Union County College is a public comprehensive community college. The college operates major campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield, and two satellite locations in Rahway and Scotch Plains. Union enrolls almost 20,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Known for excellence among regional colleges and universities, programs at Union lead to the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and Certificates. Students who complete two-year programs may transfer to four-year institutions for their junior and senior years or seek employment in their fields of study. Union is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse county colleges in New Jersey. The Institute for Intensive English is a national model for teaching English as a second language. In 2015-2016 academic year, 1,100 students representing 65 countries and Puerto Rico, and speaking 33 different languages, were enrolled in ESL classes on the Elizabeth campus.
Union County College educates many undergraduate allied healthcare professionals in New Jersey, offering degrees and certificates in nursing and practical nursing, physical therapy, emergency medical services, radiography, and respiratory care. Union County College is the partner in cooperative programs with the Trinitas School of Nursing, in Elizabeth, NJ; the JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools, in Plainfield, NJ; and Rutgers – School of Health Professions in Scotch Plains, NJ.