Union County College, located in Union County, NJ, is a public, two year community college that is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Union County College, founded in 1933, was the first of New Jersey’s nineteen community colleges, and educates transfer-oriented and career-minded students. Union Community College has four campuses, which are located in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Elizabeth and Cranford, NY. An online program is available for students that cannot attend classes in the typical classroom environment, and require a flexible schedule.
The history of Union County College dates back to 1933, when it opened as Union County Junior College in Rosell, NJ, and had an enrollment of 243 students that were enrolled in evening classes. The original mission of the college was to offer a two year educational program that would prepare students for transitions to other educational institutions and also emphasized vocational training for student’s that weren’t planning on continuing their education at four year institutions. In 1983, Union County Junior College and Union County Technical Institute, which was located in Scotch Plains, NJ, merged to form Union County College.
More than 40,000 students are enrolled at Union County College, and more than seventy-five associate degrees and certificates are offered. UCC is an open admissions college, and is open to all applicants eighteen years old or older who have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students entering UCC are required to take the Accuplacer, which is a basic skills placement test that measures a student’s math, reading and writing skills. UCC’s programs have a liberal arts foundation.
In addition to the degrees and certificates that are offered at UCC, the college’s continuing education department offers non-credit courses for personal enrichment and professional development. Union County College is New Jersey’s biggest educator of undergraduate allied health care professionals. UCC offers a high quality education that uses state of the art technology in both its career-oriented and technical certificate and degree programs and prepares students for professional career entry.
UCC’s comprehensive educational program prepares students for transfer to four year educational institutions. Students that complete their associate degree in certain programs at UCC and have completed the required criteria of UCC’s dual admission program will be admitted as juniors to the undergraduate colleges in New Jersey of their choice, including Kean University, New Jersey State University, Farleigh Dickenson University, Rutgers-The State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Montclair State University. It is important for students to work with an advisor or counselor to make sure that they are making progress towards graduation from UCC, and that they are meeting the necessary requirements for transferring. UCC also has direct transfer/articulations with over five hundred colleges and universities across the country.
UCC has an Institute for Intensive English that offers a full-time, intensive English instruction program to speakers of foreign languages. The purpose of the program is to help students improve their English language skills so that they can further their personal, academic and career goals. UCC offers a supportive learning environment that provides student-focused teaching and support services that enhance and support services that enhance the social and personal development of students. Students can participate in reading, writing and math developmental studies that increase their literacy skills and prepare them for programs at the college level.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,458
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