Representatives from Brookdale and Rutgers University came together at Brookdale’s Freehold Campus on Nov. 8 to host a joint open house for students and families from the Monmouth County area.
Dozens of attendees were able to meet one-one-one with college officials and learn about a variety of student services and degree programs offered through both schools. Officials were also on hand to discuss the benefits of Brookdale-Rutgers Partnership, which allows students to earn a Brookdale associate degree and a Rutgers bachelor degree, all from the Freehold Campus.
“It’s a real draw for students who want to earn a Rutgers degree but may not want to study in large lecture halls or travel all the way to New Brunswick, Newark or Camden,” said Brookdale’s Freehold Campus Dean Yesenia Madas. “That same level of education, and many of those same degree programs, are offered right here in their own backyard. And it’s affordable as well, because they are completing their first two years at Brookdale.”
The Open House featured faculty and staff representing each of the complete degree programs offered by Brookdale and Rutgers at the Freehold Campus, including business administration, criminal justice, psychology, political science and liberal education. For a full list of degree options or more information about the Brookdale-Rutgers Partnership, click here.
Representatives were also on hand from each of Rutgers’ three campuses, along with Brookdale’s offices of financial aid, transfer resources, testing services, online education, recruitment, the Educational Opportunity Fund program, the International Education Center and the Center for Career Development.
Also in attendance were Brookdale interim President David Stout, Dean of Online Programs and Learning Resources William Burns and Rutgers University Assistant Director of Off-Campus Programs Joe Walsh.
Students and parents were encouraged to ask specific questions about their educational and professional goals and were provided with a wealth of resources to begin charting a path toward a four-year degree.
For Brookdale business administration major Gabriel Veksler, the open house was also a valuable opportunity to learn more about his future college.
“I’m definitely interested in transferring to Rutgers,” said Veksler, who hopes to graduate this May. “I spoke with a few people who gave me a lot of information about courses, credit requirements and the transfer process. They showed me the courses that I’ve taken and the courses I will need to take to complete my program and transfer. I’m very glad I came.”
Check out more photos of the Brookdale-Rutgers Open House here.