College Sports in New Jersey

NJ College Sport, teams, rankings, and sports betting in the Garden State. All you need to know about NJ college sports.

New Jersey State Guide

New Jersey has eight teams in the NCAA Division I, which makes them an average state in terms of overall performance. The top teams include the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Seton Hall Pirates. College Sports betting is legal in New Jersey since late 2018 and most legal sportsbooks provide odds on all the big games.
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Top colleges in New Jersey

Top colleges in New Jersey ranked based on how well they perform in college sports.

CollegeCollege teamConference
Rutgers UniversityRutgers Scarlet KnightsBig Ten
Seton Hall UniversitySeton Hall PiratesBig East
Princeton UniversityPrinceton TigersIvy League
Farleigh Dickinson UniversityFarleigh Dickinson KnightsNortheast
Monmouth UniversityMonmouth HawksMAAC
Rider UniversityRider BroncsMAAC
Saint Peter's UniversitySaint Peter's PeacocksMAAC
NJITNJIT HighlandersAmerica East

Top college teams in New Jersey

New Jersey is not the strongest state for college athletics, but it does have two teams in major conferences. Rutgers made the jump to the Big Ten in 2014, and though it hasn't had as much success in some of the major sports, it is becoming more relevant and competitive nationally. Seton Hall is a member of the Big East and a perennial tournament contender in basketball with occasional success in baseball as well. Princeton is a marquee name as a member of the Ivy League, and the Tigers are seemingly slightly above average in almost every sport they field. The rest of the state features smaller-conference schools that all have their strengths and weaknesses but rarely make national headlines except when they play (and often lose) in the NCAA postseason.

NCAAB in New Jersey

Rutgers and Seton Hall are always the top-two basketball teams in the state and both teams have had a lot of success in recent years. Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson are both always strong contenders in their conferences while Rider and Saint Peter's almost always sit in the middle of the conference. NJIT struggled mightily when it first moved up to Division I, but it has played in three postseason tournaments over the last six completed seasons and is now a respectable program in America East. Princeton is still not nearly at the level of the top-end of the Ivy League, but a consistent middle-tier team in the conference.

NCAAF in New Jersey

Rutgers is the only FBS team in the state and has been at the bottom of the Big Ten for the most part since joining the conference in 2014. It has had some moments of success in the Big East, and Greg Schiano is working his way back to those glory days as the current coach. Monmouth is a strong FCS program in the Big South and has played in the postseason in three of the last four seasons – 2017, 2019, and spring of 2021 – and won one playoff game in that span. Princeton is the only other football team in the state, but the Tigers don't play in the playoffs per Ivy League rules. They last won the Ivy League in 2018 and have 12 total conference titles.

NCAA Baseball in New Jersey

All eight college teams field baseball teams, though they have had a spotted record of success in the sport. NJIT and Rider both qualified for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and Seton Hall qualified for four College World Series between 1964-1975, but the Pirates haven't played in the tournament for more than a decade. 

NCAA Hockey in New Jersey

Princeton is the only school in New Jersey to offer college hockey and the Tigers are a member of the ECAC in the sport. The Tigers have played in four NCAA Tournaments, three times winning the ECAC's automatic bid and once qualifying as an at-large selection.