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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, located in Galloway Township, New Jersey
Galloway Township, New Jersey
Galloway Township is a township in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 37,349...

, an hour from Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...

 and 20 minutes from Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, and a nationally renowned resort city for gambling, shopping and fine dining. The city also served as the inspiration for the American version of the board game Monopoly. Atlantic City is located on Absecon Island on the coast...

, is an undergraduate and graduate college of the arts, sciences and professional studies of the New Jersey system of higher education. The College was named for Richard Stockton, one of the New Jersey signers of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1969, the College accepted its charter class in 1971. At its opening in 1971, classes were held at the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City; the campus in Galloway, New Jersey began operating late in 1971. More than 8,000 students are enrolled at the College, which provides distinctive traditional and alternative approaches to education.

The college has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation...

 since 1975 and was most recently reaccredited in 2007.


In November of 1968, New Jersey approved a $202.5 million capital construction bond issue with an earmarked $15 million dollars designated for the construction of a new state college in Southern New Jersey. In 1969, a 1600 acres (6.5 km²) tract in the heart of the Pinelands
Pinelands can refer to the following things:* Pine Barrens * New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve* Pinelands Regional School District, a school district in Tuckerton, New Jersey, USA...

 within Galloway Township was selected for this site. Trustees originally voted to name the school South Jersey State College but later opted to name it Stockton State College, as not to confuse it with Rutgers College of South Jersey
Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, USA , is a state-funded, coeducational, public, research university. Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers–Camden began as an amalgam of the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. It is the southernmost of the three regional campuses of Rutgers,...

. Immediately, construction began to run behind schedule and in 1970, when it became clear that the first class in 1971 would not have a campus, Trustees selected the historic Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City as the temporary campus..
Classes began on schedule with the commencement of the first academic year in September of 1971. The College officially took shape as 1,000 students, 50 of whom were Educational Opportunity Fund students, 97 staff and 60 full-time faculty took over the former resort hotel. By December, occupancy of the first phase of the new campus construction took place, with the transfer of classes and offices to Galloway Township during the winter holiday period.

Accreditation of Stockton State College by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation...

 was first granted in December of 1975.

Over the next few years, Stockton continued to grow exponentially as additional buildings and wings were added for the rising college demand in admissions. Around the same time that enrollment climbed past 5,000 students, Housing II opened in November of 1981. With the opening of the N-Wing College Center & Housing III in February 1983, Stockton State College became one of the most residential of NJ state colleges. Amidst this growth, Vera King Farris
Vera King Farris
Vera King Farris was the third president of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey from May 25, 1983 to June 3, 2003. She was the first African-American president of a New Jersey public college....

 was named third President of the College on May 25, 1983.

In July of 1991, Stockton State College was re-accredited unconditionally for another 10 years by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education, with a special commendation for achieving social and intellectual diversity. Two years later, the College name was explicated to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.


The Campus Center opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 7, 2011. The 154,000 sq. ft. building was designed to be an inviting, inclusive and exciting gathering place for the entire community.

In August of 2010, Stockton announced plans to purchase The Seaview Resort & Golf Course. On September 1, 2010, Stockton finalized the deal for $20 million. In September of the following year, the first students moved into Seaview to live and learn amongst the top professionals in the hospitality and tourism field.

In late August of 2011, Stockton entered a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) for the mutual benefit of hospitality management students from both institutions.
The agreement enhances opportunities for students in the Stockton Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (HTMS) program and SHA students in the Management Internship Program (MIP). Under its terms, Cornell students participating in internships in the Atlantic City area will have the opportunity for housing at Stockton’s historic Seaview Resort. Additionally, Cornell students may enroll in Stockton HTMS or General Studies courses during their internship semesters. As part of the agreement, qualified Stockton students will have clear pathways for admission into Cornell’s appropriate graduate programs.
Notable facilities include:
  • Art gallery
  • Astronomical observatory
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Division
    AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Division
    The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus is a 323-bed hospital, opened in 1975, and located in Pomona, in Galloway Township. Situated on the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey campus, the Mainland Campus experienced a 44 percent growth in admissions from 1986 to 1992...

  • Campus radio station WLFR
    WLFR is a college radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Pomona, New Jersey, USA, the station serves the Atlantic City area. The station is currently owned by Richard Stockton College of New Jersey....

