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RCBC's 3+1 students are the first in the region

 Pictured: Students were given special Rowan College at Burlington County 3+1 T-shirts as a token of the college’s appreciation for being pioneers in the 3+1 program and paving the way for thousands of future 3+1 students.

Last week, Rowan College at Burlington County President Paul Drayton and the Liberal Arts, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) deans, met with students who are a part of the region’s first-ever courses in the innovative 3+1 program, named one of Money Magazine's top five college affordability initiatives in the nation.

“You are the first to experience and take advantage of the 3+1 program, which is the most important affordability initiative at Rowan College at Burlington County, if not the nation,” Drayton told the students. “3+1 is the best way to earn a degree from Rowan University – one of the top public universities in the country. 3+1 is innovative, smart, addresses the affordability challenge and it really gives you a pathway to an affordable degree.”

Two months after it officially began, there are currently 250 students committed to RCBC’s 3+1 and 420 more who are interested in the program.

Hayley Brunetta, of Edgewater Park, is a 3+1 student majoring in biology who had planned to attend Rutgers University, but realized she would be paying thousands of dollars more for the same quality degree.

 “I did the math and it just makes sense,” she said of RCBC’s 3+1 program.

The 3+1 program can save a student up to $75,000 on their bachelor’s degree by allowing them to take their junior-level courses at RCBC and their final year with Rowan University. The junior-level courses are taught by RCBC faculty, at RCBC prices.

RCBC’s spring term saw the first 3+1 students take courses in law and justice, biology and liberal arts with a concentration in law and justice, and philosophy. Four more 3+1 majors will be available on the Mount Laurel Campus come fall 2017, including psychology, nursing, computing and informatics, and general studies.

More majors, including education and computer science, will be coming soon.

RCBC’s fall early online registration opens Monday, April 17. For more information on 3+1 visit,rcbc.edu/3plus1.

Pictured: Students were given special Rowan College at Burlington County 3+1 T-shirts as a token of the college’s appreciation for being pioneers in the 3+1 program and paving the way for thousands of future 3+1 students.