Rowan University offers incoming first-year students dorm life and online classes

David Madden
June 27, 2020 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Incoming first-year students at one South Jersey university are being given more than an online option for their first year in college. 

The incoming class of 2024 at Rowan University is being offered an option which goes a little further than what many are used to.

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“Students are now a little more accustomed to taking courses online,” Spokesman Joe Cardona told KYW Newsradio. “The piece that we know that students really want is they want to know that it’s a program that they’re going to be receiving some kind of support as well as they like the idea of a connection to the campus itself.”

The Rowan@Home program will allow freshmen the chance to experience their first year as a group as they pursue 15 different fields of study. 

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And while “home” is part of the plan, staying with the parents doesn’t have to be.

“Students want to be part of a campus community,” Cardona added. “So we made it purposely for students to be able to participate in clubs and attend events that are on campus. But also if they want to live on campus, they can take all their courses online.”

Some courses will require in-person on-campus instruction.

Participants can proceed on an individual path in their sophomore year or stay with the program. 

The school is even offering scholarships up to $5,000 as an incentive.