Bergen Community College

  • Bergen Community College provides high quality, relevant, and varied educational programs and opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all members of its community. The College values its role as an educational leader, embracing change and responding to the complex needs of those it serves.
School Highlights
  • Bergen Community College serves 15,651 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.
  • Bergen Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Bergen County, NJ.
  • The nearest community college to Bergen Community College is Passaic County Community College (5.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Bergen Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in New Jersey for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 589 teachers has grown by 17% over five years.
Bergen Community College(NJ) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty589 staff234 staff
Bergen Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Bergen Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bergen Community College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 20% over five years.
Total Enrollment15,651 students7,040 students
Bergen Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:134:1
Bergen Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students8,976 students3,412 students
Bergen Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,675 students3,628 students
Bergen Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bergen Community College Enrollment Breakdown NJ All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Bergen Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bergen Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bergen Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bergen Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Bergen Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Bergen Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Bergen Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NJ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.740.70
Bergen Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Bergen Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,400$36,100
Bergen Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $7,614 is more than the state average of $6,125. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,878 is more than the state average of $7,667. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,614$6,125
Bergen Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,878$7,667
Bergen Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid58%75%
Bergen Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$10,000
Bergen Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Bergen Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1965, Bergen Community College enrolls more than 14,000 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs, and certificate programs. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in non-credit, professional development courses through the Division of Continuing Education. The Philip J. Ciarco Learning Center, at 355 Main Street, Hackensack, offers adult basic skills, English as a Second Language, non-credit, and credit courses. Bergen Community College is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 14,000 students in degree and certificate programs. The academic programs are classified as transfer or career programs. Bergen Community College programs prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or for immediate entry into a career. Since its inception, Bergen has offered open admissions, small classes, affordable tuition, dedicated faculty, outstanding student services, flexible scheduling, and a student centered campus. Bergen Community College is a vibrant educational community that is committed to serving Bergen County by providing rare opportunities for people of all ages to discover their talents and to realize their potential. The opening of our new Technology Education Center gave us the opportunity to showcase state-of-the-art facilities and programs to high school students and administrators, community residents, and our own faculty and students, who take great pride in the College's achievements. Our shared dream is that our students and alumni will continue to reach new goals as they become valuable members of our community. Bergen Community College also offers Certificate Programs and Certificates of Achievement which award recognition to students who successfully complete a program of specialized courses in a specific discipline.

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Did You Know?
For New Jersey public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,125 per year for in-state students and $7,667 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,721 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Jersey community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in New Jersey is Union County College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.