Transfer to Bergen


Transfer Policy

Bergen Community College will accept credits for courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities 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 those courses that have received a grade of “C” 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 balance of credits required for any degree or certificate must be earned through actual course enrollment at Bergen Community College.

Transfer Requirements

A student must be admitted to a degree or certificate program in order for his/her official transcript to be reviewed, evaluated and have credits transferred.

Only official transcripts in a sealed envelope are accepted for transfer of credits. Please submit an official college/university transcript from every institution attended to the Transfer Evaluator, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652.
Transcripts also may be hand delivered as long as they are in a sealed envelope. To send electronic transcripts, use the following email address: [email protected]

*Important* Transcripts from other institutions will not be released to the students or a third party.

Important Information for Transfer Students

  • An email will be sent to the student’s address on file when a transcript is received and logged into the student’s academic record.
  • Once the transcript is evaluated and transfer credits posted, a transfer equivalency report will be mailed to the student’s address.
  • For questions or appeals, students can contact the Transcript Evaluator, by email at [email protected]
  • Health Profession courses cannot transfer into BCC.
  • Post-baccalaureate courses cannot transfer into BCC.
  • Computer courses completed more than 10 years prior to application date cannot transfer.
  • If student returns to BCC for a second degree, and took courses at another college, credits do not transfer in unless needed for new major. Up to 45 credits can transfer over from original BCC degree, so this must be determined before adding new credits.
  • A course code, 199 and 299, may be assigned for college courses that BCC does not offer, or for three credit science or math courses, where the BCC course is worth four credits. The 199 and 299 course is an elective within that area of study, and can count as a General Education requirement.
  • Only six credits of legal courses can count from a college out of state or out of county. The courses need to be from an ABA accredited program.  The Department Chair of the Paralegal Program would need to make the determination of which, if any, credits are acceptable.

College Students

Current or former college/university students wishing to receive college credit at Bergen Community College (BCC) must deliver an official transcript from each college attended to the Transfer Evaluator in a sealed envelope from the college.

Bergen only accepts courses from Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities.  Look on the college’s website or the back of the transcript for one of the following accreditations:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, WASC (ACCJC)
  • Commission on Institution of Higher Education- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C)
  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (MSCHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission


High School Students

High school students who completed college course work should have an official transcript from the college that sponsored the course work sent to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope from the college.

High school students who completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses cannot receive credit for this program.

Students from Specialty Schools or Institutes

Students must send official transcript/course grade sheet to the American Council on Education (ACE),, and request an evaluation report to be sent BCC. ACE does not provide grades. If needed at BCC, students would have to send grades in separately.

Anthem Institute (formerly Chubb Institute)

  • Student must send transcript to ACE for an evaluation report. No agreement is in place for courses to transfer, so student would have to bring the report and course descriptions or syllabi to BCC department chairs for evaluation.

Berkeley College

  • An accredited college. Berkeley has several campuses so student needs to submit transcripts from each location at which courses were taken.
  • Berkeley offers quarterly courses, therefore, 4 credits at Berkeley College equals 3 credits at BCC.

Computer Learning Center (defunct)

  • Course work is not accepted for transfer.

Devry University

  • An accredited college.
  • Student should have an official transcript delivered to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment in a sealed envelope from DeVry University.

Dover Business School

  • Course work prior to July 1, 2013 is not accepted for transfer.

Eastwick College/ Ho-Ho-Kus School

  • ACE evaluation required for credit.
  • Only Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) courses can transfer to BCC.
  • Students in Eastwick College’s LPN program must have completed 3 courses in A & P to qualify for BIO-109 and BIO-209 at BCC.

Katherine Gibbs School

  • Course work is not accepted for transfer.

Lincoln Tech/ Cittone Institute

  • Course work is not accepted for transfer.


International Students

Students who attended institutions of higher learning in other countries must have their transcript translated into English and evaluated course by course by an agency associated with the Evaluations from National Association of Credential Evaluation Services,, the NACES member must be delivered to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope from the NACES member.

  • Evaluation must state that credits are from an accredited college/university in order for student to receive credit.
  • Courses that pertain to the country are not accepted as transfer, e.g., law, accounting courses. English courses also are not accepted unless the student studied the English Language/Literature as her/his program of study.
  • Transfer of credit is based solely on the NACES member’s evaluation. If evaluation does not provide grades, then the course cannot transfer. If the number of credits listed for a course is too minimal, then the course cannot transfer.
  • Course outlines for science, math, and technical courses may be required to earn equivalent credit at Bergen Community College.


Military Personnel

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.

New Jersey Police Officers and Corrections Officers

Bergen Community College (BCC) grants graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Academies within New Jersey with college credit. Students need to present their graduate certificate or an ACE (American Council on Education) evaluation to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit.
Notes: Students send their course work to ACE ( and ask for an evaluation to be sent to BCC.

State of New Jersey Police Officers

  • Student is given credit for: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, CRJ 109; WEX 101, WEX 112, WEX 159.
  • Cannot receive credit for courses completed if still in training.
  • Credit is not provided for the “Class 1B Special Law Enforcement Officer” certificate, or the equivalent in other counties.

State of New Jersey Correction Officers

  • Student is given credit for CRJ 101, CRJ 102, CRJ 108, WEX 101, WEX 112, and WEX 159.
  • Cannot receive credit for courses completed if still in training


Emergency Medical Technicians and Firefighters

Bergen Community College (BCC) established an agreement with the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute to grant graduates of the Institute with college credit. Students need to present their graduate certificate or an ACE (American Council on Education) evaluation to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit.
Notes: Students send their course work to ACE ( and ask for an evaluation to be sent to BCC.

Bergen County Emergency Medical Technicians

  • Student is given credit for: WEX 159.

Bergen County Firefighters

Examinations Accepted for Transfer Credits

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

NYU Foreign Language Proficiency Testing

  • Through New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, students may take a foreign language proficiency exam to earn credit at Bergen Community College. Visit the NYU website at: for more information.
  • Students must take the 16-point exam (not the 12-point exam) and score 13 out of 16 points.
  • Students will receive credit for the first language course (3 credits).

 *Important note: Students who wish to test in Spanish, German or French should consider taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, from which a student can earn up to 9 credits in Language.

Life Experience Credits

Credit for Prior Learning

Bergen Community College (BCC) recognizes the vast knowledge and skills of its diverse student population through prior learning assessment.

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program gives students an opportunity to apply for course credit for experiential learning, non-credit course completion, and various forms of professional development, licensure/certification and credit-by-exam.

Course credit is awarded when content mastered through demonstrated knowledge and/or learning experiences is comparable to the student learning outcomes of a BCC course.  Participants benefit from reduced time toward degree completion thereby saving money.

Prior Learning Assessment Options

There are multiple approaches to the assessment of prior learning.  PLA options for college credit include individualized evaluations of a student’s learning via portfolio review.

Portfolio review allows students to request college credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, non-traditional education and/or training.

Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes for a BCC academic course.  BCC will not award credit based solely on years of employment.

In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills via demonstration or hands-on testing, take an oral or written problem solving exam and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge.

Students interested in credit via portfolio review are required to take CD 134 Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Workshop Series, a noncredit course offered by the Division of Continuing Education. This course is designed to provide an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio development.

For more information on credit via portfolio review, please see Jill Rivera, Associate Dean of Student Success in room L-123, on the main campus in Paramus, NJ