Bloomfield College In Danger of Closing; Mayor Offers Support

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield College is facing serious financial difficulties and is in danger of closing. The College announced its difficulties publicly this week.

Founded in 1868, Bloomfield College is in a difficult financial situation after declines in enrollment, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reduction in enrollment has resulted in severe financial challenges that are expected to last for years to come. The College has enough funds to finish out the 2021-2022 school year, but a fall opening remains uncertain.

To sustain Bloomfield College’s 153-year mission, the leadership is looking for like-minded institutions of higher learning to partner, collaborate, or merge with New Jersey’s only four-year Predominantly Black Institution, Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution.

“At Bloomfield College, we change the future for our students, many of whom did not traditionally see college as their future,” said Bloomfield College President Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D. “More than half of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Most of our students work multiple jobs while studying and face much adversity. Segments of our student population suffer from food insecurity or homelessness, living in our residence halls year-round. Our College strongly supports its students as individuals and gives them pathways not otherwise available to them.”

By publicly announcing its situation, Bloomfield College hopes to attract the attention of potential partners and major philanthropic donors, according to Evans.

“Bloomfield College makes up a critical part of our township DNA and we are all deeply saddened and concerned to see the recent headlines citing their financial troubles. Their 153 year-long history of academic excellence is an asset to all of us,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “Bloomfield College is one of the most diverse colleges in the region and has helped so many students achieve their dreams. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made it increasingly difficult financially for small private colleges across the nation. I have personally reached out to President Evans to offer our support. We will do whatever we can to ensure that the college will continue to serve our community.”

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