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Stockton University to Explore Continued Growth in Atlantic City

Stockton University begins studying options that would enhance its impact in Atlantic City

Strong demand for student housing in the city led to Stockton University formally opening its Phase II residential complex across from O’Donnell Memorial Park in May. More than 900 students will live at the university’s two Atlantic City residential complexes this fall.

Stockton President Joe Bertolino has formed a working group comprised of several members of the Stockton University Board of Trustees, alumni, business and community leaders, as well as students, faculty and staff. Its primary initial task is hiring an experienced firm to conduct a feasibility study for Phase III, which is currently a 2.25-acre parking lot between Hartford and Albany avenues. Stockton does not own the property, but would partner with AC Devco in the development of the project.

“As an anchor institution, we are committed to being in and of the community,” Bertolino said. “In partnership, we will actively explore opportunities that would best enhance experiences for our students and elevate the impact of Stockton as a good neighbor within Atlantic City.”

Stockton received $1 million in its FY24 state appropriations to assist in the planning of Phase III.

Since the opening of Stockton University Atlantic City in fall 2018, interest in the campus continues to grow. Stockton offers an array of classes at the John F. Scarpa Academic Center and hosts nearly 2,000 program and event-related bookings annually at the Atlantic City campus.

The university has become a cornerstone for community engagement, culture and the arts. Stockton’s economic impact and social investment is evidenced by new business development and the growing number of students, residents and visitors to the University District. Additionally, demand for summer programming and housing has turned Stockton Atlantic City into a 12-month residential campus experience.

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