revitalize your state with your talent and service. More than 33,000 students leave New Jersey every year to study elsewhere, leaving behind opportunities to attend top-ranked institutions at in-state tuition rates.

It’s time to think about coming home.

This is an unprecedented period in our history, a time that calls for everyday heroes to show up and give back. Think of the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Think of those natural disasters and crises when young people turned out to fight for what’s right, to push us toward a hopeful future.

Now, we ask you to join a new initiative, the New Jersey Scholar Corps, and show some love for your home state.

In doing so, you will have the opportunity to attend one of New Jersey’s outstanding public universities and colleges, with hundreds of available degree programs, highly qualified faculty, vibrant campuses, opportunities to conduct research with faculty, and for internships in businesses and community organizations.

Here, you can build career connections within your home state, and nearby major employment centers in New York City and Philadelphia. It’s no wonder New Jersey college graduates generally earn more money than their peers nationwide.

You can have all that, at costs that may be lower than attending an out-of-state institution.

Rebuilding through the New Jersey Scholar Corps

With so many colleges and universities in the state, we already have a tremendous impact on social services throughout the region. Through the New Jersey Scholar Corps, we intend to intensify our efforts and help our communities bounce back. Each institution is committed to investing more energy into its volunteer efforts, working with community organizations like never before.

Whether it’s restocking the shelves at local food banks, coordinating family assistance programs, or volunteering to help frontline workers, each institution will work with local communities and develop programs that fit the area’s needs. Specific details will depend, of course, on the timeline for re-opening our state.

We’ve already seen numerous examples of young people throughout our communities finding ways to serve during this public health crisis. Now, we need your ideas, your creativity, your entrepreneurship, your desire to give back right here and right now, in the state we call home.

Together, the New Jersey Scholar Corps will help rebuild the state.

The New Jersey Scholar Corps program is open to all New Jersey students now studying at an accredited four-year, out-of-state university or college. The program will offer a streamlined application for transfer to one of New Jersey’s public research universities and four-year state colleges and universities. Students may choose to apply to one, or to several institutions.

If accepted for transfer, you will gain access to scholarship and financial aid programs offered by New Jersey and the institution; guaranteed acceptance of all credits earned with a grade of C or better at the out-of-state institution; and guaranteed on-campus housing, at campuses that offer student housing, based on availability at the time you commit.

Most important, you will have the opportunity to attend a great university or college while participating in campus-based New Jersey Scholar Corps volunteer service activities to support our communities in need — observing health and safety guidelines, of course.

As families discuss the benefits of staying home this coming year, know that our doors are open. We’ll help you stay on your academic path as we work together toward a brighter future. Help us keep Jersey strong.

For more information, please visit NJComeHome.org

President Joel Bloom
New Jersey Institute of Technology

President Susan A. Cole
Montclair State University

President Dawood Farahi
Kean University

President Kathryn A. Foster
The College of New Jersey

President Merodie A. Hancock
Thomas Edison State University

President Richard J. Helldobler
William Paterson University

President Sue Henderson
New Jersey City University

President Ali A. Houshmand
Rowan University

President Harvey Kesselman
Stockton University

President Peter Phillip Mercer
Ramapo College