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Ocean County College and Stockton Partner to Establish Dual Admission Program for Students


Ocean County College and Stockton University have partnered on a dual admission and transfer agreement in an effort to ensure Ocean County students have a smooth transition to bachelor’s degree programs at Stockton.

“Ocean County College transfer students have a long record of academic success at Stockton University,” said Dr. Jon Larson, President of Ocean County College. “This partnership is an important step to ensure a smooth transition for our students attending both institutions as they work to earn two degrees.”

The agreement, called the Stockton Transfer Pathways at Ocean County, will occur over the course of five years and will offer opportunities for students in the Ocean County, New Jersey area to pursue associate and bachelor’s degree programs at both institutions, according to Ocean County radio station WOBM-FM.

According to Stockton University president Dr. Harvey Kesselman, the number of students who transfer to the university after earning their associate’s from Ocean County has grown over the years. For instance, over 250 students transferred from Ocean County to be enrolled as students in the fall 2018 semester.

“This agreement will provide increased support to students while they are at Ocean County College as well as provide assurance that they can have a smooth pathway to a bachelor’s degree at Stockton,” Kesselman added.

Under the agreement, students can take classes at Ocean County but also have access to Stockton campus activities and student clubs and organizations and receive a Stockton identification card through the university’s Transfer Pathways program.

In addition, students will have joint advising from both schools and be eligible for financial aid from either school they are attending. Stockton will offer five one-year scholarships of $2,000 annually to graduates from Ocean County whose admission is covered by Stockton under the agreement.

Stockton has similar partnerships with other New Jersey community colleges such as Atlantic Cape Community College, Camden County College, Cumberland County College and Brookdale Community College and is pursuing additional agreements with more state community colleges.