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Catholic liberal arts education

At the core of a Caldwell University education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to develop critical-thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness. The knowledge, intellectual skills, sensitivities, and creativity you acquire transcend any major of study and profession for a lifetime of growth. According to 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. 

The College’s most popular offerings include undergraduate degrees in Business, Psychology, Nursing, and Education. Caldwell has 30 undergraduate degrees and 30 graduate programs, including new programs in Public Health Education and Healthcare Administration.

Caldwell also has a number of affiliation programs with other colleges and universities in the health professions, including 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. 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, with courses in the humanities, the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. 

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 else a student could want. Caldwell, New Jersey, has consistently been named one of the best towns in New Jersey to live in. 

Another advantage of Caldwell University’s location is its proximity to New York City, just 20 miles away. Our students use the 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 approximately 2,300 full-time, part-time, and graduate students. Fully qualified faculty members, small class sizes, and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio provide close, personal attention.

Almost 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.

Caldwell University has 23 clubs where our students participate actively and enhance their leadership qualities. Our institution believes in serving the community, 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, as 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 University students make a difference as they become involved in community service and campus ministry. Through involvement in 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. On 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 events, 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 women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, soccer, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track & field, and volleyball and will be adding sprint football in the fall of 2017.


Financial aid
At Caldwell approximately 90% of our 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 $1,000–$5,000. Talented students may also qualify for scholarships in art, music, and athletics. 

In addition to need-based grants a student might receive from the federal or state government, Caldwell offers its own need-based grant program for students with financial need. These grants run up to $20,000 per year. 

Caldwell University offers the second-lowest tuition, fees, room, and board of New Jersey’s private colleges and universities. Combined with our financial aid offerings, Caldwell often has a lower price than many public institutions.