Academies Overview

Academies are modeled as small schools with a curriculum targeted to a career that meets very high academic standards. Academies offer high level academic preparation focusing around career themes for students who qualify. Currently, an Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies operates on the Campus of Middlesex County College in Edison. Our Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences at our Woodbridge location is in its fourth year of operation.

While admission to the academies is competitive, the student population mirrors the demographics of the county. Students are selected based on grades, references, standardized test scores and an interview on campus. Students must also endorse the philosophy of the school, which demands a commitment to a very rigorous program. All academies have a core curriculum that is supplemented by coursework in the selected career field. A wide range of electives and co-curricular activities are available to students.

Guiding Principles of Academies

The career academies are designed for students with strong academic skills who plan to pursue a baccalaureate education. The mission of the academies is to provide a challenging curriculum in a technology-infused, structured learning environment. Studies are multi-disciplinary with technology integrated throughout each program. Students are afforded the opportunity to earn college credits through the Middlesex County College High School Scholars program.


Faculty, students and parents are empowered to be actively involved in a collaborative, interdisciplinary process in which students:

  • Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills needed for living in the 21st Century
  • Prepare to continue their education at the college level.
  • Acquire a broad background in the humanities and the arts.
  • Experience social, ethical and personal growth.
  • Learn to use technology to access, organize, compile, analyze, and create new information.

Combining Academics and Technical Studies

As part of the requirement for graduation, seniors are required to participate in a senior project that promotes student-centered independent learning and establishes standards of academic/technical excellence. Students demonstrate a completed project that they design, construct and develop as a prototype model. Students must be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their prototype model through an oral presentation. This project promotes a higher level of academic and technical education that integrates instruction in their Career Major through the development and delivery of a prototype model.

Fostering Success

All graduates have been accepted at very prestigious two and four-year colleges and universities. While our students indicated they enjoyed learning about careers in their chosen career field, a number of seniors express an interest in changing career fields or pursuing other interests in college. Because the curriculum is broad and academically challenging, they are well prepared for many careers and have many options. Our Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies Graduates have been accepted and are attending many post-secondary colleges and universities including:
Albright College, Pennsylvania
Arcadia University, Pennsylvania
Boston University, Massachusetts
Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
Claremont McKenna College, California
Columbia University, New York
Cornell University, New York
C.W. Post - Long Island University, New York
Drew University, New Jersey
Drexel University, Pennsylvania
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida
Florida Institute of Technology, Florida
Franklin Pierce College, New Hampshire
Full Sail College, Florida
George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia
Hofstra University, New York
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
LeTourneau University, Texas
Long Island University, New York
Manhattan College, New York
Marist College, New York
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, MA 
Middlesex County College, New Jersey 
Montclair State University, New Jersey
Moravian College, Pennsylvania
Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania 
New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey
New York University, New York 
Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
Polytechnic University, New York 
Princeton University, New Jersey
Purdue University, Indiana
Quinnipiac University, Connecticut 
Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
Rider University, New Jersey 
Roanoke College, Virginia
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
Rose-Hulman Institute, Indiana
Rowan University, New Jersey 
Rutgers, The State University, New Jersey
Saint John’s University, New York
Seton Hall University, New Jersey
SUNY-Binghamton, New York
Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey
Syracuse University, New York
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC
The College of New Jersey, New Jersey
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, NJ
Tuft’s University, Massachusetts 
Unity College of Maine, Maine
University of California, UCLA/San Diego/Irvine, CA
University of Connecticut, Connecticut
University of Delaware, Delaware
University of Hartford, Connecticut 
University of Illinois, Illinois
University of Maryland, Maryland
University of Michigan, Michigan
University of North Carolina, North  Carolina
University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island
University of Sciences, Pennsylvania 
University of Scranton, Pennsylvania 
University of Virginia, Virginia
Villanova University, Pennsylvania 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts 
Wilkes Colleges, Pennsylvania