Founded in 1868 by the Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield College is a private four-year college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and chartered by the State of New Jersey. The college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the United States through the Synod of the Northeast and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. The Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The most popular majors include Business, Health professions, Clinical Sciences, Psychology, Social sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts.
Certificate programs available at this school include an RN to BSN accelerated degree program, Gerontology, Network Engineering, and a post-baccalaureate Teacher Education program.
Special academic options include independent study, double majors, an honors program, dual enrollment for high school students, self-designed majors, teacher certification, internships, a student exchange program, accelerated degree programs, and English language courses. Academic support services include the Center forcademic Development, reduced course loads, remedial instruction, a preadmission summer program, tutoring, and special academic counseling.
A member of the Consortium for International Studies, Bloomfield offers study abroad opportunities in eighteen European, African, Asian, and South American countries.
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The science department offers special B.S./D.C. degree programs in conjunction with 12 accredited chiropractic schools. It also offers 5-year Medical Technology, Cytotechnology, and Toxicology programs in conjunction with the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Students can also get a B.S. in Computer Information Systems here and a M.S. in Information Systems from NJIT through another one of the college’s partnership program.
Applicants for first-year admission must submit an official high school academic transcript, official Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) or American College Test (ACT) score reports, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a list of extracurricular activities, and post secondary school transcripts (where applicable). A nonrefundable application fee is also required. Although admissions are decided on a rolling basis, preference is given to applicants who submit all of the requirements by the priority deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, special admission applicants, applicants to the Nursing program, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
Nearly 95 percent of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. In a single year, students were awarded more than $14 million in financial aid. Forms of aid include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The university also has a limited number of scholarships and grants that are awarded directly from the school. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority filing deadline date is March 15. Applicants are notified of their financial aid awards on a rolling basis beginning in early April.
If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.
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Housing assignments are not guaranteed; they are prioritized by commuting distance to and from the college. Housing will be awarded based on admittance to residence facilities will be base on academic performance, good citizenship, and the discretion of the Director of Residential Education & Housing, with the exception of first year/transfer students in their first semester. A meal plan is required for resident students. There are two traditional residence halls that feature cable TV with premium channels, optional telephone service, Internet access, laundry facilities, community lounge areas and computer labs. Each floor only houses one gender, and there is a community bathroom on each floor. The college also has residential houses that are reserved for excellent students, and a newly renovated residence hall for upperclassmen.
The college also offers many resources for its numerous commuter students. There are study areas, lounges, and refreshments for commuter students. Commuter meal plans are available. The college’s special Commuter Breakfast Program gives students the opportunity to meet with administrators and discuss relevant issues.
There are more than 30 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Home to the Westminster Arts Center, the college’s special Arts-As-Catalyst program includes a theatre ensemble; a student circus troupe; an art gallery; organized museum visits, art exhibits, performances, poetry readings, and contests.
All of the students have online access to their own “virtual workspaces” on the College’s network and servers. There are more than 200 computers available for student use on campus. They can be found in computer labs, classrooms, and the library. All of the computers are connected to the campus network and the Internet.
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Known as the Deacons, the athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level. The college is also a member of the CACC and the NJAIAW. Intercollegiate sports offered include men’s baseball, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and men’s cross country. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.
Intramural sports for men and women include basketball, volleyball, and flag football.
Notable alumni include:
- C. Louis Bassano, politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate
- Frantz Jean-Charles, retired Haitian soccer player
- Sandra Bolden Cunningham, politician who has been serving in the New Jersey Senate
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