High School Student Admission Programs

Atlantic Cape offers the following opportunities for selected high school students to earn college credit before the completion of their high school studies:

Concurrent Enrollment

Students who wish to enroll in Atlantic Cape courses while still in high school may apply to the College and take classes on any of our three campus locations or online. Students will receive an Atlantic Cape grade which will appear along with the course credits on their Atlantic Cape transcript.  These courses may also satisfy high school graduation requirements, depending upon the high school, and may be used to fulfill degree requirements should the student enroll in the College after high school.  A transcript may also be requested for other colleges once the grades are posted.  Courses are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. General Atlantic Cape tuition and fees apply. Students cannot take more than 11 credits per semester, are considered non-degree seeking, and are not eligible for financial aid. To apply, students must complete the Application for Admission and submit to the Admissions Office with the $35 application fee and letter of recommendation from the student’s guidance counselor. Students must then meet the testing requirement by providing the appropriate minimum SAT or ACT scores* OR by taking the College’s ACCUPLACER. These results will determine the student’s course level and eligibility to enroll in classes. 

Dual-Credit

On an annual basis, Atlantic Cape reviews and approves certain high school courses as college credit-worthy according to the College’s academic standards.  The high school delivers the course and upon completion of the course, the student receives credit and a grade on both the high school and Atlantic Cape transcript.  Students enrolled in these identified courses can elect to pursue dual-credit by sharing their interest with the high school guidance office early in the academic year.  An Application for Admission and the $35 application fee is due to the College by December 1st.  Students must then meet the college-level testing requirement by virtue of appropriate minimum SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER test scores*.  Test scores must be received by the College no later than February 1st.  Eligible students are identified by the College based on test scores/pre-requisite completion.  These students then complete the Registration Form with the high school guidance office and submit payment for the dual-credit tuition by April 1st.  Students pay a reduced tuition rate for the dual-credit program as approved annually by the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees.  Dual-credit is not awarded retroactively and students who cannot meet the pre-determined deadlines will not be considered for the program.

Articulation Agreement

Atlantic Cape reviews and approves certain high school courses for credit-by-articulation according to the College’s academic standards.  These are high school courses taught by high school teachers.  Students who take and successfully complete courses approved for credit-by-articulation may fulfill high school graduation requirements and also seek college credit.  Students may earn credit for these courses once they have graduated from high school, applied for admission to Atlantic Cape, and completed the majority of their Atlantic Cape degree requirements.  To earn college credit for these courses, students must complete the “Student Application for Credit-by-Articulation Form,” available in the high school guidance office.  The individual course instructors will complete the section of the form pertaining to their specific course.  This completed form must then be submitted to the Admissions Office with the Transfer Evaluation Form and $20 evaluation fee within one year of high school graduation. Course credit will be applied to the student’s academic record and appear on their college transcript upon their final semester at Atlantic Cape.


*Please note: Students who have taken the SAT test within the last four years and received a minimum score of 530 in mathematics and a minimum score of 540 in Critical Reading OR have taken the ACT test within the last four years and received a mathematics score of 22 and combined English/Reading score of 47 are exempt from the Placement Test requirement.


For additional information about these exciting opportunities, please contact Atlantic Cape's Admissions Office by phone at (609) 343-5000 or by e-mail at accadmit@atlantic.edu