Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ

Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ

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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. 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. 

Caldwell’s most popular offerings include undergraduate degrees in Business, Computer Information Systems, Biology, Psychology, Nursing, and Education. Caldwell has 30 undergraduate degrees and 30 graduate programs, including the first doctoral program in New Jersey in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), one of the most effective treatments for autism spectrum disorder, and an MA in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy concentration, one of only two programs in the US with CACREP accreditation.

Caldwell also has several affiliation programs with other colleges and universities in the health professions, including Athletic Training, Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Nationally recognized
Enrollment numbers prove that more students are learning about the value of a Caldwell University education. Recently named a top 25 “best value” school and top five for proportion of international students for Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, Caldwell’s quality of education and cultural diversity has been recognized by many. Also recognized nationally as a “Top College for Liberal Arts” by CollegeXpress, 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 has been named a “High Return on Investment College” and a “Catholic College with High Starting Salaries for Graduates” by Affordable Colleges Online. Both of these recognitions show the quality of a Caldwell education is valued in the workplace.

Caldwell is also featured as a Collegeof 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 to Caldwell’s location is its proximity to New York City. Just about 30 kilometers away, our students use New York City as another classroom, where they can engage in internships and job 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 to, 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 2,200 full-time, part-time, and graduate students. Diversity is a key element of our campus community. With a student population representing 23 states and42 countries, our campus is very diverse. Fully qualified faculty members, small class sizes, and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio provide close, personal attention that helps international students enjoy the best educational experience possible.

Approximately half of our 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 in which our international and domestic students actively participate 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.

At Caldwell University, developing the whole person is highly valued and 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, form friendships, and continue in the Dominican tradition of helping those in need.

Caldwell Campus Ministry ambassadors volunteered with Jersey Cares to help rebuild homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy along 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, conducting art therapy activities at a series of healing arts workshops. 

Caldwell students have participated in building churches in Belize and have also traveled to Appalachia to repair and build homes for those in need. During our annual Service Day, classes are canceled as students, faculty, and staff provide assistance at various locations in New Jersey. From helping local food banks to painting classrooms in a local Catholic school to 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 campustakes big steps to change the world around us.

Caldwell University fields NCAA Division II teams in men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, sprint football, and track & field and in women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. In addition, there is a variety of recreational sports available to our students so they can stay active on campus.

Financial aid
At Caldwell, approximately 97% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. International students are eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $8,000 per year to full tuition as well as scholarships ranging from $1,000–$5,000 for students with significant involvement in community service and leadership positions. Talented students may also qualify for scholarships in art, music, and athletics. 

Caldwell University offers one of the lowest combined 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 School: Private, coeducational, Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1939 by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell

Size of Campus: 70 acres

Number of Students: 2,206

Number of Faculty: 217

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

Geographic Diversity: Students represent 23 states and 42 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: (2019–2020)
Tuition $33,990
Room and Board $12,415
Student Fees $1,950
Total $48,355

Financial Aid: At Caldwell, approximately 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. International students are eligible for academic scholarships that range from $8,000 to full tuition as well as scholarships for students with significant involvement in community service and leadership that range from $1,000–$5,000. Talented students may also qualify for scholarships in art, music, and athletics. Caldwell University offers one of the lowest combined 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. For fall admission, the recommended deadline is June 1. The application fee is $50.

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