Advisement Guidelines

While each student’s situation is unique, the following guidelines provide the foundation for a basic advisement session.

The New Jersey Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement, adopted in 2008, provides a seamless transition for students transferring with a public associate degree to a public baccalaureate degree.  An A.A. or A.S. degree from a New Jersey community college will be fully transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at a New Jersey public four-year institution. If a student does not complete the associate degree, the 4-year college will evaluate the transcript on a course-by-course basis. Students should complete the A.A. or A.S. degree to maximize their course transferability.

If a student is truly undecided, the A.A. or A.S. in Liberal Arts is the safest major to choose. Students should research and consider options early on in their academic career, to maximize transferability.

Students who choose an A.A.S. degree, a career program not intended to transfer, still have options if they decide to transfer.  Most 4-year colleges will pick and choose the courses they will accept, but some schools will accept more than others.  Review the transfer advising notes by major on the transfer services web site for the best options for each major.

Three essential tools when advising students are (1) the degree audit, an electronic advising tool accessible through Colleague and designed to assist in planning for degree completion and transfer, (2) the program guide for the intended institution and major  and (3) NJ Transfer where New Jersey courses and programs can be evaluated for transfer

When determining catalog year of study, the student should follow the catalog year at the time they determined their major (matriculation) or their graduation year.
Students should begin their math sequence as early as possible in their academic career, because most math courses are prerequisites to the next, sometimes making the sequence extend for several semesters.

In computing grade point average, students must be aware that when retaking a course at CCC, the new grade, if better, will replace the other in the calculation, but all attempts remain on the student’s transcript.  In transfer, the new institution will look at the entire academic history and may average the grades.  A students CCC g.p.a. may not be the same as the one calculated by the transfer institution.

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