Transferring to Atlantic Cape Community College

The policy for the awarding of credit or the waiver of Atlantic Cape courses for students transferring into Atlantic Cape is as follows:

  • Atlantic Cape will accept up to a maximum of 32 credits and all other transfer procedures must be met.
  • All possible transfer credits will be evaluated toward your declared degree program up to the maximum number of credits. If you change your program of study, you must complete a new evaluation of transfer credit request.  No additional fee is required. Only courses with a minimum grade of 'C' or 2.0 GPA are accepted for transfer credit. A grade of 'C-' is not transferable.
  • Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope to be eligible for evaluation.
  • Transcripts that have been sent from another institution to Atlantic Cape for the purpose of transferring credits will not be released.

Eligible transfer courses must:

  • Be from a regionally accredited college or university (ACE, Advanced Placement, CLEP, military training, high school agreement, or a New Jersey police academy) and must not comprise more than 32 credits.
  • Be in courses similar to those offered at Atlantic Cape, apply toward the student’s program of study at Atlantic Cape, and be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better

Visiting Students -- students from other colleges attending Atlantic Cape for one semester.  Visiting Students who want to waive a prerequisite without officially transferring the course may submit a copy of an unofficial transcript or have their home college provide them with a Permission to Take Courses form before registering. Unofficial transcripts can be e-mailed (preferred method) to or faxed to the Admissions Office at 609-343-4921. There is no charge for reviewing an unofficial transcript. Visiting Students do NOT have to complete the Evaluation of Transfer Credits form or pay the evaluation fee. 

Program courses

Students transferring into Atlantic Cape may receive credit for Atlantic Cape program courses when equivalent courses have been taken at other regionally accredited institutions provided the following conditions have been met:

  • The course is substantially equivalent to the Atlantic Cape program course
  • The grade in the course is a C (2.0) or better.

Courses transferred in from other institutions will not repeat Atlantic Cape courses. Courses required by programs may also qualify as general education courses. For this reason, a transferring student deemed to have met general education requirements may still be required to take specific courses to meet the requirements of the program of study. Students must still satisfy any course or program prerequisites. Grades earned for transfer courses will only be used to satisfy prerequisite course requirements for specific programs, such as Nursing. Transfer course grades and credits are not calculated into the Atlantic Cape grade point average. 

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.

General Education courses

Students transferring without a degree from a regionally accredited institution must have their transcript evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Credits may be applied to either general education or program courses.

  • Students with a baccalaureate degree, an A.A. or A.S., who transfer to Atlantic Cape will be presumed to have met general education requirements up to 32 credits.
  • Students with an A.A.S. degree who transfer to Atlantic Cape for the purpose of completing another A.A.S. degree will be presumed to have met general education requirements up to 32 credits.
  • Students with an A.A.S. degree who transfer to Atlantic Cape for the purpose of completing an A.A. or A.S. degree will have credits evaluated course by course.
  • 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 Dean of Career, Technical & STEM Education.  Students pursuing a Nursing degree at Atlantic Cape must have completed both Mathematics and Science courses less than 10 years ago.

Students who wish to transfer courses or credits to Atlantic Cape Community College from another institution or agency must follow all procedures and pay a $20 non-refundable evaluation fee.

Military Training

Credits may be awarded for military training based on an evaluation by the American Council on Education. Students are responsible for contacting ACE and requesting official transcripts be sent to Atlantic Cape. All military personnel are awarded one (1) credit for HPED150, Concepts of Physical Fitness, if required for their degree. Students must send a copy of their DD-214 (discharge form) or basic training diploma to the Admissions Office if a military transcript has not been submitted. Coast Guard applicants are required to submit a SOC student agreement in addition to the Coast Guard Institute transcript. Contact the Admissions Office for more 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. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.


New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to College Education (NJ PLACE) is a statewide program that awards college credit for participating registered apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. The program was developed under the leadership of the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC), New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the NJ AFL/CIO. In collaboration with New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, organized labor and several state agencies, American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service procedures were developed to recognize that college-level learning takes place in union apprenticeship training programs. Those credit recommendations can be applied  toward associate degree programs at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges and, shortly, as part of the next phase of the NJ PLACE initiative, and  toward baccalaureate degrees at New Jersey’s senior colleges and universities.

Atlantic Cape awards eligible NJ PLACE applicants with 25 technical core credits to be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Technical Studies. See the degree program for specific course requirements and total credits required to graduate.  A maximum of 32 credits are accepted by Atlantic Cape.


Procedures for Transfer Credit Evaluation