Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement

The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education has a policy which guarantees admission to a state college to a graduate with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from any New Jersey county or community college or Thomas Edison State College. This policy applies to Thomas Edison State College students who have completed an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree and transfer to another New Jersey state college to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students must meet the degree requirements of the specific program in which they enroll; these requirements are determined by the respective state colleges.

This policy also applies to students who have completed an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree at a New Jersey county/community college and transfer to Thomas Edison State College to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Acceptability for admission and acceptance of credits for nongraduates shall be at the discretion of the state college. The policy of the Commission on Higher Education includes the following:

  • Graduates with Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.
    Graduates shall be guaranteed admission to a state college, although not necessarily to the college of their first choice. While admission to a state college is guaranteed, admission to a specific curriculum shall be determined by the college based upon the criteria which it imposes upon its own students.
  • Nongraduates of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs.
    Normally students are encouraged to complete the associate degree prior to transfer. However, state colleges may admit nongraduates under the same conditions which they impose upon any transfer student. Acceptability for admission and acceptance of credits shall be at the discretion of the state college.
  • In accordance with the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement 300 and 400 level (upper division level) at four-year institutions have no course equivalents at the community colleges. Therefore, community college courses will not be applied to upper division course requirements.

A copy of the full policy is filed in the Office of the Registrar and is available to students.

Note: Graduates and nongraduates of Associate in Applied Science programs. State colleges may admit graduates or nongraduates of applied science programs and decide on the transferability of credits at their discretion.

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