Admissions –Freshmen had an average high school GPA of 3.6 and an average new SAT score of 1290. The mid-50% of new SAT scores are 1140 -1330.
|Student Center with Law School Fair|
- Grades you get. Typically you need a C or better for your credits to transfer.
- Major you select.
- Articulation agreement between the community college and the 4-year college.
- Type of class (i.e., on-line classes may not transfer).
So, have your transfer discussion with transfer services personnel at the community college and at the 4-year college you would eventually like to attend, while you are still in high school.
|Middlesex County College|
Remedial Coursework: The panel members indicated that about 75% of their community college students need at least one developmental (aka remedial) course. Students need to take an Accuplacer placement exam unless their SAT or ACT scores are above a threshold. Currently, they need at least an SAT score of 540 in Critical Reading (old SAT) and 530 in Math (old SAT) or a 23 subscore on the ACT to be waived from the Accuplacer exam. Students cannot use a calculator for the Accuplacer exam. It is not unusual for a two-year associates degree to take 3 years, because of remedial classes.
- Middlesex Community College has Dental Hygiene degree.
- RVCC has a medical coding degree.
- Students at Glassboro Community College can live on the Rowan campus.
- Middlesex Community College gives credit for military experience.
- Special activities to commemorate the college’s 150th anniversary, including a gala, special performances, the breaking of a Guinness world record for the longest string of cranberries.
- The Westminster Choir College getting a new building.
- Sports management being offered as a new co-major.
- The Musical Theater degree becoming a Bachelors in Fine Arts, requiring an application by January 1.
- The current college president retiring on June 30th and the search for a replacement.
- The opening of the Residential Honors College housing for 500 students and faculty in September 2015.
- Mason Gross having a new digital film making major starting in 2015.
- Rutgers planning for a 2016 celebration of their 250th anniversary.
- Will be celebrating their 150thanniversary in 2015 with a Lehigh vs. Lafayette football game in Yankee Stadium.
- Has purchased two Bethlehem Steel buildings and turned them into research space.
- Has a new college president who came from the University of Virginia.
- Is in the midst of a one billion dollar capital campaign.
- Bringing in five companies, including Lockheed Martin, on property Rowan owns next to the college campus so students can do research and work with those companies.
- Two new med schools and the integration of medical studies with arts, business, and STEM. Students can get accepted into medical school right after high school; the med schools are focusing on community/family medicine.
- The freshman class being 40% bigger than last year.
- Rowan focusing on improving their graduation rate and having a goal to reach a 90% graduation rate.
|Chambers Hall, Middlesex County College|
In January, high school students from various Marketing Education Programs across the State of New Jersey participated in the first of their DECA (an Association of Marketing Students) competitions. The regional conference brought me to Middlesex County College, where I was a volunteer judge serving in the role of a CEO of a nationwide supermarket chain.
|College Center, Middlesex County College|
Seton Hall University is a Catholic university in South Orange, NJ with about 5300 undergraduates. It is 14 miles from New York City, which can be reached by train in thirty minutes.
Financial Aid – The big news at Seton Hall might be the financial aid. 96% of students get aid and 86% get grants or scholarships, which don’t have to be repaid. Students in the top 10% of their high school class, with 1200 on their SAT (Critical Reading and Math) who apply by 12/15 get the “Public Tuition Rate” (i.e., they pay the same tuition as in-state Rutgers students).
Academics and beyond – Most Seton Hall University classes are small with an average class size of 21. Seton Hall has over 80 majors to choose from and hands-on learning is stressed. 75% of students have at least one internship.
The School of Arts and Sciences has dual degree programs in Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training.
The School of Diplomacy requires 2 internships or an internship and a travel abroad experience.
The School of Business boasts a 91% placement rate within six months of graduation. In addition to the usual business majors, they have a sports management major.
Seton Hall has the oldest and largest school of nursing in New Jersey. The program is a direct admit program and includes eight clinical rotations.
The College of Education and Human Services includes Education majors with 75-hour placements in four different school environments, as well as Speech and Language Pathology majors.
Freshmen are assigned a professor, as a mentor and an upper classman, as a peer advisor.
The school gives everyone a new laptop or tablet as Freshmen and again as Juniors.
550 employers come to the Career Fair.
Campus – The architecture on campus is mixed. The gym is currently being expanded and the new facilities should be open by the Fall or 2013. The science building was renovated a few years ago. The entire campus is wireless.
Residential Life – 82% of Freshmen live on campus. Students get to pick upper class housing based on a point system, with points for GPA and points for participation in activities. There is a free mini bus that takes students to South Orange; downtown South Orange is about three quarters of a mile from campus.
