Transfer students are students who have earned academic credit from previous colleges/universities and are transferring their credit to Bergen Community College for the purpose of completing a degree.
Step 1: Apply for Admissions
Apply for Admissions
You must choose a program of study. Credits WILL NOT be evaluated without a program of study selected. If you are unsure of which degree to apply for, the Professional Studies general program, AS.PS.GEN, is suggested. If you subsequently decide to change your curriculum, a change of curriculum form can be obtained from the Center for Student Success, room A-118.
Step 2: Activate Your Account
Activate your Student Portal Account. Your acceptance letter will provide your Bergen User Name, ID number and Bergen Email. All admissions, testing, financial aid, billing, and registration information will be sent to your portal address.
Phone: (201) 447-7109
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid ~ School Code: 004736
Phone: (201) 447-7148
If you were receiving financial aid at your previous institution, log into your FAFSA account and identify Bergen Community College as your new college. It generally takes 2-3 weeks before BCC receives your FAFSA information. After this time period, meet with a financial aid counselor at BCC to determine if you need to provide further information to the department.
Step 4: Submit Official Transcripts
Please see "Transfer Policy" below.
If you would like to receive credit for studies at previous institutions, submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Unofficial transcripts will not be evaluated. Transcripts also may be delivered in person as long as they are in a sealed envelope stamped by the registrar’s office of the sending institution. Transcripts from other institutions will not be released to the student or to a third party.
If you studied in a foreign country, please refer to the “International Evaluations” information below.
If the transcript reflects a former or maiden name, please notify the Office of Admissions at TransfertoBCC@bergen.edu.
Have transcripts sent directly from previous institutions to:
Bergen Community College
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
c/o Transcript Evaluation
400 Paramus Road, Room A-115
Paramus, NJ 07652
Step 5: Take the Placement Examination - Office of Testing Services
Placement testing is required for all degree or certificate seeking students prior to registration. The Office of Testing Services can provide more information about the examination and eligibility exemptions.
Phone: (201) 447-7202
If you completed a college-level English and/or math course, or a placement exam at your other institution, you may be waived from taking the placement exam. A copy of your transcript must be on file, or you must provide a copy of your transcript or placement exam results to the Office of Testing Services.
Step 6: Meet with an Academic Advisor
· Discuss your placement test results and requirements for your major.
· Select your courses/Build your schedule.
· Transfer students should bring a copy of their Program Evaluation in order to facilitate the process of advisement and registration. This evaluation can be found in the WebAdvisor for Students – Academic Planning section of the Portal system.
Center for Student Success, Room A-118, Phone: (201) 612-5480
Step 7: Register for Classes
· In Person - Registration Office. Phone: (201) 447-7218
Step 8: Make a Payment
· Online, in person, or by telephone
· Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Credit Cards, 3rd Party Sponsorship and Financial Aid are accepted
· Payment Plan options available
Bursar (Bill Payment Center), Room L-127, Phone: (201) 447-7105.
Bergen Community College will accept credits for courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities (and from properly accredited programs) 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 courses that have received a grade of “C” (or the equivalent) 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 viewed in the College Catalog, www.bergen.edu/catalogs. The balance of credits required for any degree or certificate must be earned through actual course enrollment at Bergen Community College.
· When Bergen Community College receives your Transcript(s), a receipt communication will be sent to your Portal account.
· Your transcript(s) will be scanned into the college system, evaluated, and the results posted to your WebAdvisor Program Evaluation within 2 to 4 weeks. A transfer equivalency report will not be mailed to you.
· Transferred courses will show in your Program Evaluation with a grade of TR (transfer) and a code TE (for transfer equivalency). Grades do not transfer. 199 and 299 codes reflect elective credit.
For questions or appeals, students can contact the Transcript Evaluator, (201) 493-3774, Transfertobcc@bergen.edu, room A-126A.
Since Bergen Community College is a SOC institution, credit is awarded for basic or recruit training by submitting your official separation paper (Form DD214). An honorable discharge entitles you to 2 credits for health education, WEX 101, and 1 credit for physical activity, WEX 112. Military personnel can also submit a Joint Services Transcript which may lead to the awarding of WEX 101, WEX 112, 6 credits of free electives, plus other credit based on the determination of academic department chairs.
Students who attended institutions of higher learning in other countries must have their transcript translated and evaluated course by course by an agency associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Contact information for some of these agencies is as follows:
College Level Examination Program and Advanced Placement
A list of approved subject examinations for CLEP credit and AP credit can be found in the Academics Catalog. Scores must be received directly from the College Entrance Examination Board.
New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Test
The test evaluates a student’s knowledge and assigns points. Students should take the 16-point exam, and can be awarded 3 credits in humanities. Students who wish to test in Spanish, German, or French should take the CLEP exam.
American Council on Education
Credits recommended by the American Council on Education for non-traditional education will be taken into consideration for the transfer of credit.
To request this information in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-447-7200.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652