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Union County College: Narrative Description


1033 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016-1528
Tel: (908)709-7000; Admissions: (908)709-7127; Fax: (908)709-0527; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1933. Setting: 48-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Educational spending 2002-03: $3800 per student. Total enrollment: 10,399. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 5,999 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 5,430 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 4,969 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 82 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 24% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 5% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Kean University; The College of New Jersey. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview. Placement: SAT I recommended; SAT I required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $1752 full-time, $73 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $3504 full-time, $146 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $146 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $491 full-time, $20.45 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 17 open to all. Most popular organizations: SIGN, Spanish Club, Black Students Heritage Organization, Student Government Organization, International Cultural Exchange Students. Major annual events: new student mixers, international cultural festivals, Hip-Hop Appreciation Week and Spring Fling. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. MacKay Library plus 2 others with 132,050 books, 8,465 microform titles, 2,259 serials, 2,259 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.2 million. 750 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A suburban area, 10 miles southwest of Newark, Cranford enjoys all the cultural and recreational advantages of nearby New York. Major forms of commercial transportation are available.

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