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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Bergen Academies, NJIT Sign Cost-Savings Agreement Benefitting Students

Students at Bergen County Academies can now look forward to saving one year of tuition and time if they choose to attend NJIT and graduate early, thanks to an agreement signed today between NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch and Bergen Academies Superintendent Robert Aloia.

The program allows students entering their freshman year of high school to elect to take certain courses in the Academies that NJIT faculty have pre-approved for credit.  For example, students in the Academy for Business and Finance who do well enough in a world literature and thesis course, would be able to skip NJIT’s freshman English course. High school students who successfully complete all conditions of the program while in high school will be admitted to NJIT.  They can participate in a number of majors and colleges including offerings of the Newark College of Engineering, College of Science and Liberal Arts, and the School of Management.

“We like this program because it offers students many advantages,” said Joel Bloom, NJIT vice president, Academic and Student Services. “Students will be able to start college with as many as 37 credits under their belts. The money saved is obvious—since they can pay for one less year of college.”

There are other advantages. Perhaps the most enticing one is an easier route to the wide range of real world work experiences, a benefit available on an ongoing basis to NJIT students.

“NJIT has always prided itself on being an institution with ties to applied learning,” said Bloom. “With that in mind, the NJIT Office of Career Development Services offers undergraduates a range of sophisticated paid research internships that I think you’d be hard-pressed to find almost anywhere else, certainly in New Jersey.”

Students who enter NJIT with an extra year available—if they want—can take full advantage of a full-range of corporate to cooperative work offerings. These programs are sought-after and desirable and some even result in impressive full-time job offerings following graduation.  For many students with a full class load, the rub is finding the time to fuse school and work.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for NJIT students to extend the time needed to complete their degrees so as not to lose a cooperative work experience at General Electric or Lockheed Martin.

Students, however, who enter NJIT with a whole year completed, can use the extra year to take advantage of the jobs or research work available.  Or, they might use the time to complete master’s degree programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students at Bergen Academies and we are pleased to extend these offerings,” said Bloom.  This agreement will expand previous joint advanced admissions programs in place with the Bergen Academies. Similar joint advanced standing admissions programs are already in place between NJIT and Morris County Academies, Monmouth County Academies and Hudson County Academies.

Altenkirch and Aloia noted that the agreement will have multiple economic advantages. Not only will students and parents save time and money, but New Jersey will benefit from the production of high-achieving students capable of supporting business, industries and ultimately the economy.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.