Academic Catalog


New Jersey’s community colleges are “open door” institutions that admit all high school graduates, those holding state-issued high school equivalency diplomas, and all other persons who have the ability to benefit from post secondary education. Ocean County College is a rolling admissions institution. Students may apply online at as early as possible during the six months prior to the start of the semester. Acceptance will be considered when all the necessary steps have been completed.

The candidate is responsible for the completion of all admission requirements:

  • File a formal application for admission. Applications are valid for the length of time indicated in Policy #5124.  Students who are re-applying must meet the criteria outline in Policy #5124.
  • Comply with the requirements of Policy #5165, College Skills Assessment Program (degree-seeking, high school, and gifted elementary school students ONLY).
  • Submit a valid Immunization Record Form against measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B as per the New Jersey Administrative Code (all new and continuing fulltime students taking face-to-face classes in the state of NJ only).
  • Students meeting the criteria outlined by the New Jersey Administrative Code that do not submit valid immunization records will be considered conditionally accepted for their first semester.

All applicants for admissions should:

  • Be able to furnish proof of residency that is properly validated as outlined in Policy #5102, Ocean County Residents, Policy #5104 New Jersey Residents, or Policy #5106, Out-of-State Foreign Students. Proof of residence may be substantiated by such documentary evidence including but not limited to a driver's license, motor vehicle registration, or voter registration card bearing an Ocean County address.
  • Send an official transcript from the secondary school. If the student is a high school graduate, the transcript must include the date of graduation. A state-issued high school equivalency diplomas may be submitted as evidence of high school graduation. Note: Financial aid programs require students to submit a high school transcript.
  • Send official transcripts to the Office of Registration and Records from any college previously attended.

Admission to the College does not imply admission to all programs.  Admission to specialized programs requiring external clinical experiences or programs bound by contractual regulations may be limited and subject to additional criteria and restrictions. Admission to Early College and Dual Credit Programs will require additional documentation from the student, high school staff, and/or parents.