Academic Catalog

College Campus

The focal point of the college campus, which embraces 275 acres of gently rising wooded land, is a pedestrian mall 900 feet in length. Designed in the form of an arc, it serves as the main artery of traffic between the present campus buildings.

Close observation of the natural beauty of the campus has been made possible by a two-mile nature trail that runs through the woods behind the entrance lake. The area contains many items of botanical interest, including some species that have become almost extinct. The nature trail was developed by students under a professor’s guidance, as was the nearby nature amphitheater.

Campus Map

Major Buildings

Administration Building • 1974

Offices of the President and the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Business and Finance are housed in the Administration Building.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 1972
(Expanded 2009)

The Fine Arts Center houses a 425 seat theatre, necessary backstage activity areas, a music rehearsal room, ceramics, sculpture and painting studios, galleries, classrooms, offices and a black box theatre.

Jon and Judith Larson Student Center • 2016

Student Life activities are housed in the  56,000 sq. ft. Student Center that includes a cafeteria, coffee shop, bookstore and box office on the first floor.  The second floor houses student club rooms, student lounge areas, a quiet room and a game room as well the Admissions & Student Life Offices.  The entire building is outfitted with multimedia capabilities and large screen TVs.

Facilities Maintenance Building • 2005

At the front of the maintenance complex stands the 15,000 square foot Facilities Maintenance Building which houses offices and college-wide storage rooms.

 Continuing Learning Center• 1970
(Under Renovation)

Between the Library and the Instructional Building is the one-story Continuing Learning Center that contains offices, storage, classrooms, and various labs (skills, computer and multimedia). It is connected to the Instructional Building by an arcade.

Health & Physical Education Center • 1967
(Expanded 1974)

The Health and Physical Education Center, providing instructional areas for men and women, contains a regulation intercollegiate basketball court, a small multi-purpose room, classrooms, and offices. Shower and locker facilities and outdoor athletic fields permit the inclusion of a complete health and physical education program in the curriculum.

Instructional Building • 1967

A three-story structure, the Instructional Building, embraces 62,000 square feet of space for classrooms and faculty offices.

Instructional Computer Center • 1982

Next to OIT is the Instructional Computer Center, which contains classrooms, and a computer laboratory. This building is the instructional base for the college’s computer studies program.

John C. Bartlett, Jr. Hall • 2009

This 32,000 square foot building houses a 72 seat classroom, 13-34 seat classrooms, three computer laboratories, faculty offices, administrative space, employee and student lounges with wireless computer connections, adjunct faculty office space and supporting storage rooms and mechanical rooms.

Gateway Building • 2013

A 5-story, 74,000-square foot structure, the Gateway Building on Ocean County College’s upper campus is shared by OCC and its partner, Kean University. The building houses a 200-seat lecture hall, 26 classrooms, four specialty labs, offices for 54 faculty, a conference room, a fifth-floor meeting and event area, a student lounge, coffee kiosk, and the Kean University’s administrative offices. The environmentally sensitive, Leeds Silver certified facility is heated and cooled by a Geothermal well field and offers panoramic views of the lower campus, Barnegat Bay, the Barrier Island, and Hanger #1 on the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), and is supported by two parking lots containing 192 spaces.

Hovnanian Health Sciences Building • 2018

On the upper campus, next to the Gateway Building, is the three-story Hovnanian Health Sciences Building. It contains offices, classrooms, and skills labs, and is home to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, as well as Continuing Education programs related to health care. The building also houses a Wellness Center, available to students, faculty, staff, and the outside community.

Instructional Building • 1967
(Renovated 2018)

A three-story structure, the Instructional Building, embraces 62,000 square feet of space for classrooms, labs, faculty offices, a lecture hall, and student lounge areas. The Mathematics Center and the Writing Center, offering academic support to all students, are also housed in this building.

Instructional Computer Center • 1982

Next to OIT is the Instructional Computer Center, which contains classrooms, and a computer laboratory. This building is the instructional base for the college’s computer studies program.

Library • 1967
(Expanded & Renovated 1995)

The Library now houses various collections, reading areas and study rooms, a personal computer lab, a media viewing area, a reference collection and government documents as well as office areas for the college’s Human Resources, Academic Support Services, Disability Resource Center, Testing Center, ESL Laboratory, Ocean County Tech Prep Program, and the main Switchboard/Reception area. A special feature of the library is the Harry D. Sussna Carillon Tower. The 100-foot tall carillon tower contains expansive reading areas, large windows providing far-reaching views of the campus, and two clocks.

Maintenance Building • 1971
(Expanded 1981)

In a wooded area to the east of College Drive directly behind the Facilities Management Building and the Purchasing Building is a one-story Maintenance Building. This 5500 square foot building has storage rooms and physical plant offices and locker facilities, in addition to painting, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and auto repair shops.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Kids Child Development Center • 2007

The Ocean Community Economic Now’s childcare center (located next to the tennis courts) provides quality child care with an early childhood development curriculum and Head Start for the Ocean County community.

Office of Information Technology • 1971
(Expanded 2010)

West of the TV Studio is the OIT, which houses computers and related equipment and staff that service the college’s administrative functions.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium • 1974
(Renovated 2010)

The Robert J. Novins Planetarium, made possible through the interest and generosity of the Novins family, provides seating for 100 beneath a dome 40 feet in diameter. At the center of the theatre is a Spitz and a digital theater system projector. The building also contains a classroom, offices and workrooms.

Security Welcome Center • 1972

The building is located in the rear of parking lot 1. It houses the Security Department and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students may obtain their College ID card at this location.

Southern Education Center • 2000

The Southern Education Center is located at 195 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin. Credit and Continuing and Professional Education courses are held in this building, which has five classrooms, a computer classroom, four offices and a student lounge.

Technology Building • 2004

The two-story Technology Building located behind the Russell Building is a 27,000 square foot structure which houses five teaching computer labs, Media Services, two computer graphics labs, an ITV classroom, a video post-production studio, a 72-seat stepped seminar room, an executive conference room, and faculty and support staff offices.

TV Studio • 2005

To the north of the Instructional Building is a one-story TV Studio with a high tech classroom for 35. It is equipped with a projection system and screen as well as audio-visual aids.

W. Kable Russell Academic Building • 1990

The two-story W. Kable Russell Academic Building is located between the Lecture Hall and the College Center. Its 27,000 square feet are devoted to classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, seminar rooms, a faculty lounge, conference room, and storage and media rooms.

William T. Hiering Science Building • 2000

Built into the hillside near the College Center, this building houses state-of-the-art science laboratories, lecture halls, classrooms and offices.