Transfer Students

Transfer to Bergen: Policy, Requirements

Through its many articulation agreements, Bergen Community College makes it easy for its students to transfer to a four-year institution, while New Jersey’s transfer law allows students a seamless transition to the state’s finest institutions.

Transfer Evaluation of Credit from Other Post-Secondary Institutions

Transfer Policy

Bergen Community College will accept credits for courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities provided that the course is compatible with the curriculum of Bergen Community College, as approved by the faculty, and the course is applicable to the requested program of study. Bergen Community College also accepts transfer credits based on statewide agreements and will consider awarding credits based on established articulation agreements. Only those courses that have received a grade of “C” or better are accepted for transfer. Transfer credits are not included in computing the grade point average and are recorded as “TR” grades.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide, in a timely manner, all the transcripts and documents needed to evaluate any previous educational experience.

No more than 45 transferred credits will be applied toward earning an associate degree, and no more than 18 transferred credits will be applied toward earning an academic certificate. These credits may be earned from a prior Bergen Community College degree/certificate, transfer credits from other institutions, and proficiency and/or CLEP examinations. The list of approved subject examinations for CLEP credits may be obtained at the Office of Testing Services. The balance of credits required for any degree or certificate must be earned through actual course enrollment at Bergen Community College.

Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for Prior Learning

Bergen Community College (BCC) recognizes the vast knowledge and skills of its diverse student population through prior learning assessment. 

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program gives students an opportunity to apply for course credit for experiential learning, non-credit course completion, and various forms of professional development, licensure/certification and credit-by-exam. 

Course credit is awarded when content mastered through demonstrated knowledge and/or learning experiences is comparable to the student learning outcomes of a BCC course.  Participants benefit from reduced time toward degree completion thereby saving money.


Prior Learning Assessment Options

There are multiple approaches to the assessment of prior learning.  PLA options for college credit include individualized evaluations of a student’s learning via portfolio review.

Portfolio review allows students to request college credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, non-traditional education and/or training. 

Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes for a BCC academic course.  BCC will not award credit based solely on years of employment. 

In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills via demonstration or hands-on testing, take an oral or written problem solving exam and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge.

Students interested in credit via portfolio review are required to take CD 134 Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Workshop Series, a noncredit course offered by the Division of Continuing Education. This course is designed to provide an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio development.  

For more information on credit via portfolio review, please see Jill Rivera, Associate Dean of Student Success in room L-123, on the main campus in Paramus, NJ. 

Transfer Requirements

Submit an application for admission online at www.bergen.edu/admissions, Click on “Apply Online.” Please indicate the degree in the space marked curriculum code. A student must apply to a degree or certificate program in order for his/her official transcript to be reviewed, evaluated and credits transferred. Applications can be transmitted via the web, mailed, faxed, or delivered in person.

If a student is unsure of which degree to apply to, a basic professional studies, AS.PS.GEN, or liberal arts program, AA.LA.GEN, are suggested. If a student subsequently decides to change his/her curriculum, a change of curriculum form can be obtained from The Center for Student Success, Room A-118, on the College’s main campus in Paramus.

Please note that Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are transfer degrees. An Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) and certificate programs prepare students for a career. Some A.A.S. degrees have articulation agreements to four-year-post-secondary institutions.

Please submit an official high school transcript and an official college/university transcript from every school/college/university attended to the Admissions Office, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. Only official transcripts in a sealed envelope are accepted for transfer of credits. Transcripts also may be delivered in person as long as they are in an envelope stamped and sealed by the registrar’s office of the sending institution. Transcripts from other institutions will not be released to the students or a third party.

Unofficial transcripts are only acceptable to waive the English/Mathematics basic skills test requirements. Waivers are determined by the Testing Office. (For more detailed information regarding Testing, please refer to the Testing Website).

Students must be placed or waived from the Basic Skills Test prior to registration.

Students can access a transfer equivalency report via WebAdvisor, http://go.bergen.edu>Log In>WebAdvisor for Students>Academic Profile>Program Evaluation. For questions or appeals, students can contact the Admissions Office, transfertoBCC@bergen.edu

It is strongly suggested that students bring their program evaluation report to Counseling Center/Center for Student Success, Room A-118, on the College’s main campus in Paramus, in order to facilitate the process of advisement and registration.

Transfer Requirements