Brookdale Community College

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Brookdale Community College
Established 1967
Type Public Community College
President Dr. Maureen Murphy
Students 14,360 (2013)[1]
Location Lincroft, New Jersey, USA
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Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Red
Nickname Jersey Blues

Brookdale Community College is an accredited coeducational public community college in Lincroft, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Brookdale Community College was founded in 1967 and has locations in Neptune, Freehold, Hazlet, Long Branch, and Wall.

Brookdale is an open-admission college, available to anyone 18 years of age or older, or anyone who is a high school graduate or holder of an equivalency diploma. It serves the residents of Monmouth County and surrounding communities. One in every three Monmouth County high school graduates attend Brookdale. The College offers Associate degrees in more than 60 programs, plus non-credit classes and certificate programs.

Lincroft campus

Main entrance to the campus from the Route 520 roundabout
The Warner Student Life Center at the Lincroft campus

The Lincroft campus in Middletown Township consists of 22 buildings, including the Center for the Visual Arts, the Center for World War II Studies, and the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center. The newly renovated Robert J. Collins Arena/Brookdale Recreation and Events Center holds special events, including conventions, concerts, and athletic competitions.

High Technology High School, a magnet school for students from Monmouth County, is located near the eastern edge of the Lincroft Campus. It is operated by the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

The Lincroft campus is home to the Monmouth Museum, the Brookdale Performing Arts Center, and Brookdale Public Radio (WBJB-FM). These institutions offer performances, National Public Radio, and music.

Outreach, Business and Community Development

The Outreach, Business and Community Development division offers short-term career training and professional development programs, lifelong learning experiences, workshops, conferences, and summer camps to the community.


The Department of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals provides a diverse range of programs. Brookdale’s intercollegiate program is nationally recognized. The Jersey Blues teams compete in the Garden State Athletic Conference and in Region XIX of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The program has won six NJCAA Division III National titles: softball (2002, 2005 and 2010), women's soccer (2013 and 2014) and men's basketball (2013).

Sports teams
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Women's Volleyball

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are over 50 recognized student organizations at Brookdale Community College. Clubs and organizations are recognized by the Student Life Board, Brookdale's student government, and must re-register every year with the department of Student Life and Activities.


The NJ Coastal Communiversity, led by Brookdale, is an alliance of New Jersey higher education colleges and universities offering selected associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and graduate certificates in Monmouth County.

Members are Brookdale, Georgian Court University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Classes and services are offered at Brookdale's Wall Higher Education Center (on the grounds of the former US Army installation Camp Evans). Rutgers classes and services are offered at the Western Monmouth Branch Campus in Freehold and Montclair's MBA classes are offered on the Lincroft main campus.

Degree Programs include: Business Administration, Public Safety, Education, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, and Online programs.

Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution

The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution is dedicated to fostering the study of the historical, political, social, economic, cultural and military aspects of the World War II era up through the Korean War. The Center examines the key events of the time; the political and military leaders who waged the wars, provided the leadership, made the peace; and those who served on the battlefield and home front.

2012 Presidential corruption indictment

On July 24, 2012, College President Peter F. Burnham, who had retired from a 20-year tenure after corruption allegations surfaced pleaded guilty to two indictable (felony) counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in a plea agreement that called for a five year prison term.[2][3] Five months later, he was sentenced to a 5-year-prison-term and ordered to make financial restitution to the college.[4]

Notable people

Faculty and staff


See also


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  2. Heyboer, Kelly (July 24, 2012). "Former Brookdale Community College president pleads guilty to official misconduct". NJ Advance Media for Retrieved October 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "State vs. Burnham - Legal Accusation Filing" (PDF). 7/24/12. Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Retrieved October 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Heumiller, Keith (December 6, 2012). "Burnham sentenced to five years". Examiner. Retrieved October 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Jeffrey Ford (Author of The Shadow Year)
  6. HWS: Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
  7. Broadcasters, Baltimore Orioles. Accessed August 11, 2008.
  8. Dembicki, Matthew. "Governors take the stage for commencements", Community College Times, June 8, 2007. Accessed June 16, 2008. "Some community colleges tapped alumni to wrap up the academic year. Film director Kevin Smith, who attended Brookdale Community College (New Jersey), reflected on his path to postsecondary success."
  9. Strauss, Robert. "IN PERSON; The Life Of Brian, Annotated", The New York Times, October 27, 2002. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Early on, Mr. Williams was hardly a striver. After high school he went to Brookdale Community College without much of a plan besides volunteer firefighting."
  10. Sternbergh, Adam (May 21, 2005). "Smarty Pants: The star of Thom Pain is the talk of the town. Will success get James Urbaniak just what he deserves?". New York. Retrieved October 4, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Holt, Bob. "‘Jersey Shore’ star Snooki helped Deena Nicole Cortese become new cast member",, July 29, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011.
  12. Brutus, Lou. "Lou Brutus Biography".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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