Raritan Valley Community College

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Raritan Valley Community College
Raritan Valley Community College, front panorama.jpg
Type Public community college
Established 1965
President Dr. Michael McDonough
Location Branchburg, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors          Green and gold
Nickname Golden Lions
Mascot Golden Lion
Website www.raritanval.edu
View of conference center
Entrance to main courtyard and student center.
A cylindrical hallway is the entrance to the planetarium.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is an accredited, coeducational, two-year, public, community college located in North Branch (within Branchburg Township), New Jersey. RVCC offers Associate's degree programs leading to an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Art (A.F.A) or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), as well as certificate programs and continuing education courses.

The college was founded in late 1965 as "Somerset County College" and opened to its first class of students in the fall of 1968. It was given its present name in 1987, when it became the county college for Hunterdon County as well as its home of Somerset County. It was the first community college in New Jersey to be sponsored by two different counties. Raritan Valley's "University Center" offers degree completion programs from a number of schools and university partners including Rutgers, The State University of NJ.


Raritan Valley Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs offered by the college are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, the National League of Nursing, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and by the American Bar Association.


The library at Raritan Valley Community College officially opened in March, 1985, along with the College Performing Arts Center. In 1993, the 25th anniversary of the college, the library was named in honor of founding trustee Evelyn S. Field.

The Evelyn S. Field Library is the center for research and information at Raritan Valley Community College. The library faculty develops the collection in collaboration with classroom faculty to support the educational program. In selecting the materials, the library seeks to stimulate intellectual curiosity, provide diversity of thought and offer personal enrichment. The library also maintains a collection pertaining to the history of the college.

The entire library staff strives to advance the college’s mission of student success. The library is committed to continued personal and professional growth. The staff participates in campus life and governance of the college. The library facilities provide a welcoming environment that is conducive to study.

The library’s instructional program is an integral part of the general curriculum. The library is in the forefront of promoting information literacy to the college community. The two libraries, the physical and the virtual, offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.

The Evelyn S. Field Library provides borrowing privileges and discretionary access to information and resource sharing for Somerset and Hunterdon county residents.

See also

External links

  • Raritan Valley Community College website
  • Rutgers University at Raritan Valley Community College
  • Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College

Coordinates: 40°36′24″N 74°41′40″W / 40.60663°N 74.694319°W / 40.60663; -74.694319

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