BY DAN BRODHEAD
Students who have enjoyed two years at County College of Morris are now looking for the right school complete their education, and there are a slew of options to choose from.
CCM hosted its bi-annual transfer fair on Wednesday, March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Davidson rooms of the Student Community Center to help narrow down those choices. Students were advised to visit the transfer fair to meet with representatives from colleges around the country to find the best one to finish their degree.
“The fair is a great opportunity for students to connect with a four-year school,” said Kari Hawkins, coordinator of transfer services at CCM. “It’s the best opportunity to get a lot of information and to talk to their admissions office about the requirements and scholarship offers as well as other information.”
Students who may not know what college to apply for but want to stay close to home could consider Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University or Drew University. Students who enroll with Rutgers will be able to earn bachelor’s degree at CCM in certain concentrations. Those who enroll with Fairleigh Dickinson will receive a 40 percent tuition discount. Last, students who enroll at Drew with a gpa of 3.8 or higher will have a chance for a full tuition discount.
Students at CCM are among a select group of students from 19 community colleges around New Jersey protected by the statewide transfer law. The law ensures that the first two years of college will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree at any public, four-year college or university. The purpose of the statewide transfer agreement is to provide a seamless transition for New Jersey Community College students.
While transferring out of state to complete a degree may seem like the logical choice, an in-state institution will save students more money on tuition and other costs. For example, were a recent graduate of CCM to become a junior at Kean University, a college that CCM does not have an articulation agreement with, in-state tuition is $7,132 compared to $13,355 for out-of-state – double the cost.
“I am looking for students who are asking questions,” said Fausto Vasquez, assistant director of admissions at Rowan University. “Transfer students usually know the requirements for a school they want to transfer to, but the transfer fair allows students to find schools they might not have considered.”
For students who already know what college they wish to attend after graduation, they can take part in instant decision days held once a semester. During this time, students will have an in-person interview with the college admissions representative and discuss any questions about the institution. Benefits of this are no admission fee, no written essay and a CCM transcript with the fee waived.
Choosing a four-year school can be stressful, but Brett Friedensohn, a journalism major at CCM, seems to have it figured out. “I wanted to look at Rutgers and Columbia if they were there. Columbia does not have a journalism program for undergraduates so I may check them out for graduate school.”