The sentence means Rodolfo Godinez must serve at least 218 years for his conviction on murder, robbery and weapons charges.
The 27-year-old immigrant from Nicaragua didn't say anything during the sentencing in Newark.
The murders of Dashon Harvey, Terrance Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower and the shooting and stabbing of a fourth victim stunned New Jersey's largest city.
All four victims were enrolled or about to be enrolled at Delaware State University.
Nearly a dozen relatives spoke including the survivor of the attack. She told the judge she'll have a party when Godinez dies.
Five other defendants are awaiting trial.