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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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