StudentsReview :: The William Paterson University of New Jersey - Comments and Student Experiences
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey -- Camden, NJ
Montclair State University -- Upper Montclair, NJ
Arizona State University -- Tempe, AZ

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

The William Paterson University of New Jersey

There are 61 Comments


Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
Okay so I'm gonna be completely honest aboutAverageCommunications
Okay so I'm gonna be completely honest about this school.
I can't speak for all the departments. However, I know that in my major (communications) Hobart Hall has a really accomplished staff that has worked in media. One of my professors from last semester was the former executive producer for MSNBC, I had another professor who was well known radio host in the UK, And I had two other professors who worked in news media. Going back to radio, Hobart Hall's Brave New Radio, actually won an award for "best college radio show". Now where it gets competitive is the internships because those future job prospects are looking at Syracuse and NYU as well. However I know many graduates that have landed jobs with MSNBC,CNN,FOX, HBO,etc. The school I went to before this "claimed" to have a good communications program however a lot of the professors in that program where local success stories. Also, William Paterson is pretty close to NYC so you which is really good if you are looking to land a job there.

When it comes to social life here on campus. you'll feel like you got robbed. The dorms are meh, like I came from an out of state school which cost 30,000 in tuition and the dorms and all the dorms where apartment style. This university does not really cater to their upperclassmen when it comes to dorms because almost all the dorms with the exclusion of two are suite style (which basically means there's a "private" bathroom between two dorms.) They do have apartment style dorms however it is basically just a regular suite with a kitchen. William Paterson is secluded. like it is not in Wayne nor is it in Paterson. So, if you want to go to off-campus parties or night clubs, you have to have a car or find a friend with a car. a lot of the students are commuters and a lot more go away for the weekend so it is kind of a vast wasteland around here on the weekend. Also, the majority of the students who dorm are either from South Jersey or New York or they don't have a car.

Don't worry about not graduating on time because I know ALOT of students who are "super seniors".

3rd Year Female -- Class 2018
Useful Schoolwork: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
This pathetic excuse for a university made meBright
This pathetic excuse for a university made me hate my life. I would not wish it upon anyone to go here. I almost transferred to different schools several times but ended up staying because of how much money I saved to go here compared to the other schools, but now I realize this was not worth it. You are basically surrounded by the worst environment for a school, being there is nothing but unsafe ghettos and absolutely nothing to do. The campus is absolutely dead always and is a complete ghost town on weekends. This was a very depressing factor. The music department is a joke, the students are annoying and uncomfortable to be around, and most of the faculty doesn't know how to actually work and do their job. Nothing but lazy people who get to sit/ walk around all day and do nothing. The rest of the school is even worse, as I literally had only one teacher who was a great person, smart, hardworking and did their job well. Most of the students are there because they did poorly in high school and it was probably their only choice, and most of them could care less about learning or doing well in class. It is a very depressing, bleak, scummy school that made me feel totally worthless.
4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: D, Education Quality: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
I went to WPU for Art Studio forArt & Design Department
I went to WPU for Art Studio for 2 years and then returned for my Elementary Education Certificate (graduate work). Even though I transferred to Rutgers for my BA, WPU is dear to my heart and I got a good education there. I remember some excellent professors in English, Religion, Political Science, Art, Education etc. Some professors teach at schools in NY too. I got a lot out of the clubs I joined especially the "People for Peace" club. I was able to go on two National Exchange programs one to NM and on to University of MN. I also had a lot of individual attention in the Art Program and decided to become an Art History major because of the inspiration of my professors. There were times I struggled with grades and balancing work and school and I received support and help. This school opened my mind to many things that I wasn't exposed to at West Milford High, such as Buddhism class, issues of blacks and Hispanics and women and many other global issues that expanded my life and prepared me for a career. One drawback for some people is that it is overly liberal-so if you are a conservative or Christian you might feel uncomfortable. Some of the professor's views are too radical, an you might not want to disagree in class or you will feel picked on.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
The William Paterson University of New Jersey
The William Paterson University of New Jersey

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→