Stockton University Unveils New Atlantic City Beachfront CampusLast Edited:
Stockton University has been a part of Atlantic City for 50 years and now with its new beachfront campus, living and learning will happen right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
“It’s obviously very exciting that there seems to be so much enthusiasm for this project," said Christopher Paladino, president of the Atlantic City Development Corporation. "[However] it’s not as exciting as the day we watched 550 students and their families move into this building or on the first day of classes when you saw the classes actually work the way you wanted it to be."
Eighteen months after the groundbreaking ceremony, hundreds stood watching from the Boardwalk as the ribbon was cut to officially open the newest, completed buildings, which welcomed their first students on Wednesday, September 5th.
“This is an extraordinary day for Stockton and Atlantic City," said Brian Jackson, Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic City Campus. "And we’re so excited about the response we received from our students, our faculty, [and] our staff along with the residents of Atlantic City."
“These buildings are actually more beautiful then we ever had them rendered," said Paladino, "... but it stands out and says we’re not a casino [and] we’re not a hotel. We’re an academic institution and we’re here to stay.”
The campus includes a gym, classrooms, housing, and other welcoming spaces indoor and outdoor.
“I’ve built a lot of student housing," said Paladino. "Over the last couple of years, we made sure that [we built storage for bikes]. This is the first time we’ve actually built surfboard storage in a college dormitory."
The new campus provides students with more than just apartment-styled dorms and a 56,000 square-foot Academic Center.
“This semester we have well over 100 courses that are scheduled. We have everything from our doctorate all the way down to our baccalaureate programs here," said Jackson. "There's a wide variety of courses, so we are seeing a wide variety of students — from graduate students down to our freshman taking courses here in Atlantic City.
"And we’re offering shuttle services between our Atlantic City and Galloway campus.”
The campus also provides housing to 50 economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students in the EOF program.
“We always tell our students that Stockton is a place where they can plant themselves and grow," said Jackson. "So now those roots are expanding from the Pinelands to the shores of Atlantic City."
Officials say the next phase to add more housing, classes, and opportunities to the beachfront campus is already being planned.
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