Raritan Valley Community College

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Raritan Valley Community College
Raritan Valley Community College, front panorama.jpg
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Michael McDonough
Location, ,
United States
Colors         Green and gold
NicknameGolden Lions
MascotGolden Lion
View of conference center
Entrance to main courtyard and student center.
A cylindrical hallway is the entrance to the planetarium.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is a public community college in North Branch, New Jersey. RVCC offers Associate degree programs leading to an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Art (A.F.A), or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), as well as certificate programs and continuing education courses.

The college was founded in late 1965 as Somerset County College and opened to its first class of students in the fall of 1968. It was given its present name in 1987, when it became the county college for Hunterdon County as well as its home of Somerset County. It was the first community college in New Jersey to be sponsored by two different counties. Raritan Valley's "University Center" offers degree completion programs from a number of schools and university partners including Rutgers University.


Raritan Valley Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs offered by the college are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, the National League of Nursing, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and by the American Bar Association.


The library at Raritan Valley Community College officially opened in March, 1985, along with the College Performing Arts Center. In 1993, the 25th anniversary of the college, the library was named in honor of founding trustee Evelyn S. Field.

The Evelyn S. Field Library is the center for research and information at Raritan Valley Community College. The library faculty develops the collection in collaboration with classroom faculty to support the educational program.

The Evelyn S. Field Library provides borrowing privileges and discretionary access to information and resource sharing for Somerset and Hunterdon county residents.

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Coordinates: 40°36′24″N 74°41′40″W / 40.60663°N 74.694319°W / 40.60663; -74.694319