Felician University

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Felician University
The Franciscan University of New Jersey
Iviswold Castle, located on the Rutherford campus
Former names
Immaculate Conception Junior College, Felician College
MottoIn Veritate Felicitas
Motto in English
In Truth is Happiness
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Catholic (Felician Sisters)
PresidentAnne Prisco
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNCAA Division IICACC
NicknameGolden Falcons

Felician University is a private Roman Catholic university with two campuses in New Jersey, one in Lodi and one in Rutherford. It was founded as the Immaculate Conception Normal School by the Felician Sisters in 1923 and the school has changed names several times in its history, most recently in 2015 to Felician University. In 2016-17 enrollment was 1,996, with undergraduates comprising around 1,626 students.[4] 21 percent are men, and 79 percent are women.[2]


Located 12 miles (19 km) from New York City, Felician University has two locations in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the towns of Lodi and Rutherford. These campuses are about 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, with regular shuttle service running between them throughout the day and evening hours. The Rutherford campus also has a gymnasium and a late-night coffee shop and game room.[5]


  • John J. Breslin Theatre
  • Library – The Lodi campus library occupies an International Style building and houses print collections, sound recordings, and visual media in digital format. Three levels contain an information commons, reading room, book stacks, spaces for group as well as quiet study, and two computer laboratories. Its more than 115,000 books, 360 print periodicals, 20,000 online journals, 43,000 electronic books, and 80,000 microforms offer strong historical and current perspectives in support of the curriculum. The library also provides a broad selection of online resources, of which are accessible on the campus computer network, as well as off-campus with a college network ID and password. The Curriculum Materials Library and Technology Center, located in Sammartino Hall on the Rutherford campus, collects children's literature, textbooks, curriculum guides, periodicals, and other instructional materials suitable for use in the classroom.[6] An active information literacy instruction program through library liaisons begins with the Freshmen Year Experience program.


The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Specialized accreditation also exists for the nursing and teaching programs:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:
    • Nursing (CNURED) – nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels 4/28/1998[clarification needed]
    • Nursing (CNURED) – nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels 4/28/1998
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) – baccalaureate programs 6/29/2007 – pre-accredited
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) – graduate programs 6/29/2007 – pre-accredited[7]

2015 AAUP censure[edit]

In June 2015, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) censured Felician College[8] for terminating the services of several faculty members without adequate explanation, adequate notice, or an opportunity for review.[9] The AAUP Investigating Committee also noted that "the fear of faculty members to communicate with [it] or to be seen by the administration as dissenters was palpable."[9]


Felician University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Golden Falcons are a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer, with lacrosse being added for the Spring 2017 season. Women's sports include bowling, basketball,cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, and track & field.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Felician College – College Overview". US News & World Report. 2012-11-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Felician College – College Overview". IPEDS. 2010-07-10.
  3. ^ "Member Center". naicu.edu. Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Felician&s=all&id=184612
  5. ^ "Location – NYC". Archived from the original on March 27, 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Libraries". Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences". nces.ed.gov. 2010-06-07.
  8. ^ "AAUP Censures Four Administrations, Removes Another from Censure | AAUP". aaup.org. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  9. ^ a b "Felician College (New Jersey)" (PDF). May 29, 2015. p. 2. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Key to Diversity and Inclusion is Mentorship", Forbes, "Dr. Elisee (Eli) Joseph is an Ivy-league professor, medical examiner, and TEDx speaker who, at the tender age of 24, became the first person at Felician University to graduate with a doctorate degree in Business Administration."
  11. ^ "Atlantic Highlands Man Selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft", Atlantic Highlands Herald, June 9, 2014. Accessed June 10, 2018. "Felician left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) was chosen in the 24th Round (No. 713 overall) by the Colorado Rockies."

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