Stockton University’s growth continues in 2017 with academic achievements, new programs, construction of new facilities in Galloway and Atlantic City, and a major expansion in Manahawkin.

Academically, Stockton is ranked No. 14 among public regional universities of the north by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Stockton also is one of The Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Colleges, and the Military Times and Online College Plan each rated Stockton among the top 20 schools in the nation for veterans.

The Galloway campus provides a living and learning environment among pristine forests and lakes in the Pinelands National Reserve.

In Galloway, construction is underway on a $15.2 million Health Sciences Center and the $33.2 million Unified Science Center 2 expected to open in 2018. Together with the existing Unified Science Center, the Campus Center and an outdoor landscaped area for gathering, these will form an Academic Quad and a dramatic new entrance.

The three-story, 58,210-square-foot USC2 will house teaching and research labs for various disciplines in the sciences, a vivarium, a large greenhouse, a gross anatomy lab, a multipurpose room and faculty offices. The 37,720-square-foot Health Sciences Center will include space for simulation labs and an Exercise Science Lab and the sustainability program.

Stockton also owns Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, a public hotel and golf resort with a wing that is home to more than 200 students. Stockton Seaview hosts the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, which draws the world’s top female players to the area in May. Fans travel to Galloway from all over the Northeast, stimulating the local economy.

The $178.28 million Atlantic City campus, due to open in fall 2018, is part of the larger Atlantic City Gateway Project, a public-private partnership with Atlantic City Development Corp., also known as AC Devco. The Gateway Project also includes a six-story office tower for South Jersey Gas and a parking garage with 879 spaces, for a total cost, including the campus, of $220 million.

Stockton has received substantial financial and other support from the state, county and city and its other partners. The university’s portion of the project cost is $18 million.

The Atlantic City campus will include a 56,000-square-foot academic building with three floors, 14 classrooms and computer labs; 17 faculty offices/work stations; a 3,000-square-foot event room, a café area with indoor and outdoor seating, and administrative offices.

The residential complex will offer apartment-style living to 533 students, with retail space along the boardwalk and on Atlantic Avenue. It will have meeting spaces, offices, a mailroom, two 50-seat flexible classrooms, a fitness center and two outdoor courtyards.

The campus is adjacent to O’Donnell Park at the intersection of Atlantic, Pacific and Albany avenues in the Lower Chelsea neighborhood.

Stockton's academic efforts in Atlantic City will be led by business, hospitality and tourism, social work, and organizational leadership programs. The university will also be offering a new, interdisciplinary undergraduate major in community leadership and civic engagement.

Stockton is strengthening its presence in Atlantic City, where it first held classes in the Mayflower Hotel on the Boardwalk in 1971. Its other facilities in the resort include the Carnegie Center, Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage.

The university is also growing in Ocean County. The School of Health Sciences is expanding in Manahawkin, providing more students from central and southern New Jersey with a convenient location to earn degrees in several fast-growing health care fields.

The university will open a 7,915-square-foot expansion adjacent to its location at 712 E. Bay Ave. in fall 2017, with classroom space, teaching labs and a student lounge.

Stockton enrollment has broken records each of the past three years, and demand is strong for next year. The headcount for 2016-2017 is 8,728. Some 88 percent of 2015 graduates reported that they were employed or in grad school within six months of graduation.

The university offers more than 60 degree programs in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, General Studies, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and in Graduate and Continuing Studies.

This year undergraduates are designing experiments to be tested on the International Space Station, doing research on brain development funded by the National Institutes of Health, and working with FAA scientists.

Stockton offers 18 intercollegiate sports, plus cheerleading, club sports and recreation programs. Stockton is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a Division III institution.

Many records are held by university teams and athletes. New Jersey’s “winningest coach,” Gerry Matthews, recently retired from Stockton after more than 600 wins in NCAA Division III men’s basketball. The university named its basketball court for him in January.

In addition, junior Jared Lewis won the national title in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships March 11.

The campus Sports Center which has a 3,000-seat arena and fitness center; the G. Larry James Stadium, which has a grass soccer field and eight-lane track; and the Stockton Turf Field, which is used for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer. The campus also contains baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and grass practice fields.

The university operates the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton, with locations at the Noyes Arts Garage, Stockton Seaview in Galloway, and Kramer Hall in Hammonton.

The Performing Arts Center on the Galloway campus provides audiences with a variety of cultural programming by professional performers and companies.

Learn more at stockton.edu.

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