Preparing students “to attain academic, personal and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society,” Bloomfield College is a four-year liberal arts institution located in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Just 15 miles from New York City and accessible by train, bus, and car, Bloomfield gives students the opportunities necessary to succeed long after students have graduated from college.
There are nearly 30 majors offered at Bloomfield College and range from Game Development to Religion to Computer Information Science. The school is staffed by 239 faculty, 70 of which are full-time. Although the school has over 2,000 students that attend over half of the classes offered enroll less than 20 students.
Bloomfield College began as a German Theological School in 1868 by the Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey. Its purpose was to teach German-speaking ministers. It was not until 1872 that the campus moved to Bloomfield and not until 1927 that the school became a four-year college. Four years later the school’s name was changed to Bloomfield College and Seminary but the “Seminary” was dropped in 1961.
With 85% of students commuting to school, Bloomfield College’s campus life is a bit different from the average college. Still the campus has a variety of activities and organizations to join as well as athletics. For those students who do choose to live on campus there are three resident halls along with resident houses and off-campus housing ran by the school. Resident Halls are all equipped with furniture, cable, and internet. Unlike the resident halls the resident houses come with private bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and computer labs. For most of the resident housing students are expected to stay in good academic standings.
The administrators at Bloomfield encourages students to join clubs and organizations and sees it as a chance to meet new people and have “experiences and opportunities to enhance your total college experience.” Among the clubs that students can join are Black Student Union, Green Hearts Environmental Club, and the Christian Fellowship.
Bloomfield College also offers Division II athletics to their students. Athletes are called the Deacons and can participate in ten varsity sports such as baseball, soccer, and softball.
Understanding the investment of a Bloomfield education, the financial aid department gives students more than $38 million dollars in financial aid to every year. The department gives out awards that range from $500 to $26,050 enabling students to enroll who may not be able to afford a college education.
A year at Bloomfield costs students nearly $37,000 a year. The department gives out assistance ranging from scholarships, loans and grants. Nearly every student who is found to need financial assistance receives some form of. Seven percent of those students saw their needs fully met. Upon graduation, Students can expect to be in $32,000 worth of debt.