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Felician University

Felician University
The Franciscan University of New Jersey
Iviswold Castle, located on the Rutherford campus.
Former names
Immaculate Conception Junior College, Felician College
Motto In Veritate Felicitas
Motto in English
In Truth is Happiness
Established 1942
Type Private
Affiliation Catholic (Felician Sisters)
Endowment $4,762,353 [1]
President Dr. Anne Prisco
Academic staff
12 to 1 ratio [2]
Undergraduates 1,775 [2]
Postgraduates 334 [2]
Location Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Athletics NCAA Division IICACC
Nickname Golden Falcons
Affiliations AFCU

Felician University is a private Roman Catholic college with two campuses, in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey. It was founded as the Immaculate Conception Normal School by the Felician Sisters in 1923, and became Immaculate Conception Junior College in 1942. With the authorization of its first four-year program in teacher education in 1967, it incorporated as Felician College. Enrollment is approximately 2,500, with undergraduates comprising around 2,000 students. 21% are men, and 79% are women.[2]

On November 1, 2015, the school announced via its Twitter account that it is officially known as Felician University.

According to its website,[4] the college is "designed to bring students to their highest potential and to foster a love for God, self-knowledge, service to the community and a love for learning within the great liberal arts tradition of a Catholic/Franciscan/Felician heritage."

The Rutherford campus is home to Iviswold Castle, a historic building currently under restoration.


  • History of Felician College 1
    • Foundation & Growth 1.1
    • Going Co-Ed 1.2
    • Graduate Programs 1.3
    • Expansion into Rutherford 1.4
  • Athletics 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Location 4
  • Accreditation 5
  • Censure 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History of Felician College

Foundation & Growth

Founded by the Felician Sisters of Lodi, New Jersey, Felician College began as Immaculate Conception Normal School with the first summer session commencing on July 5, 1923. For more than a decade, the Normal School trained in-service teachers and qualified them for state certification. On May 27, 1935, the Normal School was raised to the status of a teacher training college approved by and affiliated with the Catholic University of America. The students who belonged to a religious order completed a maximum of seventy-two semester hours of their undergraduate work at the College and then transferred to the Catholic University of America, Seton Hall or Fordham University. The institution became reorganized as a junior college in 1941, and on March 26, 1942, it was incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as Immaculate Conception Junior College.

In December 1963, the State Department of Education granted to the College the power to confer, in its own name, the degree of Associate in Arts. By September 1964, the College extended its curriculum to admit the first class of laywomen. At about the same time, St. Mary’s Hospital in Orange, New Jersey, having decided to expand its facilities and to replace the three-year nursing school with the two-year Associate in Arts program, transferred its nursing program to Immaculate Conception Junior College. The first class of nursing students was admitted in September 1965. In June 1967, the New Jersey State Department of Education authorized Immaculate Conception Junior College to offer a four-year program in Elementary Teacher Education under its new name, Felician College.

The dedication in May 1969 of two newly constructed facilities, the auditorium-administration-classroom building and the library, marked the completion of a physical expansion program begun in 1966. In 1970, the College began a continuing education program initiated for persons who choose to attend Felician College courses for college credit or audit, a workshop or a seminar. The New Jersey Department of Higher Education authorized Felician College to offer a two-year program in Medical Laboratory Technology in July 1973, a four-year Liberal Arts program in January 1974, and a four-year program in Special Education in 1975. Certificate programs in Handwriting Analysis and in Business were introduced in 1977 and 1978 respectively. An upper-division baccalaureate nursing program was instituted in 1979. Felician College introduced certificate programs in Computer Programming and in Data Processing into its curricular offerings in September 1983. A Computer Science Center was established at this same time. A Religious Studies Certificate Program was inaugurated in 1984; a Business certificate was introduced in 1985.

Going Co-Ed

In May 1986, Felician College became coeducational, accepting men and women into all programs and courses. Further expansion occurred in 1986 when Felician College began offering its Religious Studies Certificate Program at off-campus locations in the diocese of Metuchen. In 1987, a new Core curriculum was implemented. Academic support services became available through the Center for Learning. In 1987, the College dedicated a newly constructed facility housing a Child Care Center and a Nursing Resource Center. In collaboration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a program of Cytotechnology, Medical Technology, and Toxicology was established in 1988. In 1989, Felician College was authorized by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. At this time, the Office of Continuing Education was restructured into a Division of Evening and Weekend Programs. The Nursing programs were expanded by the introduction of off-campus sites for Associate Degree in Nursing courses at Overlook Hospital (1988) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses at Chilton Memorial Hospital (1989). In addition, an evening Associate Degree in Nursing was established (1990).

