President’s Welcome

Whether you are a current student who is already an important part of our community or looking for the perfect college to pursue your academic interests and occupational dreams, I am honored to welcome you to UCNJ. With a heritage as rich as ours, it is tempting to focus on the College’s unique role as the first of New Jersey’s eighteen community colleges. Founded in 1933, our local roots run deep, from our humble beginnings when our first classes were taught at night at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle.

But the real story celebrates how far the College has evolved in the last eight decades. With four campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield and Scotch Plains and students from 83 countries, our college community represents and reflects one of the most diverse populations in the world. Committed to serving this extraordinary community with pride and enthusiasm, we offer over 60 degree and certificate programs in arts, science and applied science, as well as continuing education, career programs and intensive English language studies.Together our faculty, administrators and staff are united in our mission to educate and empower our students in their quest to learn and to better serve the needs of our community. Like our founders, who created this school to help out-of-work teachers find employment during the Great Depression, we are committed to enhancing the lives of career-minded and transfer-oriented students who deserve and appreciate a stepping stone to a better life.

Welcome to UCNJ. I invite you to learn more about us by exploring this website and visiting our campus.

Margaret M. McMenamin, Ed.D.

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