Transferring from PCCC with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree to a Four-Year Institution
In 2008, the Governor and state legislature created a law that established a statewide transfer agreement for students transferring from a New Jersey community college to a New Jersey public four-year college or university. The law provides for transfer of up to sixty (60) credits.
PCCC students can now seamlessly transfer their academic credits from a completed community college associate of arts (A.A.) or associate of science (A.S.) degree program to a bachelor’s degree program at the following New Jersey public four-year colleges and universities:
- The College of New Jersey
- Kean University
- Montclair State University
- New Jersey City University
- Ramapo College
- Stockton University
- Rowan University
- Thomas Edison State College
- William Paterson University of New Jersey
New Jersey Public Research Universities:
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- 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.
- 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. When choosing courses, students should use the “Plan Academic Program” function on the NJ Transfer website and consult with a community college transfer counselor; such consultations ensure that students complete any prerequisites required for their major by the four-year college or university of interest.
- After a student has been admitted, the four-year institution will identify the remaining courses he or she will need to take to earn the bachelor’s degree.
- Each of New Jersey’s public four-year colleges or universities 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 freshman and sophomore years. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the four-year college or university to find out the minimum transfer grade requirement.
- 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 to complete the application process for each institution to which he or she applies.
Rutgers Dual Degree Program
PCCC also participates in the Rutgers Dual Degree Program (DDP). Through this program, Rutgers offers admission into the DDP program to a select group of first-year New Jersey high school students. These are students for whom space is unavailable at the university because of the growing number of high school graduates applying to Rutgers and their increasingly competitive records.
Those first-year students offered admission through the DDP will begin their studies by enrolling at PCCC in a recommended transfer program. Upon completion of their associate of arts or associate of science degree, DDP participants will be admitted to at least one college of Rutgers University provided a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is achieved at PCCC.