Berkeley College Student Emily Pross Ranked No. 1 Female Downhill Longboarder in the World

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Berkeley College student Emily Pross

Photo Caption: Berkeley College student Emily Pross of Vernon, NJ, is ranked as #1 female downhill longboarder in the world.

Berkeley College is pleased to congratulate student Emily Pross, 19, of Vernon, NJ, Marketing Communications, Class of 2018, not only upon the successful completion of her first year at Berkeley College, but also because she has achieved the rank of No. 1 female downhill longboarder in the world, according to the International Downhill Federation (IDF).

Ms. Pross travels often, including this past summer when she competed in European races with women from more than a dozen countries throughout the world.  Now she is back home and expects to return to her college studies at Berkeley College in Dover, NJ, next week.

How is she able to keep up with both commitments – college and a racing career? A supportive family and flexible scheduling of classes makes a difference.

“I am home for the fall and then will stay with my uncle in Virginia during the winter and take my classes online,” said Ms. Pross, adding that the staff at Berkeley College and Serena Scalice, Dean, Academic Advising, have been very supportive. Ms. Pross said that she chose her major of Marketing Communications because she feels it will help promote her career.  

When a representative from Berkeley made a presentation at her high school, Ms. Pross liked what she heard.  She was a member of DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges in the United States and abroad. That helped her make the decision to choose Berkeley.

Overcoming hardships and obstacles does not seem to be an issue for Ms. Pross.  “You have to stick with your gut and your goals,” she said.  “And never give up, no matter what.”

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which will offer a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is

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