In 1990, the College expanded its offerings to include an Honors program and Weekend Classes degree programs in Business Administration, Psychology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 1991, the College implemented a Transition Year program with courses and tutorial support to help academically underprepared students attain college-level competencies. In 1994, a comprehensive Developmental Studies program replaced the Transition Year program. In 1992, the College received grants from the New Jersey State Department of Higher Education to implement Community Service/Service Learning components in Honors courses. In 1993 and 1994, the College expanded its offerings to include concentrations in Biochemistry, Environmental Science, and Philosophy. In 1994, the College was authorized by the New Jersey State Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. An on-site BSN program was established at Morristown Memorial Hospital. In September 1994, the College inaugurated Kirby Hall, 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2) of renovated convent space.

Graduate Programs

In 1995, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved the College’s amended mission to include the offering of graduate programs and authorized the implementation of a Master of Science degree program in Nursing, the College’s first Master’s degree program. The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved the College’s offering (1996), in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ), the baccalaureate degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation. In 1996, the College developed an Athletic Program for men and women’s basketball, followed by a men’s soccer team and women’s softball team. The College’s first web page appeared in the Fall of 1996. Subsequent semesters saw the broadening of the college's “web presence,” the increasing availability of the Internet and e-mail to its students, and the use of its website to inform, educate, and integrate all the members of its community. In 1997, the Commission approved new Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Computer Science, Philosophy, and in Management and Marketing. The newly created Office of Academic Support Services designed and implemented plans to achieve greater coherence and accountability in the areas of student advising, counseling, testing, tutoring, and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Expansion into Rutherford

In the Fall of 1997, Felician College purchased the Rutherford Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1997, the State approved the College’s offering of a Master’s Degree in Catechesis (Religious Education). This program prepares people for ministries that seek to make God’s word dynamic and intelligible to people at every stage in their lives. The President's Council formally constituted the Felician College Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects on February 12, 1998. The introduction in the Spring of 1998 of Distance Learning Courses (also made available through the New Jersey Virtual University) began offering students an alternative approach to selected classroom courses. One of the first programs launched by the newly introduced Center for Academic Advising and Testing was the Jump Start Program (Summer 1998) – a month-long series of workshops designed to enhance both the academic and survival skills of new students. State approval of M.A. programs in Teacher Education (1999) and English (2000) have helped the College broaden its commitment to a rising graduate student population. Success at Felician, an accelerated Business Management degree program aimed at the working adult, began offering courses in the Spring of 2000.

By the Spring of 2000, the College’s steadily increasing enrollment reached a new record of 1328 students. In collaboration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II (Fall 2002). In 2002, the College initiated a Certificate Program in Liturgy in cooperation with the Diocese of Newark.[5]


Felician University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Golden Falcons are a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.


  • John J. Breslin Theatre
  • Library - The Lodi campus Library occupies an International Style building and houses print collections, sound recordings, and visual media in digital format. Three levels contain an information commons, reading room, book stacks, spaces for group as well as quiet study, and two computer laboratories. Its more than 115,000 books, 360 print periodicals, 20,000 online journals, 43,000 electronic books, and 80,000 microforms offer strong historical and current perspectives in support of the curriculum. The Library also provides a broad selection of online resources, all of which are accessible on the campus computer network, as well as off-campus with a College network ID and password. The Curriculum Materials Library and Technology Center, located in Sammartino Hall on the Rutherford campus, collects children's literature, text books, curriculum guides, periodicals, and other instructional materials suitable for use in the classroom.[6] An active information literacy instruction program through library liaisons begins with the Freshmen Year Experience program.


Located 12 miles (19 km) from New York City, Felician College has two locations in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the towns of Lodi and Rutherford. These two campuses are about three miles 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, with regular shuttle service running between them throughout the day and evening hours. The Rutherford campus also has a gymnasium and a late-night coffee shop and game room.[7]


The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[8]

Specialized accreditation also exists for the nursing and teaching programs:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels 4/28/1998
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels 4/28/1998
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs 6/29/2007 - Pre-Accredited
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs 6/29/2007 - Pre-Accredited [9]


In June 2015, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) censured Felician College[10] for terminating the services of several faculty members without adequate explanation, adequate notice, or an opportunity for review.[11] The AAUP Investigating Committee also noted that "that the fear of faculty members to communicate with [it] or to be seen by the administration as dissenters was palpable."[11]


  1. ^ "Felician College - College Overview".  
  2. ^ a b c d "Felician College - College Overview".  
  3. ^ NAICU – Member Directory
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  7. ^ "Location - NYC". Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Felician College - Middle States- Accredotatopm".  
  9. ^ "U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences". [2]. 2010-06-07. 
  10. ^ "AAUP Censures Four Administrations, Removes Another from Censure | AAUP". Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  11. ^ a b "Felician College (New Jersey)" (PDF). May 29, 2015. p. 2. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 

External links

  • websiteFelician CollegeOfficial
  • Official Felician College Athletics website
  • - Lodi campus
  • - Rutherford campus
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