Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Top Ranked (2024): View Rankings
Tel: (908) 526-1200 Ext. 2
  • Raritan Valley Community College is a place where you can be seen, be heard, and belong. It's a place where you can find your success from every moment you spend on, or even off, campus.
  • Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is a great place for students to start their college education. Our students have transferred to the top colleges and universities in New Jersey and across the nation, including Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. The Colleges ability to offer a high quality, affordable technical education has been greatly enhanced by an exciting new workforce development grant. RVCCs Service Learning Program has earned national honors for providing students with the opportunity to serve their communities while enabling community organizations to benefit from the students time, energy and knowledge. We are dedicated to meeting the higher education needs of the communities we serve whether its preparing students for transfer to another institution or offering technical training for those interested in pursuing a new career path or upgrading their skills.

School Highlights

Raritan Valley Community College serves 5,749 students (59% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 56%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 5,749 students
  • In-state tuition: $186
  • Out-state tuition: $266
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 60%
  • Source: Verified school update

Upcoming Events and News

  • RVCC Dedicates Sapling from Original Tree Mentioned in Anne Frank‚Äôs Diary - 06/28/2024
    Raritan Valley Community College honored the legacy of Anne Frank and a very special local Holocaust survivor, the late Margit Feldman, at a ceremony held-
  • 20th Annual RVCC Foundation Golf Classic Raises Nearly $160,000 - 06/25/2024
    The RVCC Foundation raised $158,790 at the 20th Annual RVCC Foundation Golf Classic, held June 6 at the Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club in Whitehouse-
  • Bright Futures Ahead: Get to Know Three Recent RVCC Grads - 06/17/2024
    Raritan Valley Community College recently held its 2024 Commencement, awarding degrees and certificates to nearly 1,200 graduates. Today, we're celebrating Raritan Valley Community College graduation 2024 by introducing you to ...morethree impressive grads with bright futures in their respective areas of study. Hear about their exciting transfer plans and learn what they liked best about the RVCC experience. Without further ado, let's meet Nicholas, Sandra, and Shelton! hide
  • Next Generation Science Teacher Scholarship Awarded to RVCC Grads - 06/11/2024
    Main Engine Start, a nonprofit committed to fostering student interest and proficiency in science and engineering, has awarded the second annual "Christopher John Stupak Scholarship for the Next Generation of ...moreElementary School Science Teachers" to three outstanding graduates of the Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts in Education Program. hide
  • New Nail Technology/Manicurist Program Slated - 06/05/2024
    Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will offer a new Nail Technology/Manicurist program, September 4-January 23. Classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ...moreand Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..... hide
  • Twelve RVCC Students Selected for Princeton Transfer Scholars Initiative - 06/03/2024
    Twelve Raritan Valley Community College students have been selected to participate in Princeton University's Transfer Scholars Initiative (TSI), a summer program for community college students that runs from June 29-August ...more16. There is no cost for the students, and Transfer Scholars receive a stipend to cover expenses such as travel. The program is housed in the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity...... hide
  • RVCC Awards Degrees, Certificates to Close to 1,200 Graduates - 05/13/2024
    Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) awarded associate degrees and certificates to close to 1,200 graduates at its commencement on Saturday, May 11. The ceremony was held on the soccer field ...moreat the College's Branchburg campus. Dr. Kareem McKenzie, a former professional athlete who played for both the New York Jets and the New York Giants and is now a Nationally Certified Counselor, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree during the ceremony..... hide
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Top Rankings

Raritan Valley Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 381 teachers has grown by 62% over five years.
Raritan Valley Community College
(NJ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
381 staff
439 staff
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Number of Programs Offered
90
52

Student Body

The student population of Raritan Valley Community College has declined by 30% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The Raritan Valley Community College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.72. The school's diversity has grown by 31% over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,749 students
4,639 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,420 students
1,960 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,329 students
2,679 students
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This chart displays the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Raritan Valley Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
566 students
545 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
5,749 students
1,960 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
32 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
2,504 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
20 students
% Asian
8%
6%
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% Hispanic
28%
25%
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% Black
11%
13%
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% White
40%
44%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
3%
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% Unknown races
10%
7%
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Raritan Valley Community College.
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in New Jersey.
Diversity Score
0.73
0.72
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
27%
29%
This chart displays completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Raritan Valley Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of New Jersey by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.42%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,400
$36,100
This chart displays average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Raritan Valley Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of New Jersey by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $186 is less than the state average of $5,181. The in-state tuition has declined by 95% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $266 is less than the state average of $7,190. The out-state tuition has declined by 93% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$186
$5,181
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$266
$7,190
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Tuition Notes
Admissions is free. www.raritanval.edu In-County (Hunterdon/Somerset Counties): $180 per credit Out-of-County: $260 per credit
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
45%
70%
This chart displays the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Raritan Valley Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in New Jersey by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,000
$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
69%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Animation Club, Black Students Alliance, Brothers Helping Brothers, Criminal Justice Club, Enactus, ESL Club, Game Creation Club, HOPE Club, Orgullo Lantino, Pre-Med Club, Rotaract Club, Society of Women Engineers Club, Students Nurses Association, The Alliance, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Veterans Alliance

Arts and Music Programs:
Mozaika Concerts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • RVCC, serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over thirty years, offers over 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development. The College is committed to a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology. Raritan Valley Community College is New Jersey's leading community college. Offering over 80 associate degrees and certificates, plus non-credit courses for personal and professional development. The 240-acre campus lies at the crossroads of central New Jersey. RVCC also maintains a satellite campus in Somerset known as the Franklin Center. The College has students who have transferred to over 225 colleges and universities across the country, and provides job/career counseling to all interested parties. RVCC also has the University Center, which provides bachelor & master degree programs from major universities on our campus, allowing students to take classes and earn those degrees locally. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, N.J. Board of Nursing, National League of Nursing, Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and American Bar Association.
Profile last updated: 12/12/2023

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Raritan Valley Community College cost?
Raritan Valley Community College's tuition is approximately $186 for In-State students and $266 for Out-State students.
What sports does Raritan Valley Community College offer?
Raritan Valley Community College offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.
What is Raritan Valley Community College's ranking?
Raritan Valley Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in New Jersey for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 5,749 students
  • In-state tuition: $186
  • Out-state tuition: $266
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 60%
  • Source: Verified school update

Did You Know?

For New Jersey public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,181 per year for in-state students and $7,190 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,268 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Jersey community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in New Jersey is Eastern International College-Jersey City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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