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What is the NJ Coastal Communiversity...
The NJ Coastal Communiversity, led by Brookdale Community College, is an eight-member alliance of higher education colleges and universities offering selected associate, bachelorís, and masterís degrees, and graduate certificates in Monmouth County. The Communiversity is the first alliance of its kind in New Jersey and one of only a handful of such alliances nationwide. The members are:
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Georgian Court University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, and
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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Is Brookdale now a four-year college?
No! Brookdale is not a four-year college. Brookdale has brought together seven other colleges and universities to provide pathways for its graduates to seamlessly transfer to selected bachelor's programs - and beyond - right here in Monmouth County.

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Does the Communiversity have something even for me?
Yes! Whether you are a high school, associate or bachelorís degree graduate, or just have some previous college credit and want to complete your degree, the Communiversity has something for you. Get started by meeting with a Communiversity academic advisor now. Call us today at (732) 280-7090 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment.

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Where is the Communiversity located?
The Communiversity is located at the Brookdale Higher Education Center in Wall Township in Monmouth County, and is situated just off of Monmouth Blvd. on the site of the former U.S. Army "Camp Evans". We are only a few minutes from the Garden State Parkway (exits 98 and 105), Rt. 33, Rt. 138, Rt. 35, and Belmar Blvd. Click here for travel directions and a simple route map.

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Where do I take my classes?
If you are pursuing your associate degree through Brookdale, you can take your 100-level and 200-level courses at the Communiversity, at any BCC location in Monmouth County, and/or via distance education using interactive television (ITV), On-Line, or telecourses.

The 300-level and 400-level courses for the bachelor's degrees, as well as graduate-level courses, are offered on-site at the Communiversity and/or via distance education, with some courses also held at Brookdale's Western Monmouth Branch Campus in Freehold.

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Can I attend the Communiversity full-time and part-time?
Yes, the decision to attend full-time or part-time is up to you.

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Can the entire degree be completed at Wall? Will I ever have to travel to the home campus?
All classes can be completed in Monmouth County. Students are considered full students of the partner college though, so in some cases a student may choose to go to a main campus for a particular class, a special advisement activity or specialized research.

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What student services are offered?
The Communiversity offers most of the academic and student services available on Brookdale's Lincroft campus. Admissions, registration, academic advising, career counseling, financial aid, advising, library services, tutoring assistance, technology assistance, and other special accommodations are just some of the services that are provided on-site and/or via distance modalities.

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What library services will be available for me?
Students have the option to use the services of either the library at their home institution's campus, Brookdale's Bankier Library, or they may access their home institution's library services remotely. Learning Assistants are available at the Communiversity's Student Success Center to provide assistance with research and accessing services. Articles and books from partner libraries are also available through inter-library loan and can be delivered directly to the Communiversity. Students are required to provide a valid picture ID with an active barcode in order to borrow materials.

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Where do I buy my textbooks?
Textbooks may also be ordered online at http://www.brookdalecc.bkstr.com, by phone at (732) 224-2382, or purchased in person at the Brookdale Community College Bookstore on the main campus in Lincroft. Books can be also be ordered and shipped directly to your home or held at the Lincroft campus bookstore or the Communiversity main office.

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How do I access special services?
Information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities is available from the Communiversity staff at (732) 280-7090. Students using their veteran ís educational benefits should contact the Veterans Affairs Office at their home institution. Re-certification is necessary each term to continue drawing benefits.

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What programs are offered at the Communiversity?
The Communiversity offers over 25 associate, bachelorís and masterís degree programs and certificates in the fields of business administration, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information technology, and liberal arts.

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Degree Track or Degree Program... what's the difference?
Degree Tracks are sequences of Degree Programs that are recommended as the most direct way for Communiversity students to progress from the associate through the graduate levels. Depending on their previous college work, students start at any point on the Degree Track to pursue their next degree, whether it be their associate, bachelor's or master's degree or graduate certificate. Students can complete every degree in the Degree Track or stop at any point along the way. The Communiversity offers Degree Tracks in Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Information Technology, and Liberal Arts.

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What is an "On-Line" or "Distance Education" program?
An "On-Line", or "Distance Education", program allows you to earn your degree without having to attend classes on campus and utilizes a variety of distance methods, such as interactive TV (ITV), On-Line courses, videotapes, or telecourses. In some cases, a course will include a combination of in-class and distance learning components, or a degree program will include some in-class and some distance education courses. The bachelor's and master's degrees and graduate certificates offered through the Communiversity by NJIT are available On-Line working in the convenience of your own home on your own computer.

