NJIT is within walking distance of the Newark downtown area and nearby campuses, which, along with NJIT, comprise Newark's University Heights section. Students may take advantage of Newark's nationally ranked museum, library, Symphony Hall, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and may enjoy the city's burgeoning art and jazz scene. In addition, students have easy access to the vast cultural resources of the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. NJIT is located only 20 minutes from midtown and downtown Manhattan, and the city is easy to reach by bus, train, or car. A joint Rutgers/NJIT shuttle bus provides regular free commuting service to principal transportation centers.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
NJIT's extensive and powerful computing facilities support academic study, research, and administrative functions. The Newark campus' ATM network backbone connects more than, 4,600 nodes in classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, faculty and staff offices, the library, student organization offices, and others. Mobile computer users have Internet access in the student pub, lounges, group study areas, and many other locations across the campus. The network provides access to a wealth of shared information services. Some of these include high-end computer servers providing CPU "horsepower" for simulation and computational research, disk arrays for storage of large data sets, communication servers for electronic mail and document exchange, databases, digital journal subscriptions, and a virtual "Help Desk." Access points are not limited to just the Newark and Mount Laurel campuses. A virtual private network combined with Internet access, plus a large ISDN modem bank, extend campus information resources to faculty, staff, and students who may be working at home, at work, at any of the university's many extension sites, or across the globe.
The university's Robert W. Van Houten Library offers modern facilities for study, research, and browsing. An electronic catalog provides local and remote access to its collection of approximately 110,000 books and 3,000 journal subscriptions. Electronic literature search is available online and in CD-ROM formats. In addition, students may supplement NJIT library resources by borrowing materials from the Newark Public Library and the libraries of Rutgers University--Newark Campus, the University of Medicine and Dentistry, and all state colleges in New Jersey. Interlibrary loan arrangements with more distant institutions are also available.
NJIT cooperates with neighboring Rutgers University and Essex County College in cross-college enrollment programs. Nine degree programs are offered at NJIT's branch campus in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, which is a joint enterprise of NJIT and Burlington County College. Undergraduate and graduate programs or courses are also offered in other regions of the state.
Student Organizations & Activities
NJIT's undergraduate student affairs are presided over by a Student Senate, which administers a wide range of programs through the Activities Council, the Publications Council, Class Councils, the Interclub Council, the Honor Societies Council, and the Professional Societies Council. Students coordinate various events for an interesting and diversified social calendar and participate with faculty and administrators in formulating university policy.
Men compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, fencing, soccer, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Intercollegiate sports for women are basketball,
fencing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. In 1997, NJIT athletics moved to NCAA Division II and in 2000 joined the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Both the men's and women's basketball teams frequently qualify for conference playoffs.
Undergrads at NJIT spend a good deal of their time hitting the books. As one student reveals (perhaps facetiously), “Fun on campus usually consists of group projects, homework, lab reports, and studying.” A fellow undergrad concurs simply stating, “Most people, including myself, eat, breathe, and live for their classes because of the time commitment to the material.” Of course, even these conscientious students need to kick back every now and again. Unfortunately, some undergrads grumble about the lack of options on campus: “Social events are actually nonexistent.” However, another group of students assure us, “There is always some sort of activity going on every day. [For example] we have countless comedy nights and cultural nights.” Additionally, while some question the safety of the surrounding area, others extol the virtues of NJIT’s location. As one content student shares, “The food in the Ironbound district of Newark is fantastic. Anyone who is anyone goes there either for the food or the lounges.” Moreover, “there are many bars close to the school, so they are generally a secondary option for most [students].” And, of course, NJIT undergrads love to take advantage of the school’s proximity to New York City “which is only [a fifteen-minute] Path ride away!”