Policy 213
Area: Student Affairs

Adopted: 04/23/96
Revisions Approved:1/25/11

Description: General Admission


Admission to Atlantic Cape is available to all applicants who are 18 years of age or older and whose high school class has graduated. Applicants who have graduated from an accredited secondary or preparatory school, or those with a state equivalency certificate are accepted to Atlantic Cape. Applicants must complete an application and pay the non-refundable application fee. Applicants under 18 years of age, not currently enrolled in high school, and not having a high school diploma or GED, do not qualify for admission to a community college.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria may be admitted through Special Admission Programs, including High School/Approved Home Schooling Programs and Project Second Chance.  SAGES admission (Senior Adult Gaining Education & Stimulation) is available to Atlantic and Cape May County residents aged 60 or older.

Atlantic Cape offers the opportunity for selected high school students, who have completed at least their first year of high school, to attend credit courses on a part-time basis. Applicants must test at college level to be able to enroll and may only attend part-time as an undeclared major.  High School students may apply for admission through concurrent enrollment, dual credit or articualtion agreements with permission of their school.

College acceptance does not necessarily mean that students can enroll in any course or program offered. In addition to general admission requirements, some majorsspecific program admission criteria, prerequisite courses, and fees, which must be satisfied before students are considered for program entry.

All students are required to take the College's Placement Test before enrolling in classes.  Students who provide proof of minimum required SAT scores as stated in the College catalog or who provide and unofficial college transcript demonstrating successful completion of college-level English and mathematics, are exempt from taking the test. The number of credit hours that students enroll in may be contingent upon test results and previous academic accomplishments. Students are required to take the Placement Test prior to registering for a mathematics, English or other course requiring a demonstrated level of ability. Students seeking to complete one course for professional development purposes only, may request a waiver of the Test from the Director of Admissions and College Recruitment of the Director of the Career and Academic Planning Center Requests for additional information concerning admission should be directed to the Admissions Office. Applications should be received by July 1 for entry in the Fall semester, November 1, for the Spring.

Atlantic Cape charges all applicants a one-time, nonrefundable application fee.  Students who provide documented evidence of financial hardship may provide a written request for a deferment of that fee.  By requesting a deferment, it is assumed that the student intends to enroll in classes and that the payment of the fee would create a barrier to enrollment.  Students who request a fee deferment and do not enroll in classes in the academic year (fall or spring) immediately following their application for admission will be required to pay the fee.

Atlantic Cape does not discriminate in admission or access to its programs and activities on the basis of race/color, national origin, religion/creed, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran's status.

See Also:

Determining Applicable Residency Classification No. 202.1
Finance Policy No.606
Finance Procedure No. 606.1

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