Union County College is a public comprehensive community college. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s associate degree colleges, founded in 1933. The College operates major campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains. Union enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Union has had the largest non-credit enrollment among the nineteen New Jersey County Colleges.
The Cranford Campus of Union County College is situated on 48 acres on the border between the suburban communities of Cranford and Westfield on Springfield Avenue, opposite Union County’s 200-acre Nomahegan Park. The campus is convenient to the Garden State Parkway, Routes 28, 27, and 1; is served by three bus routes of New Jersey Transit and is within a mile of the Cranford Station of New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Railroad line. The campus has on-site parking sufficient for 1,497 vehicles.
The Elizabeth Campus is situated on two sites, both within the major business district of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The first, in the Sidney F. Lessner Building, is located at 12 West Jersey Street, on a one-acre site a half block from the city’s major thoroughfare. The second, in the Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building, is located at 40 West Jersey Street on 1.4 acres approximately one block west of the Lessner Building.
Both buildings on the Elizabeth Campus are within steps of the Elizabeth rail station of NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor Railroad line, and are served by multiple bus routes serving Elizabeth, which is the county seat of Union County. The College leases 600 parking spaces under a long term arrangement with the city of Elizabeth in the J. Christian Bollwage garage, which is adjacent to the Lessner Building.
The Plainfield Campus is situated on two sites across from Roosevelt Avenue from each other. The first is located at 232 East Second Street on most of a city block between East Second and East Third Streets and Church Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Plainfield, New Jersey. It consists of three buildings and two parking lots that accommodate 189 vehicles. The second is located at 225 Roosevelt Avenue at the corner of Roosevelt and East Third Street. The Campus is convenient to Routes 22 and 28; is served by three bus routes, and is two blocks from the Plainfield Station of New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Railroad Line.
The Scotch Plains Campus is situated on 40 acres at 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey. It consists of two buildings. The Campus is not served by any form of mass transportation but is convenient to Route 22 and major State routes.
There are eight major buildings on the Cranford Campus at 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford: Kenneth Campbell MacKay Library, Academic Learning Center, and the Center for Visual Arts and Communication; the Humanities, Science, and Nomahegan Buildings with classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, science and computing laboratories, advising and faculty offices, lounges, cafeteria and faculty dining room; the Campus Center with the Roy W. Smith Theater, gymnasium, fitness center, Executive Education (teleconferencing) Center, other facilities for student activities, and bookstore; the Victor M. Richel Commons, a student life/student lounge facility, featuring an atrium and multilevel floor providing a variety of lounge and meeting spaces; James R. MacDonald Hall, which contains administrative offices; and the William Miller Sperry Observatory, which houses 24-inch reflector and 10-inch refractor telescopes, a lecture room, optical shop, and computer center.
The Elizabeth Campus is housed in the seven-story Sidney F. Lessner Building at 12 West Jersey Street and the five-story Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building at 40 West Jersey Street, Elizabeth. The buildings, including their lower levels, provide classrooms, a theater, lecture halls, seminar and conference rooms, allied health, computer and science laboratories, Kellogg Library and Academic Learning Center, faculty and administrative offices, faculty and student lounges, dining room, bookstore and a Student Services Center and a Career Services Center. Trinitas School of Nursing is also located on Union’s Elizabeth Campus.
The Plainfield Campus is comprised of almost a city block between East Second and East Third Streets and Church Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The three-story Lagos building contains classrooms, lecture hall, the Physical Therapy program, a state-of-the-art laboratory for American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, a student lounge, faculty and administrative offices, computing, testing facilities, seminar and conference rooms. The Annex building contains the Library, Academic Learning Center, offices, bookstore, and cafeteria. The Health Sciences Building across Roosevelt Avenue contains instructional space for Practical Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Training, Allied Health labs, student lounge, and faculty offices.
Scotch Plains Campus
The College shares a 40-acre campus in Scotch Plains at 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains with the Union County Vocational Technical Schools and the John H. Stamler Police Academy. Union County College and Rutgers University jointly operate the Regional Health Education Center in the College’s 65,000 sq. ft. Health Technologies Building, and it has also been designated as the fifth campus of Rutgers University. It provides classrooms, lecture hall, seminar and conference rooms, allied health and science laboratories, library, faculty and administrative offices, dining room and Campus Center.