Completing a bachelor's degree just became easier for Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) students. Beginning this fall, Wilmington University will offer two new on-site bachelor's degree completion programs for RCGC's Division of Business Studies.
Upon graduating from Rowan College, students have the unique opportunity to stay on RCGC's campus for an additional two years and obtain their bachelor's degree from Wilmington University in Media Design or Information Systems Management. This partnership agreement allows students to seamlessly transfer up to 75 college credits, saving them valuable time and money.
Both Rowan College and Wilmington University offer career-oriented programs of study, combining higher education with professional skills. Students pursuing Media Design can tailor the degree to their career aspirations by concentrating in multimedia, digital publishing or photography. They will produce a dynamic portfolio and complete a senior project while exploring artistic concepts and digital techniques. In addition, all Media Design students are required to network within the field and obtain an internship to gain practical experience.
The Information Systems Management program prepares students for a fast-paced career in the ever-changing tech field. Students will learn about the latest tools and technologies in the industry along with fundamental principles and applications. These useful skills will enable students to adapt more quickly and proficiently to new information systems as they emerge in the future.
Beginning in fall 2015, a third degree completion program in Web Information Systems will be provided by the University. Wilmington University currently offers bachelor-level courses on the Rowan College campus for Criminal Justice and Nursing majors.
"We are extremely proud of our transfer agreement with Rowan College at Gloucester County," said Wilmington University Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jacqueline Varsalona. "We take great pride in maintaining and preserving reasonable tuition costs and related fees for students."
Affordability and accessibility are two key components of the degree completion program that help students achieve their goal of obtaining a bachelor's. By taking advantage of these benefits, RCGC students are required to take 45 college credits — only 15 courses — to finish their Wilmington University degree.
The University reports that students who transfer their Rowan College credits can complete their degree in a timely manner at a cost of about $16,000. Students are able to save additional time, and the expense of commuting elsewhere, by remaining on RCGC's campus.
Furthermore, Wilmington University has one of the lowest tuition rates in the tri-state area. RCGC students will pay $350 per credit hour for the 2014-2015 academic year, in addition to a $25 registration fee each semester and a $20 payment plan fee, if utilized. Costs are conveniently the same for in- and out-of-state students.
The University encourages its Gloucester County students to complete their associate degree at Rowan College at Gloucester County and take advantage of the partnership. This is important because Wilmington University does not offer 100- and 200-level courses. Students must fulfill these obligations prior to enrolling in upper-level coursework.
According to Wilmington University, most of the classes meet at 5:30 p.m.; however, two daytime classes convene at 10 a.m. this fall. In addition, the University will offer two hybrid classes, which meet in person and online, every other week. All courses are taught by Wilmington University full-time and adjunct instructors.
Students interested in the degree completion programs should make an appointment with Doug Scappa, Wilmington University's onsite transfer advisor, at Rowan College's Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center, located on the second floor of the College Center.
In addition to Wilmington University, Rowan College has on-campus partnerships with Rowan University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. The College also has off-campus partnerships with Drexel University–South Jersey, Neumann University, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rutgers University–Camden and University of Maryland University College.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.
Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit institution committed to providing flexible, career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Ranked as the fourth fastest growing nonprofit university in America 2001 - 2011 by The Almanac of The Chronicle of Higher Education, affordable tuition, academic excellence and individualized attention are hallmarks of the University that enable greater student success in their chosen careers. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.wilmu.edu