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Looking to take introductory courses in Psychology or Sociology? Want to learn Spanish? Perhaps you’re a junior or senior and need upper level classes in Criminal Justice or Exercise and Nutrition?  All of these courses, and many more, will be offered in Stockton’s Atlantic City campus this coming fall.

More than 100 courses are scheduled in Atlantic City for Fall 2018, drawn from across the curriculum—humanities, natural and health sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Some programs, including Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Social Work, Education, and Sociology and Anthropology, disciplines that already engage students in extensive fieldwork or internships in Atlantic City, will have an even stronger initial presence. Please refer to the Academics page for more information.

To view the preliminary schedule of AC courses, visit: (just log in with your GoPortal ID and password).

Of course! Interested in learning more about the Vietnam War or why poetry matters?  Perhaps you’d like to study weather and climate change, and give back to your community through service learning? All of these topics are among the two dozen General Studies courses students can choose from in Atlantic City this fall, covering the full range of G-course requirements—GIS, GAH, GNM, GSS, and GEN. 

Of the courses scheduled for Fall 2018, almost 70% are taught by full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty.  This is the same percentage as that of Stockton’s main campus in Galloway.  The remaining courses will be taught by part-time, or adjunct faculty—many of whom are practitioners and specialists in their fields.

While some hybrid courses are scheduled for Atlantic City, most classes--more than 80%--will be taught face-to-face in the classroom.

The Atlantic City campus will offer classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  The range of undergraduate classes is described in the questions above.  For those interested in graduate study, the MA in Social Work, MA in Education (Alternative Route), and EdD in Organizational Leadership will be offered in their entirety--and only--at this facility.

Absolutely! In fact, Stockton hopes that the Atlantic City Campus will be the center of its summer programming. Summer scheduling will begin in 2019, so please check the University’s website closer to that date.

Stockton already offers both credit and non-credit bearing courses in Atlantic City, at the Noyes Art GarageCarnegie Center, and Dante Hall Theater.  The Office of Continuing Studies is planning to expand these offerings, and we encourage you to check their website as we get closer to opening the Atlantic City campus.

Courses for credit through Stockton’s Dual Credit High School Program are already offered to ACHS students.  The School of Education offers the General Studies course “Pathways to Learning” at ACHS, which focuses on learning as it occurs in museums, the workplace, home, outdoors, as well as formal learning settings. Theories of learning from fields of sociology, psychology, and experimental learning are introduced through a series of different field experiences outside of the classroom setting.  

Several of Stockton’s majors already offer internships in Atlantic City, including Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Hospitality, Business, Physical Therapy, Health Sciences, Political Science, and Marine Science. As our presence in Atlantic City expands, these opportunities will also grow.

The Stockton Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Service-Learning have over 25 community partners in Atlantic City and dozens more in Atlantic County for students to access community engagement opportunities. 

The academic building in Atlantic City is equipped with several faculty offices. Faculty who are teaching the majority of their courses in Atlantic City will have priority scheduling in these spaces, but all faculty teaching in the facility will be able to schedule space for course preparation and office hours.

The academic building will not have a full library. However, students will find a variety of spaces and meeting rooms for study and collaboration. In addition, many of the resources found in Stockton’s Richard J. Bjork Library, including our Digital and EBook Central Collections, and other databases, will be accessible via computers in our labs. The Atlantic City Free Public Library also has a branch located within an 8-minute walk from the AC Campus. Located at 4115 Ventnor Ave., the Richmond Avenue Branch is adjacent to the Richmond Avenue Public School.  Additionally, the Library’s main branch is only 1.9 miles away from the campus (1 N. Tennessee Avenue) and only a short walk or ride by city bus or the Jitney shuttles.

Students enrolled in the academic programs in Atlantic City will have the opportunity to select Atlantic City housing options first. Students often choose to live with other students not in the same major, and in order to accommodate their roommate request, 50% of the student group must be enrolled in an academic program based in Atlantic City. All other students, with 50% or more of their classes in Atlantic City would have the next available time slot. The process will be similar to our existing renewal process, allowing the students with the most credits the ability to choose first. If students do not choose an apartment in Atlantic City, then they will be returned to the selection time slot for the Galloway Campus based upon the number of credits in the group. Transfer students, sophomore, juniors, seniors, and graduates will be able to live in the Atlantic City residence hall.  

