Bergen Community College (BCC) was established in 1965 as an institution that provided economical education. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and provides two-year programs to prepare students for attending four year schools across the state of New Jersey.
One unique feature is a Women’s Institute that provides leadership training to women from all walks of life to help them attain their personal and professional goals.
Academic departments include:
School of Arts, Humanities and Wellness
School of English
School of Business, Social Sciences, and Public Service
School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
School of Health Professions
The college announces several part time certificate programs each month, a large part of which are online courses in writing, entrepreneurship, management, and nursing.
High school students can enroll in summer career programs to prepare for college.
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The college is known for two unique programs – the women’s institute and the student ambassador program.
Both programs are leadership programs designed to provide leadership skills that will help you enhance your professional qualifications and also help you realize your goals. This is done through lectures, workshops, conferences, and peer to peer learning events.
Apart from providing high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, freshmen students are required to take an Accuplacer placement test available at the college’s Office of Testing Services.
Transfer students must provide all college transcripts. The Accuplacer placement test is mandatory for transfer students as well.
International students are required to provide TOEFL scores.
Online courses can be paid for online or at the college’s Division of Continuing Education. No educational transcripts are required for online programs.
Financial aid programs include pell grants, supplemental education opportunity grants, direct loans, work study programs, and the New Jersey STARS program.
Eligible students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the FAFSA website.
The New Jersey STARS program is an initiative by the state government to provide free tuition for meritorious students and does not take financial need into account. The STARS program is limited to local community colleges.
Other college scholarship programs include the Urban Scholars Award, and the Outstanding Scholar Recruitment Program.
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Student clubs are divided into multicultural clubs, faith clubs, academic clubs, and social organizations. Greek organizations include the Phi Theta Kappa.
All students go through a new student orientation which introduces them to college life. Students can keep up to date with campus news with its student newspaper, The Torch.
Recreational facilities are available at the Center of Health, Wellness, and Personal Counseling. Wellness activities at the center include workshops and lectures about health and fitnesss.
Off campus recreation facilities include the AMC Theatres, the only movie theater complex at Paramus.
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Athletic teams are called the Bulldogs and are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Sports at the school include:
Track and Field
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