Community Colleges are all around us and they offer an array of endless possibilities for the students. The choice is yours as to where you go and how far you are willing to go as far as a degree, such as associates, bachelors, masters or Ph.D. Certain career fields are also requiring a minimum level of either a bachelor’s degree or even as high as a masters degree for employers to even look at you in today’s job market. There are many colleges out there, and all have differences deep within them. There are five top community colleges to examine in order to find the exact school for you.
Camden County College
This college has three locations, Blackwood NJ, Camden NJ, as well as Cherry Hill NJ. They offer an assortment of programs and although they are a two year college, they offer a transfer program for those who are interested. They accept a wide variety of students to attend including those who are living out of state. Among the programs the school has to offer, the top four fields are Nursing, Science, Technology and Languages.
Statistical Comparison as of Fall 2009
Out of all the college students that attend Camden County College, over half of them are Caucasian, and over 70 percent are Camden county residents. Less than 30 percent of the students are African American and less than 20 percent are residents. A combination of Asian and Hispanics only holds at 15 percent of the college students and a low 14 percent of them are actually residents.
Less than 40 percent of the students that attend are male students and also out of all of the students, less than 50 percent are male Camden county residents. Over 60 percent of the students are women and out of all of those students, over 50 percent are female Camden County residents. The average students are beginning college at the young age of twenty six years old. Out of all the students that are attending the college, over 70 percent are residents and over 90 percent are NJ residents. Less than 30 percent of students are directly right out of college. You would think that most of the college students would be attending full time, but in reality, there are only a little over half of the student enrollment figures are full time and a little under half are part time students.
In the fiscal budget year of 2010, it was $64,140,195.00 and the tuition rates differ depending on the location. For those living in Camden County it costs $96 a credit, for those who reside out of Camden county it costs only $100 a credit and for the students that are International, they pay only $170 a credit. There are options also such as hours and classes, as well as they offer online courses. Camden County College has been ranked one of the nation’s largest public post-secondary school as well as NJ’s second largest county college. In the fiscal year of 2009, a total number of students that took credit courses rested at 23,399 and that is only a small part. From the year 1967 until the fall semester of 2009, a total of 311,207 students attended credit courses alone. The college also offers non-credit courses for those who don’t need the credits and senior citizens.
They have a large staff employed there and that is 345 full time staff members as well as 139 full time professors and teaching professors (adjuncts). Their funding is from a mixed source, 64% comes from student tuition and various fees, 16% comes from state funding, 16 percent comes from county funding and 4% comes from miscellaneous donations.
They are recognized nationally as a leader in technology programs, such as Video Game Design and Development and also Photonics, and also for being a regional vital resource for transfer education and cultural events. Recent studies have shown, from federal Dept. of Education, that they ranked: Top 5 for Associate Degrees in Education, Top 50 for Associate Degrees in Nursing/Health Professions, Top 75 for Associate Degrees completed by African American and other non-minority students and ranked Top 100 for Community Colleges. The Three categories that Camden County has to offer are shown below for your convenience.
1. Career Programs : They offer many different programs, with these you can achieve employment in a multitude of positions with just completing a 2 year career program. These are a few, however you should look because there are more: Accounting, Finance, Biotechnology, Dietetic Technology, Computer Design, Computer Graphics, Automotive Technology (Apprentice), Fire Science, Addictions Counseling, Health Information, Engineering, Dental Assisting.
2. Transfer Programs: These Programs are designed for the students to further their knowledge regarding their major and so they only offer a 2 year program with suggestions towards what classes to take to transfer to another school . These are a few, check them out because there may be more: Liberal Arts & Science, Studio Art, Computer Science, Nursing, Elementary/Secondary Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Engineering Science, Sports Management.
3. Certification Programs : These are programs where after completion you are able to obtain a certificate to prove you performed the certain amount of hours to earn that diploma. There are a few listed below: Cancer Tumor Registry, Developmental Disabilities, Computer Programming, Computer Graphics, Medical Coding, Office Assistant, Web Design.
Rowan University (Formerly known as Glassboro University)
Rowan University, is considered a middle sized public university, and has two campus, one is in Glassboro and the other is located in Camden NJ. They have been reported inside the magazine, US News & World Report, as having ranked 23rd of the Northern Regional Universities and also 3rd among the public colleges. It also ranked 22nd nationally in their college of engineering category. Their statistics prove that they are a serious college for learning and are being recognized in Forbes in a yearly listing of America’s Best Colleges.
