Philosophy

Bergen Community College realizes the need to educate citizens to meet the varied demands of a complex society and to prepare people of all ages to undertake the obligations of citizenship and family life. To this end, the College offers diverse and useful educational experiences.

The variety of programs provides choices and permits flexibility of movement from one curriculum to another, to propel the student toward self-discovery and personal self-realization. High academic standards are maintained so that the student can easily transfer to a four-year college or university or, be prepared for immediate employment.

The College is aware of its obligation to the student body and to the community at large. It serves as a cultural center by offering frequent lectures, symposia, films, and musical and dramatic presentations. The College’s proximity to centers of learning and culture such as those in New York City enable it to draw fully on a variety of resources.

The primary emphasis of the faculty is on effective instruction of students. Research and writing directed toward these goals are encouraged. Since the general welfare of the students is of paramount importance, emphasis on individual advisement and counseling is fundamental to the College’s philosophy. Faculty members are selected not only for their academic qualifications and experience, but also for their interest in maintaining close student-teacher relationships that will enable students to develop to their full potential. To enhance this aim, advisement and additional counseling services are centralized under the Vice President of Student Services. The faculty guide a variety of activities such as student government, clubs, societies, and publications. These activities serve to enrich student experiences and provide the maximum opportunity for demonstrated leadership and responsible participation.

The College offers a wide variety of athletic activities such as basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, golf and intramural sports.

Bergen Community College is committed to helping students meet the challenge of rapidly changing social, political, economic, and educational thought and to reinforcing the principle that higher education for every citizen in our society is a worthy goal that is within reach.