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Richard Stockton College


Richard Stockton College

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Motto An Environment for Excellence
Established 1969
Type Public
Endowment $19,422,590
President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Academic staff 280
Undergraduates 7,243
Postgraduates 868
Location Galloway Township, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban, 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) [1]
Former names Stockton State College (1975-1993)
Alma Mater "Our Stockton"
Colors Black, Columbia Blue, White
Athletics 14 Varsity Teams, NCAA Division III, ECAC
Nickname The Ospreys, StoCo
Mascot Talon the Osprey
Stockton Athletics Logo
Endowment, faculty, and student data is as of the fall 2011 semester.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, informally known as Stockton College, located in Galloway Township, New Jersey, United States, is an undergraduate and graduate college of the arts, sciences and professional studies of the New Jersey state system of higher education. The College was named for Richard Stockton, one of the New Jersey signers of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1969, the College accepted its charter class in 1971. At its opening in 1971, classes were held at the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City; the campus in Galloway, New Jersey began operating late in 1971. More than 8,000 students are enrolled at the College, which provides distinctive traditional and alternative approaches to education.

The college has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1975 and was most recently re-accredited in 2007.[2]


In November 1968, New Jersey approved a $202.5 million capital construction bond issue with an earmarked $15 million designated for the construction of a new state college in Southern New Jersey. In 1969, a 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) tract was selected for the campus in the heart of the Pine Barrens in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. Trustees originally named the school South Jersey State College; they later renamed it as Stockton State College, to avoid confusion with Rutgers College of South Jersey.[3]

As construction began to run behind schedule, in 1970 Trustees realized they needed an alternative location for the first class in 1971. They selected the historic Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City as the temporary campus.[3] Classes began on schedule with the commencement of the first academic year in September 1971. The College officially took shape as 1,000 students, 50 of whom were Educational Opportunity Fund students; 97 staff, and 60 full-time faculty took over the former resort hotel. By December, occupancy of the first phase of the new campus construction took place, with the transfer of classes and offices to Galloway Township during the winter holiday period.

Accreditation of Stockton State College by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools was first granted in December 1975.[2]

In 1978 the US Congress passed legislation creating the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, the first such designation in the nation, to protect the area's ecology and aquifer, which serves the large metropolitan region. In 1988, the United Nations designated it an International Biosphere Reserve, in recognition of its importance.[4]

Over the next few years, Stockton continued to grow rapidly as additional buildings and wings were constructed to meet the rising demand in college admissions. Around the same time that enrollment surpassed 5,000 students, Housing II opened in November 1981. With the opening of the N-Wing College Center & Housing III in February 1983, Stockton State College achieved a high student-residency rate among New Jersey state colleges.

In July 1991, Stockton State College was re-accredited unconditionally for another 10 years by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education, with a special commendation for achieving social and intellectual diversity. Two years later, the College name was changed to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.


In the 21st century, the college has completed several major building projects and other initiatives.

The new Campus Center opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 7, 2011. The 154,000 sq. ft. building was designed as a green, sustainable building that would be an inviting, inclusive and exciting gathering place for the entire community.[5]

In August 2010, as part of its expansion of its tourism and hotel management program in the School of Business, Stockton announced plans to purchase the nearby Seaview Resort & Golf Course. On September 1, 2010, Stockton completed the deal for $20 million.[6] It established the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT), part of the Stockton School of Business, at the resort.[7] In September 2011, the first students moved into Seaview to live and learn at the institute with the top professionals in the hospitality and tourism field, which is integral to the southern New Jersey economy.