Yes, students can live there all year and there will be a discount for signing a 12-month contract.

Housing at the new Atlantic City site will range from $4,600 to $5,400 per semester depending on the size of the unit. Housing will include studio apartments, 2, 4, and 6-person apartments with private bedrooms, and 4-person shared apartments. The Atlantic City units including kitchens, and students will not be required to have a meal plan.

A 12-month housing option is being offered for students who plan to work or take classes through the summer and want to stay in the city. The 12-month rate will range from $5,342 per semester to $6,420 based on apartment size. There is also a family housing option at $9,000 per semester.

The 12-month option will save a student about $600 over the cost of paying for two semesters plus summer housing at the discounted rate of $20 per day. The day rate will still be offered at both the Atlantic City site and the main campus in Galloway Township.

Yes, students can always rent housing off campus. Residential Life does not track off campus housing placements, nor do we recommend or endorse any particular off campus properties.

Yes, summer housing will be available in Atlantic City to all Stockton students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

No. There are full kitchens in every apartment in the Atlantic City residence hall, but students will have the opportunity to purchase a meal plan and use it in the academic building, as well as, utilize the Osprey Card Program in on-campus and local businesses. 

Renewal students have the opportunity to self-select from available beds. A renewal student may choose Atlantic City as a choice. Transfer students may be assigned to that location even though it may not be their first choice depending upon the date of their application and the availability of housing. 
Residential Life is expanding the residential curriculum which will support enhanced programming so that the residential students in Atlantic City will have the opportunity to take advantage of the events and culture that Atlantic City has to offer. Traditional programming such as movie night and others will be offered. Stockton also has a vibrant campus life community, which includes hundreds of clubs and organizations for students to get involved. Meetings and events for these student groups will be offered in Atlantic City.
Atlantic City offers a rich city culture that will be significantly different from the Galloway campus experience.  Proximity to cultural centers, local schools, and Atlantic City entertainment will offer students more opportunities for service, involvement, and engagement outside of the traditional residence hall experience. 
Weekend activities will include student-life programming, and opportunities for students to interact with members of the community.  
Laundry facilities will be similar to facilities on the Galloway Campus. There will be laundry rooms on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors, free for residents, and viewable on the web. 
Residential students will have access to cable TV from their apartments in Atlantic City.  Additionally, residential students will also have the ability to stream live TV from Xfinity.  More information about this option can be found here.  

Concepts that have been discussed for the café/dining space in the academic building in Atlantic City include:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyle options including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items

  • Signature sandwiches using locally produced Atlantic City bread

  • Specialty burgers, subs and hand cut fries

  • Artisanal pizza and various pastas (including healthy options)

  • Grab and go sandwiches, wraps, salads and snacks

  • Premium coffee, lattes, espresso, teas and more

In addition to the café/dining concept in the academic building, the Atlantic City campus is expected to have both a casual dining restaurant as well as a premium coffee shop located on the boardwalk in the residential building. In addition, a campus bookstore/ convenience store may also have a limited grab and go offering and household essentials for the student residential apartments.

The University is close to finaliizing negotiations to bring a branded coffee shop and a restaurant in the retail spaces located along the boardwalk. A third retail space along Atlantic Avenue will likely be a combination of a campus bookstore and convenience store. All of these retail spaces will also be open to the public. 

Atlantic City has many wonderful, diverse dining options. Within the Chelsea neighborhood, where the Atlantic City campus is located, there are a number of great local dining options, from pizza, burgers and wings, to Mexican and Italian, Vietnamese and Chinese, to seafood and fine dining. Many of these places also offer takeout and delivery. There is also a new Super Rite Aid pharmacy, a local grocery store, a bank, a gym, carwash, bookstore, barbershop, hair salon and several other small businesses and shops within walking distance of the Atlantic City campus. 

