Bergen Community College

Bergen Community College

Founded in 1965, Bergen Community College is a two-year, public, community college located in Bergen County, New Jersey with its main campus located in Paramus. It enrolls more than 15,000 students every year in its Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate programs.

The college runs many academic centers. It enrolls more than 10,000 students every year in non-credit, professional and development courses through the Division of Continuing Education. The Philip J. Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack offers adult basic skills, English as a Second Language courses, as well as non-credit, and credit courses. The college also offers distance learning programs.

Bergen Community College's sports team is nicknamed the Bulldogs. It is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in Region XIX and of the Garden State Athletic Conference.

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Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd
Paramus , NJ 07652-1595
General Phone: (201) 447-7200

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Bergen Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts914American studies, liberal arts and sciences
Medical Support and Technology172dental hygienist, medical assistant, veterinary assistant, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, medical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine103registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement57criminal justice and police
Computer Science and Engineering32information technology, computer applications programming
Photography and Commercial Art30commercial art
Hospitality25hospitality management, hotel management
Business and Management24accounting technology, entrepreneurship, banking, management information systems
Engineering Technician21engineering technology, manufacturing tech, drafting, mechanical drafting
Law16legal assistant
Education and Teaching13early childhood education
Landscaping and Horticulture8applied horticulture
Medicine4health professions
Office and Administration3administrative assistant
Medical Administration3medical secretary
Cooking and Culinary Arts3chef training
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3exercise science
Therapy and Counseling1physical therapist assistant
Music1various music studies

Number of programs and degrees for Bergen Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5211
Associate's degree1,37824
Award of less than 1 academic year32

Bergen Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bergen Community College had a total enrollment of 15,057 students (9,888 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 6%
Hispanic 23%
Asian 11%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 24%
22-24 17%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey96%
(International Students)4%

Bergen Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 53 %

Bergen Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Paramus, New Jersey for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Jersey Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bergen Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,798
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,038
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Bergen Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 473600)

Bergen Community College Faculty

Bergen Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2143
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3947

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year44$90,69228$90,661
Associate professoracademic year27$81,58737$75,405
Assistant professoracademic year30$61,84351$66,622
Instructoracademic year2*10$48,183
All faculty totalacademic year103$79,022126$73,079

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bergen Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Management Information Systems and Services, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Information Technology

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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