In late August 2011, Stockton entered a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) for hospitality management students from both institutions. Under its terms, Cornell students participating in SHA internships in the Atlantic City area will have the opportunity to reside at Stockton’s Levenson Institute at the historic Seaview Resort. Additionally, Cornell students may enroll in Stockton HTMS or General Studies courses during their internship semesters. As part of the agreement, qualified Stockton students will have clear pathways for admission into Cornell’s appropriate graduate programs.[8]

Notable Stockton facilities include:

  • Art gallery
  • Astronomical observatory
  • Campus radio station WLFR-FM
  • Campus-wide wireless network
  • Computer labs, many open 24 hours a day
  • William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Division
  • Carnegie Library Center, in Atlantic City[3][9][10][11]
  • Computer conferencing network
  • Creative writing lab
  • Dante Hall of the Performing Arts, in Atlantic City
  • Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center
  • Marine science laboratory, field station and marina
  • On-campus child care facilities
  • On-campus outdoor research lab: 400 acres (1.6 km2), including fields and lakes
  • Stockton Performing Arts Center
  • The Seaview Resort & Golf Course
  • Southern branch of New Jersey Network (NJN)
  • Southern Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center, Mays Landing
  • Sports Center


  • Dr. Richard E. Bjork, (June 1969 – 1979)[12] Led the College as it graduated its first classes, expanded programs and achieved accreditation in 1975, the year it completed Phase II of the campus. The next year, the Performing Arts Center, a community and campus resource, opened.[12]
  • Peter M. Mitchell, (June 1979 – 1983) Led during continued growth as enrollment approached 5,000 students. Housing II, residential facilities for students, opened in November 1981 and the N-Wing College Center in February 1983.[12]
  • Vera King Farris (May 1983-June 2003) She established the Holocaust Center in 1990, and the first Master's program in Holocaust Studies in 1999.[12][13] She directed the College to adopt sustainable design and practices, and oversaw expansion during the 1990s, including construction of the Arts and Sciences Building, designed by Michael Graves.
  • Herman Saatkamp, 2003–present. Emphasizing green buildings, he directed completion of a campus master plan in 2005 and a major capital program, including construction of the largest building, the Campus Center, opening in 2011. He initiated the purchase of Seaview Resort in 2010, established the Institute for Tourism and Gaming in the School of Business, and a collaborative agreement in 2011 with Cornell University to expand opportunities for students at both institutions in hospitality and tourism.

Academic studies

Stockton's academic programs provide opportunities for study in fields including Criminal Justice, Psychology, Environmental Science, Biology, Business, Historical Studies, and Literature. Additionally, courses are offered in emerging fields such as Computational Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Homeland Security. Stockton also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The Division of Continuing Studies in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies provides credit-bearing and non-credit certificate programs, CE approved continuing professional education for health sciences, human services and business professionals, and a growing number and variety of community education offerings.

Stockton's academic programs and faculty have been recognized by such nationally recognized organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pulitzer Prize committee, the United States Air Force Academy, and The New York Times.

Campus life

Stockton has fourteen varsity Division III sport teams and many club and intramural sports available to students. Currently, there are over 130 student clubs and organizations recognized at the college. There are also 11 active fraternities and 10 active sororities. They include: Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Delta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Lambda Theta Phi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Delta Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Delta Sigma Theta, Lambda Tau Omega, Lambda Theta Alpha, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Zeta Tau Alpha.[14]


Stockton has five housing units on campus. Housing II and III are complexes of traditional three-storey residence halls, while Housing I, IV and V are all apartment-style complexes of varying architectural character.

  • Founder’s Hall (Housing II & III): Housing II is an 11-building, suite-style complex, housing 520 students, with 17 residents per floor and 51 per three-storey building. Housing III is a five-building complex, housing 300 students with 20 students per floor and 60 per building. The residential halls offer a more traditional college lifestyle for the first-year experience. All students who choose to live on campus in their freshman year are required to live in either Housing II or Housing III.
  • The Apartments (Housing I, IV, & V) consists of three multi-building complexes. Housing I is a 255-unit, 1,012-bed, garden apartment complex, which allows four students to live in close proximity while being part of a larger court community of 128.
  • Housing IV consists of eight buildings, each with eight two-bedroom apartments, with a total 246 beds. Each apartment holds four residents. Every four apartments are separated by an indoor foyer that leads out to the Housing IV recreational college green.
  • Housing V, completed in 2008 as part of the capital program, consists of a complex of six buildings with a total of 384 beds. The Housing V suites house four students, with four key-entry bedrooms. These students share a kitchen and living area with their roommates and have access to a larger community rec room.

