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Ocean County College (OCC)

College Drive, Toms River, NJ

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About

Ocean County College, located in Toms River, New Jersey, was founded in 1969. OCC is a two year institution that serves the community by providing cultural, economic and educational support to the community. Located at two campuses, with smaller satellite location located throughout the Ocean County, the school is able to reach and assist residents with ease. As an institution of higher learning, the school is dedicated to providing the best possible education. To that end, the school is constantly reviewing its educational offerings, ensuring they meet the needs of the community and are up to date. Additionally, facilities and resources are renovated and updated as needed to ensure they remain modern and useful. The school is accredited by New Jersey Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Academics
Ocean County College offers career and technical training programs, academic programs, and a large number of noncredit courses. Career and technical training programs provide students with the skills and practical experience necessary to successfully enter the workforce at the entry level. Students in such programs will earn a diploma, certificate or associate degree upon graduation and eligible for work immediately thereafter. Academic programs prepare students for transfer to a four year institution by allowing them to complete the freshman and sophomore years at a low cost. Once completed, students may transfer and finish the final two years of their bachelor's degree. Noncredit courses allow individuals to pursue academic or technical interests without attempting to obtain a degree.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Ocean County College must complete the application for admissions and submit it along with all pertinent test scores and transcripts. Students who lack a high school diploma or GED must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Individuals interested in the nursing programs must submit ACT scores as well. As open enrollment institution, students are accepted to the school if they meet the minimum requirements of OCC.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial aid must obtain a federal PIN number followed by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once completed, the resulting student aid report will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Scholarships from external sources may also be available, often requiring a separate application and awarded for a variety of reasons.

Athletics
Ocean County College participates in intercollegiate athletics through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 19, as well as the Garden State Athletic Conference which is part of the Community College League of New Jersey. The school encourages athletic programs in order to help create a healthy competitive atmosphere and allow students the opportunity to develop skills and abilities that may be useful in one's academic and professional career. These include teamwork, discipline, social skills, and good health habits, all of which contribute to success. Additionally, athletic provide non-athlete students and faculty to cheer for their school and foster a sense of pride when they win. Students interested in participating intercollegiate athletics should complete the student athlete form available online prior to participating in tryouts.

Athletic programs offered at OCC:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)

Clubs and Organizations
Ocean County College is home to a large number of clubs and organizations that invite students to participate based on their needs and interests. Students may choose to join any number of clubs, and participate as actively as they wish. Students are encouraged to join to meet like minded individuals, participate in competitive activities or discourse, and form bonds that may last a lifetime.

Clubs and organizations at OCC include:

  • Motion Picture Club
  • Judo Club
  • Dance Club
  • Theater Company
  • SAGE Foundation

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,900. 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 range:
    • State Residents: $2,400-$2,800
    • Out-of-State: $5,200-$6,192
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $98-$120 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $220-$260 per credit 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 Aid53%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships41%$4,930
Receiving Student Loans30%$2,693

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Ocean County College may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares OCC against community colleges in New Jersey.

 OCCOcean CountyNew Jersey
Graduation Rate31.8%-18.8%
Transfer-out Rate16.6%-18.0%

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Programs Offered

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

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

  • Communications Technologies and Support Services (A)

Communications and Journalism

  • Broadcast Journalism (A)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (A)

Education

  • Teacher Assistant (C)

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Civil Engineering Technology (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Natural Resources and Conservation

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

  • Police Science (A)
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology (A)

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (C)
  • Design and Applied Arts (C)

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