Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College Logo.jpg
TypeTwo-year college
Endowment$5.97 million (2016)[1]
PresidentDr. Michael Redmond
Location, ,
40°57′07″N 74°05′38″W / 40.951965°N 74.09384°W / 40.951965; -74.09384Coordinates: 40°57′07″N 74°05′38″W / 40.951965°N 74.09384°W / 40.951965; -74.09384
CampusParamus (Main)
Colors     Pantone Purple
     Pantone Orange 021
SportsSoccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Softball, Track and Field, Tennis, Golf and Baseball

Bergen Community College is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public community college located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Bergen Community College was founded in 1965 to provide community education services for the Bergen County region. Over the past 50 years, the college has expanded its main campus to include an expansive library, theater, student center, and most recently a new Health Profession Integrated Teaching Center with laboratory equipment. In 1970, the Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack, NJ was founded to provide non-credit education and counseling services including GED and adult ESL courses. Most recently, in an attempt to expand its offerings to the southern portion of Bergen County, a new satellite site, Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands, began offering courses at a newly-purchased facility in Lyndhurst, NJ. As of Fall 2016, Bergen Community College enrolled 14,500 students in degree programs, as well as over 8,000 students in continuing and adult education programs.[2]

Bergen Community College has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1972, and was most recently reaccredited in 2016.[4] Individual programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the National League for Nursing, the American Dental Association, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services, and the American Physical Therapy Association. The Paralegal Studies Program and the Legal Nurse Consultant Program are approved by the American Bar Association.

The interim president of Bergen Community College is Dr. Michael Redmond.[5]

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Bergen Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary.[6]


The college colors are Pantone Purple and Pantone Orange 021. Bergen Community College sports teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs in honor of James J. Braddock, the "Bulldog of Bergen".

BCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association in Region XIX (New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania) and of the Garden State Athletic Conference. Bergen offers 12 sport teams to eligible students:[7]

  • Fall: Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Cross Country and Women's Volleyball
  • Winter: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Wrestling
  • Spring: Softball, Track and Field, Tennis, Golf and Baseball

Free speech controversy

After Francis Schmidt, a tenured professor, filed a grievance over denial of sabbatical leave,[8] the college suspended him, claiming that a photo he posted to social media of his seven-year-old-daughter wearing a t-shirt quoting Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen could be construed as a threat of violence against college officials.[9] It also required Schmidt to visit a psychiatrist before returning to campus. The suspension was soon rescinded, with Schmidt receiving back pay for the suspension period[10] Later that year, the college faculty cited the incident as a factor in its vote of "no confidence" in college president Kaye Walter.[11] A college spokesman eventually acknowledged to Schmidt that "By sanctioning you as it did, BCC may have unintentionally erred and potentially violated your constitutional rights, including under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution”.[10] The Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression conferred one of its annual Jefferson Muzzle Awards for "the past year’s most outrageous and ridiculous affronts to free speech and press" on the college administration, declaring that it had "demonstrat[ed] its collective cluelessness on two distinct levels".[12]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-11-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ BCC to Buy Meadowlands Building Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, September 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "Institutions Archive - Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  5. ^ "Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D. - Bergen Community College".
  6. ^ "Bergen Begins 50th Year - Bergen Community College News".
  7. ^ BCC Sports Programs Archived August 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Bergen Community College. Accessed August 12, 2006.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Sasha. "N.J. college suspends professor over 'Game of Thrones' shirt perceived as 'threat' - NY Daily News".
  9. ^ "Bergen Community College professor suspended over 'Game of Thrones' quote on daughter's T-shirt".
  10. ^ a b ""Professor not satisfied with Bergen Community College's mea culpa over 'Game of Thrones' T-shirt"".
  11. ^ "Bergen Community College faculty and president in conflict over many issues".
  12. ^ "2015 Muzzles". Archived from the original on 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  13. ^ "Celebrity Then And Now: Daisy Fuentes", Stanton Daily. Accessed February 21, 2018. "After graduating from high school in 1984, she enjoyed modeling but dreamed of becoming a hairstylist and owning her salon so she briefly enrolled at cosmetology school before dropping out to study communications at Bergen Community College."
  14. ^ Laurila, David. "Mike Laga", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed February 21, 2018. "Despite his success on the baseball diamond, Laga went undrafted out of high school and enrolled at nearby Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he played half of one season before transferring to Bergen (New Jersey) Community College. It was there that Laga’s smooth left-handed stroke began catching the attention of scouts, and in the January phase of the 1980 draft the Tigers took him with their first pick."
  15. ^ County Executive Dennis McNerney, Bergen County, New Jersey, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 6, 2006. Accessed February 21, 2018. "Dennis McNerney is a lifelong resident of Bergen County. He graduated from Bergen Catholic High School, attended Bergen Community College, the University of Delaware, and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University."
  16. ^ Friedman, Matt. "New N.J. Assembly speaker, a former bodybuilder, promises to flex political muscle", NJ Advance Media for, January 5, 2014. Accessed February 21, 2018. "Prieto picked up English quickly, but couldn’t grasp the language’s odd spellings. Instead, he took to numbers and, after spending two semesters at Bergen Community College, dropped out to pursue a career in plumbing."
  17. ^ Feldberg, Robert. "Westwood's Kyle Scatliffe stars in Les Miserables", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 18, 2016. "After high school, he attended Bergen Community College in Paramus, and then spent two years at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, studying acting and refining his vocal gift, including receiving training in opera."

External links

  • Official website
  • Civility Code or Loyalty Oath?