About Stockton University in Atlantic City
The new Stockton University campus in Atlantic City is conveniently located at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany and Pacific avenues, with apartments for over 500 students overlooking the beach and Boardwalk. The University plans to open the Atlantic City campus in 2018 with about 1,000 students and grow from there.
From shopping and restaurants, the art district, local attractions, entertainment and the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, students will immerse themselves in the local scene, participate in service-learning and community engagement projects.
Stockton’s Atlantic City campus is accessible by major highways and will feature ample parking for students and residents, with 879 spaces available. South Jersey Gas’s office building will sit atop the parking garage and will have additional spaces for their employees and customers. And for those that need a ride, Stockton’s shuttle system will be expanded to provide convenient access between the main campus in Galloway and the Atlantic City campus.
In April 2016, the state of New Jersey designated Stockton University as an Anchor Institution. The decision to do so recognizes Stockton’s impact on Atlantic City and the surrounding region, as well as its potential to contribute to, and help stabilize the local economy.
The project is a public-private partnership with Atlantic City Development Corp. (AC Devco), a non-profit modeled off of New Brunswick Development Corp., which expanded Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus along with other projects in the community.
Funding sources for the Atlantic City campus include: $50.6 million in bonds issued by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority that are secured by almost $70 million in tax credits from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; $77.2 million of lease revenue bonds issued by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority that are payable by the University; $22 million grant awarded under the State of New Jersey’s Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund Act; $18 million from Stockton; and, $8.3 million from South Jersey Industries for the costs of the parking garage.
The project is the result of an extensive and collaborative planning process involving multiple partners, including AC Devco, South Jersey Industries, county and state government, unions, and contractors. As such, the project was recognized with a NJ Alliance for Action Award, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of economic leaders. The Alliance recognized the partners on the project, including: AC Devco, Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Atlantic County Improvement Authority, Elkus Manfredi Architects, HLW International, Joseph Jingoli & Son, NJ Economic Development Authority, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, SOSH Architects, South Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council, and South Jersey Industries.
Stockton received a Best Practices in Leadership Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey for its practices of seeking input from stakeholders, collaboration, and open communications.
“Our mission is to provide a high-quality, affordable, accessible education to a diverse population, enabling more college students to stay in New Jersey and more graduates to succeed in their chosen fields."Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman
Atlantic City Campus News
- South Jersey Residents Keeping King's Spirit Alive (Press of Atlantic City, January 15, 2018)
- Stockton's Expansion into Atlantic City with Michelle McDonald of Stockton University (September 27, 2017)
- Stockton President: 'Many Changes for the Fall' (SNJ Today, June 14, 2017)
- Stockton enrollment rising along with new A.C. campus (Press of Atlantic City, May 18, 2017)
- High Hopes for New Stockton Campus in Atlantic City (SNJ Today, May 17, 2017)