Middlesex County College
|President||Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales|
|Location||Edison Township, New Jersey, United States|
|Colors||Blue and white|
Middlesex County College is a community college with its main campus located in Edison, New Jersey, United States. Founded by the Middlesex County Board of Elected Freeholders in 1964, the two-year college serves the needs of Middlesex County, as well as surrounding communities. The college also maintains two urban center campuses, one located in the Civic Square government and theatre district of New Brunswick and one in the city center of Perth Amboy. The current president of Middlesex County College is Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales, taking the position in 2005 after the retirement of Dr. John Bakum.
The college is built on a portion of the former Raritan Arsenal, constructed in 1917 for the United States Army. The arsenal was closed in 1963, and in 1964, the county officially founded the college, naming Frank Chambers the first president to help design the new college. In 2015, there were incidents of unexploded ordnance being found on campus suspected to be from the former arsenal. The school first opens its doors for classes in September 1966.
The college was founded in 1964. It offers more than 700 courses in 100 different degree and certificate programs with 21 specially designed transfer programs. Its mission is to provide access to an affordable, quality education for diverse students and to promote lifelong learning opportunities to strengthen the economic, social and cultural life of the community. The college has 206 full-time and 346 part-time faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. Full-time, part-time and online classes are available. Popular transfer colleges and universities include Rutgers University, College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Kean University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York University. Student activities include art exhibitions, athletics, campus radio, clubs and organizations, civic engagement, student newspaper and theatre. There are 85 computer labs with more than 1,750 computers.
Tuition for county residents is $103 per credit hour. Tuition for out of county residents is $206 per credit hour. Federal financial aid is available in the form of Pell grants, work study programs and direct loans. Students must complete their free application for FAFSA. The MCC Foundation offers over 100 scholarships for students attending the college.
Men’s sports include soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, golf, track and field. Women's sports include soccer, softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball, and track and field. The Physical Education Center has a swimming pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and a dance studio. There is a weight training room with treadmills and stairmasters, which are available for students, faculty, and college alumni.
The college has a child care center for children ages 2–5 years old. It provides a high-quality, developmentally appropriate atmosphere for learning. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack at no additional charge. Classrooms are age-graded, with one qualified teacher and at least one assistant in each room, based on class size. Tuition is based on the child's age, and the number of days attended per week. Applicants for reduced fees must be full-time students, employed full-time, or participating in a job training program.
- James M. Cahill, mayor of New Brunswick
- Jim Norton (born 1968), comedian, actor and radio personality
- Danny Pintauro (born 1976), actor from the TV show Who's the Boss attended and graduated from Middlesex County College
- Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspect in the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings (did not graduate)
- Tom Scharpling (born 1969), television writer and The Best Show on WFMU radio host
- Lily Yip, USA Olympian in table tennis
- "Vintage Ammo Unearthed at New Jersey College Campus". NBC New York. WNBC-TV. Sep 6, 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- Child Care Center, Middlesex County College. Accessed April 4, 2017.
- Mayor’s Office, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Accessed April 4, 2017. "Mayor Cahill is a lifelong resident of New Brunswick. He was educated at St. Peter’s Elementary and High Schools and earned an Associates Degree from Middlesex County College."
- "Yip (continued)", Asbury Park Press, February 2, 1993. Accessed April 4, 2017. "In the rest of her time, she's enrolled at Middlesex County College, studying computer science."
- Middlesex County College webpage