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275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
p. 215-968-8000
w. www.bucks.edu/

Bucks County Community College

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Introduction

Located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Bucks County Community College (commonly known as Bucks) is a two-year community college with three different campuses throughout the area. The school offers non-credit courses, certificate programs and associate’s degrees as well as numerous continuing education courses. Students may pursue an education via traditional classroom instruction, online, or by taking a hybrid of the two. Bucks offers nearly eighty majors as well as hundreds of courses, and many students begin their academic careers at the college in order to transfer into a four-year institution where they may complete a baccalaureate program.

The athletics program offers intercollegiate sports and there are numerous student organizations and clubs to make social life interesting and fulfilling for students. There are also several community activities such as youth summer camps offered by the college.

Academics

The college strives to meet the needs of a diverse community and offers a variety of certificate programs, degree programs, transfer degrees, and courses for people who just want to learn a new skill or improve their employment skills. Following is a description of some of the options that the school offers.

Occupational Majors

Occupational majors are the first type of associate’s degree offered at this school. They consist of programs that are designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level jobs that require both an education and practical experience. The programs take at least four semesters of study and combine general education courses with degree-specific classes. Some of these programs include medical assisting, network technology, nursing, chef apprenticing and graphic design.

Even though students that receive these degrees are ready to enter the workforce, many people obtain these degrees in order to gain a better paying or more enjoyable job while they pursue a bachelor’s degree. Many of the credits obtained in occupational majors transfer to four-year colleges. There are also occupational certificates available that take approximately two semesters to complete.

Transfer Majors

Transfer majors are the second type of associate’s degree offered and are designed for students who want to complete the first two years of their bachelor’s degree at a much lower cost than a four-year college while remaining close to home. These programs often consist of taking general education courses or electives that would usually be completed in the freshman and sophomore years of a baccalaureate program, but students may also take courses that are specific to their degree. Students should confer with the college that they want to transfer to in order to be sure that all credits will transfer. Many colleges have an agreement with the school, and students may discuss this with their academic advisor.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are another educational option for students. These are generally completed in one or two semesters and focus on developing occupational skills. These credits may be applied toward an associate’s degree or may just serve to gain a better knowledge of one’s job or meet required continuing education requirements that some state or federal licensing agents require in order for the employee to maintain certification.

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Admissions

There is an open enrollment policy, which means that everybody that meets minimum enrollment requirements is accepted. Students should begin by completing the online application. Once the application is complete, students will receive a student ID number and an online username so that they may continue the registration process.

Students will then need to take placement tests to determine writing, math and reading skills before being permitted to register for classes. International students and students for whom English is not a native language may be required to take English as a Second Language tests as well. Students entering certain programs will also need to take a chemistry test. Some students may be able to receive a testing waiver based on previous coursework or testing.

Next, students have to sign up for an advising group session so that advisors can assist with class choices, registration and approve the student’s registration. The student will require a username for this process. Orientation will be scheduled so that students may meet with student leaders and staff in order to gain the information necessary to begin their college education. The college offers snacks, a T-shirt, and a student planner to all who attend.

All students registering for credit courses are required to take the College Orientation Seminar during the first semester. Students will receive one credit for this course and will learn skills such as time management, effective study skills, decision making and goal setting. This will be discussed in detail during the advising and registration meeting.

Finally, students will need to pay the complete balance due or make arrangements for a financial aid deferment or payment plan prior to starting classes. Failure to do so may result in the registered schedule being voided and the student will have to re-register. Should this happen, the classes that were originally registered for may not be available.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and payment plans. The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January. Financial information for both the student and the family is required so the applicant should have this available prior to completing the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5717th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The athletics department participates in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as a division III department. The requirements for playing any sports include registering for a minimum of twelve hours each semester, must maintain a minimum GPA and all students are required to undergo a physical that the school pays for. Sports available include men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, coed golf, coed tennis and both hunt seat and western equestrian riding. Men may also play baseball while women may play volleyball.

Information Summary

Ranks 160th in Pennsylvania and 2101st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.13
Larceny 26 1.15
Vehicle theft 1 0.04

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Newtown, PA 18940-4106
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population27,121 (23,491 urban / 3,630 rural)
Households9,780 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$81,571
Families7,480 (3.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4208

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3454th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,952 $5,904 $8,856
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $914 $1,154 $1,394
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $123 $246 $369
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,566 $8,758 $11,950
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,966 $20,158 $23,350
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,066 $14,258 $17,450

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,022 $3,722 $7,410 $6,770 $10,668 $9,818
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,700(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,900(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,500 $5,670
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,500 $5,670

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 14 33 29 20 12 668 148 931
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 1 6 2 11
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 2 5
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Biology Teacher Education
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 3 1 5 4 13
Biotechnology 1 1 2 4
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 3 4 4 3 1 100 30 146
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3 3
Business/Commerce, General 2 2
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 1 1
Chemical Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Chemistry Teacher Education
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 1 2
Child Care and Support Services Management
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 1 1 12 15
Commercial Photography 2 2
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1 7 9
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 3 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4 3 7
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 2 1 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 2 5 2 12
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 2
Corrections 4 4
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 1 17 2 23
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 10 3 15
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 1 1
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 7 3 11
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 1 7 5 15
Education, General 2 2 1 26 5 36
Engineering Technology, General
Environmental Science 3 3
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 1 1 12 1 15
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 6 8
Historic Preservation and Conservation 1 1 2
History Teacher Education 2 7 2 12
Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 11 3 17
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 1 13 1 18
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 12 1 14
Information Science/Studies 1 11 3 15
Journalism 4 4
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 2 30 4 36
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 3 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 2 2 1 1 60 20 87
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 1 3
Mathematics, General 3 2 5
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 19 2 22
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 1 3 12 1 18
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 2 9
Music, General 1 10 3 15
Network and System Administration/Administrator 4 4
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 2 2 1 38 6 49
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 9 3 13
Precision Production Trades, General 1 14 2 17
Psychology, General 2 3 34 7 48
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 1 1 1 69 9 86
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 15 3 20
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 7 7
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 1 1 3
Visual and Performing Arts, General 2 9 4 15
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 3 1 6
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1894th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,661 ($69,576 male / $56,453 female)
Number of FT Faculty 154 (68 male / 86 female)
Number of PT Faculty 560
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,443,585
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