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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.

    Most Popular Fields of Study

    Unique Programs

    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

    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.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 5500th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in New Jersey.


    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.

    Student Enrollment Demographics


    Athletic teams are called the Bulldogs and are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Sports at the school include:

  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Information Summary

    Ranks 44th in New Jersey and 2468th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 1 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.01
    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 36 0.14
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 3 0.01
    Robbery 22 0.08
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 89 0.34
    Larceny 1,551 5.87
    Vehicle theft 28 0.11

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Paramus, NJ 07652-1595
    Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population25,737 (25,737 urban / N/A rural)
    Households8,082 (3.00 people per house)
    Median Household Income$76,918
    Families6,779 (3.32 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
    Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingVery large 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 District3405

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 3965th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,133 $6,528 $6,840
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,014 $1,014 $1,014
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $131 $272 $285
    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 $5,547 $8,942 $9,254
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,495 $19,890 $20,202
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,467 $12,862 $13,174

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $3,937 $4,099 $7,230 $7,494 $7,542 $7,806
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,400(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 $7,028(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,920(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,920(N/C)

    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
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/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

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1405th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $69,082 ($75,372 male / $69,903 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 370 (158 male / 212 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 1,048
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
    Total Benefits $9,519,998

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