At Bergen Community College, the institution believes that athletics is an integral part of the educational experience. The Athletics Department offers programs that provide students with the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics in a wide variety of sports including basketball, baseball, track and field, soccer, golf, softball, cross country, volleyball, tennis and wrestling. The Bergen Community College Bulldogs regularly place student-athletes on All-Conference, All-Region and All-American athletic and academic teams.
Bergen believes that athletics is an important way in which students can maintain good health, learn, and grow. In order to benefit from the athletic experience, the athletics department is committed to the following concepts and principles:
Mission Statement - It is the purpose of the Bergen Community College Athletic Department to offer enrolled students at the college a wide variety of intercollegiate sports from which to choose. We place a high priority on the overall quality of the educational experience which includes the integration of athletics and academics and reinforces our philosophy that coaching is also teaching.
The Student-Athlete – at Bergen, the College firmly believes that each participant is a student first, then an athlete. Bergen provides each student-athlete with the best educational opportunities and support programs to help them grow and succeed in the classroom as well as on the playing field.
Bergen values competitive athletic and academic experiences that build self-esteem, a sense of responsibility, civility and an understanding of how to interact with others.
Integrity – positive attitude and good sportsmanship characterizes every aspect of policy, performance, and competition in athletics at Bergen. All participants are expected to exemplify honesty and integrity whether they are athletes, coaches, fans, administrators, or support staff of the Athletics Department.
Respect for the individual – Bergen reinforces and enhances the climate of mutual respect as outlined in the student-athlete code of conduct. Bergen values the contribution of individuals in all the organized team sports and encourages open communication and participation for all.
A tradition of leadership – in all aspects of athletics, Bergen strives to nurture the inherent opportunities for leadership that come from playing a competitive sport. The College believes the qualities of leadership and goal setting reside within each individual athlete and strive to create the environment needed to allow these qualities to develop.
Bergen Community College is a Division III (non-scholarship) member of the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and Region XIX (comprised of two-year colleges in New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania) of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Individual teams also occasionally schedule games with two-year colleges from other states in the northeast. All students interested in trying out for a team must have a current college medical form on file in the Health Services Office (HS100) before participating in try-outs and/or practice sessions. More information is available from the Athletic Department at www.bergenCCbulldogs.com or by contacting the Athletic Office (Room G201- 2nd floor above gym; Phone 201-447-7182).
The Bergen CC Athletics Department offers varsity intercollegiate programs in the following 13 sports:
Cross Country (Men and Women)
Track and Field (Men and Women)