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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
New Dual Admissions Program Established
"The Burgundy-Blue Connection" is Established Between Six Community Colleges and Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ (March 26, 2001) — The "Burgundy-Blue Connection" has been instituted by six community colleges — Bergen Community College, Burlington County College, County College of Morris, Gloucester County College, Raritan Valley Community College, and Sussex County College, — in cooperation with Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The "Burgundy-Blue Connection" (named for the official colors of Fairleigh Dickinson University) assists students enrolled at these six colleges to pursue a full-time A.A. or A.S. degree from the county college followed by a full-time bachelor’s degree from either the University’s Florham-Madison or Teaneck-Hackensack campuses.
Through this dual admissions agreement, the movement from the associate degree through the bachelor’s degree becomes seamless.
"There are three important advantages to this dual admissions program," said Gary Hamme, vice president of enrollment and career management, "advisement, co-operative education opportunities and an achievement grant."
The Burgundy-Blue Connection provides the opportunity to have a six-month work experience in those majors who offer the co-operative education program. Students who select the "Burgundy-Blue Connection" are able to have a Fairleigh Dickinson academic advisor in addition to an advisor on their home campus.
A student who maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the county college and earns the associates degree will be awarded a Burgundy-Blue Connection Achievement Grant. This grant will be equivalent to the tuition charged at the county college for a county resident, divided by the number of years required to complete the Fairleigh Dickinson degree program. "Essentially," said Hamme, "the Burgundy-Blue Connection grant reimburses the tuition cost of the associate degree to these high-achieving graduates."