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Mercer County Community College Partners with Rider University to Become First N.J. Community College to Offer Campus Housing Option for Students



WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Mercer County Community College (MCCC), a publicly supported comprehensive institution of higher learning, announced the finalization of an agreement with nearby Rider University to provide room and board services for MCCC students at Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J. While taking classes at Mercer, students can now immerse themselves in the residential life at Rider University, enjoying access to a wide range of essential student services including housing, dining, transportation, health care, and more.

The agreement provides MCCC students with a specialized rate on room and board at Rider. Furthermore, students who successfully complete an associate degree from MCCC and choose to transfer to Rider can extend the discount for an additional two years. The agreement actualizes ideas first presented in an October 2021 memorandum of understanding.

"We are proud to offer competitive room and board rates as well as other benefits to neighboring students at Mercer County Community College," said Rider’s President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D. “For those that choose to continue their educational journey at Rider after completing their associate degree, they will already be fully embedded within our welcoming and vibrant community."

The goal of the agreement was twofold: To provide housing for MCCC students and to make admission and transfer to Rider more feasible for these students. Both goals are in line with MCCC’s dedication to providing a holistic education, as well as a supportive and seamless college experience for its students.

MCCC students who take advantage of Rider’s residential living program will benefit from the use of the university’s facilities, such as Moore Library, the Schimek Family Fitness Center, the Rider University Bookstore, all dining and food service venues, the student health center, on-campus parking, and shuttle service for pre-scheduled routes.

“Our new agreement with Rider allows us to offer students a valuable community college experience enriched with residential housing, plus a clear path toward a bachelor’s degree from a leading New Jersey university,” said MCCC’s President Deborah E. Preston Ph.D. “This collaboration will open a wealth of opportunities for students, including those from other counties, states, and countries.”

The program is open to current and prospective students enrolling at MCCC for the Fall 2023 semester and beyond. For more information on the housing agreement between MCCC and Rider University, including how to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit MCCC and Rider University housing webpages.

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About Mercer County Community College
Established in 1966, Mercer County Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. The scenic 292-acre West Windsor Campus was opened in 1972 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. MCCC’s James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, serves as an educational and cultural hub for city residents that meets the changing needs of thousands of students and community members seeking educational fulfillment and personal and career growth. President: Deborah E. Preston, Ph.D.;


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