Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Students,

We are delighted that you are interested in pursuing studies in the challenging and exciting field of Computer Science or Computer Information Technology. There are great professional opportunities in our discipline. Many fast growing jobs for the next decade require a Computer Science or Computer Information Technology degree.

We invite you to discover our major programs at William Paterson and find out why William Paterson is an excellent choice for you. Listed below are the highlights of the Computer Science and/or Computer Information Technology major programs at William Paterson University.

Accredited program: The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Up-to-date curriculum: The major programs are based on ACM/IEEE undergraduate curriculum guidelines. The programs are well balanced between theory and applications that paves the way for you to pursue either a professional career or graduate studies.

Small classes: All computer classes are limited to 24 students, and the size of most junior and senior level classes averages at around 15. Small classes guarantee close interaction between students and professors, which we believe is crucial to your success. Full-time faculty teaches all major courses.

Dedicated and experienced faculty: All full-time faculty members have Ph.D. degrees with an average of more than ten years teaching experience. Outside the classroom, departmental student mentors provide unlimited academic assistance for most hours of the day and by other Academic Support Centers.

Special project and research opportunities: Qualified upper level students are encouraged to do projects on topics of interest or to work with professors on research projects. In both cases, the faculty members provide proper guidance. Many students have published papers with their professors and presented their results at national or international conferences.

Student organizations: There is an active student chapter of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and a Computer Society of the Student Government Association. We also have a local chapter of a National Computer Science Honor society since May 1988: the Gamma Chapter of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).

Computing equipment: There are many computer labs on campus and we have four classroom labs. One of them is designated as an open lab for our major students. All of these labs are equipped with the latest computers. The entire campus is fully networked (wired and wireless) and students can easily access the Internet, E-mail, and other services. A wide range of applications software and programming languages are available on these systems.

Internship opportunities: Students are encouraged to acquire work experience in related fields. There are many job opportunities available both on and off campus. For example, many of our majors are working on a part time basis in the computer labs or for the Instruction and Research Technology office on campus in a variety of projects. Other students work with outside companies. In many instances, internships evolve into full time employment upon graduation.

Successful placement record: Alumni hold rewarding jobs as programmers, system analysts, database designers and administrators, managers, software engineers, and network specialists with companies such as AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, UPS Information Services, and Verizon. Recently, most graduates have received job offers before or shortly after graduation. Several students have chosen to pursue graduate studies every year.

Perhaps there are other things you would like to know. The best way to find out is to visit us, chat with both faculty members and students, and experience the campus for yourself. We are located amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Wayne, New Jersey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 973.720.2649 or email us. My E-mail address is

Best of prospects.

John P. Najarian, Ph.D.

Chair, Computer Science Department