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Rowan College at Burlington County is first in N.J. to offer junior-year courses to community college students

RCGC/RU/RCBC partnership

Students attending Rowan College at Burlington County will soon be able to stay an extra year for their junior-year courses before completing a bachelor’s degree at Rowan University, allowing them to save more than $75,000 while earning a bachelor’s degree from one of the top 100 public universities in the country.

The Rowan “3+1” option from Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) to Rowan University made history in New Jersey when it was approved by the N.J. Presidents’ Council in June and has now cleared all regulatory hurdles.

This is the first time a community college has been authorized to offer junior-year courses in the state. Initial programs will include biology, liberal studies, law & justice, nursing, psychology and general studies.

RCBC is enrolling new students now and will have junior-level courses in certain programs available to existing students – or transfer students from other community colleges – in January.

“These partnerships were formed in the best interest of students and there is no better example than this new ‘3+1’ opportunity that reduces the total cost of a bachelor’s degree to far less than what many universities charge for a single year,” said Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “We are bringing high quality education within reach to many families in our region.”

Money Magazine featured the Rowan “3+1” option among the top college affordability initiatives in the country earlier this year.

“This is quite simply the most affordable path to a bachelor’s degree in New Jersey, if not the nation,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “‘3+1’ is so much more than four. Students get more savings, more high-quality education and are more prepared to enter the workforce without high college debt.” 

RCBC partnered with Rowan University in 2015, to create innovative, high-quality and affordable paths to four-year degrees. The latest program offers students the most affordable option.

RCBC has the state’s largest online offerings among New Jersey community colleges – including two online degrees (psychology and law and justice) that align with “3+1” programs – which means the program will be accessible to students throughout the region.

“The ‘3+1’ option represents the ideals of the four pillars of our Strategic Plan: access, affordability, quality and effectiveness, and student success,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang. “There are many benefits of this program, which are available to students in Burlington County, nearby areas and throughout the region.”

How “3+1” works:

  • Complete an associate degree at RCBC.
  • Stay an extra year at either to take junior-year courses.
  • Transfer seamlessly to Rowan University where all credits will be accepted.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree after completing senior year courses.
  • Save $75,000 on a bachelor degree if compared to living on a university campus for four years.

To learn more about “3+1” at RCBC visit RCBC.edu/rowan/3plus1