William Paterson University of New Jersey Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?


I wish I would have known that there was not much to do on the weekends here. Although I do find things to do, I feel like it is routine and nothing really that exciting. It is hard to have fun here without spending a lot of money. Also, if you do not have a car and you live on campus, there is rarely anything to do on the weekends.




Not applicable.


Avoid people who bring unnecessary drama into your life at all costs!!!


I wish I would've had more information on financing options here at WPUNJ as far as tuition is concerned. I would have also wanted to know more about the different majors and their requirements.


Before I came to this school, I wish I would have known which major I wanted. I came to the school undecided and wasted more time taking classes I did not need, instead of taking more classes I did need because I did not know what I wanted to do.


I wish I had known about the room assisstant option, which allows students to dorm for free (if you are hired). If I had known about this, I would have dormed on-campus. Also, I wish someone would have told me just how hard parking can be. Most students at my university choose to commute, and the parking lot can be a jungle at times. Another thing- I find the library quite noisy, especially on the first floor. I choose not to study there because of this, and because the second floor private study rooms (are quiet) are usually taken.


Prior to attending this school I wish had more knowledge of everthing that would be covered within the sociology department such as the research methods courses. I also would have liked to know that the music management minor has certain courses that are only offered in the summer and winter semesters.


I wished I would have known about the Nursing Pass/fail praticum


I wish I had known about the internship program because I now know how good it is.


Before attending this university, i wish i knew how money can become a main horific issue. Money is needed to cover all my needs. Its hard to hear my single mother repreating how she is in a financial crisis. We do not get financial aid because she make "too much". I have plenty of goals ready to be accomplished but money is the only issue. I study and work very hard to satisfy my needs.


I wish I had known/ wish i were more aware of the type of people there are in the world.


i wish i would have known more people coming into this school.


How bad the parking was.


That it was very small and there are basically no social events. There is MAYBE one or two parties at the school which both end at around 12a.m. The availability of any social event is always off campus, and sometimes very difficult to get to and somewhat far away.


I wish i knew how disorganized the financial aid and registrar departments were.