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Mays Landing, NJ 08330-2699
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Atlantic Cape Community College

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Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) is a two-year public, non-profit educational institute that serves the residents of Cape May and Atlantic counties in New Jersey. The Mays Landing campus is spread over a 541-acre area in the scenic New Jersey Pinelands. The college has a total enrollment of 6,500 students.

The history of the college dates back to 1962 when New Jersey state law was passed for establishing county colleges. The site for the college was selected and the ground-breaking ceremonies were held in 1966. The college started functioning in premises rented from Atlantic City High School that same year. In 1968, the college moved to its present location in Mays Landing. The college officially became a joint college with the Cape May County in 1999.

The current institution is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


ACCC offers more than 45 transfer and career degree programs, including the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. The college offers the Associate in Arts in areas such as Communication, Business Administration, Child Development, Psychology, Sociology, History, and Literature. Associate in Science degree candidates can also opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, and Economics.

The Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) is offered for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their required coursework. The areas of study that AAS degree candidates can pursue include Accounting, Air Traffic Control Terminal, Culinary Arts, Computer Technician, Health Professions, and Hospitality Management.

The college also offers various career-oriented certificate programs in areas such as Business Paraprofessional Management, Computer Security, and Human Services.

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Admissions are non-competitive. Students must be high school graduates or equivalent. To apply for admissions, students are required to submit their admission application forms, and official high school transcripts or GED certificates. Students are also required to appear for a placement test for assessment of college-level English and Math skills. The Respiratory Therapy, Air Traffic Control Terminal, and Nursing programs have specific admission requirements.

International students need to submit the application for admission and make a $10,000 deposit into their tuition accounts. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by taking the ESL Placement Test.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered to eligible students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial assistance available include federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The school recommends a priority deadline of April 1 to apply for the financial aid.


Different types of federal and state aid programs that provide financial assistance include the Federal Pell Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and Tuition Aid Grant (TAG).

Student Employment

Different student employment options include on-campus part-time employment and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Students can work for a total of 18 hours per week and 26 hours during holidays.

Student Loans

Students can also apply for federal direct subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, federal direct PLUS Loans, and New Jersey CLASS Loans.


Various scholarships include the Atlantic Cape Faculty/Staff Scholarship, Clare Barone and Vincent Sabatini Endowment Scholarship, Sandy Steinberger Memorial Scholarship, and the Dr. Oliver Henderson Memorial Scholarship.

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The college offers numerous opportunities to ensure that students meet their academic and life goals.

Student Services

The Counseling and Support Services Office offers guidance related to career and transfer planning, measures required to improve academic performance, adjustment with college life, and transition services for international students. The Career and Academic Planning Center provides support with career planning and exploration and organizes career workshops. It also provides job placement assistance for the students.

Student Leadership

There are various student leadership programs such as Men of Atlantic Cape (MAC), Leadership and Education Development (LEAD), and the Peer Leader Program available for the students. There are Learning Assistance Centers where tutoring facilities are available for the students. The Student Government Association represents the students’ interests in college governance.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The college sponsors a number of students clubs and organizations such as the Art Club, Baking & Pastry Club, Cross-Cultural Student Association, Performing Arts Club (PAC), and the Psychology Club. The Atlantic Cape Review is the student-run newspaper on the campus and the student-run campus radio station is known as the WACC.

Campus Facilities

Dining facilities are available for students at Careme’s Gourmet Restaurant, which offers international, classical and American cuisine, tableside cooking and seasonal specialties, as well as desserts. The college has no residence halls for students but it provides assistance in searching for off-campus options.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Atlantic Cape Community College is a member of the NJCAA Region XIX and the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). The athletic teams are known as the Buccaneers and the intercollegiate teams include men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and co-ed archery and golf. Various intramural activities available for the students include co-ed volleyball, ping pong, and basketball.

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Ranks 54th in New Jersey and 3305th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mays Landing, NJ 08330-2699
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population21,838 (13,715 urban / 8,123 rural)
Households7,704 (2.70 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,960
Families5,412 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3402

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3984th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,240 $4,890 $6,480
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $715 $715 $715
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $108 $163 $216
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,855 $7,505 $9,095
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,555 $31,205 $32,795
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,655 $21,305 $22,895

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,558 $3,735 $6,474 $5,295 $12,306 $6,792
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800 $1,900
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $18,000 $18,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,400 $4,500
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $13,000 $13,400

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 18 74 69 66 5 413 125 771
Accounting 1 3 2 6 4 16
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 4 6
Air Traffic Controller 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 2 5 9 7 2 46 14 85
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Communication, General 1 3 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 7 3 12
Criminal Justice/Police Science 10 2 4 1 31 13 61
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 3 4 4 1 30 5 47
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 2 1 1 4 2 10
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
General Studies 1 5 4 7 31 12 60
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 2 3
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 1 1 12 3 18
Human Services, General 1 4 2 6 4 17
Institutional Food Workers 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 2 6 2 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 36 34 21 1 169 47 311
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 2 6 4 15
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 1 3 6 9 3 26
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 2 4 6 37 7 60
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 2 1 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1908th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,559 ($66,181 male / $59,631 female)
Number of FT Faculty 96 (39 male / 57 female)
Number of PT Faculty 440
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,182,181

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