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Rowan College of South Jersey ranked No. 1 community college in the state.

Rowan College of South Jersey students, from left: Cesar Sosa, Sasha Valte, Justin Fennal, Franklin Peralta, Gabriela George-Rivar and Angel Colon on the Cumberland campus.

Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) has been ranked as the No. 1 community college in the state of New Jersey by This latest achievement comes on the heels of the historic merger, on July 1, 2019, of Rowan College at Gloucester County and Cumberland County College to create a comprehensive, dual-campus regional community college—the first of its kind in New Jersey.

The merger, in conjunction with a premier partnership with Rowan University, leads the way to a future filled with diverse, one-of-a-kind educational opportunities.

“It is impressive to be ranked the No. 1 community college in New Jersey by, but it does

not surprise me,” said Rowan College of South Jersey President Frederick Keating. “The recent merger of the Cumberland and Gloucester campuses has grown and strengthened our innovative programs, providing even more educational opportunities for students to succeed. Students have the advantage of two community college campuses with online programs, offering even more choices and flexibility at an affordable cost.”

In ranking the state’s top community colleges, uses the most recent, publicly available government data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, and College Scorecard. Data used in the analysis includes multiple key factors such as educational opportunity, affordability, flexibility and student success.

To keep pace with the changing collegiate landscape, RCSJ is reimagining opportunities, offering more choices and enhancing learning experiences that benefit students, businesses and industries in the community.

“As future expansion of the Eds, Meds and Commerce Corridor results in new construction and a partnership with Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, plus additional affiliations with Inspira Health and Cooper University Health Care, Rowan College of South Jersey is becoming a medical destination for students,” noted Keating. “We are the only community college in the country to have a medical school on its campus.”

An innovative “3+1” option, in partnership with Rowan University, enables students to attend RCSJ for three years, and then complete the final year of their baccalaureate at Rowan University, thus saving families thousands of dollars.

“Rowan Choice” offers students the experience of living on the campus of Rowan University while taking classes at RCSJ during their freshman and sophomore years.

Committed to unifying higher education with real-life employment options, RCSJ defines a new generation of community colleges that focuses on personal career advancement while providing knowledgeable and experienced employees for the future.