Wayne-based William Paterson University has become the latest college to offer bachelor’s degree programs that can be taken at Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor campus.
Joining Fairleigh Dickinson University and Felician College, William Patterson will offer bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education/elementary education, liberal studies, and psychology to students who complete associates degrees at MCCC. The classes, taught by William Patterson faculty, begin in September and will take place in late afternoons, evenings, Fridays, and weekends at the campus, as well as online.
The two colleges will host an open house for those interested in learning more about the program on Wednesday, July 1, at 6 p.m. at MCCC’s West Windsor campus. Faculty advisors and staff from WPU and MCCC will be on hand to answer questions.
The deal adds William Patterson to a growing list of schools that offer bachelor’s degree completion programs at Mercer. FDU offers programs in business and technology and hospitality management, as well as a master’s completion program in hospitality management through Mercer. Felician offers a bachelor’s in nursing. Mercer also has a deal with Philadelphia’s Drexel University that allows MCCC students to transfer their credits to Drexel in pursuit of a nursing bachelor’s online.
MCCC president Patricia Donohue says that one of the college’s goals is to increase opportunities for area students. “Our students have been asking for the opportunity to complete bachelor degrees in education on our campus,” Donahue says. “This is ideal.”
While students will not need to travel to William Paterson University to complete their degree, they will be full-fledged William Paterson students and will have access to the institution’s library, information technology resources, and other student benefits.
Though they will attend classes at Mercer, students are still considered William Patterson students and will pay its tuition and fees.
For more information, call 609-570-3307.