1. National Recognition: In their book Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting Our Money, respected sociologists Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus named RVCC one of the top ten schools in the United States, the only community college they recognized. “Raritan Valley Community College in exurban New Jersey proves that commuter students and part-timers can get an excellent two-year jump start.”
2. Access: Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), the only institution of higher education in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, provides access to extraordinary educational experiences for traditional college-age students, as well as adult learners attending college for the first time or seeking retraining. Many include first-generation and economically disadvantaged students.
3. Quality: Close to 40% of RVCC’s full-time faculty holds a doctoral degree. The faculty sets high standards and upholds values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically. RVCC’s robust curriculum not only challenges the most gifted among our students, but ensures that all of our students can lay claim to a quality education.
4. Excellence: The Honors College at RVCC provides high-achieving students with an alternative of rigorous seminar classes and enriching academic experiences that promote critical and analytical thinking, social and personal growth, and leadership. RVCC was the first community college in New Jersey to launch a selective Honors College.
5. Transfer Opportunities: RVCC is committed to achievement outcomes and has in place more than 80 guaranteed transfer and “articulation agreements” with colleges and universities across the country and around the globe.
6. Trained Workforce: RVCC works with local partners in different industry sectors to develop curriculum that equips students with job skills and career training program to enter the workforce and meet New Jersey’s evolving workforce, thereby driving economic growth in the region and in our state.
7. STEM Growth: The number of RVCC students enrolled in science and health-related majors has increased from 601 students in 2002 to 1,651 in 2014. The number of engineering majors at RVCC has doubled over the last five years, and the Environmental Science program now has five times as many students as it did in 2007.
8. Resource for High-Achieving high School Students: RVCC, in partnership with Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, oversees the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, where cohorts of motivated and talented high school students work concurrently toward their high school diploma and their Associate Degree in General Science.
9. Civic Education: RVCC’s Service Learning Program has been named to the Corporation for National and Community Service Honor Roll from 2006-2014. Most recently, RVCC earned the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” In two categories - - General Community Service and Education - - the only community college in the country and the only college in NJ, to receive the designations in both categories. Annually, more than 1,000 RVCC students contribute the economic equivalent of over $1.5 million in service to numerous local, national and global nonprofit organizations and their clients.
10. Public/Private Partnership: RVCC receives 13 percent of its operating budget from the state, 23 percent from Somerset and Hunterdon counties, and 64 percent from student tuition. As operational costs increase, tuition.