New Jersey City University (NJCU) officially opened its new location at Fort Monmouth, the historic former United States Army post, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held on August 25, 2021. As the educational partner in the revitalization of Fort Monmouth, NJCU’s new location will expand bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings along the Jersey Shore, giving the university the only four-year public higher education program in the area.
The new location in Squier Hall — formerly the home of the Signal Corps — is renovated from its origins as a 1935-era administrative building and is now a state-of-the-art facility featuring 15 classrooms, a nursing education center, a cybersecurity computer lab, and offices for faculty and staff in a 72,000-square-foot building located on more than 22 acres. Additionally, the facility includes a flexible event space which will host organizations and community events as a partner to the Monmouth County community.
According to NJCU President Sue Henderson, “The opening of NJCU at Fort Monmouth is the culmination of our collective vision of expanding public higher education to the Jersey Shore. This is a major milestone in the history of our institution. Through our investment in this multi-year project and our partnership with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), many more students in the state will have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate studies and pursue master’s degrees close to home without incurring significant debt. This aligns with our mission of providing a diverse population with an excellent education as we continue to keep that promise for our next generation of students.”
NJEDA CEO Sullivan added “FMERA has worked tirelessly toward its vision of restoring Fort Monmouth to its place as a creator of jobs and reinventing it as a driver of economic activity centered around innovation. Welcoming NJCU onto Fort Monmouth furthers two of Governor Murphy’s goals – increasing access to institutions of higher education and repositioning stranded assets to drive equitable and inclusive investment in our communities. A win-win by all accounts.”
“The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education applauds NJCU for opening a new academic facility at Fort Monmouth, which will expand access and affordable postsecondary options to Monmouth County and the surrounding area,” said Dr. Brian K. Bridges, Secretary of Higher Education. “This takes us closer to reaching our State’s commitment that every New Jerseyan, regardless of life circumstances or zip code, has the opportunity to attain a high-quality postsecondary credential.”
NJCU has maintained a presence in Monmouth County for more than 15 years, as it has offered degree-completion programs in partnership with Brookdale Community College on the Wall and Lincroft campuses. This historic expansion at a new location will offer the only affordable, public, four-year option in the area.
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