20 Reasons to Celebrate Stockton in 2020

1. Live, learn and earn at Stockton Atlantic City this summer

It may be winter now, but it’s not too early to start thinking about spending your summer at Stockton Atlantic City. Register online to take a summer class or two at our newest campus and live in our new Stockton Atlantic City beachfront housing. Registration opens Jan. 17.

Students at MLK Day of Service

2. Join the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service

Join us Jan. 20 for the 16th M.L.K. Day of Service, the largest such event in South Jersey. This campus-wide community service project, coordinated by Stockton’s Office of Service Learning, brings hundreds of students and community members together to make a difference on campus and in the community. Sign up now!

veterans lounge

3. Relax in the new, larger veterans office and lounge

The newly expanded Office of Military and Veterans Services includes a new, expanded lounge to serve the more than 400 student veterans and active service memers attending Stockton. Stop by F105 to learn more about services and meet members of the Student Veteran Organization.


4. Shoot for the stars in the refurbished observatory

Stockton’s Harold E. Taylor Observatory on Pomona Road has recently been refurbished and reopened to the public. Associate Professor Joseph Trout and student physics students host occasional public viewings, where they guide visitors through a tour of the night sky with the Meade LX-200 computer-controlled telescope. Check stockton.edu/observatory for announcements on upcoming spring 2020 tour dates.

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5. Choose test-optional admissions or Transfer Pathways

Stockton is standardized test optional for general freshman admission because we recognize test scores are not always the best predictor of college ability. Students planning to transfer from participating community colleges can also receive dual admission to Stockton and extra support through the Transfer Pathways program.

Kids at camp

6. Learn something new at camp

Stockton offers educational and fun summer camps for pre-college students. Learn how to solve a murder at CSI camp, explore the Pinelands at the Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton SEAS camp or get hands-on learning about running a business at our new Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (SEBA). View the complete list of camps offered this summer.

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7. Help build Stockton’s Foundation

bob and judy garbuttFrom our second Rowing and Growing event on Feb. 28 honoring Bob and Judy Garbutt, to the Scholarship Gala on May 9, the annual golf tournament and Ospreys Give in October, there are many opportunities to make an impact on our campus community. Each gift makes Stockton better. Discover the ways you can support students and programs through the Stockton Foundation.

Kids in beanbags

8. Hang out in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center

The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center (WGSC), now located in F-103,  welcomes women, all genders who identify as LGBTQIA+, and the men who support them. Relax in the colorful lounge, attend a group discussion or just read a book in one of the new bean bag chairs. The center has a lactation room and a private interview room for victims of sexual violence.

Coastal management

9. Take the next step with one of our new graduate programs

Thinking about a graduate degree? Consider one of Stockton’s 15 master's degrees and three doctoral degree programs. New this year are the M.S./P.S.M. in Coastal Zone Management and a dual B.A. to M.A. in Literature/American Studies. The MBA in Healthcare Administration and Leadership is now offered exclusively at the Stockton Atlantic City campus.

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10. Come on back – to alumni events for everyone

Join fellow Ospreys at a year’s worth of alumni events, including the family-friendly Second Saturday programs at Stockton Atlantic City (starting with Board Game Bonanza on Jan. 11) and Stockton Day at Morey's Piers. Share your experiences by joining the "When I Was in Your Seat" program for incoming freshmen, or attend Reunion Weekend May 29-31.  Learn about events for alumni and friends on Stockton’s alumni page.

Holocaust Demonstration Center

11. A new learning experience at the Holocaust Resource Center

A new program at the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center will give area middle and high school students the opportunity to learn from a Holocaust survivor through interacting with an interactive survivor biography.  The pilot program, a partnership with the Shoah Foundation of the University of Southern California’s Dimensions In Testimony, will launch in early 2020.

20 reasons basketball

12. Get moving … or watch the Stockton Athletics DocuSeries

20 reasons esportsFrom esports to quidditch, and from intramural and club sports to Division III competitions, Stockton Athletics has a sport for everyone. Get out and play, or sit back and watch the new sports docuseries on YouTube.

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13. Learn about a Congressional legacy

20 reasons lobiondoExplore the life of retired U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo with a student-curated exhibit located in the lower level of Bjork Library. The exhibit features 10 themes from LoBiondo’s career, and includes his desk and a flag that flew over the Capitol building in Washington. Materials from the larger collection of papers and materials housed at Stockton are also available for research. 

African American Short Course

14. You don’t have to be a student to learn something new 

From photography to mindfulness and retirement planning, Stockton’s Continuing Studies department believes in educating people for life. You can earn an online certificate in Cannabis Studies, or attend the African American Cultural Heritage Short Course on April 17-18. Check the Continuing Studies webpage for class lists, descriptions and schedules.

Study abroad

15. See the world with Stockton

Want to see the world (or at least a piece of it) while you pursue your degree? Stockton’s Study Abroad programs and the Washington Internship program offer many opportunities. The Office of Global Engagement can help you find your next educational adventure.

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16. Civility in government? Join the discussion

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton has partnered with the National Institute for Civil Discourse’s Initiative to Revive Civility and will host public dialogues about civility in political conversations during the 2020 election year.

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17. Get involved on campus

Looking for a place to make new friends or learn something new? Whether you're into rock music, rock climbing, or just plain rocks, you can find others with the same interest at one (or two, or three) of the more than 150 clubs at Stockton. Not sure what club is right for you? Check out the Spring 2020 Get Involved Fair on Jan. 28 and 29, where clubs, intramural sports and Greek life organizations will welcome new members.

Women's Leadership

18. Hear a distinctive voice

nancu gilesThe Stockton Women’s Leadership Council seeks to promote networking among women and the community through workshops and speakers. The council will welcome comedian and actress Nancy Giles at the “Distinguished Women. Distinctive Voices” Speaker Series at 6 p.m. March 23 in the Campus Center Event Room.

Commencement 2019

19. Celebrate your accomplishments

You made it and it’s time to celebrate! The doctoral and master’s Commencement ceremony will be held May 12 on Stockton's Galloway campus, and the undergraduate Commencement will be May 15 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Commencement page has more information.


20. It’s our anniversary!

Stockton has come a long way since fall 1971, when the first cohort of students attended classes at the old Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City for a semester while the Galloway campus was completed.  Stockton will celebrate its 50th year of teaching with a year-plus celebration that will begin in fall 2020. We’ve already begun sharing Stockton Stories online. Alumni can share their Stockton stories and photos there as well.  

Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205