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Transfer Information

At SCCC we prepare you to transfer to the top colleges and universities in New Jersey and across the nation. More than 70 percent of SCCC graduates continue their education.

Under state law, SCCC graduates with AA or AS degrees can transfer seamlessly with junior status to a four-year public college or university in New Jersey when pursuing the same or compatible major. More information on this agreement is found below and additional transfer resources are available via the links on the left.

Statewide Transfer Agreement

Students who graduate with an associate degree from one of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, and transfer to a public college in New Jersey, are now supported by the State-wide Transfer law. The law ensures that the first two years of college will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree at any public, four year college or university. The purpose of the state-wide transfer agreement is to provide a seamless transition for New Jersey Community College students.

  • The College of New Jersey
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey

One tool that can help students is NJ Transfer (www.NJTransfer.org). NJ Transfer allows students to see how their community college credits will transfer to many public and private New Jersey four-year colleges and universities.

While the law does not cover New Jersey’s private colleges and universities, many of those institutions have established policies that allow community college graduates to transfer with full junior standing.

Transferring with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree

  1. An Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree will be applied to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree will be applied to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree as half of the credits required for that basic four-year degree.
    To transfer successfully, community college students should select an associate degree program that aligns with their anticipated bachelor degree major. Five-year degree programs will require transfer students to complete all credits required for the bachelor’s degree beyond the initial 60-64 credits that will transfer with the associate degree.
  2. The A.A. and A.S. degrees will satisfy all lower-level General Education requirements, unless there are major-specific prerequisites or graduation requirements that were not completed within the associate degree. Students should use NJ Transfer (www.NJTransfer.org) and consult with a community college transfer counselor when choosing courses so that they complete any prerequisites required for their majors by the four-year college or university.
  3. After students have been admitted, the four-year institution will identify the remaining courses they will need to take to earn their bachelor’s degrees.
  4. Each New Jersey public four-year college or university has a minimum grade requirement for community college courses to count as transfer credit. In most cases, the minimum grade requirement is the same for transfer students as it is for students who attended the four-year institution during their freshmen and sophomore years. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the four-year college or university that he or she is interested in to find out the minimum transfer grade requirement.
  5. The statewide transfer agreement does not guarantee admission to any four-year institution. Admission requirements vary by college, and many majors have a competitive admission process. It is the student’s responsibility to research and fulfill all admission requirements, and complete the application process for each institution he or she applies to.

Transferring without an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree

  1. If a student does not plan on earning an associate degree, he or she should plan to attend the community college long enough to complete at least 30 college credits before applying to transfer to a New Jersey public four-year college or university.
  2. The more credits a student earns, and the better his or her community college grades, the stronger his or her application to the four-year college or university will be.
  3. Keep in mind that basic skills or developmental courses that a student may be required to take at the community college will not transfer to a New Jersey public four-year college or university.
  4. When a student transfers without a degree, a maximum of 60 to 64 credits applicable to an A.A. or A.S. degree will be transferable towards a bachelor’s degree at a New Jersey public four-year institution.
  5. After students have been admitted, the four-year institution will identify the remaining courses they will need to take to earn their bachelor’s degrees.
  6. Each New Jersey public four-year college or university has a minimum grade requirement for community college courses to count as transfer credit. In most cases, the minimum grade requirement is the same for transfer students as it is for students who attended the four-year institution during their freshmen and sophomore years. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the four-year college or university that he or she is interested in to find out the minimum transfer grade requirement.