Stevens is located in one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan towns in the United States. Hoboken, New Jersey, is a quaint one-mile-square city with old Victorian brownstones and tree-lined streets dotted with great restaurants and trendy shops. Located on the Hudson River, the 55-acre campus is home to stretches of green lawns, majestic trees, and historic classroom buildings that have been updated with the most current teaching and learning technologies. With the heart of NYC a mere 10-minute commute away, Stevens students take advantage of being close to top companies with exciting internships and career placements as well as unlimited cultural experiences and events throughout the year.
In addition to the robust on-campus student life, Stevens' location provides for exciting off-campus activities. Dining, entertainment, and major attractions offer numerous artistic, cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities.
Stevens students enjoy a safe and dynamic living environment. Eighty-eight percent of Stevens undergraduate students live on campus, and housing is guaranteed for undergraduates. There are seven on-campus residence halls in addition to various onand off-campus apartments for upperclassmen. Sixteen fraternities and sororities have chapters on campus and most maintain houses where members may live. Stevens also features "affinity housing" for students interested in community service and civic engagement, as well as a women’s center. The dining program features late night hours to meet students' busy schedules, and many establishments in Hoboken also accept Stevens' Duck Bills, reloadable on student ID cards.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Stevens operates within a technology-centric environment to meet the needs of a technologically fluent campus, offering a variety of centralized, departmental, and individual resources. Facilities include "smart" classrooms, computer-aided design and manufacturing labs, graphics labs, robotic sites, a media arts center, green screen, sound synthesis lab, a computer-aided education lab, a new motion capture lab, and a financial systems center with a Wall Street trading room. Stevens offers its community an extensive wireless networking system. Two pioneering projects underway, the Unified Communications and Collaboration Environment and the Virtual Learning Environment, will have transformative impact on our graphicand computing-intensive technology applications for learning.
Our research enterprise focuses on key areas that address major interdisciplinary topics of national significance: healthcare and medicine, sustainable energy, financial systems, security, coastal sustainability, and STEM education. Supporting these areas are many specialized laboratory facilities on campus used for academic and research functions, applied research, and educational programs in systems integration that meet and support the needs of government and industry. The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters an entrepreneurial culture across the university, advances the outcomes of the research, and engages in the technology transfer that brings new ideas to the marketplace.
Stevens cultivates the value of being a world citizen, giving back to the community and building bridges across cultures. In addition to the popular internship, research, and cooperative education opportunities offered at Stevens, students take their educational experience across the globe through study abroad, service-oriented organizations, and department-sponsored trips.
Community service has a prominent place in campus life. From tutoring local school children to assisting the elderly and participating in neighborhood community projects, Stevens students are very much a part of our hometown. This service orientation extends beyond Hoboken to the global community, with opportunities to bring the benefits of Stevens innovation to countries and areas of need.
Student Organizations & Activities
The energy at Stevens extends well beyond the classroom activities and career orientation of our students into a robust student life. Nearly 100 student organizations and twenty-six NCAA Division III athletics teams add to an enriching student experience and prepare students for a healthy and energizing balance of hard work and fun.
Clubs and organizations include sororities and fraternities, performing arts and athletic groups, student government, ethnic organizations, professional societies, and more. The Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Engineers Without Borders, and Habitat for Humanity are service-oriented groups with active student engagement. Campus traditions like Boken and TechFest (campus-wide festivals), the Unity Show, and Midnight Breakfast during finals study periods are among students' favorites.
The Schaefer Athletic and Recreation Center features a NCAA competition-size pool with Jacuzzi, four-court basketball gymnasium, racquetball courts, and a fitness center. DeBaun Field has been surfaced in a state-of the-art, durable, year-round playing surface for varsity and intramural competition. Walker Gym has an elevated indoor track plus a weightlifting facility and dance studios. There are also six outdoor tennis courts with spectacular Manhattan skyline views and a sand volleyball court. In 2013, Stevens was the recipient of the ECAC/Jostens "Institution of the Year" award, from among more than 320 Division I, II, and III schools, for excellence in academics and athletics one of only three schools to have received this honor more than once.
Stevens competes in NCAA Division III sports. For men: baseball, basketball, cross-country, fencing, golf, indoor/outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. For women: basketball, cross-country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, indoor/outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, softball and volleyball. Students may also join a club team or play intramural sports, take health and wellness or fitness classes, or participate in outdoor adventure trips.
“Class time is nerdy but nightlife is great,” Stevens undergrads report, with equal regard for the many “things to do in Hoboken and New York City.” “Because we work so hard with our classes, we also play hard on the weekends or other nights when we finally have a break.” A visible but not overwhelming Greek presence facilitates consistent “frat parties,” and other social events crop up “to relax during the week and over the weekend,” but at least on campus, “people generally study and work during the week,” and “many of these are low-key events as opposed to your typical college parties.” Lots of students prefer to socialize off campus, taking in the “fabulously exciting island of Manhattan” or frequenting the many “bars, boutiques, or eateries” in up-and-coming “Hoboken, one if the best college towns in the nation.” Nerds will find plenty of opportunities for “video games with friends” who would “never miss an ‘Epic LAN’ party,” but while “this isn’t Rutgers,” “someone who thinks of Stevens as nothing more than a nerdy tech school would be surprised.” One student sums it up thus: “People think of me as career oriented during the week and relaxed during the weekend.”