From its beginnings as a normal school in the city of Paterson to its current achievements as a comprehensive university, William Paterson University has been dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities and service to the community. The institution was founded in 1855 as the Paterson City Normal School in response to the growing demand for professional preparation of teachers-in-service in the emerging free public schools of Paterson. Beginning in 1936, the school began offering general college courses to students not planning a teaching career, as well as a four-year general elementary curriculum. The college grew, adding undergraduate and graduate programs, and it became William Paterson University in 1997.
A leading public university, William Paterson offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs through the following academic colleges:
- College of Arts and Communication
- Cotsakos College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Science and Health