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By Alex Paolini
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The recently announced partnership between Camden County College and Rutgers University in Camden will require CCC students to earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to get the opportunity to transfer automatically to Rutgers.

It’s a requirement that Rutgers has for all its applicants, says one CCC official.

“The GPA of 2.0 is not our requirement. This is what Rutgers admission requires for any student applying to Rutgers from any state,” said Judith Rowlands, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. “You have to realize that many four-year colleges have lowered their admission requirements because just like us they are down in enrollment,” including Rutgers.

As a whole, the partnership formalized Sept. 29 will be beneficial for both institutions, Rowlands said. “What this partnership will do is increase the ability of students to move seamlessly from an associate’s degree at our college to a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers-Camden.”

Tyler Finnegan, a student at Camden County College, said she likes the advantage the partnership presents. “This changes a lot when it comes to applying to four-year programs,” Finnegan said. “I sit back and realize I have a very good opportunity right in front of me with the Rutgers-Camden and Camden County deal in place.”

In Madison Hall, banners of both Camden County College and Rutgers University-Camden hang side by side. By Alex Paolini, CCC Journalism Program.

In Madison Hall, banners of both Camden County College and Rutgers University-Camden hang side by side. By Alex Paolini, CCC Journalism Program.

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