In the fall of 1969, Glassboro State College opened the Camden Urban Center at 534 Cooper Street. Under the supervision of a half-time coordinator, the Urban Center provided space for practicum classes in teacher preparation, meetings for community groups and organizations, as well as a base of operation for faculty and staff working with Camden City schools and other agencies. Regular college courses were first offered in 1970 on a limited scale in response to the city’s teacher certification needs. In 1972, course offerings were expanded and 55 students were admitted through the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program as full-time students at the Urban Center. Most of these students were Hispanic, and courses were taught both in English and Spanish as an interim measure until the students’ English speaking and writing skills were developed to the point where they could carry a full load of course work entirely in English. In the fall 1974, the first English-speaking freshmen were admitted for study at the Urban Center. At that time, Hispanic and African-American students, in nearly equal proportions, comprised almost the entire group admitted for study in Camden. In 1975, with the end of the War in Vietnam, an influx of students from Southeast Asia came to Camden. Many of these individuals began studying English as a Second Language at the Urban Center.
With the advent of a full-time day program in the fall 1980, the New Jersey Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the Budget Bureau recognized the unique nature and contribution of the Urban Center and provided a separate appropriation. At the same time, the EOF administrators in DHE recognized the unique nature of the program at the Urban Center. In 1980, they agreed to provide separate funding for Camden 's EOF students. Such funding continues even today with support for two full-time staff lines and an extensive summer program.
In 1984, in recognition of Glassboro’s continuing commitment to serve the educational needs of Camden’s inner city residents, the Chancellor of Higher Education conferred branch campus status of the Urban Center. Thereafter, the college’s presence in the city would be known as Glassboro State College’s Camden campus and was located in the Commence Building at Broadway and Federal Street. Enrollment grew to the current size of 500 students.
In 1991, the Camden campus of Glassboro State College was united with Camden County College in a newly constructed facility at Broadway and Cooper Street. Shortly thereafter, with the momentous gift from Henry and Betty Rowan, both the main campus at Glassboro and the urban campus in Camden were renamed as Rowan College of New Jersey. In March 1997, we became Rowan University.
Rowan's Camden Campus is located in the University District of Camden in a five-story facility at Broadway and Cooper Street. It features 40 classrooms, a community room, student and faculty lounges and computer labs. The University shares the building with Camden County College in a collaborative education effort. In addition, students have full library privileges and recreation center use at Rutgers University/Camden. Students also have access to the University District Bookstore.
In 2009, Rowan University acquired the historic First National Bank and Trust Company building and annex on the corner of Cooper and Broadway, across the street from its current campus building. The 44,000 square foot building will be renovated for instructional and administrative use in order to accommodate additional students and to support the campus' plans for growth.
Barnes and Noble at Rowan University at Camden
Barnes and Noble is the operator of the University District Bookstore providing services to all Rowan at Camden students, faculty and staff. Faculty teaching at Rowan at Camden may order course textbooks directly through the store. Students taking courses at Rowan at Camden can purchase their textbooks at the Barnes and Noble University District Bookstore. The bookstore has everything that you need for college. Also featured is a great selection of officially licensed Rowan clothing and gifts, academic-priced software, snacks, reference materials, and greeting cards. Students may use their Rowan card throughout the bookstore. Visit the Barnes and Noble University District Bookstore.
Rowan at Camden students can conduct research while taking classes in Camden by using the Rutgers-Camden Paul Robeson Library. Rowan at Camden students have full access to the facility and ability to check-out books. In order to use the library, Rowan at Camden students must have a valid student identification card.
Students may park in the Camden County College parking garage and pay a daily/monthly/semester fee. Parking decals purchased through Rowan University are only applicable to parking at the Glassboro Campus. For more information please contact Rowan at Camden University staff at (856) 756-5400.
Students in courses at Rowan at Camden may also take courses, attend events and activities at the Glassboro campus. A university shuttle travels daily between the Camden and Glassboro campuses for students. The shuttle is free, however, students may be required to present their Rowan University ID upon request. View the shuttle schedule.
Students taking courses at Rowan at Camden have access to free tutoring. The campus provides one on one individual tutoring appointments for courses such as Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus, and English Composition. Rowan at Camden employs peer, graduate and faculty level tutors. Tutors are available Monday through Thursday. Make an appointment for tutoring.