Whether it’s for the low cost, convenient locations and schedules, or small size, many students begin their journey in higher education at Atlantic Cape Community College knowing it is only their first stop.
Atlantic Cape aims to simplify the process for students who want to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree.
The college’s Career & Academic Planning Center helps students navigate the transfer process. Advisors inform them of the available options, including the statewide transfer agreement that allows students who earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science from a New Jersey community college to transfer to a four-year college or university as a junior, once accepted (Lampitt Bill).
“Our courses are comparable to a four-year school, and you can go anywhere with an Atlantic Cape degree,” Wendy Gray, program officer, says.
Articulation agreements Atlantic Cape has in place with nearly 40 colleges and universities nationwide are more specific transfer partnerships that specify which Atlantic Cape courses are applied to the four-year college, allowing for a smoother transition. Advisors can help you plan your schedule for the most transferability.
Each semester, four-year schools host informational events or “instant decision days” at the college to streamline the transfer process.
You can also earn a bachelor’s degree through Rutgers University or Fairleigh Dickinson University, without leaving the Mays Landing Campus, in select degree programs.
Frankie Williams of Mays Landing chose this path. “Atlantic Cape was a great fit for me. I was not ready for the university environment right out of high school. It was close to home and I was able to get a good education.”
That feeling continued when he transferred to Rutgers at Atlantic Cape, where he earned a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.
“It was a seamless experience, and required no more than me walking across the street and introducing myself.”
Learn more about NJ TRANSFER at www.njtransfer.org. Visit
www.atlantic.edu/transfer-agreements for details on Atlantic Cape’s agreements.
- Stacey Clapp