Frequently Asked Questions

Why would anyone willingly pay an enormous amount of money for the first two years of college, when they could go to BCC for a fraction of the cost and, with proper planning, get all or most of their credits transferred to four-year schools?

Increasingly, as people ask themselves this question, we urge people to explore the transfer opportunities at Burlington County College. What they will find is an institution that has an outstanding reputation among colleges and universities.

Why? Simply because of the success that BCC students have, not only in transferring to four-year colleges and universities, but also in their achievements and graduation from those four-year schools.

BCC students are well prepared because they are challenged in their classes by our quality faculty. In short, students who do well at BCC tend to do very well after they transfer to four-year schools.

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about transferring:

Q: Will all my credits transfer?
A: This depends on the major you plan to enter. Nearly every school and every major has some specific courses that students should complete before entering the major at the four-year school. If you take these courses, along with the General Education core courses [e.g. English composition; Math; History; Natural Sciences], you can maximize the efficiency of your work at BCC and get most, if not all, your credits to transfer.

Q: How can I find out what courses I will need for a particular major?
A: There are a couple of ways to do this: First, you can go on the web sites of the schools you are interested in and click on the "undergraduate academic majors" pages to see if they have a listing of required courses for that major. Second, if you are looking at schools in New Jersey, you can use a wonderful web site called NJTRANSFER.ORG. This website lists the recommended transfer programs [academic courses] for all majors at nearly every school in New Jersey. Third, [and certainly not last] you can meet with one of the Transfer Center advising staff to see what courses you need and obtain an academic plan for graduation from BCC and transfer.

Q: When is the best time to start planning for transfer?
A: The best time to start planning for transfer is when you decide that you want to go on for a Bachelor's degree. The sooner you start, the better your planning will be.

Q: What if I don't know what my major will be at the four-year school?
A: The choice of major really drives many of the academic decisions you make, so it is important to engage in some self-exploration to determine what your interests and skills are. As you are sorting this out, your focus should be on taking the General Education courses. This serves two purposes: (1) It continues your progress toward your Associate's degree and (2) It provides exposure to a variety of academic disciplines that may become influential in your decisions about your future major.

Q: Should I visit four-year colleges and universities?
A: YES!! However, make your visit a "formal" one. This means contact the school's Admissions Office and ask for an appointment with an Admissions officer. Tell them, in advance of your visit, what your interests are and ask if they can arrange for you to meet with someone who is very knowledgeable about your potential choice of major. Take a tour of the campus and the surrounding area in order to get the "feel" of the campus environment.

Q: Are BCC's Guaranteed Admission Programs the only way I can transfer to certain schools?
A: No. The Guaranteed Admissions Programs are just one way for a student to transfer. It is more formal than going through the "regular" transfer process. It requires students to sign up before they have completed 30 credits at BCC; take all their courses at BCC; follow a recommended transfer program for the major they wish to enter at the four-year school; graduate from BCC; and earn a specific grade point average for each school. If you do all these things, you are GUARANTEED ADMISSION into that major at that school.

Q: Should I look at more than one school for transfer?
A: Absolutely! It is never a good idea to "put all your eggs in one basket". Looking at several schools gives you a good idea of which school may truly be the best fit for you.