William Paterson University is the third oldest public institution in New Jersey, chartered in 1855 in the city of Paterson. The University is named for William Paterson (1745-1806), the New Jersey patriot who was a signer of the Constitution, one of New Jersey’s first U.S. senators, New Jersey’s second governor, and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. William Paterson University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs through five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. The University also offers an Honors College program for academically gifted students with 10 tracks of study. The University offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs (doctorate in clinical psychology and doctor of nursing practice). Certification is available in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education. There are also pre-professional programs in law, medicine (dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary science), physical therapy, and physician assistant. The University partners with Mercer County Community College to offer several bachelor’s degrees for Mercer graduates on the college’s West Windsor campus.