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Caldwell, New Jersey
Caldwell College is a Catholic, coeducational, four-year liberal arts institution rooted in a proud 800-year Dominican tradition of rigorous scholarship, committed teaching, and ethical values. Founded in 1939 by the Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell College's most popular offerings include undergraduate degrees in business, psychology, and education. Caldwell has twenty-eight undergraduate degrees, fifteen graduate programs, and a Caldwell Scholars Program. The adult undergraduate program encourages adults to return to college to complete their degree, earn a new degree, or enjoy learning for pleasure. Day, evening, Saturday, and distance learning courses highlight the importance of lifelong learning. The College offers accelerated options that combine the curricular opportunities of the distance education program with traditional on-campus offerings. Postbaccalaureate applied behavior analysis certification, special education certification, and teacher certification are available. Master's degrees are offered in business administration (specialization in accounting), counseling psychology (specializations in art therapy and school counseling), curriculum and instruction (specializations in educational technology and special education), educational administration, and pastoral ministry. Educational administration is also offered in a fast-track Off-Campus Leadership Development Program. Post-master's programs in art therapy, educational supervisor's certification, professional licensing credits for counselors, and school counseling are offered.
Caldwell College sponsors work-based internship and cooperative education opportunities that encourage students to integrate work experience with classroom learning. Approximately 40 percent of the program's participants are offered full-time positions upon graduation. The Office of Experiential Learning assists students and alumni who are seeking full- and part-time employment. The College's Business Advisory Council, which includes about 40 members from major corporations throughout New Jersey, helps business leaders and educators share their resources so both students and the business community can prepare for the challenges of the global marketplace. Through guest lectures by corporate leaders, mentoring programs, and interaction during business conferences, students learn how to be successful in today's workplace.
Caldwell College enrolls close to 2,200 full-time, part-time, and graduate students. Approximately 94 percent of the full-time students are from New Jersey. In addition, the College's rich cultural diversity attracts individuals from Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states and from more than twenty-six other countries. The cultural mix of students includes African American (15 percent), Hispanic (11 percent), Asian-American (2 percent), and international (7 percent) students. Fully qualified faculty members and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio provides close, personal attention.
Location and Community
Located on a beautiful, secure, 70-acre campus 20 miles west of New York City, students participate in numerous educational, cultural, and social experiences while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of campus life. A variety of shops and restaurants are within walking distance. Area attractions include theaters, museums, parks, ski resorts, malls, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and the New Jersey shore. Many corporate headquarters are easily accessible and provide a variety of internship opportunities. The College can be reached by public transportation and is near major highways, including the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Interstates 80, 280, and 287.
Eligibility for a degree requires completion of a minimum of 122 credits and a GPA of at least 2.0 (C). Students must also complete major courses with a minimum grade of C and satisfy all other departmental requirements. All programs require that students successfully pass a form of outcomes assessment in the senior year. Lliberal arts requirements include courses in computer literacy, English, fine arts, foreign language, history, mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, physical education, public-speaking, religious studies, and social sciences. A Writing Across the Curriculum program systematically develops a student's ability to write well, regardless of his or her major. Opportunities for independent study, internships, co-ops, double majors, minors, and certificate programs are available. The Caldwell Scholars Program challenges exceptional students with both interdisciplinary studies and a directed honors project and is supplemented by guest lecturers.
Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board's Advanced Placement tests earn advanced placement or credit for completed work. Students may receive credit for knowledge gained through independent study or experience through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Adult students can earn credit through Caldwell's Prior Learning Assessment Policy, provided they can demonstrate acquired knowledge that corresponds to course requirements. Course selection is determined by placement test results, and international students may be required to enroll in credit-bearing, advanced-level English for nonnative speakers (ENNS) courses.
There are 78 full-time faculty members, with 73 percent having earned their doctoral/terminal degree, and 12 part-time faculty members. There are 4 full-time ENNS and Academic Support Center instructors and 69 adjunct faculty members.
The College has exchange-program agreements with Duksung Women's University and Catholic University of Korea that provide students with broad opportunities to better prepare themselves for the global marketplace. The College offers short-term travel experiences to a wide range of locations throughout the world. Students are accompanied by faculty members who both design and present courses in a variety of academic disciplines. These opportunities are usually one to three weeks in duration and are taken during the winter or summer session. The College has established both undergraduate and graduate affiliation programs for students in health-related majors. The College is also affiliated with the Washington Semester Program of American University, Washington, D.C.
