Bergen Community College

400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ

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Bergen Community College, located in Paramus, New Jersey, was founded in 1965 to provide its service area convenient and affordable educational opportunities. The school has grown since its founding, adding more buildings and facilities, as well as two campuses in Hackensack and Lyndhurst to further facilitate the educational needs of its service communities. The school serves over 32,000 students a year with nearly 17,000 of them enrolled in academic programs. The school is dedicated to providing a quality education to its students through constant review of its programs, services and facilities, updating them as needed to remain current with student educational needs. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


Bergen Community College offers a large number of programs to ensure that students find a program that suits their academic or career needs. Academic transfer students will be able to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education, and then transfer to a four year institution to complete their bachelor's degree. Transfer is facilitate through agreements to public institutions throughout the state of New Jersey that allow graduates to admission more easily, or they may transfer to any national institution due to the quality of education offered at the school. Career and technical programs provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as professionals, having learned in the classroom the methods and practices necessary for successful completion of tasks and duties. Students will be able to enter entry level positions immediately upon graduation, having earned an associate degree or certificate to demonstrate competency.

Programs offered include:

Continuing education and non-credit courses are also available, allowing interested individuals to pursue interests for personal or professional reasons with ease.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Bergen Community College is an open admissions institution which admits all applicants that have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants should complete the admissions form and submit transcripts and standardized test scores. Individuals interested in certain health programs should apply early as space is limited and additional requirements for admission exist for such programs. Registration takes place shortly prior to the start of each semester with tuition fees typically due shortly thereafter.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships through federal sources and the New Jersey STARS program. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) and obtain a federal PIN. Once the information is submitted, the school will receive a student aid report from which determinations on need, eligibility and awards will be made. The school may ask students to provide additional financial information prior to disbursing funds in order to ensure the accuracy of information received.

Clubs and Organizations

Bergen Community College is host to a number of on campus clubs and organizations that promote various academic, extracurricular, or notable topics aimed at student participation and promotion. Such clubs and organization allow students of like mind and similar interest to meet outside of a classroom setting, participating in discussions and events as necessary to advance their ideas and strengthen their organization. Such organizations also allow for the formation of bonds, both personal and professional, that often last long after member students have graduated. The school may also be petitioned to allow for the formation of a new club if no existing club exists to cover the proposed topic or interest.

Clubs and organizations at BCC include:

  • Anime Club
  • Dance Club
  • Art Club
  • Astronomer's Association

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $3,200-$3,900
    • Out-of-State: $7,000-$8,410
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $140-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $290-$350 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid63%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships51%$5,715
Receiving Student Loans23%$5,129

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Bergen Community College may offer services to students including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in New Jersey, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Bergen Community CollegeBergen CountyNew Jersey
Graduation Rate16.5%-17.2%
Transfer-out Rate16.1%-17.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1972)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2008)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences



    Engineering Technology

    Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

    Health and Clinical Professions

    Interdisciplinary Studies

      Legal Professions and Studies

      Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Personal and Culinary Services

      Precision Production

      Recreation and Fitness Studies

      Security and Protective Services

      Visual and Performing Arts

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