Within the academic building, there will be three computer labs with printers. Within the residential building, there will be one computer lab with printers. We also intend to locate public access workstations with printing capability in the gallery space.
There will be wireless connections via Wi-Fi available within all of the buildings for Stockton students, faculty and staff.  Guests who need Wi-Fi access will be permitted to get guest access to utilize the wireless network. 
The services and convenience of the Osprey Card will be available for use in the retail/dining establishments on the Atlantic City campus as well as off-campus. As we get closer to the opening of the campus, we will announce those businesses in Atlantic City which have signed up to offer the Osprey Card at their establishments and we will continue to solicit local business in Atlantic City to sign up for the Osprey Card program.

Shuttle services will be coordinated in conjunction with the academic schedules of both the Galloway and AC Gateway campuses. Several test runs indicate it takes 30 minutes, door to door, both to and from, campuses. We anticipate using a 40-person shuttle. We are exploring scenarios that have shuttles running on 15, 30 and 60-minute schedules that would be outsourced to another transportation vendor. In addition, there has been discussion about outsourcing to another transportation vendor during peak times of the semester and for special events.

There are a total of 945 parking spaces at the Atlantic City campus: 575 spaces in the parking garage; 118 spaces behind the academic building, with seven dedicated for accessible parking; and 252 spaces in Lot 21, with three dedicated for special needs. Atlantic City residential students will be offered a space in the parking garage only, and will not be permitted to park in either the academic lot or Lot 21. Commuter students will be directed to park in Lot 21.  Faculty/Staff and guests of the institution will park in the academic lot which has 60 parking spaces.  
Yes, there will be dedicated parking in the parking garage for Stockton residential students, Stockton faculty/staff, South Jersey Industries employees/guests, and employees/customers of retails spaces. At this time, the public will not be permitted to park in the parking garage.  
The current plan is to have Atlantic City residential students commuting to the Galloway campus be directed to park in either the North Lot or Lot 8.  This plan will be revisited based on the growing commuter population. 
Atlantic City residential students, South Jersey Industries employees, and employees and visitors to retail spaces will be directed to park in the parking garage. At this time, the general public will be prohibited from parking in the garage. All parking locations will be under surveillance. 

We do not expect traffic to be a concern during the academic year based on the staggering of courses throughout the day. We do anticipate minor delays due to the exiting of the 200 employees from South Jersey Industries at the end of the workday unless they stagger work times. As of now, the community will not be offered parking at the parking garage, academic lot, or Lot 21. When Atlantic City is hosting special events, e.g., the Airshow, there is a possibility of opening up Lot 21 and the academic lot for public paid parking. As our experience with the parking garage grows, we may consider opening up some parking for community members during weekends, special events, and certain times of the year. Also, residents of adjacent residential buildings have requested parking in the garage/lots. We are considering a RFP for the management of the garage, and their experience will help drive decisions regarding public parking.

There is no anticipated increase in transportation fees for Atlantic City residential or commuter students to Atlantic City compared to Galloway campus students. 

Like our main campus and instructional sites, the Atlantic City campus will be open to the public, with the exception of our residential buildings, which are secure facilities, accessible only to Stockton students residing in the building, registered guests, and staff with proper Stockton IDs. Special activities and events will be open to the public, as will the café/dining area in the academic building.

O'Donnell Memorial Park is one of the most beautiful and well-kept public spaces in southern New Jersey and will serve as a centerpiece for activities for our students and the community. 

Colleges and universities can be very valuable contributors to the community in which it resides and to a city’s economy, and they have the ability to attract new and/or expanded revenue from outside the area. It is not uncommon to also see new residents choosing to live where they work or want to live near a university, in order to take advantage of the resources universities offer. Thus, an increase in the demand for housing typically leads to increased rental rates and additional property taxes paid to the city; therefor lessening the tax burden on fewer residents.  Our hope is that Stockton can and will have a positive impact, by helping attract new businesses, new residents, new jobs, and better quality of life in Atlantic City and all of Absecon Island. 

In the first full academic year, we anticipate up to 1,500 students experiencing the Atlantic City campus.  Over time, campus could grow to accommodate up to 4,000 students.

