Raritan Valley Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 3300
Somerville, NJ 08876-1265
Tel: (908)526-1200
Fax: (908)704-3442
Web Site: http://www.raritanval.edu/


County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 225-acre small town campus with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. Research spending 2003-04: $78,196. Total enrollment: 6,451. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,443 applied, 68% were admitted. Full-time: 2,497 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 3,954 students, 65% women, 35% men. 7% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 8% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 40% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Somerset County Technical Institute. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for foreign students or respiratory care, nursing programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $2340 full-time, $78 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2340 full-time, $78 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $740 full-time, $22 per credit part-time, $80 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Club, The Latin Pride Club, Student Nurses Association, The Record (student newspaper), Christian Fellowship Club. Major annual events: Fall Picnic, Spring Picnic, Student Awards Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, 24-hour outdoor surveillance cameras. College housing not available. Evelyn S. Field Learning Resources Center with 82,942 books, 7,863 microform titles, 354 serials, 1,140 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $857,730. 844 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Somerville is the county seat for Somerset County. It is a suburban community located ten miles west of Plainfield and ten miles northwest of New Brunswick.

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