Caldwell College is a Catholic, co-educational, four-year liberal arts institution, committed to intellectual rigor, individual attention and the ethical values of the Judaeo-Christian academic tradition.
Founded in 1939 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic, the college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, chartered by the State of New Jersey and registered with the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
The college, located on a 70-acre wooded campus, offers 28 majors of study. Students can choose from BA, BS and BFA programs in the arts and sciences, education, psychology, business and communications. Teaching certification can be earned in elementary education or in a variety of kindergarten through 12 and secondary subjects. The college also has a number of affiliation programs with other colleges, universities and medical schools allowing students to save time and money while earning multiple degrees.
Approximately half of the approximately 2,300 students enrolled at Caldwell are adults pursuing degrees part-time. The Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies meets the academic needs of the college’s adult students. The center provides adult learners, in undergraduate or graduate programs, with excellence in teaching, caring academic support and learning options that work with their busy lives.
The college launched its first Ph.D. program in the Fall 2009 semester, when it began offering a doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This is the first doctoral program in ABA in the state of the New Jersey. ABA is a well-developed scientific discipline that is best known for its proven ability to greatly help children with autism spectrum disorder.
Master's degrees are offered in Applied Behavior Analysis, art therapy, business administration (accounting, nonprofit management), counseling psychology (art therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling), curriculum and instruction ( special education, supervisor certification), educational administration, pastoral ministry (church administration) and special education (general teacher and certification, learning disabilities). Educational administration is also offered in a fast-track off-campus Leadership Development Program. Post-master’s programs are available in educational principal’s and supervisor’s certification, professional counselor licensing, art therapy, school counseling and Director of School Counseling.
- Number of students: 2,300
- Public/Private: Private
- Financial aid: Yes
- Religious affiliation: Catholic
- Accreditation/licenses: In 1952, the college received full accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Caldwell has maintained this accreditation, which was last reaffirmed in the Fall of 2005.
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 13 to 1
- Campus housing: Yes
- Sports conference: The Caldwell College Cougars are members of the NCAA Division-II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
- Sports teams: Caldwell College has 11 NCAA Division II teams in men’s baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis and women’s cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball and softball.
- Sports facilities: The George R. Newman Recreation and Athletic Center is home to a 1,600-seat basketball arena and fitness center. Outside there are three tennis courts, pool, baseball and softball practice area and the athletic field for soccer and softball.