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A Catholic liberal arts education

At the core of a Caldwell University education is its liberal arts curriculum, designed to foster critical thinking, appreciation of cultural diversity, and moral and civic awareness. The knowledge, intellectual skills, sensitivities, and creativity you will acquire transcend any major of study and profession for a lifetime of growth. This is noted in a recent survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities: 80% of employers agree that, regardless of major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

Caldwell’s most popular offerings include undergraduate degrees in business, computer information systems, psychology, nursing, and education. Caldwell has 25 undergraduate degrees and 30 graduate programs, including the first doctoral program in New Jersey in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is one of the most effective treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

Caldwell also has several affiliation programs with other colleges and universities in the health professions, including in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, medical technology, and athletic training.

Nationally recognized
Enrollment numbers prove that more students are learning about the value of a Caldwell University education. Nationally recognized as a “Top College for Liberal Arts” by Wintergreen Orchard House, a leading provider of data on colleges, Caldwell University instills intellectual skills, sensitivities, and habits of creativity each student will draw on for a lifetime.

Caldwell University has also been named a High Return on Investment College and a Catholic College with High Starting Salaries for Graduates by Both of these recognitions show the quality of a Caldwell education is valued in the workplace.

Caldwell is also featured as a College of Distinction, which means Caldwell has been found to excel in four areas: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community, and success of graduates.

Best location around
Offering a stunning campus setting, Caldwell University is only a short walk from town, where students find shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, a movie theater, and anything a student could want. Caldwell, New Jersey, has consistently been named one of the best towns in New Jersey to live in.

Another advantage to Caldwell’s location is its proximity to New York City, just 20 miles away. Our students use New York City as another classroom, where they can engage in internships and shadowing opportunities, experience cultural events, shop, or catch a game!

Hopping on a bus takes you to lots of great sites in New Jersey too. A short ride offers a great selection, from the Meadowlands arena to the Prudential Center, and, in just an hour, the Jersey Shore.

No matter your interest, Caldwell University offers you experiences beyond the classroom.

Student life
Caldwell University enrolls over 2,050 full-time, part-time, and graduate students. Diversity is a key element of our campus community. With a student population representing 21 states and 31 countries, our campus is very diverse. Fully qualified faculty members, small class sizes, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio provide close, personal attention that helps international students enjoy the best educational experience possible.

Approximately half of full-time students live on campus. Single, double, and a few quad rooms are available. A 200-bed apartment-style residence, Dominican Hall, is state-of-the-art, with modern suites, kitchens, and wireless Internet capability. The food service features extended hours and an expanded menu, with both American and international food selections.

Caldwell University has over 30 clubs and organizations where our international and domestic students participate actively and enhance their leadership qualities. Our institution believes in serving others, and many of our students volunteer in various community-oriented activities. These clubs and organizations further enrich the experience of our students and enable them to have a fun time on campus. We also offer Greek life, and our students are members of two sororities and one fraternity.

At Caldwell University developing the whole person is highly valued and a part of the culture of the campus. Students learn many life lessons from real-life experiences that help build a foundation of values, citizenship, and character. Caldwell students make a difference as they become involved in community service and campus ministry. Through clubs and organizations, students participate in leadership initiatives, gain friendships, and continue in the Dominican tradition of helping the needy. Caldwell Campus Ministry ambassadors volunteered with Jersey Cares to help rebuild homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore. Graduate students studying art therapy also had the opportunity to work with families affected by Superstorm Sandy while working with Jersey Coast Creates. The students conducted art therapy activities at a series of healing arts workshops this spring.  

Caldwell students participated in building churches in Belize and have also traveled to Appalachia to repair and build homes for the needy. During our annual “Service Day,” classes are cancelled as the students, faculty, and staff provide assistance at various locations in New Jersey. Whether it means helping local food banks, painting classrooms in a local Catholic school, or providing companionship to the elderly, the spirit of Caldwell University is spread far and wide on Service Day.

Through these inspiring experiences, Caldwell University students gain life-altering experiences and lessons of gratitude while kindling friendships as this small campus takes big steps to change the world around them.

Caldwell University fields NCAA Division II teams in men’s baseball, basketball, soccer, track & field, cross-country, and tennis and in women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, soccer, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. There is a variety of recreational sports as well.

Financial aid
At Caldwell approximately 90% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Our financial aid counselors work with you to meet your needs and make your Caldwell experience an affordable one. Caldwell offers academic scholarships that range from $8,000 to full tuition as well as scholarships for students with a lot of community service and leadership that range from $2,000–$5,000. Talented students may also qualify for scholarships in art, music, and athletics.  

Caldwell University offers the second-lowest tuition, fees, room, and board of New Jersey’s private colleges and universities, plus combined with our financial aid offerings, Caldwell often has a lower price than many public institutions. Need-based financial aid is not available for international students.




Caldwell, New Jersey, has consistently been listed by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of the best places in New Jersey
to live. Another advantage of our location is our proximity to New York City. Only 20 miles away, New York City acts as another classroom for our students, where they can engage in internship opportunities, experience cultural events, or just have fun!


Type of University: Private, coeducational, Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1939 by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell

Size of Campus: 70 acres

Number of Students: 2,052

Number of Faculty: 217

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Caldwell University offers 25 undergraduate programs as well as 30 graduate degree and certificate programs. Caldwell awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The University also maintains numerous affiliation programs in the health professions.

Geographic Diversity: Students represent 21 U.S. states and 31 different countries.

International Student Services: The Office of International Student Services advises international students on compliance with immigration laws and regulations, provides support to international students in cultural and social adjustment, and assists student, administrative, and academic groups in their initiatives to nurture and grow international programs.

International Student Budget: (2014–2015)
Tuition    $29,950
Room and Board    $10,965
Student Fees and Other Expenses    $3,085
Total    $44,000

Financial Aid: At Caldwell approximately 90% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. International students are eligible for academic scholarships that range from $10,000 to full tuition as well as scholarships for students with a lot of community service and leadership that range from $2,000–$5,000. Talented students may also qualify for scholarships in art, music, and athletics. Caldwell University offers the second-lowest tuition, fees, room, and board of New Jersey’s private colleges and universities. Need-based financial aid is not available for international students.

Test Score Requirements: Applicants must submit at least one of the following test scores: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, or ELS Level 112 certificate of completion. However, in order to be considered for academic scholarships, applicants must submit either their SAT or ACT scores.

Application Deadlines and Fees: There are specific deadlines for international students applying for F-1 non-immigrant status to study at Caldwell. For spring admission the recommended deadline is December 1, because students need sufficient time to acquire their visas and still arrive on campus by the program start date indicated on the I-20. For fall admission, the recommended deadline is July 1. Caldwell also offers a December 1 Early Action deadline for the fall semester. The application fee is $50.