RVCC Signs Agreement with Howard University Guaranteeing Admission to Graduates

Raritan Valley Community College graduates will be guaranteed admission to the prestigious Howard University providing they meet certain admission requirements, under a new agreement signed December 3 at Howard's Washington, DC campus.
"The new partnership with Howard University offers tremendous opportunities for our students, guaranteeing them admission to an esteemed university with a highly selective admissions process. Students who excel at RVCC may also be rewarded with a generous scholarship from Howard to help them reach their educational goals," said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.
According to the agreement, students who receive an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from RVCC will be guaranteed admission to Howard University providing they meet all admission conditions such as fulfilling prerequisite course requirements and maintaining the requisite grade point average.
RVCC graduates with a minimum GPA of at least 3.25 also may be eligible for $10,000 Howard University Transfer Scholarships as well as Trustee Scholarships determined by academic achievement and financial need.
"At a time when our College is investing in new science facilities and enrollment in science and engineering majors is growing, this agreement takes on special significance because of Howard's highly regarded science programs. It should encourage even more students to start their college education at RVCC and pursue careers in the in-demand fields of science, engineering and technology," continued Dr. McDonough.
"This agreement will put talented and promising students from Raritan Valley Community College on a trajectory to enter Howard University and receive the support they need to succeed," said Dr. Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University. "This collaborative venture further allows Raritan Valley Community College and Howard University to work as a team, combine our resources and open yet another door for students to pursue additional higher education opportunities."
"What an exciting opportunity for RVCC students to live and study in the nation's capital at the mecca of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Dr. Patrice Gouveia Marks, RVCC Dean of Academic Affairs, said of the new agreement. "Whether they choose to study science and engineering, technology, business, pharmacy, nursing, the arts or humanities-they are guaranteed a first-rate education at Howard University. They will have access to a state-of-the art Intellectual Property Commercialization Center, groundbreaking research, and Google engineers who offer their expertise as Howard University professors and mentors," Dr. Marks continued.
The agreement stipulates that RVCC graduates transferring to Howard may transfer a maximum of 60 credit hours, 45 or more of which should be from RVCC. Students who transfer from RVCC will be required to complete the last 30 semester credit hours at Howard University in order to be eligible for a degree from the University. The agreement also ensures that the credits students earn for all of their lower division general education requirements at RVCC will be accepted at Howard.
For information about the new agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC's Director of Transfer & Career Services, 908-526-1200, ext. 8333.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site a www.howard.edu.
Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.
RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Featured Image: Dr. Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University, left, and RVCC President Michael J. McDonough sign an agreement on December 3 at Howard's Washington, DC campus. Photo Courtesy RVCC

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Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.
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Raritan Valley Community College values all aspects of diversity including but not limited to race, sexual orientation, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, socioeconomic status, and political and philosophical perspectives. We rely on diversity to enrich the intellectual environment for students and employees. We support educational access and opportunity by recruiting and retaining a diverse college community. We foster diversity by developing and maintaining curricular and social programs that infuse the contributions of all people, and by preparing students to excel in a global society. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the College’s Mission Statement and Strategic Goals, all of which support excellence in teaching, learning and professional development in a welcoming and respectful climate.
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