MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College and Georgian Court University have signed a dual admissions agreement allowing students to transition from community college to a private, four-year institution.
The agreement with the Lakewood-based college, effective in the fall of 2018, was signed Jan. 22.
“Partnering with Georgian Court University gives ACCC students another option — their first private and Catholic university,” said Justin G. Roy, GCU dean of admissions. “We are two institutions who share similar values, and we are the only Catholic institution in central and south New Jersey — it’s nice to have an affordable option.”
This makes the fourth dual-admissions agreement for Atlantic Cape, which most recently signed a partnership with nearby Stockton University. The other agreements are with Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Atlantic Cape has transfer agreements with more than 30 higher-education institutions.
“This is part of my vision to provide seamless transfer opportunities for our students. Successful articulations between Atlantic Cape and various four-year institutions help our students save money and time. Students enroll in classes here and in their junior year, they can go on to earn their bachelor’s degree with one of our partners,” Atlantic Cape President Barbara Gaba said. “Atlantic Cape and Georgian Court share the same commitment to providing quality education that fosters excellence in scholarship, lifelong learning and citizenship.”
Students who are accepted into the GCU program at Atlantic Cape will be able to complete an associate degree at Atlantic Cape and transfer to Georgian Court for a bachelor’s degree. They will also have access to special advising, transfer credits and eligibility for expanded scholarships.
Highly qualified students may eligible for GCU tuition discounts ranging from 20 to 52 percent, depending on their GPA.
“This is part of GCU’s commitment to the residents and students and New Jersey to ensure that higher education is affordable and accessible,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, who joined Gaba in signing the agreement last week.