Caldwell College offers twenty-eight undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees. A multidisciplinary major is offered. The College also offers an individualized major for students seeking to design their own course work with administrative approval. The B.A. is offered in art, biology, chemistry, communication arts, criminal justice, elementary education, English, French, history, an individualized major, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, social studies, sociology, Spanish, and theology. The B.S. is offered in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, computer science, financial economics, international business, management, marketing, and medical technology. The B.F.A. is offered in art. The education department offers teacher certification programs in elementary education (nurserygrade 8) and for teaching grades K12 in art, biology, English, French, mathematics, music, social studies, and Spanish as well as a P3 certification. A dual certification program is available to registered nurses who wish to obtain school nurse certification and teacher of health endorsement.
About 35 percent of full-time students live on campus. Single, double, triple, and a few quad rooms are available. All students may have a car on campus. A variety of clubs and organizations are available. Guest artists, musicians, authors, and speakers appear on campus regularly, and there are dances and other activities. An on-campus fitness center, equipped with cardiovascular equipment, provides students with health and exercise opportunities.
Facilities and Resources
To better focus on its desire to excel in the teaching of math and science, Caldwell College used nearly $2-million in federal grants to help establish the Center for Excellence for Teaching on the campus. The College renovated the biology, physics, and chemistry labs and plans to serve as a regional hub to implement innovative teacher preparation programs that will emphasize the effective use of classroom technology, refinement of math and science training, special education teacher training, and developing programs for disadvantaged students.
Campus facilities include a library, four classroom and administrative buildings, and a theater. An academic building, opened in 1997, features a 120-seat lecture hall and faculty and administrative offices. A psychology lab is equipped with computers and specialized state-of-the-art hardware and software for conducting psychological studies related to class work and for independent student and faculty psychological research. The lab provides equipment for observing and collecting behavioral data, student role-playing, and developing counseling skills. Wide-screen video and computer graphics capability and satellite reception are available. Jennings Library contains 145,319 volumes, subscribes to more than 400 journals, and provides access to more than 8,000 journal titles in full-text databases. Off-campus access to the online public-access catalog and online databases is available. Full-text databases support the major curricular areas. A curriculum lab has texts for grades K12, visual aids, and other resources. The Media Center is equipped with VHS, DVD, and CD listening equipment for use in classroom assignments.
The art department contains a gallery studio featuring professional and student work. The Communication Arts Department's facilities include a television studio, a digital editing suite, a public speaking lab, and a radio studio. Students may produce and perform TV and radio shows, which are broadcast to the entire campus community.
Computer labs, with up-to-date personal computers, software, and multimedia equipment, offer free scanning and laser printing. Other computer labs are dedicated to specific areas of study, including art, education, ENNS, math, music, the sciences, video editing, and writing. There are two technology-rich classrooms, the Academic Computer Classroom and the Business Computer Classroom, and twelve technology-enhanced classrooms equipped with digital audio and video and computer equipment. All offices, classrooms, labs, and dorm rooms are connected to the campus network and the Internet.
The 60,000-square-foot George R. Newman Student Activities and Recreation Center, opened in September 2002, houses a large gym with two practice basketball courts, a game court, retractable seating for 1,800 spectators, a running/walking track above the courts, meeting and activity rooms, game room, fitness center, aerobics room, locker rooms, and athletic and student activity offices. In January 2005, a new food service began featuring extended hours and an expanded food menu with both American and international food selections. Future plans include a new residence hall.
The Office of Career Development provides ongoing career counseling, a career library, career education and planning, interest testing, and graduate-study information to assist students in clarifying personal goals and in exploring academic and career opportunities.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Caldwell fields NCAA Division II teams in men's baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis and in women's basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, and tennis and sponsors a variety of intramural sports.
For the academic year, full-time tuition and fees were $23,700, and campus room and board were $7500. Undergraduate tuition for part-time students was $458 per credit hour.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Approximately 87 percent of the current students receive financial aid from federal sources that include the Pell Grant, Stafford Student Loan, Work-Study, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs. Caldwell College offers scholarships for academic and athletic excellence, special interest and privately sponsored scholarships, tuition grants, and campus employment. New Jersey offers tuition aid grants for state residents. The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) makes it possible for all students, especially the educationally and economically disadvantaged for whom college might otherwise be an unrealistic goal, to pursue higher education. All financial aid applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority filing deadline is April 15.
Admission Requirements / Application
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions individually reviews each applicant's high school record, SAT or ACT scores, essay, letters of recommendation, and class rank (when available) to determine the student's ability to succeed at Caldwell College. International students must submit proof of their TOEFL score with their applications. Students must complete at least 16 high school academic units, including 4 years of English, 2 of foreign language, 2 of mathematics, 2 of science, and 1 of history. Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and university attended. Caldwell College does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap. Caldwell College works with a rolling admissions policy, accepting applicants throughout the year. The priority application deadline for freshmen is April 1 and July 15 for transfer students. A nonrefundable $40 fee must accompany each application. Applicants are notified of their admission eligibility after their credentials have been received and evaluated.
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