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Burgundy-Blue Connection at Community CollegesThe Burgundy-Blue Connection has been instituted with six New Jersey community colleges — Bergen Community College, Burlington County College, County College of Morris, Gloucester County College, Raritan Valley Community College and Sussex County College — in cooperation with Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The Connection, named for the official FDU colors, assists and encourages students enrolled at these six colleges to pursue a full-time A.A. or A.S. degree from the county college followed by a full-time bachelor’s degree from the University (either campus).
Through this dual admissions agreement, the movement from the associate’s degree through the bachelor’s degree becomes seamless. “There are three important advantages to this dual admissions program,” said Gary Hamme, vice president of enrollment and career management, “advisement, cooperative education opportunities and an achievement grant.”
The Burgundy-Blue Connection provides the opportunity to have a six-month work experience in those majors that offer the cooperative education program. Students who select the Burgundy-Blue Connection will have a Fairleigh Dickinson academic adviser in addition to an adviser on their home campus.
A student who maintains a 2.50 cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) at the county college and earns the associate’s degree will be awarded a Burgundy-Blue Connection Achievement Grant. This grant will be equivalent to the tuition charged at the county college for a county resident, divided by the number of years required to complete the Fairleigh Dickinson degree program. “Essentially,” said Hamme, “the Burgundy-Blue Connection grant reimburses the tuition cost of the associate’s degree to these high-achieving graduates.”
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