The average class holds a minimum number of twenty students and the student to faculty ratio is a small size of fifteen students to one teacher. All students are taught only by professors in Rowan. For those students that are interested in studying abroad, there are two hundred study abroad programs in over thirty countries. There are over sixty computer labs, 120 technology classrooms, and over half of the classrooms are technologically enabled. Wireless internet is available inside the buildings on campus and outside as well, allowing students to sit outside in between classes and still have the internet. The percentage of faculty that actually hold a doctorate degree is over 90 percent. There are 9,918 under graduates and 1,474 graduates from the MidAtlantic States and thirty foreign countries. Only 22 percent of the students that are enrolled are categorized as minority and the average student that comes right from high school is in the top 20 percent of their class. The average SAT I score is a 571 in reading and 602 in mathematics.
Rowan awarded in 2009, 2,047 undergraduate students with a degree as well as 329 Graduate students. Rowan students are very well rounded and they have a large number of clubs and organizations for the students to join, a total number of 130 clubs. There are 8 intramural sports per year and 17 organized sport club programs. A total of 3600 students live on campus in 8 residence halls and 4 apartment complexes. Students are obviously required to share an apartment with other students when living on campus.
Tuition rates are different for out of state students and NJ residents. Those who live out of the state of NJ are paying $19,034 for tuition and fees and those who are Nj residents only have to pay $11,676. Room and board does not change on where you live, it costs a total of $10,158 for students to live on campus.
Financial Stats of Rowan University, Fall 2010
There are over seven thousand students that attend Rowan that received assistance in the fall of 2010. The break down goes as follows for those figures, at least $110 million was awarded out of that there were $89 million was awarded in loans, $24 million were awarded in grants and $5.8 million was awarded in scholarships.
Employed by Rowan are 1,262 full time and part time staff and faculty members. There are 402 faculty and 860 full and part time staff members available to help you with anything you may have questions about. They offer a wide range of academic majors available for undergraduate students and for those interested in Graduate academic programs there are also a few of those as well. The Graduate Academic Programs are based on the fact that you have background knowledge and are looking for more of a closure course, before you graduate.
Financial Aid is also available for those who can’t make it on their own, there are many forms of aid available. For Undergraduate and Graduate students there are student grants, student loans, student work study, and also student scholarships available to apply for. It is always important to fill out a Fafsa (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) every year around tax time to see what you may qualify for federally and then go to other forms of financial aid.
Rutgers – The State University of NJ
Rutgers, is located in three branches, New Brunswick NJ, Newark NJ, and Camden NJ. Every campus is different with statistical information, because every city/neighborhood has different socioeconomic groups. Rutgers has an upside, no matter where you intend on attending classes, you only need to put in an application at one campus and it will affect all three. There are over 100 majors at this college and more than 50,000 students choose Rutgers for their education. There are 12 schools located on the New Brunswick campus that students go to for various degrees. Three of the twelve programs are listed below for you to look at.
School of Arts and Sciences
The school of Arts and Sciences is for undergraduates and there are 16,207 full and part time students that attend on campus. There are 1,478 full and part time faculty members and available to students are a total of 2 degrees that are awarded, they are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) . The school provides core classes to students and 40 academic programs with over 70 majors. They offer the freshman students to study with senior members of the faculty in, Byrne First Year Seminars. They offer 60 international programs with over 30 countries in the Rutgers Study Abroad Program.
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
This program offers undergraduate students in professional and preprofessional programs the opportunity to focus on the entire biological field. There are 3,314 full and part time students and 356 full and part time faculty members. There are an assortment of degrees available in the Bachelor of Science major such as, Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. Among the many majors, there are also majors in the Bachelor of Arts program, such as Biological Sciences, and Chemistry. There are 25 majors for undergraduate students with 50 options for specialization.
Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick
There are six satellite locations for the school and they are in New Jersey, China and Singapore and 2 main campus in Newark and New Brunswick. There are 4, 071 full and part time students that attend on both of the campus and 194 full and part time faculty members. There are six majors listed under the Bachelor of Science Degree and also award students with a degree in Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Accountancy. There are six majors that are only offered on the Newark campus and they are Executive M.B.A., M.B.A. in Professional Accounting, Master of Information Technology, Master of Quantitative Finance, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Joint M.B.A. degrees with degrees in law and Medicine. The major of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is only awarded through the Graduate school in Newark.
