Transferring to
Atlantic Cape Community College

Students transferring to Atlantic Cape may seek credit for Atlantic Cape courses when equivalent courses, practical training, or exams have been previously completed.  A maximum of 32 credits is accepted for transfer.  Evaluation of the following may be reviewed for transfer credit: American Council on Education (ACE), Advanced Placement exam scores, CLEP, military training, New Jersey Police Academy/Corrections Academy, high school articulation agreement, international education, and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Only courses with a minimum grade of 'C' or 2.0 GPA are accepted for transfer credit. A grade of 'C-' is not transferable.  Courses approved for transfer will not replace Atlantic Cape courses nor will those grades be calculated into the Atlantic Cape grade point average.  Grades earned for transfer courses will only be used to satisfy prerequisite course eligibility for specific Allied Health programs.

Procedure for Evaluation of Transfer Credit

  • Apply for admission to Atlantic Cape.
  • Have all official transcripts or documentation sent directly from the sending institution to the Admissions Office. Hand delivered transcripts must be in a sealed envelope to be accepted for official evaluation.  Transcripts that have been opened with not be officially evaluated.
  • Students seeking credit by virtue of Prior Learning Assessment must meet additional requirements.
  • Complete the Transfer Evaluation Form and return to the Admissions Office with the $20 non-refundable processing fee.  Fee must be paid prior to evaluation. Make check or money order payable to Atlantic Cape. Return form with check/money order to: Admissions Office, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330-2699.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. 

Official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Credits may be applied to either general education or program courses.  Mathematics courses completed 10 or more years ago, or technology courses completed more than five years ago, are only accepted with the approval of the appropriate academic Dean.  Students pursuing a Nursing degree at Atlantic Cape must have completed both Mathematics and Science courses less than 10 years ago.


Advanced Placement Exams
Atlantic Cape awards transfer credit, in selected subjects, up to a maximum of 32 credits for Advanced Placement tests taken in high school when students earn a grade of 3, 4 or 5. Students must submit a copy of their AP score report along with a completed Transfer Evaluation Form and $20 processing fee to the Admissions Office. A complete list of credits awarded and course equivalencies is available from Atlantic Cape’s Admissions Office or at atlantic.edu/admission/advancedPlace.htm


High School Articulation Agreements

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.


International Education

Transcripts from foreign colleges or secondary schools must be translated to English and submitted for formal evaluation to an agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  A student in need of this service can visit www.naces.org/members.html to find and select a member approved by NACES to perform their foreign credential evaluation.  Upon completion of the evaluation, the student must submit the official evaluation report along with a completed Transfer Evaluation Form and the $20 processing fee to the Admissions Office to determine transferability of courses. 


Military Training

Credits may be awarded for military training based on an evaluation by the American Council on Education (ACE).  Students are responsible for submitting a Joint Services Transcript (JST).  Transcripts may be requested through http://jst.doded.mil and should be sent directly to Atlantic Cape Community College.  Once transcripts are requested, students must complete and submit the Transfer Evaluation Form and the $20 processing fee to the Admissions Office.  Military training may also be reviewed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).  See section below on PLA for additional information.


Police Academy/Corrections Academy Training
Graduates of a New Jersey Police Academy may be eligible for up to 15 credits toward the Criminal Justice A.S. degree. Graduates of a New Jersey Corrections Academy may be eligible for up to 10 credits toward the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree.  Students must enroll in the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree program and submit a copy of their Police Academy Certificate or proof of completion to the Admissions Office in addition to a completed Transfer Evaluation Form and the $20 processing fee.


Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows students the opportunity to seek credit for life and professional experience and previously earned credentials.  Students who can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies from experiences outside of a traditional post-secondary education may be awarded up to 25 college credits toward a Technical Studies, Associate in Applied Science degree.  These competencies can include military training, employer training programs, union apprenticeships, professional certifications and licensures, independent study, or volunteer/community service.  A separate application is required for admission to this program.  For admission information and an application, contact the Admissions Office at 609-343-5006 or bclark@atlantic.edu


Transferring to the Paralegal Studies Program

Students transferring courses toward the Paralegal Studies program may only transfer three courses with a maximum of 10 credits with the following conditions: courses must be from an ABA approved program, and the following legal specialty courses must have covered New Jersey law:

Legal Research and Writing, Administrative Law, Family Law, Wills and Estates, Litigation Assistant Procedures, Torts, Real Estate Transactions, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

The following courses need not have covered New Jersey law in order to transfer: Introduction to Law and Litigation, Trial Advocacy and Bankruptcy Transactions.


Visiting Students

Students attending other colleges and universities take classes at Atlantic Cape without officially transferring.  To apply as a visiting student, complete the online application or print and complete the hard copy Application for Admission, pay the $35 application fee, and select Undeclared as your major.  Then, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript or letter of permission to enroll from your home institution by e-mail (preferred method) to bclark@atlantic.edu or by fax to the Admissions Office at 609-343-4921. Please indicate which course or courses you are interested in taking.  The Admissions Office will review your transcript for pre-requisite completion.  Please allow one week for transcripts to be received and your account to be updated with the necessary pre-requisite waiver(s) prior to registering for classes.  There is no charge for reviewing an unofficial transcript. Visiting Students do NOT have to complete the Transfer Evaluation Form or pay the evaluation fee.