Bergen Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University Establish Dual Admissions ProgramThe BCC-FDU Scholars Program Provides An Affordable Pathway To Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
Teaneck, NJ (October 16, 2013) — A new public-private partnership between Bergen Community College (BCC) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) will give BCC students the opportunity to seamlessly transfer credits into a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at FDU while offering generous academic scholarship incentives.
The two schools announced the formation of The BCC-FDU Scholars Program, a program designed to provide a clear and affordable path for BCC students to transition to Bachelor’s or Master’s programs at FDU.
“We share a commitment with Bergen Community College to do something about the rising cost of a college education and to help more families afford an education that will make a difference,” said Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker.
Under the agreement students may enroll as entering freshman or during the course of their first year at BCC. All credits taken at BCC, up to a maximum of sixty-four (64) that are part of an associate’s degree, can be considered for transfer to FDU.
“Bergen Community College has prioritized providing opportunities and resources for students to succeed here, graduate from here and transfer to other institutions,” the college¹s president, Dr. B. Kaye Walter said. “Partnerships such as this one with our fellow county resident Fairleigh Dickinson University reflect our commitment to securing opportunities for students entering the next phase of their educational journey.”
The BCC-FDU Scholars Program is the most recent of many efforts that illustrate Fairleigh Dickinson University's commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals at an affordable cost.
“The BCC-FDU Scholars Program builds upon FDU’s close partnerships with community colleges and provides Bergen Community College graduates access to a full range of undergraduate, as well as combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs,” Drucker added. “Just as importantly in these difficult economic times, these students will be eligible for a significant reduced tuition rate, as well as scholarships and grants.”
All students in the BCC-FDU Scholars Program will be eligible for up to a 40% reduction from the appropriate FDU tuition rate upon completion of the associate’s degree and enrollment in a FDU degree program. High academic performing BCC graduates such as NJSTARS II and members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible for even greater scholarships.
Through its Community College Partnership program, Fairleigh Dickinson University has brought bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to underrepresented areas of the state of New Jersey since 2001. Students have benefited from a Fairleigh Dickinson education upon completion of an associate’s degree with a 40% reduction in tuition from the on-campus rate, while completing coursework on the site of the local community college, complemented by online and field work. To date, Fairleigh Dickinson University has conferred nearly 1,500 degrees through its Community College Partnership program.
Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey's largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, go to www.fdu.edu.
Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. 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.