PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College experienced significant growth in its new student population this fall with a 25 percent increase in that cohort’s enrollment year-over-year - the strongest indication yet that students have returned to pre-pandemic educational goals.
And now, the College will host an open house next month that will allow additional new students to join their peers at the state’s No. 1 college for associate degree graduates as well.
The expansive open house event for prospective students and their families will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus and feature live demonstrations, campus tours and hands-on application assistance. Register for the event at openhouse.bergen.edu.
Bergen offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs in areas such as aviation, criminal justice, dental hygiene, fashion design and hospitality - faculty from each area will meet with students at the open house. Students can also explore Bergen’s continuing education offerings, which often provide a more immediate pipeline to the workforce.
In addition to learning about Bergen’s programs, students can receive on-site assistance with filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applying for financial aid helps students unlock enhanced tuition assistance programs that can make Bergen more affordable - and even tuition-free. Students become eligible for many of the programs, including the state’s Community College Opportunity grant, which offers a tuition-free Bergen experience to students in households earning $65,000 or less, by filing the FAFSA.
Bergen’s affordable tuition and renowned faculty complement general education classes such as English Composition, General Biology and Statistics that remain ideal for transfer to many four-year colleges. The College ranks No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates. In January, First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D., and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Ed.D., visited the College’s main campus to applaud the institution’s development of model student support services such as a reimagined one-stop student service center, a nationally recognized tutoring center and wellness resources.
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.