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Branchburg, NJ 08876
p. 908-526-1200
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Raritan Valley Community College

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Situated on 240 acres in Branchburg, New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) serves two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. Originally named Somerset County College and established in 1965, RVCC now offers over 90 degree and certificate programs in a variety of areas of study.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools & Colleges, RVCC is a two-year community college which offers degree and certificate programs in the following areas of study: nursing, business, computer science and technology, visual and performing arts, education, medical, liberal arts, engineering, and mathematics and science. Students can obtain associate degrees or certificates to prepare for entry-level positions within the workforce, or pursue associate degrees to later transfer to four-year institutions to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to on-campus classes, RVCC also offers online classes through their distance learning program. Students can take a variety of classes online, and also earn three distinct online degrees: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate of Science in Business Administration, or an Associate of Science in Management Information Systems. RVCC also maintains a satellite campus—Franklin Center, established in 1999—which offers credit and non-credit courses through the Corporate and Continuing Education division. Students of all ages can benefit from classes offered through this program, including professional development courses, youth classes, allied health classes, teacher development courses, and customized training for area businesses. The Franklin Center also provides placement testing, academic advising, and registration.

RVCC also offers an honors program for students seeking a challenging course load, and college credits for high school students interested in obtaining a jump start on higher education.

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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is open to all students interested in higher education, who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students are required to fill out and submit an application for admission, along with a non-refundable application fee. Students may apply online, or download a paper application and mail it to the college. Students should also schedule to take the college placement exam and submit all transcripts (high school and prior college) to the school.

International students should go to the school website for admission instructions & requirements before applying to RVCC.

Financial Aid

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offers several financial aid options to qualifying students, including grants, loans, academic and non-academic scholarships, work study programs, and payment plans through Sallie Mae. Students can also arrange for monthly tuition payment plans with no interest through the college that requires an enrollment fee.

All students must fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5816th for the average student loan amount.
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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) serves a variety of students including high school graduates, transfers, international students, visiting students, as well as working adults and professionals. Students can expect smaller class sizes and better one-on-one attention from instructors, as well as free tutoring services, service learning opportunities, and internships with area businesses.

At RVCC, students have many other opportunities to be involved in campus life, including a variety of student clubs and organizations, intercollegiate sports, intramural sports, club sports, student events and activities, student government, The Record – an online student newspaper, as well as many volunteer opportunities. Other on-campus facilities include a planetarium, an optical clinic, an art gallery, and a theatre.

RVCC provides many services to its students, including transfer & career services, disability services, a childcare center, advising and counseling, as well as a library, and a bookstore.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) supports several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball. The Golden Lions compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Division XIX, and the Garden State Athletic Conference.

RVCC also offers intramural sports for students seeking competitive team sports on a recreational level. Intramural sports offered include basketball, volleyball, and softball. In addition, students can join a variety of club sports offered at RVCC.

Information Summary

Ranks 41st in New Jersey and 2150th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
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 34 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Branchburg, NJ 08876
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population41,956 (40,517 urban / 1,439 rural)
Households15,872 (2.60 people per house)
Median Household Income$68,213
Families10,797 (3.17 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 & 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 District3407

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4571st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,000 $3,480 $3,480
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $742 $742 $742
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $125 $145 $145
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 $4,942 $5,422 $5,422
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,977 $11,457 $11,457
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,877 $7,357 $7,357

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,930 $4,384 $4,230 $4,684 $4,230 $4,684
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $4,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,935(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,935(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 975th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,202 ($76,364 male / $69,944 female)
Number of FT Faculty 123 (53 male / 70 female)
Number of PT Faculty 485
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,738,100

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