  • Campus-wide wireless network
  • Computer labs, many open 24 hours a day
  • Carnegie Library Center
    Carnegie Library Center
    The Carnegie Library Center is the cultural and educational center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Atlantic City, New Jersey located at Pacific Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard one block west of the Boardwalk.-Architecture and history:...

     in Atlantic City
  • Computer conferencing network
  • Creative writing lab
  • Dante Hall of the Performing Arts in Atlantic City
  • Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center
  • Marine science laboratory, field station and marina
  • On-campus child care facilities
  • On-campus outdoor research lab: 400 acres (1.6 km²), including fields and lakes
  • Stockton Performing Arts Center
  • The Seaview Resort & Golf Course
  • Southern branch of New Jersey Network
    New Jersey Network
    The New Jersey Network, or NJN, was a network of public television and radio stations serving the U.S. state of New Jersey. NJN was a member of the Public Broadcasting Service for television and the National Public Radio for radio, broadcasting their programming as well as producing and...

  • Southern Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center, Mays Landing
  • Sports Center
  • William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Academic studies

Stockton's academic programs provide opportunities for study in fields including Criminal Justice, Psychology, Environmental Science, Biology, Business, and Literature. Additionally, courses are offered in emerging fields such as Computational Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Homeland Security. Stockton also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The Division of Continuing Studies in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies provides credit-bearing and non-credit certificate programs, CE approved continuing professional education for health sciences, human services and business professionals, and a growing number and variety of community education offerings.

Stockton's academic programs and faculty have been recognized by such nationally recognized organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health...

, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was founded in 1925 by Mr. and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim in memory of their son, who died April 26, 1922...

, the Pulitzer Prize committee, the United States Air Force Academy, and The New York Times.


Stockton has five housing units on campus. Housing II and III are traditional residence halls while Housing I, IV and V are all various apartment style complexes.
  • Founder’s Hall (Housing II & III) is an 11-building, suite-style complex, housing 520 students, with 17 residents per floor and 51 per building. Housing III is a five-building complex housing 300 students with 20 students per floor and 60 per building. The residential halls offer a more traditional college lifestyle for the first-year experience. All students who choose to live on campus in their freshman year are required to live within either Housing II or Housing III.

  • The Apartments (Housing I, IV, & V) consists of three complexes. Housing I is a 255-unit, 1,012 bed garden apartment complex allowing four students to live in close proximity while being part of a larger court community of 128. Housing IV consists of eight buildings of eight two-bedroom apartments with a total 246 beds that accommodates four residents in each apartment. Every four apartments are separated by an indoor foyer that leads out to the Housing IV recreational college green. Housing V, completed in 2008, consists of six buildings with a total of 384 beds. The Housing V suites houses four students with four key entry bedrooms. These students share a kitchen and living area with their roommates yet have access to a larger community rec room. The Housing I, IV, & V apartment style complexes all vary in layout, furnishings, sizes, pricing, and student privacy.

Rooms in all residences are completely furnished and contain trash cans, lamps, telephones, air conditioning, carpeting, and curtains. Cable TV and telephone service are also provided. Single rooms are generally available for new students.

Stockton has six Living Learning Communities (LLCs) that are designed to connect students, faculty and staff around curricular and co-curricular themes and interests. Themes include diversity, global citizenship, sustainability, positive living, creative arts, and honors. The LLCs are housed in Housing I, IV, and V.

As an alternative, it is not unusual for students to room together in nearby apartment communities. Many are located 5 minutes away in Galloway, NJ.

Ranking and special recognition

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has been ranked in tier 1 among the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the 2010 survey of America's Best Colleges. In the annual survey, most recently released by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is an American news magazine published from Washington, D.C. Along with Time and Newsweek it was for many years a leading news weekly, focusing more than its counterparts on political, economic, health and education stories...

in August 2010, Stockton College is ranked among the Best Universities/Master’s in the North. Stockton, which was ranked in this category six years in a row, is in the top tier and among the top public institutions. In the past, Stockton had been classified as a national liberal arts college, but because U.S. News and World Report revised the categories early in 2007, it resulted in placements in a different category for a number of institutions, including Stockton. Currently Stockton is officially ranked 51st with a score of 44.
  • Named a "Best Northeastern College" by The Princeton Review.
  • In 1999, Stockton offered the first Master of Arts program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the nation.
  • Cited as one of New Jersey's ten "architectural treasures" by New Jersey Monthly (April 1999). Mentioned for its harmonious fit into the pinelands setting, Stockton's unique building design was created by renowned architects Robert Geddes and Michael Graves
    Michael Graves
    Michael Graves is an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has become a household name with his designs for domestic products sold at Target stores in the United States....

