Deptford Twp. – Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) student enrollment numbers substantially increased during the 2016–2017 fall, winter and spring terms, defying the downward trend overwhelmingly afflicting the majority of New Jersey's community colleges.
Full-time enrollment for the 2016 fall was up 4.9 percent, with the number of part-time students increasing by 3.1 percent. The number of credit hours taken by students this semester also grew by 4.2 percent. Census day figures for the winter term boasted a 17.3 percent increase in total headcount and credit hours up 14.4 percent.
In February, College officials announced the continuation of enrollment growth for the spring semester with full-time students up 4 percent and a part-time increase of 8.9 percent. Spring credit hours also rose by 5.5 percent. This surge in student growth is heartening to administrators who have recently initiated new tuition-saving options with premier partner Rowan University as a way to reduce the cost of a bachelor's degree.
"Because of our unique premier partnership with Rowan University, Rowan College at Gloucester County is able to provide students with more educational choices," stated College President Frederick Keating. "Two of the exclusive programs —Rowan Choice and the "3+1" program— offer access to a Rowan University four-year degree with generous savings. For the student interested in transferring to a different four-year university or college, completing the first two years at RCGC costs less than $5,000 in tuition and fees a year — a huge savings."
Rowan Choice, now in its second year, has grown from 150 to 250 students. The one-of-a-kind partnership between RCGC and Rowan University offers students an affordable residential college experience at a discounted cost. Rowan Choice enables RCGC freshmen and sophomores to choose a one or two-year option to live on Rowan University's main campus in Glassboro while saving as much as $8,500 a year on tuition. Room and board are charged at the University price, while tuition and fees are assessed at the community college rate.
The latest debt-reducing opportunity making headlines this summer was the Rowan University/RCGC announcement of "3+1." A first in New Jersey, the "3+1" program allows students to earn a bachelor's degree for less than $30,000 by completing three years of coursework at RCGC and one year at Rowan. Students pay tuition and fees for three years at the community college price, then take their senior year at Rowan University. RCGC's "3+1" program, which includes six degree options —Exercise Science, Law and Justice Studies, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Psychology and Radio, Television and Film— became available to students this academic year.
While other community colleges across the state continue to see a steady decline in enrollment numbers, RCGC's popularity is on the rise. Committed to "thinking outside of the box," RCGC searches for innovative alternatives that will help to make a college education affordable for students and parents.
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Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.