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William Paterson University

William Paterson University

Check whether William Paterson University is right for you as an international student.

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Wayne, USA
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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 WPU?

  • Experienced faculty

    WPU has 41 faculty Fulbright Scholars

  • Guaranteed housing

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

Life as an international student

William Paterson University is home to international students representing 33 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.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools
    • No. of Baseball Pitches 2
    • No. of Tennis Courts 6
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 2
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Swimming Pool
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
    • Sport facilities 8
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 156
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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William Paterson University programs

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.

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

First-Time Freshmen: $3,000 to $8,000

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


  • ACT $ Minimum


  • GPA $ Minimum

    3.0 (US curriculum scale)

  • Dependent on a minimum

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.


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.

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.

USA student visa requirements