Name: Union County College
President: Margaret McMenamin
City: Cranford, Elizabeth and Plainfield
Campus Setting: Suburban, Large City
Year Established: 1933
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2012 IPEDS Data
2012 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 51.5%
Full Time: 48.5%
Nonresident alien: 2.7%
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
Black or African American: 27.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: .3%
Two or more races: 0.3%
Race and ethnicity unknown: 12.1%
Quote from the President
"Change isn’t our enemy. Complacency is our enemy. Our students deserve an environment that’s responsive to their changing needs."
Founded in 1933, Union County College is the first of six Emergency Relief Administration projects established in New Jersey during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Like the projects conducted under the WPA (Works Project Administration), these “emergency junior colleges” were created as a relief effort to provide jobs for unemployed teachers and professors.
The college’s Institute for Intensive English (IIE) is a gateway to higher education for 1,500 non-English-speaking students annually. The IIE provides a full-time program of intensive instruction in English for speakers of other languages, serving students from more than 75 different countries.
Union County College’s American Sign Language-English Interpreting program is a nationally recognized leader for preparing students for careers in serving the Deaf community. Established in 1979 as the state’s first ASL and Interpreting program, Union’s program has achieved excellence by virtue of its nationally recognized faculty as well as innovative teaching that includes a state-of-the-art interpreting laboratory.