NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  — Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been ranked the No. 1 college in New Jersey by a national online education service.

Based on an analysis of 13 different criteria, schools.com ranked 33 four-year schools in New Jersey on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources and based on criteria such as tuition and fees, number of degrees and certificates offered, flexibility, student services, and rates of student graduation, retention and transfer.

The Top 10 of the Best Four-Year Colleges in New Jersey:

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1.     Rutgers University-New Brunswick

2.     New Jersey City University

3.     New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.     Ramapo College of New Jersey

5.     Rutgers University-Newark

6.     Stockton University

7.     Montclair State University

8.     The College of New Jersey

9.     Rutgers University–Camden

10.  Rowan University

“Rutgers University-New Brunswick has far and away the most degree programs available at any one institution in the state,” according to the online study. “In addition to ranking first for the number of programs, it also ranks second for the number of distance education options available. As one of the best online colleges for New Jersey, Rutgers Online offers a number of master's degrees, as well as bachelor degree completion programs in nursing and business administration.”

The university also garnered top 10 rankings for its average net price, the low median debt carried by graduates and its graduation rate.

New Brunswick is home to the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It was chartered as Queens College in 1766 and is one of the oldest four-year institutions in the United States, with 250 years of educational experience. It is a leading research institution and encompasses 18 colleges and schools that represent every field of study.

Schools.com ranked 1,649 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The complete rankings and methodology can be found online at http://www.schools.com/online-colleges/new-jersey.