Rutgers Business School was ranked nationally the nation’s best undergraduate business school by Businessweek and the only NJ program in 2009 “Best UnderGraduate Business Schools” list. Rutgers has had 85 percent of students receive an award for financial aid that ranged from $500 to $24,000 and the average package was only $17,700. They attest to doing everything in their power to inform you of all of your financial aid needs because they believe that your education is an investment in your future. Costs can range whether or not you are a student who lives on campus or at home and travels to the campus. Tuition charges all differ depending on your situation and therefore, you should click on the link at the end of this section so you can see all the tuition charges and fees.
The University of Pennsylvania
There are a total of 21,203 full time students and 3,804 part time students that attend The University of Penn school and out of those numbers 10, 394 are under graduate students and 10,809 are Graduate/Professional Students. For those undergraduate students that were admitted the number tells us that only 3, 841 applicants out of 26, 941 were admitted to the Class of 2014. Those students were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and scored an average on the SAT of 1,440. Only a total number of 411 International students were accepted into the school out of a total number of 4,390 applicants. The International students were accepted from all over the world.
The University is a diverse campus which consists of 39.6 percent being Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American and over half of all students being women. There are four undergraduate schools students are open to attend, The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences), School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing, and The Wharton School. The majority of students attend The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences). The school has a full faculty as of December of 2010, a total number of 4,200 faculty members, and 2, 307 members of an Academic Support Staff as well.
Faculty members are also members of distinct areas of the college and they are listed below as proof that not only are the college faculty employed by the college, they are connected otherwise as well. There are many organizations that faculty belong to from The Academy of Arts and Sciences to the National Academy of Sciences, including the Guggenheim Fellowships. For the past twenty years they have also had people awarded many awards there beginning with the MacArthur award and ending with the Pulitzer Prize.
The school has a total count of 16,300 faculty and staff. Tuition rates for the school year of 2010-2011 are $40,514 and Room and Board Fees are at $11,430. The college has numerous fundraising opportunities and sponsored projects that would award monetary awards. For the 2011 fiscal year, they earned a budget of $6, 007 and the total budgeted payroll totaled $3.266 billion.
For those who attend the college and have children, they have a child care center on campus. The fees are available through the hyperlink at the bottom of the article for those interested in learning more, and they are weekly tuition rates. Depending on if you are working with the college you may also qualify for a sliding scale tuition rate.
Cabrini College is a coeducational catholic college that accepts people of all races and backgrounds. It is located in Radnor PA, not far from Philadelphia PA. They are a well rounded college that has a lot to offer students. They provide programs in Undergraduate and Graduate studies as well as 30 majors. They were recognized for having high engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, giving an enriching learning experience, and for having a supportive campus environment for the students.
They offer career development services to aid you in your writing of your resume and job searching as well as interviewing skills. They also have a Co-op program that allows you to earn job skills while still attending school. Career professionals are available to help you with everything from deciding what your career goals are to securing internships. Their Financial Aid department can assist you in applying for grants, loans , scholarships or work study programs.
They have many different areas to study including Business, Communication , Education, English and many more. Tuition rates for the school year of 2010 – 2011 are $31,174 with $910 in student fees for full time students and for part time students it runs $475 with a $35 application fee. For a full break down in tuition rates and other fees, please check the hyperlink at the end of the section. There are a total of 3, 514 students that are enrolled at Cabrini and out of that there are 1,554 undergraduates, 812 resident students, and 1, 960 graduate students. The student to faculty ratio of 15:1 proves that the classes are on the smaller scale for better learning, although the average class is standing at 17 students.
As well as educational learning, they also have sixteen athletic teams that are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the Colonial States Athletic Conference ( CSAC). Sports is a great way to satisfy the competitiveness of the students and also teamwork. There are 50 other clubs/organizations for students to participate in also, such as clubs that focus on academic goals, student government and also cultural events. For the religious people on campus, there is a campus ministry to supply the religious educational needs.
Every college is different in many ways, varying by campus size and enrollment statistics to a simple fact of having online classes. Many hard working students are also hard working at jobs outside of class. Therefore finding the right schedule for you should not be a hard decision either. There are many factors in deciding what school to choose, however whichever school you choose will give you the best education you need to achieve a career in your future. College is the beginning of the rest of your life, and you should start from there with success.