The Housing I, IV, & V apartment style complexes all vary in layout, furnishings, sizes, pricing, and student privacy. Rooms in all residences are completely furnished and include beds, desks, bureaus, wastebaskets, lamps, telephones, air conditioning, carpeting, and curtains. Cable TV and telephone service are also provided. Single rooms are generally available for new students.

Stockton has six Living Learning Communities (LLCs) that are designed to connect students, faculty and staff around curricular and co-curricular themes and interests. Themes include diversity, global citizenship, sustainability, positive living, creative arts, and honors. The LLCs are housed in Housing I, IV, and V.

As an alternative, some students also room together in nearby apartment communities. Many are located 5 minutes away in Galloway, NJ.

Ranking and special recognition

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has been ranked in tier 1 among the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the 2010 survey of America's Best Colleges. In the annual survey for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report, Stockton College is ranked among the Best Regional Universities/Master’s in the North.[15] Stockton, which was ranked in this category six years in a row, is in the top tier and among the top public institutions. In the past, Stockton had been classified as a national liberal arts college. U.S. News & World Report revised its categories early in 2007 and classified it among Regional Universities and Public Schools. It ranked Stockton as 47th among Regional Universities and 11th among Public Schools.[16]


  • Named a "Best Northeastern College" by The Princeton Review in 2011[17]Dead Link
  • In 1999, Stockton offered the first Master of Arts program in the nation in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  • The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Research Center fosters research in holocaust studies to honor victims and survivors, and to educate present and future generations in understanding racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and oppression.
  • From 1988 to 2010, Stockton College held the New Jersey Governor's School on the Environment; it was dropped in cutbacks.
  • The Environmental Studies and Marine Science programs were selected by Peterson Field Guides and the Alliance for Environmental Education (ANJEE) for inclusion in Education for the Earth, a guide for top environmental studies programs.


  • The original linear campus was cited as one of New Jersey's ten "architectural treasures" by New Jersey Monthly (April 1999) for its International modernist style, designed in the late 1960s by Robert Geddes of Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham Architects.[18] Generous use of glass opens views to the Pinelands setting. The noted architect Michael Graves designed the Arts and Sciences Building (1991-1996) in a Post-Modernist style, with organic colors.[19]
  • After the F Wing renovation in 2006, Stockton received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • In 2008, Stockton received the "Green Project of Distinction" award from Education Design Showcase for Housing V (six residence halls).[20]

Green Initiatives

The College is an environmentally friendly campus featuring a geothermal heat pump, fuel cells, and photovoltaic panels. In 2002, Stockton College installed a 200 kW fuel cell at an initial cost of $1.3 million. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities provided a grant to cover most of the cost of the unit, with the college paying only $305,000. South Jersey Industries (SJI) also provided a rebate of $710,000 for the unit. The fuel cell provides just under 10% of the total energy for the campus; Stockton has the lowest energy cost per student among colleges in New Jersey.

Stockton achieved national LEED certification for its new sustainable design. In 2006, the F-Wing expansion, including classrooms, offices and an atrium received the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Stockton’s commitment to environmentally responsible design has resulted in "green" initiatives that have both saved energy and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. These include the development on campus of one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling systems in the world. The geothermal systems incorporate seasonal thermal energy storage so that waste heat or winter cold can be collected when seasonally available and stored for use in the opposing seasons. A borehole thermal energy storage system (BTES) was installed in 1994 and is used for heating the older half of campus, with waste heat collected from air conditioning equipment there. In 1995 a fuel cell and photovoltaic panels were installed buildings to generate energy.

