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Study abroad at William Paterson University

William Paterson University (WPU), is a public institution located in Wayne, New Jersey, US. It is home to more than 10,000 students, and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its five academic colleges: arts and communication, business, education, humanities and social sciences, and science and health.

Its 370-acre wooded campus is just 20 miles from New York City, and three miles from the historic Paterson Great Falls. The University offers a range of learning facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and studios throughout the campus, as well as at various off-campus locations.

The University has 13 intercollegiate sports and athletics teams that compete in NCAA Division III. They play basketball, soccer, softball, field hockey, golf, among others.

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Why study at William Paterson University

  • Experienced faculty

    WPU has 41 faculty Fulbright Scholars

  • Guaranteed housing

    On-campus housing is guaranteed for your entire stay at William Paterson

  • Small classes

    Enjoy a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio

  • Accreditations

    Over 15 accreditations including the American Chemical Society and American Psychological Association


William Paterson University

300 Pompton Rd, Haledon, NJ 07470, USA

Set on 370 wooded acres in Wayne, New Jersey, the campus is near the historic Great Falls in Paterson and a short distance from the rich cultural, artistic and commercial life of New York City.

Fees and funding

William Paterson University is committed to providing an exceptional and affordable public higher education. While your college education is a crucial investment in your future, the University work on your behalf to ensure that your education is as flexible and affordable as possible.

The University has held tuition increases to 2 percent in each of the last three years to keep a William Paterson University education within your reach.

William Paterson maintains a generous merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer applicants. Each year close to 2,000 scholarships are awarded totalling over $7 million.

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition

    $24,464 per year

  • Postgraduate tuition

    $23,921 per year


First-Time Freshmen Scholarship Scholarships available (automatically) for international students (if these are merit-based or financial need and which amounts / requirements, etc)

  • Average amount

    $3,000 to $8,000

  • Student MUST submit the SAT and/or ACT
  • SAT Minimum


  • ACT Minimum


  • GPA Minimum

    3.0 (US curriculum scale)

Postgraduate assistantships A limited number of graduate assistantships, an academic award that carries a $6,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for the extent of the appointment, are available to qualified students.

Visa requirements for William Paterson University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Life at William Paterson University

William Paterson University is home to international students representing 65 countries. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is designed to support the whole of the University's international student population.

The office provides assistance to international students and visitors with visa applications, on-campus employment, scholarships and financial aid, and cultural and social opportunities. You’ll take part in orientation before the start of term, which is a great way to learn about campus life.

As an international student, you’re encouraged to get involved in activities outside the classroom to help you integrate into life at William Paterson. The University offers a wide range of social, cultural, and recreational activities including more than 115 student clubs and organizations.


  • All Weather Sports Pitches
    • 6 Tennis Courts
    • Swimming pools
    • 1 Basketball Courts
    • 2 Baseball Pitches
  • Food & Restaurants
    • 2 Restaurants
    • 2 Cafe’s
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Sports Facilities
    • 1 Natural Turf American Football Pitches
    • 1 Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
    • 8 Sport facilities
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Library
    • Quiet Areas
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
  • Fitness Centre
    • Free Weights
    • Swimming Pool
    • Machines
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • 156 Clubs & Organizations

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the university is a small university but has a big impact career wise, i love the transportation links since we have buses, trains and bicycles that we use as a mode of transportation