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4 College Junior

Local Area: Newark is not as bad as its reputation. I grew up in a city so I know what unsafe areas are like. It's also conveniently close to NYC.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The school's environment is calm and peaceful, however the local area of which the school is located in can be quite dangerous if one isn't careful

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Since Newark is not a safe area to be around I dont think its a safe place to be out at nice, parking is horrible I pay 250 dollars a semester to not get a parking spot.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I'm from Newark, New Jersey so the environment really don't bother me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Newark is definitely an interesting city. You have big business mixed with urban poverty. Just keep your wits about you and you'll make it out in one piece.


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Due to the fact that NJIT is located in an area of Newark with a high crime rate, students almost never leave campus. Students are told, before they even enroll at NJIT, that they should never go off campus alone or after dark. The local crime rate is high, and many fear of being robbed or having some other such fate befall them should they leave campus. Regardless of this fact, there is little to do in the area anyway. The Newark Museum is the only nearby form of entertainment outside of plays performed at NJIT or Rutgers. Due to the fact that Rutgers, Essex County College, and UMDMJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) are all pretty close to each other, it is easy to visit the other schools, and students are safe within the borders of these institutions, as well.

Students will, for the most part, choose to take a train into New York City in search of entertainment. Due to the cost of such a trip, most take the time to bring a group of friends along and plan out a detailed itinerary. This not only makes the trip more enjoyable, but also safer, since the students are grouped together. In other words, there is little to do near NJIT, and students do not feel the streets are safe enough to seek out attractions beyond the campus borders.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Newark is the largest city in the state of New Jersey.
Notable Natives
  • Jason Alexander - actor ("Seinfeld")
  • Whitney Houston - singer, actress
  • Ice-T - actor, rapper
  • Queen Latifah - rapper, actress, singer
  • Ray Liotta - actor
  • Shaquille O'Neal - NBA player
  • Joe Pesci - actor
  • Frankie Valli - frontman of The Four Seasons
Points of Interest
  • Newark Museum
  • Prudential Center
  • Rutgers-Newark
Shopping Centers
Jersey Gardens
Movie Theaters
Newark Screens on Springfield
360 Springfield Ave.
(973) 642-5555
Major Sports Teams
  • New Jersey Devils: NHL
  • New Jersey Nets: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 25 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 1 hour, 55 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 57 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 58 responses

  • 29% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 57% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 58 responses

  • 76% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 58 responses

  • 9% Totally.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 45% No way.



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