Bloomfield College is a four-year private liberal arts college located in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Bloomfield College is chartered by the State of New Jersey and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) through the Synod of the Northeast and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. In a suburban residential community 15 miles (24 km) from New York City, the College attracts a geographically diverse resident and commuter population. The 11-acre (45,000 m2) tree-lined campus is easily reached by train, bus, or by car. The mission of Bloomfield College is to attain academic, personal, and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society.
Bloomfield College was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1868 as German Theological Seminary of Newark, New Jersey, to train German-speaking ministers. It moved to Bloomfield in 1872 and became four-year college in 1923.
Bloomfield College has approximately 1,980 students and about 65% of the students are commuters. The college offers primarily undergraduate studies, but it has recently added master's programs in Accounting, Fine Arts, and Education. The college is regionally accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Bloomfield College has a student to faculty ratio of 15:1.
In 2017, the college was ranked in a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project as #1 in the state of New Jersey and #20 nationally in Overall Mobility Index, a statistical analysis that identifies the likelihood colleges and universities help students move up two or more income quintiles.
Bloomfield College accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. Applicants for admission to Bloomfield College are considered on the basis of their high school academic record, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) or American College Test (ACT) scores, recommendations, essay, extracurricular activities, and post secondary school transcripts where applicable. Bloomfield College has a standardized test-optional admission policy, meaning applications can be made without submitting Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) or American College Test (ACT) scores.
The clubs and organizations offered to students focus on several different aspects of student life, including professional, ethnic, volunteer, academic, and artistic interests. Greek-letter organizations are also present. Students wishing to live on campus have a variety of options. First-year students traditionally live in one of two traditional dorms, Clee and Schweitzer Halls. Upperclassmen have several options for on-campus housing, including theme houses, suite-style living, and an off-campus residential facility in Newark, the University Center. The college's TRUE Program seeks to bring elements of the classroom into the residence halls; resident advisors design co-curricular programs in their halls in conjunction with the college's academic programming model.
Bloomfield College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Bears are a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.
Bloomfield College is home to the Westminster Arts Center. The center creates and presents diverse arts and cultural programs in collaboration with the College's faculty, staff, students, community partners and professional arts groups such as 4th Wall Theatre, Inc. and Yates Musical Theatre; exposes students to diverse means of expressions and methods of thought; creates and presents thematic programming in response to curricular goals; raises and enhances the positive visibility of the College through public performances and exhibitions; supports the programs of the Creative Arts and Technology Division; encourages and promotes creativity throughout the College.
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