The northern New Jersey metropolitan area offers virtually
unlimited opportunities to enjoy cultural, recreational and educational pursuits.
Newark is an active business and industrial center with a population
of over 275,000. It has two large educational complexes composed of several
adjacent universities and schools of higher education, exciting ethnic enclaves
and vast open parklands. The city is surrounded by smaller urban and suburban
communities, offering a full spectrum of affordable housing.
In October 1997, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened
on the waterfront in the heart of the city. This facility, which includes a
3,000 seat opera house, a 2,500-seat concert hall and a 1,800-seat music theater,
is second only to New York's Lincoln Center as the largest cultural arts center
in the United States. Other cultural facilities in the city include the internationally
acclaimed Newark Museum, where a $7 million expansion program was recently completed;
the 101-year old Newark Public Library; the New Jersey Historical Society, which
was founded in 1845, and the 2,800-seat Symphony Hall. Each spring Newark's
Branch Brook Park provides the most spectacular display of cherry blossoms in
the United States.
The campus is convenient to many recreational and entertainment
areas; a thriving airport and railroad station are located nearby. New York
City, and all that it has to offer, is only minutes away and easily accessible
by either public or private transportation. The Meadowlands Sports and Entertainment
complex, housing professional football, soccer and basketball teams as well
as concerts and nightly horse racing, is less than fifteen minutes away.
To the northwest are mountains and lake regions, replete with
scenic beauty and picturesque towns. Boating, fishing, hiking and camping facilities
are found at Lake Hopatcong, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
and High Point State Park. Vernon Valley/Great Gorge provides excellent skiing.
New Jersey's shore and cape areas, a one to two-hour drive
from the campus, boast miles of sandy white beaches, bays for sailing and fishing,
boardwalk amusement parks and Atlantic City's glittering casino hotels.
Northern New Jersey is an ideal locale for young families,
with ample high-quality daycare, abundant municipal playgrounds and pools, excellent
school systems and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.