Ocean County College



Main Campus, College Avenue, Toms River

The campus is located at the intersection of H. George Buckwald Drive and College Drive between Route 549 north (Hooper Avenue) and Church Road. It is approximately 4 miles north east of Exit 82 on the Garden State Parkway.

From the North or South

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82. Proceed east on Route 37 towards Toms River/Seaside Heights. Go approximately one mile (2 traffic lights). Take the jughandle to Route 549 north (Hooper Avenue). Proceed 3 miles to the jughandle leading to College Drive and the Ocean County College campus in Toms River.

From the West

Take Route 70 to Lakehurst, which will lead to Route 37 east to Toms River/Seaside Heights. Take the jughandle to Route 549 north (Hooper Avenue). Proceed 3 miles to the jughandle leading to College Drive and the Ocean County College campus in Toms River.

Additional Access from the West

From Route 9 north or south, take Church Road east. Proceed one and a half miles to the H. George Buckwald Drive access road intersection. Turn right onto Buckwald Drive. The drive ends at College Drive near Parking Lot #2.

OCC Southern Education Center (SEC), Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin

The SEC is located in the Township of Stafford and houses classrooms, a computer lab, conference room, offices, and a student lounge.

From Route 72 East

Take Route 72 east past the Stafford Square Shopping Center. Just east of the shopping center, watch for signs that say Route 9. Take the jug handle to Route 9 north. At the second traffic light, make a left onto Cedar Bridge Road. Continue past the Southern Regional School District Buildings. Follow the road around to the Ocean County College Southern Education Center.

From the North or South

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 63 (Manahawkin, Long Beach Island, Route 72 east). Follow Route 72 east directions.

From the West

Follow Route 72 east directions.

OCC Center for Business Education Training (CBET) 150 Brick Blvd, Brick

From the North

Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 88 (2nd Brick exit). Make a left at the light after the toll onto Route 70 east and go about ½ mile. Take the jug handle for Shorrock Street (there will be a Home Depot Shopping Center on your left). Cross over Route 70 onto Shorrock Street, which turns into Beaverson Boulevard. Go 2.3 miles and bear right onto Hooper Avenue/Route 549 south. CBET will be immediately on your right. Make a quick right into the parking lot.

From the South

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 83. Take Route 9 north to Church Road (traffic light), make a right onto Church Road. Go to Hooper Avenue/Route 549 intersection and make a left onto Hooper Avenue/Route 549 north (the road’s name will change to Brick Boulevard/Route 549). Go about three miles, you will see Frank’s Nursery on left. Take the U-turn at Beaverson Boulevard and at light make a right back onto Brick Boulevard/Route 549 south. CBET will be immediately on your right. Make a quick right into the parking lot.

From the South by way of the Ramada Inn/Best Western Hotel

Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 83. Take Route 9 north. Take Route 70 east (at Ramada Inn, Lakewood – the Best Western is 1 mile down the road on Route 70). Make a right at the Home Depot Shopping Center onto Shorrock Street, which turns into Beaverson Boulevard. Go 2.3 miles and bear right onto Brick Boulevard/Route 549 south. CBET will be immediately on your right. Make a quick right into the parking lot.

From the West

(If needed, the NJ Turnpike Exit 7A will take you to Route 195.)

Take Route 195 east to Exit 21. Take 527 south to Route 70 east. Follow the directions from the Ramada Inn and Best Western Hotel in Lakewood.

From OCC Main Campus, Toms River

Take Hooper Avenue/Route 549 north, which will turn into Brick Boulevard. Make a U-turn at Beaverson Boulevard. Make a right at the light back onto Brick Boulevard/Route 549 south. CBET will be immediately on your right. Make a quick right into the parking lot.

Public Transportation

New Jersey Transit provides bus transportation to the college campus between Lakewood and Toms River. For specific bus routes and schedules, call 1.800.772.2222 between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.


The college does not provide housing.

Campus Securityand Parking

Security Services

The Security Office, located on the first floor of the Instructional Building in Rooms 101 and 103, is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Security services include an emergency telephone system (located in campus buildings and Parking Lots #1 and #2), an escort service, a lost and found, vehicle jump-starts, operation identification for engraving personal property, and security seminars. Call 732.255.0451.

 Parking Permits

Students are required to have Parking Permits on campus and may park in the designated white lined areas located in Parking Lots #1 and #2. Students parked in any other location, or parked on campus without a valid, visible parking permit will be ticketed. Call 732.255.0451.

 ID/Library Cards

All students are required to have pictures taken for their student ID/Library cards, which are necessary for purchasing tickets through the Student Life Office and to borrow books/materials from the OCC Library. ID cards have a two-year expiration date. Call 732.255.0451.

College Center Complex

College Center

The College Center is the meeting place of the college and its services extend into the community, providing opportunities to explore social responsibility, effective citizenship and positive leadership. Included in this building are dining services and food court, study areas/lounges, a game room, club workrooms/offices, and the Office of Student Life. Call 732.255.0348.