  • Home to the 2001 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Champions. Coach Jeff Haines is named NCAA Division III "Coach of the Year"
  • The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Research Center fosters research in holocaust studies to honor victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and to educate present and future generations in understanding racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and oppression.
  • Stockton student Kim Marino, 2003 NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Women's Pole Vault Champion and record holder.
  • Home to the New Jersey Governor's School
    Governor's School of New Jersey
    The Governor's School of New Jersey, a member of the National Conference of Governor's Schools, is a summer program for artistically or academically talented high school students from New Jersey, who have completed their junior year. The School is an intensive three-week residential program...

     on the Environment since 1988.
  • In 2008, Stockton received the "Green Project of Distinction" award from Education Design Showcase for Housing V.
  • After the F Wing renovation in 2006, Stockton received LEED
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods....

     certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Environmental Studies and Marine Science programs were selected by Peterson Field Guides
    Peterson Field Guides
    The Peterson Field Guides are a popular and influential series of American field guides intended to assist the layman in identification of birds, plants, insects and other natural phenomena. The series was created and edited by renowned ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson...

     and the Alliance for Environmental Education (ANJEE) for inclusion in Education for the Earth, a guide for top environmental studies programs.

Green Initiatives

The College is an environmentally friendly campus featuring a geothermal heat pump, fuel cells, and photovoltaic panels.

In 2002, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey installed a 200 kW fuel cell at an initial cost of $1.3 million dollars. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is a regulatory authority in New Jersey charged with the responsibility of seeing that "safe, adequate, and proper utility services are provided at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey." The NJBPU regulates natural gas, electricity, water,...

 provided a grant to cover most of the cost of the unit, with the college paying only $305,000. South Jersey Industries
South Jersey Industries
South Jersey Industries is a publicly-held energy services holding company for a natural gas utility and other, non-regulated companies...

 (SJI) also provided a rebate of $710,000 for the unit. The fuel cell provides just under 10% of the total energy for the campus, maintaining Stockton’s status as the college with the lowest energy cost per student in New Jersey.

Stockton achieved LEED
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods....

 certification for its new sustainable design. In 2006, the F-Wing expansion, including classrooms, offices and an atrium received the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Stockton’s commitment to environmentally responsible design is echoed in the many green initiatives that have both saved energy and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. These include the installation of solar panels on its buildings and the development on campus of one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling systems in the world.

A new aquifer thermal energy storage system ATES, the first of its kind in the United States, began operation in 2008. The technology of the ATES system reduces the amount of energy used to cool Stockton’s buildings by storing cold water in an underground aquifer in the winter and drawing it back out in the summer to help cool campus buildings.

In 2008, Stockton approved an agreement with Marina Energy LLC for the installation of solar panels on The Big Blue athletic center roof to provide electricity to the college. Marina Energy is a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries. The college will pay nothing for the equipment but will sign a 10-year agreement to buy the generated power. In 2009 the job was completed.

Later in the year, Housing V was built to accommodate the rising demand for student housing. It incorporates geothermal heating and cooling using closed loop technology for a total of 450 tons cooling capacity. To eliminate the possibility of groundwater contamination in the event of a leak, freeze protection is provided in the circulating fluid. The design accommodates future solar thermal heating systems. Upper story deciduous trees were planted along the south facing facades of the residence halls to provide shade during the summer months, but allow the warmth of the sun to wash the buildings during the winter. This design received the "Green Project of Distinction" award from Education Design Showcase.

Stockton College’s next green project will be the largest single building project in Stockton’s history and shall be built in keeping with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Standard in sustainable design. The new Campus Center will provide 153000 square feet (14,214.2 m²) of space for dining, bookstore, pool, theater, lounges and offices but will use 25% less energy than standard construction, 40% less water usage and low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings. Additional "green" features of the building include a storm water collection system to irrigate an on-site "rain garden" of indigenous and adapted plant species, and a sophisticated energy management system for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.


See also: List of college athletic programs in New Jersey

Team mascot is the Osprey
The Osprey , sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than in length and across the wings...

  • Intercollegiate Sports Include: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Baseball, Lacrosse
    Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick, mainly played in the United States and Canada. It is a contact sport which requires padding. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh...

    , Women's Rowing, Softball, & Outdoor Track & Field.
  • Intramural Sports Include: Flag Football
    Flag football
    Flag football is a version of Canadian football or American football that is popular worldwide. The basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game , but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier to end...

    , Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Dodgeball
    Dodgeball is any of a variety of games in which players try to hit other players on the opposing team with balls while avoiding being hit themselves. This article is about a well-known form of team sport with modified rules that is often played in physical education classes and has been featured...

    , Basketball, Street Hockey, & Softball.
  • Club Sports Include: Bowling, Ice hockey, Table Tennis, Deep Sea Fishing, Men's Rowing, Ultimate Frisbee, Fencing
    Fencing, which is also known as modern fencing to distinguish it from historical fencing, is a family of combat sports using bladed weapons.Fencing is one of four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games...

    , Men's Volleyball, Co-Ed Weight Training, Golf, Scuba Diving, Surfing.
  • Stockton also offers a cheerleading squad open to both male and female students. The squad traditionally performs at all home men's and women's basketball games and supports the teams at some road contests.

For more information, contact the Office of Athletics and Recreation at (609) 652-4217.

Notable faculty and staff

  • In April 2001, Professor Stephen Dunn
    Stephen Dunn
    Stephen Dunn is an American poet. Dunn has written fifteen collections of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2001 collection, Different Hours and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dunn completed his B.A. in English at...

     received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
    The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author. However, special citations for poetry were presented in 1918 and 1919.-Winners:...

     for his collection of poems, Different Hours
  • College president Vera King Farris
    Vera King Farris
    Vera King Farris was the third president of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey from May 25, 1983 to June 3, 2003. She was the first African-American president of a New Jersey public college....

     spoke at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in 1999, hosted by the Prime Minister of Sweden and attended by 44 national heads of state.
  • Larry James
    Larry James
    George Lawrence "Larry" James was an American track athlete.-Biography:James was born on November 6, 1947, in Mount Pleasant, New York, and took up track in seventh grade...

     (1947-2008), gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics
    1968 Summer Olympics
    The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico in October 1968. The 1968 Games were the first Olympic Games hosted by a developing country, and the first Games hosted by a Spanish-speaking country...

    , who was athletic director at the college for 28 years. In 2007, the college's track and soccer facility was named "G. Larry James Stadium".
  • Dr. Janice Joseph, Professor of Criminal Justice, serves on the Executive Board of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program, a United Nations institute in Milan, Italy.
  • Professor William C. Lubenow, FRHistS, author and historian, President North American Conference on British Studies
    Journal of British Studies
    The publication of the , The Journal of British Studies is an academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press aimed at scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. JBS presents scholarly articles and book reviews from renowned international authors who share...

  • Professor Wendel A. White was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Guggenheim Fellowships are American grants that have been awarded annually since 1925 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those "who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Each year, the foundation makes...

     award in 2003 for his exceptional creativity in photography.
  • Dr. Suryakumar Shah, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, received an invitation from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) to join its Academy of Research, the group’s highest scholarly honor, in February 2011.
  • Dr. Amy Hadley, an Associate Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, was selected as the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2011 recipient of its Distinguished Professional Service Award.

Notable alumni

  • Christopher J. Connors
    Christopher J. Connors
    Christopher J. Connors is an American Republican party politician, who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 8, 2008, where he currently represents the 9th legislative district...

     (born 1956), member of the New Jersey Senate
    New Jersey Senate
    The New Jersey Senate was established as the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature by the Constitution of 1844, replacing the Legislative Council. From 1844 until 1965 New Jersey's counties elected one Senator, each. Under the 1844 Constitution the term of office was three years. The 1947...

  • Bruce Larkin
    Bruce Larkin
    Bruce Larkin is a children's book author. He is also the founder of Wilbooks, an educational publishing company. Bruce Larkin's books are primarily used to teach young children how to read. Larkin has authored more than 1000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for beginner readers. Bruce Larkin...

     (born 1957), children's book author.
  • Tim Lenahan
    Tim Lenahan
    Tim Lenahan is the head men's soccer coach at Northwestern University. He has been coaching there since the start of the 2001 season. He is widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the Big Ten, as he rebuilt the Northwestern program from a team that had been winless over 35 games in 2000 and...

    , (born 1959), Head Men's Soccer Coach, Northwestern University.
  • Santiago Solari
    Santiago Solari
    Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio is a retired Argentine professional football player.-Career:El Indiecito. Solari played for Newell's Old Boys, local amateur Renato Cesarini and attended Richard Stockton College playing one season before moving to Buenos Aires' CA River Plate in 1996...

    , (born 1976), Argentine Soccer Player.
  • Bryan Cohen, (born 1984), World muay thai champion

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