Stockton University in Atlantic City FAQ
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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: http://www.stockton.edu/accourses (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.
Stockton already offers both credit and non-credit bearing courses in Atlantic City, at the Noyes Art Garage, Carnegie 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.