 Office of Student Life

Student Life is the center of activity for extra-curricular and co-curricular programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in dozens of student clubs and organizations including academic, environmental, cultural, recreation, community, civic, and much more. Featured are the student yearbook, a weekly student-run newspaper, theatre company, chorus, band, honors societies, among many others. In addition, the Student Leadership Development Program provides a learning environment to aid students in developing effective human relations and business skills. Call 732.255.0348.

 Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

An ATM machine is located in the College Center.


The Bookstore is located in the College Center Complex. In addition to stocking new and used textbooks for all classes, the Bookstore offers a wide variety of school supplies, gifts, greeting cards, art supplies, clothing, general books, reference books, educational materials, snacks, and beverages. Open Monday to Friday (call for hours), the Bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, VISA, MasterCard and DISCOVER. Call 732.255.0333.

 Textbook Return Policy

Textbooks may be returned only if they are accompanied by a drop/add slip with authorized signature, accompanied by a register receipt, the book is unmarked and unmarred, and the return is made within the specified time. During the fall and spring semesters, a 100% refund will be given if the return is made within 14 calendar days from opening day of class. During the Quick Term and summer semesters, a 100% refund will be given if the return is made within 7 calendar days from opening day of class.

Dining Services and Food Court

A cafeteria and food court serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with vending machines are available in the College Center Monday to Friday. Selections include hot entrees, N.Y.-style deli, a fresh salad bar, grill items, soups, pizza, breads, cookies, and pastries. Cooking and baking are made fresh daily on the premises. Food and beverage discount specials are available throughout the semester.

Academic, Financial and Student Assistance

Advising, Counseling, Career and Transfer Services (ACCTS)

Through a broad range of support services that enhance personal and interpersonal development, ACCTS assists students in accomplishing their academic, career and lifelong learning goals. Group and individual services help students develop clearer value systems, better interpersonal skills, and strengthened character. Call 732.255.0300.

 Advising and Educational Development

Educational decisions are an important part of each student's planning responsibility. ACCTS provides accurate information about academic programs, the selection of a college major, and can help students to comprehensively plan their academic program. Call 732.255.0300.

 Career Services and Resources

ACCTS offers a range of services to help you make good choices in your career and education decision-making, the planning process, and life goals. We offer individual counseling, assessment tools (Campbell Interest and Skill Survey, Self-Directed Search, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Learning and Study Skills Strategies Inventory, Strong Interest Inventory), computer assessment (Discover, GIS: Guidance Information System, ECOS: Education and Career Opportunity System), job search, job listings, resume and correspondence review, and workshops/seminars. Call 732.255.0300.

 Personal Counseling

Personal, social and emotional concerns often interfere with effective living and learning. Typically these issues can effectively be resolved through counseling. Trained professional counselors are available on staff to assist. A wide variety of literature and resources are available including success, anxiety/panic attacks, depression, eating disorders, grief, parenting, self-esteem, stress, and time management. Call 732.255.0300.

 Transfer Services

The transfer process, whether transferring in or out of Ocean County College, requires special information and assistance. The ACCTS advising staff maintains information on many national two- and four-year colleges and universities. Advisors will help students plan their course of study to parallel the first two years at the four-year institution where they plan to transfer. Call 732.255.0300.

 Computer Lab

The College offers a state-of-the-art Computer Lab, which provides all students with a pleasant atmosphere and the opportunity to learn all aspects of computer science. In order to use the lab, students must schedule an appointment; walk-ins must check-in with the lab technician before entering the labs. Appointments are scheduled for (1) hour at a time. Located in Room 103 of the Instructional Building, all time changes will be posted. Call 732.255.0358.

 Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The DRC is a comprehensive support center for college students with disabilities. The DRC provides an array of services for students with disabilities including Project Academic Skills Support (P.A.S.S.), which is specifically designed to assist college students who have learning disabilities. The DRC is located in the Library. Contact the staff at: Phone – 732.255.0456, FAX – 732.255.0458, TTY – 732.255.0424.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

EOF is a state-funded academic program that helps low income New Jersey residents attend and excel in college. Students are selected into the program when they have demonstrated academic potential, a genuine desire to learn, and financial need. EOF students receive a host of services including professional tutoring; academic, financial, individual, and career counseling; and financial assistance. A pre-freshman summer session is offered to help students make the adjustment to college life. Call 732-255-0311.

 Financial Assistance

Financial Aid Office

Students who need financial assistance to pay for a college education can receive help through the Financial Aid Office. A variety of programs from private, state and federal government sources are available. Types of assistance include grants, loans, tuition payment programs, and college-job/work-study programs. Call 732.255.0310.

Veterans Affairs
If you are a veteran, dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran, or active duty military member, you may be eligible to receive monthly educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at OCC. A number of programs are available including the National Guard, Disabled Veterans, The Montgomery G.I. Bill, Selected Reserve, and Dependents of Military Personnel and Veterans, among others. Call 732.255.0310.

