Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Cumberland County College was New Jersey’s first ever community college, officially opening its doors in 1966. With a 100-acre campus set right in the heart of Vineland, the 2-year institution offers 90 programs and fields of study that enable students to transfer to a 4-year institution to get their baccalaureate or to jump head first and fully prepared into today’s work force.
The school offers programs that cover specific fields of industry, such as agriculture and construction, as well as more liberal arts related material such as journalism, justice studies and performing arts. Actually, the campus’ Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center – which opened in 1994 – houses not only the Bridgeton Symphony but also is the central hub for many musical and art related programs for all South New Jersey residents.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Although admission requirements depend on degree and non-degree related programs as well as specific fields of study, such as nursing and elementary/early childhood education, The admissions office requires all applicants to either submit a high school transcript showing a graduation date or GED scores. Applicants are also required to take the Accuplacer exam, but it does not determine actual admission; it is solely for course placement.
Additionally, students must submit proof of having both health and accident insurance as well as a certificate of immunization from a licensed physician. The school accepts applications on a rolling basis.
High school or home school students are eligible to enroll in a dual credit program, permitting them to take classes on campus. Permission and recommendations, however, are required from both their parents and high school administrators before they can be accepted.
Students requesting financial aid are required to fill out and submit a FAFSA – the Free Application for Student Aid. Students are recommended to fill out and submit the form immediately after January 1, but the school does have specific deadlines for both the fall and spring semesters, residing in June and November, respectively. Aid is available for the summer term and interested parties should contact the Financial Aid Office three weeks prior to starting classes.
After the FAFSA has been submitted, the Financial Aid Office will take charge of processing any additional information as well as awarding the student their designated aid. Students can receive three primary types of aid: federal, state and private. Within those categories, individuals are eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs
Also, the school offers occasional financial aid workshops, specifically for high school seniors interested in attending. Therefore, any questions or issues with the application process can be easily answered and discussed.
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There are numerous opportunities for students wishing to get involved and meet other peers. Even though there is neither on-campus housing nor many out-of-state students, the school provides the use of the Student Life Office as a key resource for all individuals to get involved outside of their classes.
Through the office, students can easily find extracurricular and fun activities to do such as join an athletics team, whether varsity or club, or participate in one of the numerous clubs on campus, including the criminal justice society, the drama club and PRIDE.
At the same time, students can fine-tune their leadership skills by participating for the Student Senate and bettering the lives of their fellow student body. Additionally, the school offers the Student Pathways Leadership Institute (SPLI), a program specifically designed to provide leadership training to attendees.
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Since 1998, Cumberland County College has actively participated in intercollegiate sports, competing within the Garden State Athletic Conference and as members of Region XIX, Division III in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Dawning the school’s colors of navy blue and gold, the Dukes complete in a plethora of intercollegiate competitive sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, softball and baseball. At the club level, the school participates in lacrosse, soccer, fencing and track and field.
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