Academic Experience

Cranford, NJ
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: i learned how to look at things from different perspectives, it's great.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: I don't really have much to say, I just feel like I'm taking classes and going through the motions

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Most of everyone is a nursing student, Psych major, or a Chem major

3 College Student

Academic Experience: It's a lot of hard work to do but you're learning so it's fine with me!

4 College Student

Academic Experience: The nursing program is affiliated with the hospital I currently work in as a Certified Nursing Assistant. It's cool how they have a mini hospital right in the college campus so we can get our clinical experience.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1005th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1132nd
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1503rd
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Kozak
Criminal Justice
Grad Year
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Union County College's academic experience is surprisingly enjoyable. The community college provides its students with a wide range of subjects to study, with professors who possess a vast knowledge in their fields. For example, in criminal justice classes, the professors provide practical knowledge and insightful real-life experience, having all either been sergeants or captains at various police departments around the county. Having professors with this level of knowledge is certainly a huge asset to students pursuing similiar lines of work. Most of the professors are understanding and extremely fair to students. They are very open and invite students to voice their problems and opinions in order to find a solution.

The workload given is certainly manageable, but students who are looking to push themselves can also find a challenge. Honors classes are offered, and going the extra mile in classes is always rewarded. Scheduling can be difficult, especially when you start getting close to the deadline. Some counselors are very helpful and personable, while others leave something to be desired. The best piece of advice is to register early and make sure you take enough classes to graduate in two years. Simply put, Union County College's academic experience is mostly positive, with only a few small issues here and there.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: Unknown
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
The class sizes are relatively small depending on the time of day. Most classes have 20 to 26 students with some outlying numbers in both directions. Because of this, the instructors almost always know your name a month into classes.
Student/Professor Relationships
Professors at UCC are almost always very personable and want to get to know the students. They are serious when it comes time to learn and get work done, but they are not afraid to joke around with the students. This creates a friendly professor-student relationship, thus making classes more enjoyable.
Testing & Grading Procedures
When it comes to grading, tests are usually the largest percentage, with participation and homework making up the second largest percentiles. Some teachers throw projects into the mix, but overall, tests are the most important part.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Lecturing can be a fun experience or a clock-watching nightmare. Some professors like to interact with students and ask opinions during lectures, while others prefer note taking and one-way communication. Depending on the professor's teaching style, this is how he or she will generally lecture.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A course from start to finish generally consists of one large essay or project, three to five tests, and quizzes, with homework in between. Grading is fair, and professors will likely bump up your final average if you are very close to a higher letter grade.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
You can take more classes each semester and finish earlier.
Tips to Succeed
The best tips to succeed would be study your notes, read your textbook, attend class, and complete all assignments on time. Every student has the capability to do well at UCC if he or she is committed to put in the work necessary. Everything that professors assign a student to do is not mindless work; it all has a purpose to teach the student something. Following these tips will certainly ensure that your time at UCC is a beneficial learning experience.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
County college can save you thousands of dollars, and as long as you maintain your grades, you can get into a four-year school-possibly even with scholarships-relatively easily.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 50 responses

  • 31% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 15% Learned a few new things
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know



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