Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College, also referred to as RVCC, is a coeducational, public, community college located in Branchburg, New Jersey, United States. It was founded in 1965 as Somerset County College. In 1987, it received its current moniker, becoming the county college for both Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. It was the first community college in New Jersey sponsored by two different counties.

Raritan Valley Community College is organized into the following academic departments:

  • Business & Public Service
  • Communication & Languages
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Health Science Education
  • Humanities, Social Sciences & Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science & Engineering
  • Visual & Performing Arts

The college's sports teams are called the Lions. The official mascot is a lion. RVCC students participate in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, and a variety of intramural and club sports.

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Raritan Valley Community College
128 Lamington Road
North Branch , NJ 08876
General Phone: (908) 526-1200

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Raritan Valley Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts217English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies
Business and Management145business, business management, accounting technology, accounting and related services, international business, MIS, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine78registered nursing
Education and Teaching68kindergarten/preschool teaching, teaching assistants
Security and Law Enforcement41criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice
Law30legal assistant
Fine Arts23fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering13information technology, computer product certification, web design, computer networking, computer support
Construction Trades11lineworker
Engineering9engineering science
Medical Support and Technology7medical assistant, respiratory care tech, opticianry
Medical Administration6medical records tech
Engineering Technician5HVAC tech, automotive tech, construction engineering tech
Hospitality4hospitality administration
Design4design and applied arts
Drama and Performing Arts4dance, drama, theatre design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3health and physical education

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree61728
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years299
Award of less than 1 academic year254

Raritan Valley Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Raritan Valley Community College had a total enrollment of 6,629 students (4,799 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 7%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 22%
22-24 15%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

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

New Jersey99%

Raritan Valley Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 43 %

Raritan Valley Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Somerville, 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.

Raritan Valley Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,910
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 3,910
Books and supplies $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Raritan Valley Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 773100)

Raritan Valley Community College Faculty

Raritan Valley Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1928
Non-tenured and not on tenure track15

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$86,23612$86,908
Associate professoracademic year7$78,4649$69,222
Assistant professoracademic year13$61,20326$56,664
Instructoracademic year16$52,99722$52,555
All faculty totalacademic year45$65,97769$62,252

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

Raritan Valley Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Teaching Assistants/Aides, Other

Engineering Science

Engineering Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General


Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science

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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 Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
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