Extracurricular activities – Seton Hall University has over 100 clubs and it has Greek life. Students perform over 25,000 hours of community service each year. The NCAA Division I Big East Conference basketball team is popular. They play at the Prudential Center in Newark, with the university providing bus transportation for students. The day I visited Seton Hall, the students were hosting a health fair on the lawn.
Admissions – Seton Hall University accepts the Common App and does a holistic review of applications. On the average, students have a 3.4 GPA and an SAT score of 1100 (Critical Reading and Math). Seton Hall has Early Admissions with applications due on 11/15 and 12/15 and Regular Decision with applications due 2/1 or 3/1.
My tour guide, Emily was enthusiastic about Montclair State University, a diverse public university in suburban Montclair, NJ with over 14,000 undergrads. She took us through the 250-acre campus, consisting primarily of Spanish mission-style buildings, some with a view of the Manhattan skyline. She was among the nearly 5000 students living on campus.
Montclair State has over 250 undergraduate programs in the College of the Arts; College of Education and Human Services; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science and Mathematics; and School of Business. The average class size at Montclair State is 23. If a class is offered as a large lecture, the school also offers a smaller class as an option.
The school has over 120 clubs, Greek Life (which is not a dominant force on campus), and Division III athletics (Go Red Hawks). There are two train stations and a bus stop on campus, enabling students without a car access to Manhattan. There are also travel abroad opportunities that range in length from one week to an academic year.
If you’ve visited or attended Montclair State, what was your impression?
You think you want to attend a New Jersey public college, but Rutgers isn’t for you. Perhaps Rutgers is too big for you or is too hard for you to get into. In late March, I visited two schools in Northern New Jersey that you might want to consider: William Paterson University and Montclair State University.
In this blog post, I’ll focus on William Paterson University (shown in these photos) The next blog post will be on Montclair State University.
William Paterson University sits on a 370-acre campus in suburban Wayne; there are one or two buildings off-campus with a shuttle bus servicing them, including the “messy” art building.
The school has a diverse undergraduate enrollment just shy of 10,000, with a quarter of the student body living on campus. Housing, made up of suites and apartments, and is guaranteed all four years. Commuters should allocate time to find parking and to walk to class.
Students attend small classes, averaging 21 students and can major in one of 48 majors in 5 colleges: Arts and Communications; Business; Education; Humanities and Sciences; and Science and Health. Four new majors are being added in the Fall: Sports Management, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Environmental Sustainability. Students need 120 credits to graduate. Forty credits make up the general education requirements. There are pre-professional programs as well as an Honors College.
Some special facilities on campus are the new science building, nursing simulation labs, financial learning center, TV broadcast studios, radio station, and redesigned student center. Travel abroad and National Student Exchange (i.e., where you spend a semester at another US college) are available.
The average high school student admitted to WPU had a 3.1 GPA and a 1050 SAT (Critical Reading and Math); credentials for the nursing school are more stringent. To qualify for an academic scholarship, students need a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and 1050 on their SATs. There are also scholarships for talented artists ranging from $1K to $10K.
The college has about 80 clubs, Greek Life, Division III athletics, trips off-campus on weekends (e.g., ski trips, trips to Canada, trips to Atlantic City), and a NJ Transit bus that takes students to places like New York City and the Willowbrook Shopping Mall. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 2 PM no classes are scheduled; this is a great time for clubs to meet. The big issue in the Pioneer newspaper was that the Student Government Association ran out of funds for the remainder of the spring semester, causing many club events to be cancelled or postponed.
NJIT is on 45 acres, a few square blocks, in the University Heights section of Newark, NJ. There is a light rail station next to campus which goes to Newark Penn Station. There is a limited amount of green space on campus.
NJIT is the only NJ state college with an architecture program. It is also strong in engineering and the sciences. The college has an Honors college that offers enrichment, a significant scholarship, its own housing floor, and its own space on campus. There is an engineering class that Freshman can take to help them decide on an engineering major. Clubs that have to do with your major and internships (e.g., with at&t or PSE&G) are popular.
Housing is limited and there are many commuters. Students who want housing seem to get it. Freshmen have a choice between long hall building with the bathroom in the hall or a building with 2 room suites with a private bathroom for each suite. There is an Electrical Engineering floor and an Honors floor. Upper classmen can live in those buildings or in apartment style buildings. There seems to be a strong safety focus on campus. I wouldn’t want to stray far from campus alone after dark.
I think a NJ student who wants to study science, engineering, or architecture but wants a school smaller than Rutgers with a multi-ethnic group, doesn’t mind that the school is only one quarter female, and is not too interested in social life would be happy here. A student we met in the dorm said he went to class, studied, ate and slept.
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