TOMS RIVER – Ocean County College students will have a smoother transition to completing their bachelor’s degrees at Stockton University.
The presidents from both higher learning institutions said they’ve formed a new dual admission and transfer partnership. This five-year “Transfer Pathways” agreement will offer different opportunities for students to “seamlessly pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees at the two institutions of higher education,” a joint press release said.
“Ocean County College transfer students have a long record of academic success at Stockton University. This partnership is an important step to ensure a smooth transition for our students attending both institutions as they work to earn two degrees,” Dr. Jon Larson, President of Ocean County College, said.
“The number of transfer students coming to Stockton from Ocean County continues to grow, with more than 250 enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester,” Stockton President Dr. Harvey Kesselman said. “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.”
Freshman denied direct acceptance into Stockton can instead receive conditional acceptance through the OCC partnership. While they must attend classes at OCC, they will receive a special Stockton identification that would allow them access to activities and student groups.
OCC students working on their associate degrees can be accepted to Stockton and continue their studies there once they’ve completed that degree. Their spot will be saved, and they’ll transfer as a junior to Stockton.
Stockton will have an advisor housed on the OCC campus to help students map out their college career between the two institutions. Scholarships will be available as well. Stockton University, with its main campus in Galloway and a satellite location in Manahawkin, already has similar agreements with Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Cumberland County College and Camden County College and is pursuing additional partnerships with other community colleges in the state.