High School Students

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 a letter of recommendation from the student's guidance counselor. Students must then meet the testing requirement by providing the appropriate minimum PARCC, SAT or ACT scores* OR by taking the College's ACCUPLACER placement test. These results will determine the student's course level and eligibility to enroll in classes.


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, the student receives credit and a grade on both the high school and Atlantic Cape transcript.  Students enrolled in these specific courses can participate in the dual-credit program by submitting all the required documentation to their high school guidance office prior to the submission deadline.  Students interested in the program must complete an application at atlantic.edu/apply and submit a Dual-Credit registration form with payment to their high school guidance office. Please contact your high school guidance office regarding specific application and payment deadlines.  There is no application fee to apply.  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.

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 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 OR have taken PARCC (valid for 18 months from the time the student graduates) and received a score of 4 or 5 on Grade 11 English Language Arts and Literacy and a score of 4 or 5 on the PARCC Algebra ll test are exempt from the Placement Test requirement.

 Get a 'Jump Start' at Atlantic Cape!

Jump Start is Atlantic Cape's premiere high school recruitment/enrollment program for graduating seniors. Through Jump Start, Atlantic Cape recruiters visit high schools throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties to talk about Atlantic Cape's admission process, programs and student services, financial aid and other education and career opportunities. The Jump Start program is rolled out in three phases: presentation and application collection; placement exam and course scheduling.

High School Partners

In order to be considered for admission to Atlantic Cape, a student needs to submit an application. Once a date has been scheduled, Atlantic Cape recruiters will attend high schools to collect applications. While there, recruiters will address students in a group regarding Atlantic Cape degree and non-degree programs, how to prepare for our placement exam, tuition, applying for financial aid as well as the transfer process.


Students are required to meet the testing requirement by taking the ACCUPLACER placement test or by providing sufficient SAT, ACT, or PARCC test scores earned within the last four years. Atlantic Cape’s testing staff will visit each high school to administer the ACCUPLACER, a computer-based exam that assesses students in the areas of reading comprehension, sentence skills, writing, arithmetic and algebra. Course selection will be based on the student’s performance on this exam.

Students are highly encouraged to review for the placement exam so they are well prepared and can visit the College Board website to view sample questions or download the ACCUPLACER Study App.  Students may be exempt from the ACCUPLACER by submitting proof of sufficient SAT, ACT, or PARCC test scores to the Testing Office.  Please refer to the list of placement test exemptions for information about these minimum requirements.

Please note: Students whose native language is not English will be required to take the Oxford Online ESL Placement Test first. The test has a Use of English and a Listening section. Students are also required to write an essay.


Atlantic Cape's advising and counseling staff meet with all high school seniors throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties to schedule courses based on their program of interest and outcome of their placement exam. Students who enroll through Jump Start are at a great advantage because they are able to schedule classes early on in the process. Therefore, they are able to prepare a schedule based around work, family, etc. while classes are still readily available.

For More Information

Contact your high school guidance office or:

Atlantic Cape's Admissions Office

(609) 343-5000