Rowan University: Rising to a New Level
Rowan University is rapidly expanding its student population and launching exciting new programs, projects, and facilities to match its ambitious vision – making it the perfect match for students looking to innovate, grow, engage, and flourish in a family-like environment.
Located in Southern New Jersey, Rowan is just 20 minutes from Philadelphia, and less than two hours from New York City, Washington, D.C., and close to local beaches and ski resorts.
“This is the perfect time for international partnerships and student exchanges,” said Director of English Language Programs, Jackie McCafferty. “We are in full expansion mode, from program offerings to the campus itself. We’re reaching out. Our resources and energies are focused on building new and thriving opportunities. It’s an exciting time to be here.”
Rowan has recently been recognized as a full research institution. It is the second university in the US with two medical schools; both Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs are offered. Beyond this, the College of Engineering program is in the top 20 nationwide, and its chemical engineering program is ranked third nationwide.
The student body has expanded from 12,000 to nearly 20,000 students in the past five years. Through this, the commitment to teaching excellence has remained constant. The student to teacher ratio has remained at 15:1, which is remarkable for a public institution. The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program students benefit from one-on-one connections with professors and from excellent English language support.
Unlike many ESL programs, Rowan’s English Language Program prioritizes teacher collaboration, integrating different areas of study and emphasizing continuity of student learning experiences. With over four decades of experience, they maximize educational strategies from the ‘classic’ ESL classes to teacher-driven courses like American Literature.
This institutional knowledge is also reflected in focused support for international student needs, from a CAPES program to accept students with low language scores, conditional admissions, and US visa support.
On top of this, a brand-new cultural liaison program will foster one-on-one partnerships with Rowan students to ensure that all questions are answered and connections are made with local peers.
The English Language program’s real claim to fame is a welcoming, family feel. Cultural excursions and activities, individual support for university applications, and collaborative learning projects builds a close-knit community.
“Our students tell us that this feels like a family,” said Ms. McCafferty. “We’re very proud of that.”