Beginning this September, a new "3+1" option with Rowan University and premier partner Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will offer yet another viable alternative for students seeking to earn a bachelor's degree and save money.
Approved by the N.J. Presidents' Council in June and granted full regulatory authorization in July, the "3+1" option now allows students to take 300-level classes at RCGC. Students complete three years of coursework at RCGC and their senior year at Rowan University, earning a four-year degree for less than $30,000. Junior-year courses —with a community college price tag—are taught by advanced–degree faculty. Both Rowan University President Ali Houshmand and RCGC President Frederick Keating, chair of the State's College Affordability Study Commission, continue to investigate innovative ways to help reduce college debt.
"These partnerships were formed in the best interest of students and there is no better example than this new '3+1' opportunity that reduces the total cost of a bachelor's degree to far less than what many universities charge for a single year," said Houshmand. "We are bringing high quality education within reach to many families in our region."
RCGC became the University's premier partner in 2014 with the forethought to create high-quality, affordable paths to a bachelor's degree. The Rowan "3+1" option is the latest in a series of partnership programs designed to help save students money. Eligible programs offered include Communications (Radio/Television/Film), Law and Justice, Liberal Studies, Nursing and Psychology. In January, the Rowan "3+1" option was featured in Money Magazine as one of the top college affordability initiatives in the country.
"RCGC has worked very closely to align our curriculum with Rowan University to ensure that these degrees can be completed in four years. Students will be prepared to enter their careers more quickly, and without the burden of high college debt," stated Keating. "Highly-qualified faculty with master's and doctoral degrees will provide superior instruction from freshman to senior year."
"This is an amazing opportunity for students to earn a degree from a highly respected research university. At a cost more comparable to a car payment than a mortgage, the new '3+1' option is an excellent investment for students looking to the future," noted Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Linda Hurlburt.
To learn more about the "3+1" option and other partnership initiatives, visit RCGC.edu/RowanConnection.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.