New Jersey City University (NJCU) is a public university in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. It is a member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The institution opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City. It was renamed as New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City in 1935 and Jersey City State College in 1958, and became a liberal arts college in 1968. In 1998, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a change of institutional status and accepted its present name.
Dr. Sue Henderson became the first female president of the University in 2012.
The university's main campus is located on 2039 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, New Jersey 07305-1597 and was originally known by the name Jersey City State or State Teacher's College. The oldest building on the campus is Hepburn Hall. Designed by Guilbert and Betelle and completed in 1930, the Gothic structure serves as the symbol of the university and features prominently in the school's publications.
A new seven-story Arts and Sciences building named Karnoutsos was designed by architect Michael Graves. It is known by many of the students on campus as "The Crayola Building", or "The K building", and is at the center of the campus. The 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) building, which replaced Grossnickle Hall, houses 14 classrooms, 10 computer labs, faculty offices for nine departments, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
The Fine Arts building on Culver Avenue features a Maya Lin sculpture in the entrance garden area. There are also renovated buildings on West Side Avenue that are part of the school, including the West Side Theater, used theatrical productions and community events. Another building houses the Business Development Incubator program.
The University's Athletic Complex is located near Hackensack RiverWalk on Droyer's Point at Newark Bay.
Between these facilities and the main campus, construction has begun on the new "West Campus" between West Side Avenue and Bayfront on Route 440 that will more than double the campus's total area. The West Campus will include academic buildings, residences, retail spaces, parking, and a "University Promenade."
NJCU has a large population of commuter students. There is frequent bus service on Kennedy Boulevard along routes 10 and 99 south to Bayonne or north to Journal Square (JSQ) and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Along West Side Avenue, New Jersey Transit #80  and other local buses provide frequent service to JSQ. At Journal Square Transportation Center transfer is available to points in Hudson County, Manhattan, Newark, and suburban New Jersey via frequent bus service provided by New Jersey Transit or train service on the PATH rail system.
Hudson Bergen Light Rail is accessible at West Side Avenue to Downtown Jersey City, Hoboken, and North Hudson and alternative PATH connections. The school also offers student discounts on monthly passes for the light rail.
The University also provides a shuttle service which utilizes three separate routes to fit the transportation needs of students and faculty. The first route transports car commuting students and faculty from West Campus Parking Lot #3, located on Westside Avenue, to the Professional Studies Building on the main campus. The second route operates similar to the first route but makes additional stops and pickups at the Athletics & Fitness Center and Visual Arts building. The final route of the shuttle service provides a shuttle drop off at Journal Square (JSQ) that can only be boarded from the Professional Studies Building location and uniquely operates on 30 minute intervals.
The University operates three residence halls: Co-op Hall, a corridor-style facility with common area bathrooms and study lounges for freshmen and first year dorm students; Vodra Hall, a traditional dormitory with shared bathrooms between rooms for upper-class students and special needs individuals; and 2040 University Apartments, a residence for seniors and others of age 21 and up.
NJCU offers a number of clubs for students. One is called Peers Educating Peers (PEP). This program consists of a group of young students who provide research. The students work to inform other peers through meetings, information tables, and presentations on and off of the campus. This program is open to the public.
1927: The New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City was chartered. The institution was built to accommodate 1,000 students and an eight-room demonstration school in its one building, Hepburn Hall, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) on what was then Hudson Boulevard.
1935: The name was changed to New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City. The institution was authorized to offer a four-year teacher education program and award the bachelor of science degree in education.
1936: A degree program in health education and nursing was initiated in cooperation with the Jersey City Medical Center for the training of school nurses.
1958: New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City became Jersey City State College and was authorized to award the bachelor of arts degree.
1959: The institution began to offer the master of arts in elementary education.
1968: Jersey City State College became a multipurpose institution, authorized to develop a liberal arts program and to enlarge its teacher preparation programs.
1985: The institution was awarded a $5.7 million Governor’s Challenge Grant for an expanded Cooperative Education Program, which would serve all academic majors. From that time, Jersey City State College was known as New Jersey’s premier cooperative education college.[according to whom?]
1998: The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a petition submitted by the JCSC Board of Trustees requesting that the institution be granted university status and renamed New Jersey City University. The University was restructured into three colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies.
2003: NJCU joined with the City of Jersey City, the Jersey City Board of Education, and New Jersey Transit to collaborate on the Jersey City Bayfront Plan. New Jersey City University West Campus Redevelopment Plan is a part of this project and NJCU is a major player in this University-Community Partnership.
2012: After 19 years, NJCU President Carlos Hernandez retired. Under his tenure, three new buildings were erected and, in 1998, the school became a university.
NJCU is organized into three colleges offering 41 undergraduate study and 27 graduate degree programs. The largest and most popular programs of study at NJCU are Early Childhood Education, and Music. In addition, the NJCU Fire Science program is the only university-based bachelor's degree fire science program in the State of New Jersey.
The NJCU Media Arts Department is the home base and proud sponsor of the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and traveling exhibition which recognizes and supports visually poetic, socially responsive, culturally diverse and provocative independent film, video and emerging media. 
Tuition and fees total $4,673.60 per sememester for full-time undergraduates who are state residents. Approximately 8,517 students are enrolled in NJCU. 
NJCU is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) is the home of the Gothic Knight basketball and volleyball teams and the focal point for the NJCU athletic department and recreation and intramural activities. The 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) JMAC opened in the fall of 1998, giving the University one of the finest indoor recreational facilities in the area. The state-of-the-art building features a 2,000-seat basketball and volleyball arena, a fully equipped exercise and fitness center, a 25-yard swimming and diving pool with adjacent sauna, three racquetball courts, a tenth-of-a-mile elevated jogging track, a multi-purpose room for aerobics and classes, and locker room space for teams, students, faculty and staff.
New Jersey City University currently sponsors 12 intercollegiate athletic programs in baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's bowling, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball and men's and women's volleyball.
The women's bowling team has qualified for all seven NCAA National Collegiate Championship events since the first one was held in 2004. The Gothic Knights have advanced to the national semifinals four times, always coming in even-numbered years: 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, finishing third nationally in 2004 and 2008. NJCU hosted the 2010 NCAA Championship.
The men's basketball team is the oldest program, having reached the Final Four in 1986 and 1992.
For the first time in 40 years, the cross country team qualified for NJACS.[when?]
New Jersey City University offers various organizations that students can attend such as :
Green and Gold, we honor thee,
Symbol of our aim.
Lead us onward to our goal
Ever for thy fame.
All our hearts will ever hold
Memories that are near;
And you always will remain
Our Alma Mater, dear.
—William Hayes, `36
The Gothic Times is New Jersey City University's official student newspaper. It was reintroduced in 2001 and prints monthly issues, excluding June, July and August. It features news stories about campus happenings as well as articles on lifestyle, sports, arts and entertainment. It also features an editorial and opinion/advice section.
In the early 2000s, the newspaper gained statewide recognition, winning a number of awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association, culminating with a second place finish in the category of General Excellence.[when?] Past and current issues are available at its official website.
Poder Hispanic Magazine named NJCU one of the nation's top 25 public colleges and universities serving Hispanics in its February/March 2012 issue.
New Jersey City University is a member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.