Maggie Ciufo plans to pursue career in marine biology and transfer to Stockton in spring

Brookdale Community College’s new partnership program with Stockton University recently welcomed its first student.  Maggie Ciufo (Howell, NJ) a biology major at Brookdale, will continue her studies at Stockton University in the spring in the marine science/biology program.

“Brookdale helped me to define my career path,” said Ciufo. “I’ve received a great education that’s affordable, taking classes in various areas to discuss my true passions – marine biology, zoology and conservation.

Ciufo said Stockton’s strength and reputation in the marine sciences and biology, coupled with the ease of transfer, guided her decision. She has volunteered at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant, and several colleagues mentioned about Stockton’s program. Ciufo will begin an animal care internship at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in the spring.

Ciufo has taken advantage of numerous extracurricular activities at Brookdale, studying abroad last year at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She also landed a role with the Brookdale Performing Arts Center’s presentation of The Addams Family Musical.

About the Brookdale-Stockton Partnership

Brookdale students who earn their associate’s degree can transfer seamlessly into Stockton to complete their bachelor’s degree. The two institutions will also develop specific program-to-program articulation agreements for certain majors. Stockton has established five one-year scholarships of $2,000 per year to Brookdale graduates under the agreement.

Enrico Derooy, assistant director of admissions at Stockton, will be on Brookdale’s campus from 9-4 p.m. in the Trustees Conference Room 209 in the Student Life Center to meet with students on the following dates: Monday December 3, Monday December 17, Monday, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11 and March 25. He can also be reached via email at or at 609-626-3159. Students can make an appointment or stop by between 9 and 4.