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How do I apply to the Communiversity?
Call 732-280-7090 to attend an upcoming event or schedule an appointment in the field of your interest. You then apply to the partner college that offers the degree you want. If you have not completed an associate degree, you apply to Brookdale. If you have some previous college credit and are not sure of your next steps you should consult with the Communiversity staff. Applications (paper copies) for all Communiversity member colleges are available through the Communiversity office or online at each college's web site.

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Is there a separate Communiversity application?
There is no separate Communiversity application. There is a question on the Brookdale application where you can express interest in the Communiversity. Expressing your interest in the Communiversity will allow you to receive information and updates about the Communiversity. You should also discuss your degree plans with your Brookdale counselor.

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What is the application deadline?
The application deadlines vary by program. Brookdale has open admissions and applications are accepted up to the first day of class. All the other member colleges generally adhere to the deadlines of their home campus. Application information is available from the Communiversity staff. Remember, it is always best to apply and register as early as possible to ensure you will get the courses you want.

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Are there any tests or examinations that are required for atmittance?
First-time Brookdale students may take up to 3 courses before taking the Basic Skills Exam. If you are interested in one of our Communiversity Bachelor's or Master Degrees, the following have test requirements:

  • BS in Education requires Basic Skills passing scores or Praxis I;
  • MBA requires the GMAT exam; and,
  • MS in Educaton requires the GRE exam

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What are the admissions requirements?
There are different requirements for each degree program. Rather than list all of the different requirements for each separate degree program here, it is best to call the Communiversity at (732) 280-7090 or e-mail us at and we'll email or mail you the overview for your degree of interest.

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As a Brookdale graduate, am I guaranteed admission to the member college of my choice at the Communiversity?
Yes, with some provisions, though. To make it easy to transfer your credits, Brookdale has articulation agreements, and in some cases dual admission programs, with each of the Communiversityís colleges and universities. You can be guaranteed admission to the four-year college of your choice if you take the prescribed courses, achieve the required grade point average and meet all the admission requirements stated in the articulation agreement. It is very important that you speak with an academic advisor early in your college career to plan a seamless transfer from your associate to your bachelorís degree. Call us today at (732) 280-7090 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment.

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Is the Communiversity just for BCC graduates?
No. Although the Communiversity mostly serves Brookdale students, anyone who is seeking any of the degrees offered at the Communiversity is welcome to apply.

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I'm currently attending another college. Can I take courses at, or transfer to, the Communiversity?
In both cases, it depends on the policies and procedures of the institution offering the courses. Call the Communiversity office at (732) 280-7090 to find out your options.

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Are credits given for life experience?
The Communiversity member institutions do not offer life experience credit, however you may be able to take a CLEP or Dante's exam to earn college credit for 100 and 200-level courses.

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Where do I register for classes?
Accepted students register when they meet with their advisor or may also register online. Advising appointments are offered year-round at the Communiversity.

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When are classes offered, day or evening?
Brookdale Community College offers a variety of day and evening courses, in addition to distance education options. The Communiversity Bachelor's and Master's degree courses are offered mostly in the evening, with Rutgers and NJCU offering some daytime classes. NJIT also offers some daytime, but most online courses.

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Are there any programs that do not require class attendance?
NJIT degrees are available 100% online. All other programs offered at the Communiversity are either offered fully on-site or mostly on-site with some online options each semester.

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What credits transfer to the 4-year college?
Students who are just starting their associate degree should meet with their academic advisor to choose transferable courses. Students who have already completed their associate degree or who have prior college credits will receive a transcript evaluation after acceptance to the four-year college of their choice. That evaluation will show the courses that transfer and the courses a student has left to take to complete the degree. Degree plans have been developed that show the specific associate degree courses that provide a seamless transfer to specific bachelorís degrees. Students may refer to www.njtransfer.org as a resource to look up the best Associate level courses to transfer to Bachelor's degree programs.

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Will Communiversity studentsí transcripts and diploma be the same as those for students attending the main campus of each institution?
Yes. All official documents, including transcripts and diplomas, are issued by the institution at which the student is enrolled; not by the Communiversity.

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What is the tuition?
Students pay the tuition of the degree program they are enrolled in. Most of the Communiversity partners are public higher education institutions. The one member that is a private college has discounted its tuition for Communiversity students.

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Who pays "in-county" fees?
Monmouth County residents pay in-county tuition at Brookdale. Proof of permanent address may be requested.

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How can I receive financial aid?
Students interested in Financial Aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA form) on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to indicate your home institution on the FAFSA form so appropriate information will be automatically sent to that financial aid office. It is also suggested to check with your home institution for financial aid deadline dates as well as additional financial aid opportunities.

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Eight member institutions.
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Brookdale Community College New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Georgian Court University Montclair State University