Bergen Community College: Narrative Description

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400 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ 07652-1595
Tel: (201)447-7100; Admissions: (201)612-5482; Fax: (201)444-7036; Web Site:

Description: County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 167-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 13,991. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 5,198 applied, 85% were admitted. Full-time: 6,907 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 7,084 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 120 other countries, 0.2% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 6% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 31% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health programs. Option: Peterson's Universal Application. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/31. Notification: continuous. Preference given to county residents for nursing and dental hygiene programs.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $1982 full-time, $82.60 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $4104 full-time, $171 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4344 full-time, $181 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $403 full-time, $16.80 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Sidney Silverman Library and Learning Resources Center plus 1 other with 142,746 books, 846 serials, and an OPAC. 225 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Bergen Community College is located in Paramus, which is the geographic center of Bergen County in northern New Jersey. With more than 300,000 households and nearly 1 million residents, Bergen County is one of the largest counties in the state. The college is located on a 167-acre campus that is bordered by two golf courses and a county park. There is convenient transportation to New York City by bus, train, and ferry. The college is approximately 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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