Raritan Valley Community College

  • 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, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. The College’s ability to offer a high quality, affordable technical education has been greatly enhanced by an exciting new workforce development grant. RVCC’s 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 it’s 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 8,214 students (42% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 34:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is less than the state average of 52%.
  • Raritan Valley Community College is the only community colleges within Somerset County, NJ.
  • The nearest community college to Raritan Valley Community College is Pillar College (8.4 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 234 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Raritan Valley 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 Faculty234 staff234 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Raritan Valley Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Raritan Valley Community College diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,214 students7,040 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio35:134:1
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# Full-Time Students3,440 students3,412 students
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# Part-Time Students4,774 students3,628 students
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% Asian
6%
5%
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% Hispanic
5%
19%
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% Black
7%
14%
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% White
64%
48%
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% Two or more races
2%
1%
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% Non Resident races
1%
4%
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% Unknown races
15%
9%
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Diversity Score0.560.70
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College Completion Rate
19%
19%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,400$36,100
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,456 is less than the state average of $6,125. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,456 is less than the state average of $7,667. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,456$6,125
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,456$7,667
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid44%75%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,625$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,379$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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, RVCC is the already the choice of more than 11,000 students. 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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Raritan Valley Community College is Pillar College (8.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Pillar College
    Private, non-profit
    478 students | 8.40 Mi60 Park Place, Suite 701
    Newark NJ  07102
    (973)803-5000
    8.40478
  • 39 students | 10.90 Mi200A Morris Avenue
    Denville NJ  07834
    (973)957-0188
    10.9039
  • DeVry University-New Jersey
    Private, for profit
    1,546 students | 15.80 Mi630 US Hwy. One
    North Brunswick NJ  08902
    (732)729-3960
    15.801,546
  • 8,096 students | 17.60 Mi214 Center Grove Rd
    Randolph NJ  07869
    (973)328-5000
    17.608,096
  • 11,673 students | 18.60 Mi2600 Woodbridge Avenue
    Edison NJ  08818
    (732)548-6000
    18.6011,673
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