Bucks at a Glance

About Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College was founded in 1964 as a two-year, public institution. It now offers nearly 80 programs of study that lead to either an associate degree or certificate. Successful graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete a bachelor’s degree, or directly launch a career, depending on the major. Classes are held at the original campus in Newtown, the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and online through our “Virtual Campus.”  The college serves more than 9,000 credit-seeking students and more than 70,000 students in noncredit programs each year, including the Bucks County Public Safety Training Centers in Doylestown and Croydon.

To learn more about why Bucks is where to “Start Smart,” visit www.bucks.edu or call 215-968-8100.

Locations

Newtown Campus
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA   18940
215-968-8000

Lower Bucks Campus
1304 Veterans Highway 
Bristol, PA   19007
267-685-4800

Upper Bucks Campus
One Hillendale Road
Perkasie, PA    18944
215-258-7700

Virtual Campus
300 online courses and 20 programs
www.bucks.edu/online
215-968-8052

Bucks County Public Safety Training Center
1760 S. Easton Rd.
Doylestown, PA  18901
215-340-8417

Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center
2912 River Rd.
Croydon, PA   19021
267-685-4888

Students

More than 9,000 students in academic credit courses 
6,100 at Newtown
1,500 at Lower Bucks
1,000 at Upper Bucks
3,400 Online Learning

Some students attend multiple sites

Typical class size: 18 – 25 students

Post-Bucks plans

70% of students plan to transfer to continue their education.

Top transfer schools

  •  Temple University
  •  Penn State University
  •  West Chester University
  •  Gwynedd Mercy University
  •  Drexel University

Campus Life

  • Forty-five student-run clubs and organizations, all with community outreach
  • Ten intercollegiate sports competing in the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX.
  • Intramural competitions and open gym.

Admissions

Open-door policy – no SAT scores required
More than 16% of all Bucks County high school graduates attend Bucks
60% of incoming freshmen attend directly from high school

Top sending high schools

  • Central Bucks West, East and South
  • Neshaminy
  • Council Rock North and South
  • Pennsbury
  • Bensalem
  • Pennridge

Call 215-968-8100 or visit www.bucks.edu/admissions

Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Certified by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), the largest association in the world for continuing education providers, program review, and certification

More than 75,000 registrations in noncredit courses, including the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center, which trains and certifies more than 65,000 emergency personnel from around the world

More than 60 certificate programs and 500 courses each year in health care, business, information technology, general interest, and more

The Center for Workforce Developmentoffers customized on-site training for dozens of area businesses, training about 4,800 employees each year.

Call 215-968-8409 or visit www.bucks.edu/con-ed

Academics

77 Programs of Study

  • 56 Associate degree programs (require at least 60 credits)
  • 21 Certificate programs (most require 15 – 30 credits)

Top Majors

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts – General Emphasis
  • Nursing

Seven academic departments

  • Arts
  • Business Studies
  • Kinesiology & Sport Studies
  • Language & Literature
  • Professional Studies: Allied Health & Nursing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
  • Social & Behavioral Science

Facilities & Resources

 Library  www.bucks.edu/library  

  • Libraries located at each campus – Newtown, Upper and Lower Bucks
  • More than 120,000 volumes in the print collection
  • Multiple databases with access to thousands of periodicals, e-books and streaming videos
  • Students can borrow laptop computers for use in the library
  • Research assistance available in person and online

Media Lab – Media and instructional design lab to support multimedia projects by students and instructors

Help Desk & Services Center offers free drop-in support for students

Computer access, including free WiFi, at all campuses

Free tutoring services, in person and online

Virtual Campus

www.bucks.edu/virtual

Learn online –Nearly 300 courses and 14 programs of study available totally online. Academic advising, tutoring, and student orientation available online for all students.

Newtown Campus

  • 200 acre campus adjacent to Tyler State Park
  • Linksz Pavilion, 9,000-square-foot addition to the Gymnasium
  • Gymnasium, including Wellness Center and renovated indoor pool
  • Remodeled Rollins Center with full-service cafeteria and bookstore
  • Auditorium, Library, and renovated lecture halls
  • Science and computer labs
  • Coming soon: State-of-the art Science Building
  • Art gallery and studios, music rehearsal rooms, TV studios
  • Nationally accredited preschool, the Early Learning Center, for students’ children ages 2 – 6

Lower Bucks Campus

www.bucks.edu/lbc

  • 55,000 square-foot “green” building  
  • Classrooms equipped with the latest teaching technology
  • Computer labs, science labs, allied health labs
  • Library, Café, Outdoor plaza

Upper Bucks Campus

www.bucks.edu/ubc

  • 61,000 square feet of building space, including a 28,000 square-foot “green” building expansion with classrooms, public meeting spaces, Library, Café, and outdoor amphitheater
  • Fickes Art Center

Tuition & Aid

Tuition

  • $135 a credit for Bucks County residents
  • $2,089 a semester, including fees, for full-time (12 credits) Bucks County residents

Financial Aid

  • Nearly half of all students who apply receive some form of financial aid each year
  • More than $21 million in aid – consisting of grants, scholarships, and loans awarded each year
  • Call 215-968-8200 or visit www.bucks.edu/financialaid
  • Scholarships are also available; visit www.bucks.edu/scholarships 

Academic Calendar (Subject to Change)

 

Fall 2014

  • Main Semester Aug. 27 – Dec. 15 (15 weeks)
  • Modulars
    • Aug. 27 – Oct. 18 (7 weeks)
    • Sept. 15 – Dec. 15 (13 weeks)
    • Oct. 20 – Dec. 15 (7 weeks)
  • Intersession
    • Oct. 20 – Jan. 15 (13 weeks)
    • Dec. 22 – Jan. 15 (3 weeks)

Spring 2015

  • Main Semester Jan. 21 – May 12 (15 weeks)
  • Modulars
    • Jan. 21 – March 15 (7 weeks)
    • Feb. 9 – May 12 (13 weeks)
    • March 3 – May 13 (10 weeks)
    • March 23 – May 12 (7 weeks)

Spring Break March 16 – 22

Commencement May 21

Summer

  • Session I
    • May 26 – July 2 (6 weeks)
    • May 26 – Aug. 13 (12 weeks)
  • Session II
    • June 15 – August 13 (8 weeks)
  • Session III
    • July 6 – Aug. 13 (6 weeks)