Health Services

The College Nurse provides first aid, health education, health counseling, approves special handicap and medical parking permits, and dispenses single dose over the counter medications to students, faculty and staff. Throughout the year, the nurse coordinates a number of campus community service programs including Adult Children of Alcoholics, alcohol and drug dependency, AA and NA meetings, anxiety, blood drives, blood pressure checks, community service programs, depression, eating disorders, flu and pneumonia shots, HIV/AIDS, men's health, panic attacks, Pregnant Pause, self help resources, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, sexual health, skin health, smoking, student immunizations, substance abuse, weight management, and women's health. Call 732.255.0364.

 Office of Multicultural Services (OMS)

OMS is designed to provide a consistent focus for students from culturally diverse backgrounds by coordinating academic, social and personal support services. It fosters an appreciation for Asian, African-American and Hispanic culture and tradition, and monitors academic progress, discusses problems and motivates students to achieve their full potential. OMS also coordinates a Mentorship Program, which pairs students with volunteers, providing a one-to-one basis to aid in your success. Call 732.255.0493.

 Testing Center

The Testing Center administers Distance Learning tests, the College Placement and College Placement Challenge tests, College Level Examination Program (C.L.E.P.), and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs). Study materials are also available including “Brushing up for the College Placement Test,” among others. The Testing Center is open Monday to Saturday, with morning, afternoon and evening hours available. Appointments are required for all tests and must be made 24 hours in advance. Call 732.255.0401.

 College Placement Test

Incoming freshmen are tested in reading, writing and mathematics skills. The results of these tests have no effect on admission to Ocean County College. Their purpose is to help the College place students in courses appropriate to their backgrounds and needs. After students have been accepted to the College, they must call the Testing Center and be scheduled to take the test as soon as possible. A delay in testing will result in a delay in the scheduling of courses.

  Developmental Policy

Students must complete required developmental courses immediately to ensure success in other courses. Students are expected to enroll in all required developmental courses in their first semester, but they must enroll in the required courses by their second semester. Students needing remediation will be restricted to a limited course load consisting of developmental courses and other approved courses from a selected list.

Academic Tutoring Services

This volunteer student-to-student tutorial service is offered through the Office of Advising, Counseling, Career and Transfer Services. This unique program has been serving the academic needs of students since 1974. Peer tutors are chosen based on their academic success and experience in the subject area in question. Students seeking tutoring must meet with the tutoring coordinator. Assignment to a tutor is based on need and availability. Call 732.255.0300.

 Mathematics Tutoring Laboratory

For those students needing help with coursework, the Mathematics Tutoring Lab, located in Room R123, Russell Building, is open Monday to Friday with morning, afternoon and evening hours available. For information, call 732.255.0400, ext. 2185.

 The Writing Center

The Writing Center assists students Monday to Saturday in Room R144, Russell Building. Walk-in hours are available in the morning, afternoon and evening (please check schedule) and by appointment. Call 732.255.0400, ext. 2262.

Other Tutoring Services

Special tutoring services in English and mathematics are available for students involved in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and through the Office of Multicultural Services.


The Library supports the instructional and research needs of the students, faculty and staff. The Library contains approximately 80,000 books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, numerous indexes, CD-ROM products, and Internet access. Staff is available to acquaint you with the resources and services that support your studies at the College. Borrowing privileges are extended to current OCC students, faculty, staff, and active members of the Alumni Association. Your OCC ID Card serves as a Library card and must be presented to borrow items and use resources placed on reserve.

 The Reference Desk is staffed by professional librarians who provide assistance and training in the use of reference resources. The Internet, online databases, and the Library online catalog are available on computer workstations located throughout the Library. Circulating materials are on the Library's second floor including audio-book cassette tapes, music compact disks, and videotapes. All materials must be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Books may be borrowed for two weeks and renewed if no other patron has requested the book. Overdue fines are assessed daily. Charges for lost items and processing fees are posted at the Circulation Desk. All Library obligations must be cleared in order to register for the next semester, receive grades, or request a transcript. Call 732.255.0392.


Fine Arts Center

TheFine Arts Center is the place to be in Ocean County for the best in entertainment!


The 600-seat OCC Fine Arts Theatre features national, international, and local performers presenting a variety of entertainment including dance, music, drama, comedy, children’s shows & more. The Fine Arts Center offers a Select-A-Series, Aspiring Artists Series, Young People’s Arts Series, Curtain Calls, and performances of the OCC Theatre Company, OCC Community Chorus, and OCC Concert Band. For a season brochure or ticket information, call 732.255.0500.


Located in the OCC Fine Arts Center, the Gallery features national, international, and local artists presenting a variety of displays including exhibits of oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, and crafts. Admission is free. For information on exhibits and hours, call 732.255.0500.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium

The Novins Planetarium is one of the distinctive features of the Ocean County College campus. The only public planetarium in the area and one of the largest planetariums in New Jersey, the Novins Planetarium seats 118 people under a 40-foot hemispherical dome. A variety of star shows are presented throughout the year including main features, seasonal offerings, children’s shows, sky observing sessions, & other activities. A gift shop featuring souvenirs and other space-related merchandise round out this celestial event!  For a brochure or ticket information, call 732.255.0342.