2020 Best Online Community Colleges in New Jersey

By OnlineU Staff | Updated May 7, 2020
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These eight community colleges in New Jersey all give their students the opportunity to earn an online associate degree or certificate. The most affordable school on this list, Rowan College of South Jersey, is ranked #6 and costs just $3,348 per year. Top-ranked Sussex County Community College costs slightly more at $5,200 per year, and students can choose among 13 different online associate degrees, such as Associate in Arts degrees in English and an Associate of Science in Business Administration.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 $5,200 Newton
# 2 #2 $5,665 Toms River
# 3 #3 $4,296 Mays Landing
# 4 #4 $4,688 Paramus
# 5 #5 $5,280 Cranford
# 6 #6 $3,348 Sewell
# 7 #7 $5,475 West Windsor (and 1 other)
# 8 #8 $5,400 Carneys Point

2020 Online Community Colleges in New Jersey - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Sussex County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,200
  • Locations: Newton
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Three online associate degrees are available at Sussex County Community College: an Associate of Arts in English, an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with multiple concentrations, and an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Online courses are offered asynchronously, allowing distance students to access and make progress with coursework when it is most convenient. Courses are delivered via the Canvas learning management system. For students who are new to this platform, Sussex offers detailed instructions on how to use this system.

#2 Ocean County College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,665
  • Locations: Toms River
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in Toms River, New Jersey, Ocean County College offers more than 150 online courses so students can seek their degrees online. Students may pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Business; an Associate of Arts in Global Studies; or an Associate of Science in Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Science – Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Environmental Science, General Studies, Homeland Security, Public Service, or Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Management. A number of student services are available online as well, including financial aid and academic counseling, veteran affairs, and 24-hour, online tutoring through SmartThinking.

#3 Atlantic Cape Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,296
  • Locations: Mays Landing
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Atlantic Cape Community College provides several online degree options, including Associate of Science degrees in business administration, general studies, and criminal justice; Associate of Arts degrees in liberal arts, English, psychology, social science, child development/child care, secondary education, elementary/middle school education, and preschool-grade 3 education; and Associate of Applied Science degrees in business administration, database design and development option, office systems technology, computer programming, and computer applications. Students in other states (excluding Florida, California, and Massachusetts) may also be eligible to seek online education through ACCC. Online class tuition is $163 per class credit.

#4 Bergen Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,688
  • Locations: Paramus
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in Paramus, New Jersey, Bergen Community College offers online degrees in a variety of subjects. Students may pursue Associate of Applied Science degrees in law enforcement studies, correctional studies, and health sciences; Associate of Science degrees in administration, management, marketing, and accounting; and Associate of Arts degrees in psychology, sociology, social sciences, philosophy and religion, history, general curriculum, women’s studies, literature, and communications. BCC uses Moodle as its learning module and course management system. BCC also offers distance students a WebAdvisor service, the Sidney Silverman Library Distance Learning Page (which offers online library services), an online bookstore, and online tutoring through SmartThinking.

#5 Union County College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,280
  • Locations: Cranford
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Union County College, the first community college in New Jersey, offers options to students looking for flexible learning opportunities through its Online Learning program. A variety of online and hybrid programs are available at the certificate and degree levels, including certificates in criminal justice and liberal studies, and associate degrees in computer information systems & technology, psychology, business, and public administration. Online community college courses are delivered through Canvas, a web-based course management system, and include online tutoring, advising, and other support services.

#6 Rowan College of South Jersey

  • Annual Tuition: $3,348
  • Locations: Sewell
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell and Vineland offers a number of online degrees. These include Associate of Arts degrees in liberal arts, political science, psychology, sociology, English, history, and education; Associate of Science degrees in liberal arts and sciences, accounting, business administration, and criminal justice; and Associate of Applied Science degrees in business management technology, health information technology, and cancer registry management. RCSJ uses Blackboard as its learning management system, provides a sample course sequence for incoming and current students to track their academic progress, and offers OrgSync, an online platform that allows students to interact with each other in a community atmosphere, all remotely.

#7 Mercer County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • Locations: West Windsor(and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Mercer Community College in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, boasts three degrees that can be earned online. These include business studies – management, criminal justice – corrections, and liberal arts. Students who live out of state are encouraged to pursue these online degrees but must be prepared to make arrangements with their instructor for the taking of proctored exams. MCC uses Blackboard as their learning management program, and some library services can be found online.

#8 Salem Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • Locations: Carneys Point
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Salem Community College is a public two-year institution that offers online community college courses to students looking for convenience and flexibility. The Associate in Science in Business Administration Online degree program is offered entirely online. This program can be used as a transfer program, or as the start of a career in business. SCC's online community college courses are delivered through Canvas, a Learning Management System for Internet-enabled classes, and is used in conjunction with other support services such as Office365, the Student Portal, and the Web Help Desk.

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