Established in 1972 by the Society of Jesus, Jersey City’s Saint Peter’s University did not have the smoothest of starts. It took six years to get its first handful of students, and it was closed down for 12 years after the end of World War I due to declining enrollment. Today, however, it is a thriving private non-profit research co-educational university.
Although it has a 30-acre urban campus, Saint Peter’s has stretched into the suburbs from its Jersey City, NJ location, with additional campuses at Englewood Cliffs and South Amboy. It also has educational sites at various companies and high schools in the state. The school is notable for being the only Jesuit institution in New Jersey.
Saint Peter’s has more than 280 academic faculty and over 3,000 students, more than 80 percent of which are from New Jersey. The institution has over 60 programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Its pre-professional programs are offered in conjunction with other institutions in the area, which include Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
In the fall of 2011, Saint Peter’s University began offering two of its programs online: the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). As of 2013, however, only the BSN is available as an online option. Moreover, the program is open to people who are already working as registered nurses. Officially referred to as the Online RN-to-BSN program, it requires the successful completion of 31 nursing credits.
Saint Peter’s accreditations include the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its nursing programs and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council for its Teacher Preparation Program. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, it is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.