Stockton is considering many strategies to help stimulate and attract private investment into Atlantic City.  It has been our experience that collaborations and partnerships serve as vehicles for accelerating economic development and enhancing the quality of neighborhoods located near our campuses.

Based on surveys we have conducted, the kinds of businesses sought by the Stockton community include a grocery store, variety of dining options including ethnic and healthy options, movie theatre, barber shop, hair and nail salon, ice cream shop, coffee shops, bookstores, a computer and/or mobile phone store, gym, bike share/rental program, farmer’s market, sports bar, bakery, convenience store, and clothing/specialty shops and boutiques.   
The University conducted a survey of faculty, staff and graduate/doctoral students to evaluate the level of interest in living in Atlantic City.  Of the 598 respondents, 23% indicated they would relocate or consider relocating to Atlantic City.  Nearly 1/3 indicated they were unfamiliar with the neighborhoods in AC, so we see an opportunity to better educate our staff and students about the diverse communities in AC and the barrier island communities. We have conducted "residential tours" of some of the vibrant communities which exist in Atlantic City.

To the fullest extent allowed by state guidelines, we anticipate an ongoing commitment to economic inclusion, as reflected in our procurement of goods and services supporting the mission and operations of the University.  Currently Stockton spends over $38 million in procurement of goods and services each year.   

As a New Jersey, nonprofit entity, the University is not required to pay real estate taxes on its property.  However, to demonstrate its support of Atlantic City, Stockton and the developer of the Atlantic City Gateway project, AC DEVCO, have reached an agreement to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) in the amount of $1.4 million a year, through 2021 to the City of Atlantic City. Appropriate sales tax will also be paid to the State for sales on food, merchandise and/or services located in our retail spaces in the residential building, parking garage, and academic building.

Stockton has no plans to displace current residents. Moreover, the just 6.2 acres of land to develop the Gateway Project did not require the displacement or relocation of any residents or existing businesses.

Although we are unable to set aside jobs for residents of Atlantic City, we will develop a plan to make Atlantic City residents aware of job openings, not only here in Atlantic City, but also our other campus and instructional sites.

Although it is too soon to release plans for future facilities in Atlantic City, Stockton does anticipate the opportunity for future growth in our academic programming and residential living.

The Atlantic City campus, including the academic building, the residential building, and the parking garage, will open in September 2018. The new headquarters for South Jersey Gas is anticipated to open in late Fall 2018.

Tuition is not expected to increase, as a direct result of the opening of the Atlantic City campus. 

Stockton does not have an immediate or long-term plans to utilize eminent domain to secure properties in or around the Atlantic City campus. As a matter of fact, the 6 acres of land in which the Atlantic City campus has been built was vacant land.

Based on current crime statistics for the city, the Chelsea neighborhood where Stockton’s campus is located is one of the safest neighborhoods and sections within the city.  Moreover, the Atlantic City Police have advised us that crime in the city is typically concentrated is certain pockets of the city, which are not located near the campus. 

The residential building and other areas within the campus will be accessible only via swipe card.  Security will be located on the premises 24/ 7.  Stockton’s Police Department and Atlantic City Police Department are working together to develop best practices and other standard operating procedures in the event of emergencies, situations, etc.

We are committed to providing a safe environment to live and learn in Atlantic City. Stockton has an approved all-hazards Emergency Operations Plan which covers emergency notifications, evacuation, reception and sheltering.  Stockton also has a full-time Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to monitor all weather events. The EMC works closely with the Atlantic City and Atlantic County Offices of Emergency Management to coordinate the needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Students taking classes in Atlantic City will have access to all of Stockton’s current 18 intercollegiate sports offered on the Galloway campus.  Of special note, however, will be our women’s intercollegiate crew program and our men’s varsity club crew program, both of which operate out of the boat house in Atlantic City located right near our Atlantic City campus.

We are currently exploring facility options in and around Atlantic City to offer intramural and/or recreational type activities, some similar to the Galloway campus and possibly some unique to Atlantic City and the beach location.

The residential building in Atlantic City will have a 1,500 square foot exercise facility available to any student housed in the building.  We are in negotiation with a potential partner to offer a special rate to our campus community for access to their high quality fitness facility, within walking distance to our Atlantic City campus.