Free College Discussed at Upcoming Open House

Bergen’s main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College, No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates, will host an open house for prospective students and their families Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at its main campus at 400 Paramus Road. To RSVP, visit or email [email protected]. Información disponible en español.

The comprehensive, campus wide event will not only feature demonstrations, workshops, tours and exhibits, but also new details on the state’s Community College Opportunity Grant, which will provide a tuition-free college experience for students with household incomes of less than $45,000. State officials selected Bergen as one of 13 community colleges awarded $20 million for the spring 2019 pilot program. As a “last dollar” initiative, the program will cover all remaining tuition and fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills.

In addition to information on the free college initiative, the open house will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

*Visit the state-of-the-art Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center and meet with current students, faculty and staff in the Interdisciplinary Center for Simulation;

*Sample culinary creations of hospitality students;

*Meet admissions representatives, faculty, coaches and student support personnel; and

*Explore STEM projects, the fashion design lab, broadcasting studio, horticulture greenhouse, animation lab, theatres, the Child Development Center, Veterans Center, flight simulators and more.

The state’s largest community college, Bergen offers programs in fields such as aviation, business administration, culinary arts, fashion design and nursing. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College maintains campus locations in Paramus (main), Hackensack (Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) while also offering online classes. Its main campus features facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab, which provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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