Raritan Valley Community College

Tel: (908)526-1200
  • 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 is Pillar College (8.40 miles away).

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
Raritan Valley Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,214 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 26% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,214 students7,040 students
Raritan Valley Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio35:134:1
Raritan Valley Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,440 students3,412 students
Raritan Valley Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,774 students3,628 students
Raritan Valley Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Raritan Valley Community College Enrollment Breakdown NJ All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Raritan Valley Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Raritan Valley Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Raritan Valley Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Raritan Valley Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Raritan Valley Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Raritan Valley Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Raritan Valley Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NJ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.560.70
Raritan Valley Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Raritan Valley Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,400$36,100
Raritan Valley Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Raritan Valley Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,456$7,667
Raritan Valley Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid44%75%
Raritan Valley Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,625$10,000
Raritan Valley Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,379$5,500
Raritan Valley Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Pillar College
    Private, non-profit
    478 students | 8.40 Mi60 Park Place, Suite 701
    Newark NJ  07102
  • 39 students | 10.90 Mi200A Morris Avenue
    Denville NJ  07834
  • DeVry University-New Jersey
    Private, for profit
    1,546 students | 15.80 Mi630 US Hwy. One
    North Brunswick NJ  08902
  • 8,096 students | 17.60 Mi214 Center Grove Rd
    Randolph NJ  07869
  • 11,673 students | 18.60 Mi2600 Woodbridge Avenue
    Edison NJ  08818
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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.