Founded in 1933, Union County College is the oldest of New Jersey’s community colleges. The main campus in Cranford is joined by satellites in Elizabeth, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. Union is a two-year institution with the mission of serving career-minded high school graduates and working adults. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Union County College offers associate’s degrees in 64 fields. Nine distinct associate’s degrees are available within the area of Business and Computers. The Science and Technology area offers 16 potential degrees, ranging from Engineering to Mathematics and Nuclear Medicine. One of the most cutting-edge degree programs is Game Design Creation. Video games represent one of the largest sectors in the entertainment industry. Students pursuing their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Game Design Creation can choose one of four course sequences to customize their studies: animation, illustration, photography, or film and video.
Like many community colleges, Union maintains articulation agreements with several nearby universities. Those schools include Rutgers, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University, Kean University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students who want to take advantage of these dual-degree programs apply to the baccalaureate program of their choice and take classes at Union for the first two years. Provided that all associate’s degree requirements are met, students can transfer seamlessly to their university programs and complete the bachelor’s degree.
Union County College offers the following degree programs online: Business, Business Management, Computer Science, Information Systems Technology, and Liberal Studies. Individual online, hybrid and teleconference courses are available in nearly every department. The costs and expectations for online coursework are identical to traditional classroom instruction. Students should be aware of the technology requirements for all online courses, which generally include a modern desktop or laptop computer with ample memory and processor speed, speakers and a microphone, an office software suite and a high-speed Internet connection.