Bergen Community College is accredited, co-educational, two-year, community college founded in 1965. Its primary campus is in Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, and two other locations include Hackensack and Lyndhurst (Meadowlands).
Bergen maintains an open door policy, which means most programs are open to anyone with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Only certain health programs have limited space and specific entrance requirements.
Depending on personal career or academic goals and preferences, students can choose an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree option in various academic fields. All the programs can be classified into several categories:
• Transfer programs
are intended to provide general educational background, which can be transferred to a four-year college or university for a Bachelor degree study.
• Career programs
provide students with an Associate in Applied Science degrees, which prepare graduates to enter the workforce immediately.
• Certificate programs
allow students to receive knowledge in a specialized sphere or field, which can be either applied to a degree completion program or in a professional sphere.
Moreover, Bergen Community College offers non-credit, ESL and professional courses through its Division of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, and the Bergen Small Business Development Center.
To meet the needs of working students, or those unable to relocate to or visit campus, Bergen Community College provides flexible learning opportunities. Students can take certain degrees and certificates combining their campus study with online courses. The programs offered in an online and campus formats include Associate of Arts and Science degrees in Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion, Education, Liberal Arts and History and a Certificate in United States Studies. Moreover, there are numerous online non-credit courses designed to help improve professional skills and competence of students.
Bergen Community College offers its students a variety of financial aid opportunities including a number of grants, loans and employment opportunities for students who need financial assistance Moreover, scholarships are available to reward students with high academic achievements.
Bergen Community College has received its accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1972, and was reaccredited in 2006. In Addition, the Paralegal Studies Program and the Legal Nurse Consultant Program are approved by the American Bar Association. Individual programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; the National League for Nursing; the American Dental Association; the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services; the American Physical Therapy Association.