Online, Remote Classroom, and In-Person Instruction this Fall at RVCC

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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As New Jersey colleges and universities announce their plans for the Fall Semester, Raritan Valley Community College offers students the opportunity to keep their education plans on track and spend a fraction of the cost of four-year schools.

In response to COVID-19, RVCC will be offering students diverse learning options for the Fall Semester starting September 2. Registration is now open for recent high school graduates, adult students, and visiting college students looking to spend the Fall Semester close to home at RVCC.

“Although the Fall Semester may look different from past semesters, RVCC is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. “Our plan is designed to help all students move forward, plan for the future, and keep their educational goals on track.”

This fall, the College is offering three different education options for students: online anytime learning, remote classroom instruction, and a limited number of hands-on campus classes.

Online anytime learning features online classes where students study from home according to their own schedules. All interaction with faculty and classmates is online, and students never have to come to RVCC’s Branchburg campus. It's a great option for students who need a more flexible schedule. Special orientation sessions are available to help students get started.

Remote classroom learning is similar to being in a traditional classroom, but students can take classes from home. Each class is held at a scheduled time, and students log in from their computer and interact with their professor and classmates in real time. It's a great option for people who like having a schedule and enjoy asking questions and taking part in live group discussions with classmates but would prefer not coming to campus.

Hands-on campus classes will be offered in some areas that don’t function as well online and need hands-on classroom learning. These include lab sciences, healthcare, arts classes, and some career training programs in such areas as HVAC, auto tech, and cosmetology. Other types of classes that work better in person, such as speech and ESL, also will be offered on campus. The number of students in all these classes will be reduced, so students and instructors can safely practice social distancing.

“RVCC is committed to offering students a variety of education options to help ensure their academic success. Whether students are enrolled in online courses, remote classroom learning, or hands-on classes on campus, it’s paramount that they can move forward in reaching their education goals through safe, flexible, supportive and high-quality instructional options,” said Dr. McDonough.

All RVCC students, whether enrolled in remote, online or in-person classes, have access to RVCC’s support services, including Tutoring & Library Services; Academic Advising; Transfer & Career Services; Disability Services; Financial Aid; Counseling & Resource Center; and Student Life. All services will be offered remotely and on campus.

To register for Fall Semester classes, visit To view the RVCC course schedule, visit

For additional information, contact College Admissions at 908-526-1200, ext. 7009 or

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



July 7, 2020

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