High school students entering college for the first time, high schoolers looking to get a head start on college courses, current college students looking to add on summer courses, entrepreneurs that want to develop their skills, adults looking to jumpstart a new career … there are so many different types of people in various stages of life that benefit from taking classes at Bucks County Community College. And perhaps now more than ever, people are looking for ways to prepare for the future … while staying close to home.

We recently had the opportunity to do an Instagram Live session (follow us here if you're not already!) with Casey Grunmeier in the Office of Admissions to talk about how Bucks County Community College is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. We were blown away by all that the College is doing for both current and prospective students. Whether you were already planning to remain local this summer, or coronavirus derailed your prior plans, you're going to want to check out the exciting options available at Bucks County Community College.

There For You

Bucks County Community College is doing everything they can to let students (both current and prospective) know that they're still there for them – offering accessible educational opportunities and personal connections that foster success.

In addition to adapting courses for remote instruction, the two-year community college has developed an innovative way to introduce prospective students to all Bucks has to offer as they make choices for the future.

“Looking with optimism to the fall, we are now conducting daily virtual presentations about a variety of topics, including new student onboarding, financial aid sessions, athletics, admissions, and every academic area,” said Marlene Barlow, director of admissions at the public, two-year college. “The presentations take place Monday through Saturday throughout April and May.”

Since campuses in Newtown, Bristol and Perkasie closed March 14 amid the Coronavirus pandemic, in-person efforts to introduce the college to students like the Spring Open House and Accepted Students Day were canceled.

“We quickly came up with a creative way to help students visit Bucks from the safety of their own homes,” added Barlow. “We have always been a solid college choice for many, but now, more than ever, students may wish to learn how they can stay close but still go far by enrolling at Bucks.”

Virtual “Visit” and More

The college is offering daily online presentations and virtual tours that allow prospective students to explore their options from the safety of home. By going to bucks.edu/experience, students can view the calendar of events and sign up for a presentation at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday.

 

The presentations offer a blend of prerecorded and live interactive content, using videoconference technology. In addition, students can view a virtual video tour of the college at bucks.edu/experience.

Topics include:

  • Major Mondays – a discussion about the college’s seven academic departments and the more than 80 programs of study offered

  • Transfer Tuesdays – offering topics about the dozens of transfer agreements Bucks has with four-year colleges and universities across the nation

  • Welcome Wednesdays – about the admissions process and general Bucks information

  • Thursday “Things” – about special offerings, such as athletics, workforce training, ESL instruction, features at our Upper Bucks Campus and Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks, and more

  • Financial Aid Fridays – gain insight about applying for state and federal aid programs

  • Saturday Mornings – answering general questions about admissions and the college

Enrolling In Your Future

Registration is open now for Summer and Fall courses. The College plans to conduct ALL instruction for the Summer sessions remotely.

Tuition at Bucks County Community College remains $165 a credit for county residents, after the Board of Trustees voted April 9 to keep tuition steady for the next academic year in order to ease the financial burden amid the COVID-19 emergency.

To learn more, email [email protected]. To schedule a virtual visit, go to bucks.edu/experience. To browse college offerings, visit bucks.edu.

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