Transfer Without an Associate Degree


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If you plan to transfer without an Associate Degree, refer to the following guidelines for your best chance for success.

1) If you do not plan on earning an associate degree, you should plan to attend your community college long enough to complete at least 30 college credits before you apply to transfer to a New Jersey public four-year college or university.

2) The more credits you earn, and the better your community college grades, the stronger your application to the four-year college or university will be.

3) Keep in mind that basic skills or developmental courses that you may be required to take at the community college will not transfer to a New Jersey public four-year college or university.

4) When you transfer 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 you have been admitted, the four-year institution will identify the remaining courses you will need to take to earn your bachelor’s degree.

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 your responsibility to check with the four-year college or university that you are interested in to find out the minimum transfer grade requirement.

7) Use the NJ Transfer Web site and consult with a community college transfer counselor so that you choose courses that meet prerequisites required for your major at the four-year college or university.