An aquifer thermal energy storage system (ATES), the first of its kind in the United States, began operation in 2008. The ATES system reduces the amount of energy used to cool Stockton’s newer buildings by storing the chill of winter air in the water and rock of an underground aquifer, and withdrawing it in the summer for cooling. (Because building insulation standards have changed over time, the older buildings have a higher heating than cooling need, and the opposite is true for the newer buildings.)

In 2008, Stockton approved an agreement with Marina Energy LLC for the installation of solar panels on The Big Blue athletic center roof to generate electricity for the college. Marina Energy is a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries. The college will pay nothing for the equipment but will sign a 10-year agreement to buy the generated power. In 2009 the job was completed.

As part of the capital plan, Housing V was built in 2009 to accommodate the rising demand for student housing. It incorporates geothermal heating and cooling using closed-loop technology, for a total of 450 tons cooling capacity. To eliminate the possibility of groundwater contamination in the event of a leak, freeze protection is provided in the circulating fluid. The design accommodates future solar thermal heating systems. Sustainable design includes landscaping: upper-story deciduous trees were planted along the south-facing facades of the residence halls to provide shade during the summer months, but allow the warmth of the sun to reach the buildings during the winter. This design received the "Green Project of Distinction" award from Education Design Showcase.

Stockton College’s next green project was the largest single building project in its history. Designed and built according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Standard in sustainable design, the new Campus Center, completed in 2011, provides 153,000 square feet (14,200 m2) of space for dining, bookstore, pool, theater, lounges and offices.

It will use 25% less energy than standard construction, and 40% less water. Other features include low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings. Additional "green" features of the building include a storm water-collection system to irrigate an on-site "rain garden" landscaped with indigenous and adapted plant species. It also has a sophisticated energy management system for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.


Team mascot is the Osprey

  • Intercollegiate Sports Include: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Baseball, Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Softball, & Outdoor Track & Field.
  • Intramural Sports Include: Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Basketball, Street Hockey, & Softball.
  • Club Sports Include: Bowling, Ice hockey, Table Tennis, Deep Sea Fishing, Men's Rowing, Ultimate Frisbee, Fencing, Men's Volleyball, Co-Ed Weight Training, Golf, Scuba Diving, Surfing.
  • Stockton also offers a cheerleading squad open to both male and female students. The squad traditionally performs at all home men's and women's basketball games and supports the teams at some road contests.


  • 2001, NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Champions. Coach Jeff Haines was named NCAA Division III "Coach of the Year"
  • 2003, Stockton student Kim Marino was NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Women's Pole Vault Champion and record holder.

For more information, contact the Office of Athletics and Recreation at (609) 652-4217.

Notable faculty and staff

  • Don Bragg, gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics for pole vaulting
  • Professor Stephen Dunn received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection of poems, Different Hours
  • College President Vera King Farris spoke at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in 1999, hosted by the Prime Minister of Sweden and attended by 44 national heads of state.[21]
  • Dr. Amy Hadley, an Associate Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, was selected as the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2011 recipient of its Distinguished Professional Service Award.[22]
  • Larry James (1947–2008), gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics, was athletic director at the college for 28 years. In 2007, the college's track and soccer facility was named "G. Larry James Stadium" in his honor.[23]
  • Dr. Janice Joseph, Professor of Criminal Justice, serves on the Executive Board of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program, a UN Institute held in Milan, Italy.[24]
  • Professor William C. Lubenow FRHistS, author and historian, President, North American Conference on British Studies
  • Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM, a Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, co-produced the Academy Award-nominated film The Courage to Care.
  • Dr. Suryakumar Shah, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, invited in February 2011 to join the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), the group’s highest scholarly honor.[25]
  • 2003, Professor Wendel A. White was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his exceptional creativity in photography.[26]

Notable alumni


External links

  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey - official website
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • RSC Housing Information - Housing Information
  • "Going Green On Campus - Richard Stockton College", US News & World Report, 28 January 2010

External links

  • Official athletics website

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