3+1 Definitely Equals More
Local community college students can complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees for less than $33,000 through a new 3+1 program between Brookdale Community College and Georgian Court University.
“This means students can stay at Brookdale for a third year to begin their bachelor’s studies, then transfer to either Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus or our Hazlet location for a fourth year to complete their degree,” Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., Georgian Court president, explained.
A Win-Win for Everyone
While schools across the state represent a range of partnership models, this agreement marks the first of its kind in New Jersey—a 3+1 agreement between a community college and a four-year, private institution.
The arrangement is considered a win-win all around.
“For most or all majors, some of the third-year courses will be taught by GCU professors as students get ready for their final year of college,” explained Janice Warner, Ph.D., interim provost for Georgian Court. “Most importantly, 3+1 students will pay Brookdale tuition and fees for these university-level courses.”
Building on a History of Transfer Success
Georgian Court has an exceptionally strong transfer student population and a history of transfer success.
“We see about 80 percent of our full-time transfer students graduate,” said Dr. Warner. “That far exceeds the national transfer student graduation average of about 60 percent.”
“Transfer students—including so many from Brookdale Community College—bring an incredible work ethic with them and overall, are very goal-oriented,” she said. “They come to Georgian Court to finish what they started.”
Georgian Court is also a repeat member of the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll, the premier national listing that identifies top four-year colleges and universities for creating a dynamic pathway to support transfer students.