The influence of southern New Jersey’s colleges and universities continues to grow as its major colleges, and an aggressive group of community colleges, focus their degree programs on the area’s changing economics and growing industries. Here’s a guide to the area’s colleges.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Serving Atlantic and Cape May counties, this comprehensive community college offers more than 40 transfer and career degree programs. The college is also home to the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Casino Career Institute, both nationally recognized and focusing on serving the Atlantic City job market. The college is located on 451 acres in Mays Landing, but also has full campuses in Atlantic City (including the Health Professions Institute) and Cape May Court House. The college also offers extensive continuing eduction programs for adults. Currently enrollment is about 6,500 credit students.
Burlington County College
This county college maintains campuses in Pemberton and Mt. Laurel, and two college centers in Mt. Holly and Willingboro, offering a full range of university transfer degrees, associates degree programs and professional technical career development programs. Its 112-acre Mt. Laurel campus accounts for about 50 percent of the school’s enrollment and is set in the middle of New Jersey’s growing high-tech corridor. The school also operates numerous satellite programs throughout the county. The college’s programs include the Institute for Professional Development, which offers a number of management and technical certificate programs.
Camden County College
Located on three distinct campuses in Camden, Blackwood and Cherry Hill, Camden County College is recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country with an impressive degree-completion rate. The college serves more than 22,000 credit students and is currently undergoing a massive capital improvement project at its Blackwood Campus. Programs cover technical fields like automotive technology and mechanical engineering; health professions like nursing and medical coding; and liberal arts and sciences. The college also offers a wide range of recreational offerings, from social dancing to computer studies.
Cumberland County College
The first community college to open in New Jersey (1966), Cumberland County College offers more than 90 transfer and degree programs and serves more than 3,500 credit students. The college campus is located in Vineland and includes the Luciano Conference Center, a first-rate events facility; the Guaracini Arts Center, a cultural hub of the region; and the Navone Healthcare Education Center, featuring futuristic, multifunctional classrooms and labs.
Gloucester County College
This community college offers a unique perspective in higher education by offering a wide range of academic programs, services and facilities amidst a diverse student body, friendly staff and accomplished faculty. Distance learning, Life Long Learning, transfer programs and dynamic academic programs offer convenience and flexibility.
Ocean County College
The community college offers a main 275-acre campus in Toms River and the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin. The college also offer classes at several off-campus sites throughout Ocean County. Current enrollment is over 8,500 credit students. The college also offers extensive continuing education and online instruction with more than 55 career training courses.
Salem County College
Salem Community College traces its origins to the opening of Salem County Technical Institute in 1958. In 1972, Salem County College was created. The college offers more than 40 degree and certificate programs. The college serves about 1,300 credit students with campuses in Carney’s Point and the Salem Center in historic Salem. In recent years the school has established new degree programs including glass art, computer graphic art and nursing; implemented over $1 million in instructional technology; and completed over $6 million in facility renovations and new construction.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
This mid-sized liberal arts college in Pomona, has been listed among the top five national public liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The award-winning school has a 1,600-acre campus in the New Jersey Pinelands and has long been a state leader in environmental sciences. The college includes an astronomical observatory; the Holocaust Resource Center; marine science laboratory, field station and marina; an on-campus outdoor research lab (400 acres including fields and lakes) and a well-regarded Performing Arts Center, among numerous other facilities. The college also offers classes at the Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City and the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center in Mays Landing. With more than 7,000 full- and part-time students and expanding graduate degree programs, the college is one of the fastest growing in the region.
Formerly Glassboro State College, Rowan maintains campuses in Glassboro and Camden. Includes colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Fine & Performing Arts, Engineering, Education and Communication and the Rohrer College of Business. The university also offers more than 25 graduate degree programs and a doctoral program in education. The university also houses a number of centers and institutes, including the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies. Founded in 1923 with a mission to train teachers for the region, the university maintains a strong tradition of education programs offering seven teacher certification programs. The university also played an important role in the Cold War as the site of a 1967 summit between president Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin. With nearly 10,000 students, Rowan is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the Northeast.
Rutgers University - Camden
The southernmost of the three regional campuses that comprise Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers-Camden delivers all the resources of one of America’s most prestigious public research universities. Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers-Camden began as an amalgam of the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. The combined schools became the Camden campus of Rutgers in 1950. Today the campus boasts the nation’s first doctoral program in childhood studies, a new state-of-the-art law school facility, and a comprehensive four-year undergraduate business curriculum. Enrollment at Rutgers-Camden is over 5,000 total graduate and undergraduate students. Rutgers-Camden is located in the heart of the bustling Camden Waterfront neighborhood.
• For a state map of colleges and universities, visit www.nj.gov/highereducation/colleges/CollsMapped.html