Transferring to Atlantic Cape

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 30 credits is accepted for transfer. 

Evaluation of the following may be reviewed for transfer credit: coursework completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, American Council on Education (ACE), Advanced Placement exam scores, CLEP, military training, New Jersey Police Academy/Corrections Academy training, high school articulation agreement coursework, 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 sent directly from the sending institution to Enrollment Services. Transcripts must be sent by mail or email from the sending institution. Hand delivered transcripts must be in a sealed envelope to be accepted for official evaluation. Transcripts that have been opened will not be officially evaluated.
  • Students seeking credit by virtue of Prior Learning Assessment must meet additional requirements.
  • Transcripts from foreign colleges or secondary schools require additional evaluation. Please see the International Education section below for details.
  • Submit all official transcripts by mail to: Enrollment Services, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330-2699.  Please allow 10 business days for processing. Emailed transcripts should be sent to

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.  Mathematic & Science courses completed 10 or more years ago, or technology courses completed more than five years ago, are not accepted for transfer credit. 

Visiting Students

Students attending other colleges and universities or those who already earned a degree can take classes at Atlantic Cape. 

  • To apply as a visiting student, complete the Online application select Undeclared as your major (Academic Program). 
  • Email a copy of your unofficial transcript or letter of permission to enroll from your college or university to 
  • Email us 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.

Advanced Placement Exams

Atlantic Cape awards transfer credit up to a maximum of 30 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 official AP score report to Enrollment Services or email transcripts@atlanticcape.eduA complete list of credits awarded and course equivalencies is available.


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 through their 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 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 the NACES website to find and select a member approved by NACES to perform their foreign credential evaluation.  Upon completion of the evaluation, the student should arrange for the evaluation company to submit the official evaluation report to Enrollment Services or email 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 Joint Services Transcript (JST) and should be sent directly to Atlantic Cape Community College.  Once transcripts are requested, students must submit to Enrollment Services or email  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 18 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 Enrollment Services or email


Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows students who can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies gained outside traditional post-secondary education to be awarded up to 25 college credits toward a college degree.  These competencies can include military training, employer training programs, union apprenticeships, professional certifications, licensure and independent study. The Technical Studies, Associate in Applied Science degree is uniquely designed to give students an accelerated route to an associate's degree. For admission information and an application, contact the Admissions Office at (609) 343-5000 or