Dual Admissions Agreement Signed with ESU Focusing on STEM Fields

Friday, December 8, 2017
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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in Pennsylvania have entered into a new agreement that will allow for the seamless transfer of RVCC students to ESU in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.

According to the Dual Admissions Agreement, students who receive an Associate of Science degree in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics from RVCC may seamlessly transfer to ESU with junior status, as long as they fulfill certain requirements. This includes maintaining the requisite grade point average and completing the Dual Admission Intent form, preferably before the student completes 30 college credits at RVCC.

“In the past 10 years, there has been an explosion in the number of students studying science and related fields at the College. Since 2007, the number of students enrolled in STEM programs has increased more than 250 percent, and the number of STEM degrees awarded has increased 500 percent. The new transfer agreement with East Stroudsburg University is welcome news for our STEM majors, offering them an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at a highly respected university that is close to home,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

“This collaboration between our institutions will help to create a seamless transfer of credits for students who are coming to ESU from Raritan Valley with an Associate’s Degree to continue their education in STEM fields,” said Joanne Bruno, J.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at ESU.

The agreement offers several benefits for RVCC students, including waiving the application fee to ESU. In addition, students graduating from RVCC’s Honors Program will be admitted into the Honors Program at ESU.

For information about the new agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s Director of Transfer & Career Services, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8333.

East Stroudsburg University, one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, opened in 1893 as East Stroudsburg Normal School. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 55 undergraduate programs, 22 master's programs and one doctoral program. More than 6,800 students are enrolled for the high quality, affordable, and accessible education ESU provides. Nearly 30,000 ESU alumni live in Pennsylvania.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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December 8, 2017

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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