Centenary University, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, 501(c)(3), has a 156-year tradition of providing high-quality liberal arts bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorate, and certificate programs while helping students gain the skills and connections they need to prosper in today’s world.

Our Location

Located in the heart of northwest New Jersey’s historic Skylands Region, Centenary University is a private, co-educational and close-knit university community — an environment where every professor and staff member invests in our students’ success. While our students come from everywhere, we remain the only traditional university dedicated to Warren County and Sussex County — an area of 1,468 square miles!

At our main campus in Hackettstown, NJ and our national-level equestrian center in Long Valley, NJ, we enroll some 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Our students pursue their academic interests in bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and professional certificate programs. More than half of our full-time professors have earned advanced degrees.


Centenary University delivers accredited degree programs and other dynamic learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions of critical thought and purposeful action within a supportive environment immersed in a culture of service.


To develop students emotionally, intellectually and interculturally.


To be the intellectual, economic, & cultural Heart of the Skylands region.

Centenary Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

  • Communication: Communicate verbally, in writing, and visually in ways that indicate an understanding of diverse audiences, genres, and mediums
  • Critical thinking: Critically and creatively apply knowledge to evaluate, synthesize, connect, and critique qualitative and quantitative information across disciplines
  • Information literacy: Locate, evaluate, integrate, and cite properly vetted qualitative and quantitative evidence
  • Diversity/global citizenship: Integrate and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives using integrity, social responsibility, and ethical behavior and problem solving required for a diverse global society
  • Collaboration: Work thoughtfully and respectfully with culturally and socially diverse individuals and groups

Flexibility & Academic Support

With traditional, online, evening and accelerated courses, Centenary students have the flexibility to build their studies around their lives. Our diverse student body thrives in a demanding, yet collaborative learning environment. With a 13 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, our professors, staff, and administrators know their students. They provide the individualized attention needed to ensure success — from emotional well-being to academic support to career development, including internships with some of New Jersey’s top employers.

We Value Service

Centenary also upholds a tradition of promoting service to others as a critical component of higher education — a core principle since our founding in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church. We develop professionals that employers desire, and leaders that communities need.

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