Raritan Valley Community College is a public, two-year community college located in North Branch, New Jersey. The institution was originally founded in 1966 as Somerset County College.
A board of nine established Raritan Valley Community College to serve their county. In 1968, the college first opened its doors to 226 students. The college was renamed Raritan Valley Community College in 1987 when it became the official community college for two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. The mission of RVCC is to be “...an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.”
RVCC offers different associate degree programs which include: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts or Associate of Applied Science. RVCC also offers certificate and continuing education courses. Raritan Valley is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, many of the programs at Raritan Valley are also accredited by professional organizations. These include: National league for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education, Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information management Education, the American Bar Association, and others.
Students at RVCC can choose from over 90 associate degrees and certificates. Students can receive degrees in eight different programs including Business, Computer Science and Technology, Education, Engineering/ Technology, Liberal Arts, Mathematics/Science, Medical and Visual & Performing Arts. The different concentrations within each program are vast and students have a wide range to choose from to further their academic career. Over 1,000 courses are offered per semester through day, evening, weekend and online classes. Professional career programs are enabled to provide students with the preparation needed to succeed in finding entry-level positions and transfer programs. In addition, Raritan Valley also offers two non-credit vocational programs: Automotive Entry Technician, Certificate of Professional Competency and Cosmetology, and Certificate of Professional Competency.
The student population is around 8,398, all of whom are undergraduates. A little over half of the students at Raritan Valley (56%) attend classes part time and 52% are female. Students are also encouraged to participate in on-campus activities such as clubs, organizations and events. Clubs and organizations cover a wide range of different interests and every student is bound to find a club to fit their needs and interests. There are service learning opportunities, honor societies, and student government. In addition, Raritan Valley also has six athletic teams, three for each gender. Men and Women’s basketball, Men and Women’s soccer, women’s softball and men’s baseball.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition at RVCC based on residency. Residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties and the district pay $4,384 per year in tuition and fees. In-state and out-of-state residents both pay $4,684. Financial aid is also available to part and full-time students. The college gains funds from the federal government, the State of New Jersey, and internal sources to assist in financial aid. There are certain eligibilities that students are required to have in order to be considered. Around 24% of students receive grant or scholarship aid and 9% of students take out federal student loans. It is important to note that this school has an open admissions policy.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,519
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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