PARAMUS, NJ – Bergen Community College has received recognition from SR Education Group as one of the nation’s top schools for online programs offering low-income students greater opportunity for upward economic mobility.

“Staying true to the community college mission of access and opportunity, Bergen develops innovative academic degree and certificate programs that help local residents realize a better future," said Larry Hlavenka Jr. a spokesperson from BCC. "Our distance learning programs represent this kind of progressive approach, allowing students to participate in engaged learning without ever visiting campus. This recognition also acknowledges Bergen’s ability to provide students with a high-quality, affordable education that can inspire socio-economic advancement and upward mobility.”

To compile its rankings, the Washington state-based researcher reviewed data from approximately 1,000 U.S. universities and colleges offering 10 or more online degree programs. The firm then compiled economic mobility scores based on the number of students moving from the bottom fifth of income distribution to the top fifth, early career salary and Pell Grant rates. Only 92 colleges – including Bergen – scored high enough to make the list, led by the University of Texas at El Paso. Bergen ranks as one of only two New Jersey institutions to earn the recognition (Thomas Edison State College). The complete rankings are available online.

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Over the last five years, the percentage of BCC students taking an online or hybrid course has risen 19.3 percent; the number of students taking classes exclusively online has climbed to 694. The College currently offers 11 associate degree programs entirely online, plus more than 100 individual course offerings. Popular options include psychology, mathematics, philosophy/religion and sociology.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.