MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The newly renamed Middlesex College will publicly unveil its new logo in May, according to a statement from a school spokesperson.
Known as Middlesex County College since its opening in 1964, the Edison-based school with centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy is following in the rebranding footsteps of other two-year colleges that are dropping the words “community” or “county" from their names.
For instance, Gloucester County College changed its name first to Rowan College at Gloucester County and then last year to Rowan College of South Jersey when it merged with the former Cumberland County College.
“We know two things,” said Middlesex College President Mark McCormick. “First, that students receive an excellent education here, and when they transfer to a four-year college or university, they do as well or better than students who start at a four-year institution. They are very well prepared. But we are also well aware that there is a stigma attached to community colleges. While we know the high quality of the educational experiences we provide, that message has not fully penetrated in our community. We hope this name change will go a long way in doing that.”
The College’s Board of Trustees approved the name change in October, and it took effect January 1.
McCormick noted that the name change would not affect the objective of the school.
“Our mission remains the same,” he said. “It is to offer a quality, affordable education for the people of Middlesex County, and to help our students thrive in education, growth and personal success. That will not change.”
The College is planning an Open House on Sunday, April 18 and expects to have new admissions materials created by then.
The diplomas for May 2021 graduates will say Middlesex College, and the College anticipates having a fully revamped website by the fall.
College athletic teams, which have been known as the Blue Colts, will now be the Middlesex Colts, and a mascot will be unveiled in the months ahead.
Middlesex College boasts about 60,000 alumni since it opened its doors on a sprawling swath of land in the southern part of Edison.