Southern Regional H.S. Joins Dual Path Partnership


From left, Grace Talian, Stockton Assistant Director of Admissions, Tracy Lisk, Stockton Assistant Director of Admissions, Robert Heinrich, Stockton Chief Enrollment Management Officer, Heather Medina, Stockton Director of Admissions, Megan Vile, Assistant Superintendent Southern Regional School District, Craig Henry, Superintendent Southern Regional School District. (Photo by Stockton University)

Galloway, N.J. -  The Southern Regional School District and Stockton University have signed a Dual Path Partnership agreement that will give students at Southern Regional High School the opportunity to graduate from high school in three years and be automatically enrolled at Stockton with sophomore standing.

The agreement demonstrates the commitment of both institutions to provide students with a high-quality education and seamless access to an affordable four-year college degree.

 “This agreement recognizes that Southern Regional’s rigorous curriculum more than adequately prepares students to make the transition to college,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman.  “Almost 20% of Stockton students come from Ocean County and we are confident this agreement will help even more Southern Regional students get access to an affordable college degree.”

Currently Southern Regional offers 13 dual credit courses through Stockton that allow students to earn both high school and college credits. Courses offered include Latin, French, Spanish, German, Precalculus, Calculus, and Medical Terminology for Health.

“The Southern Regional School District is both proud and excited to be expanding post-graduate opportunities for Southern students through this partnership with Stockton University,” Southern Regional School Superintendent Craig Henry said. “Combining the two well-known brands of Stockton University and the Southern Regional School District will undoubtedly serve not only our students very well, but equally important, the community-at-large.”

Stockton Chief Enrollment Officer Robert Heinrich said the plan will save students both time and money.

“If students can earn a semester or more of credits in high school, they will not only save thousands of dollars in tuition, but also reduce the time it takes them to graduate from Stockton,” Heinrich said. “This program also reduces the stress of applying to college and waiting for a decision by guaranteeing admission to qualified students.”

The terms of the Dual Path Partnership agreement include:

  • Students who earn their high school diploma from Southern Regional High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better are guaranteed enrollment at Stockton University.
  • Stockton agrees to waive the undergraduate admission application fee for eligible students.
  • Stockton will provide on-site personal advisement and college admissions and financial aid workshops in Southern Regional High School for prospective students and parents.
  • Stockton will provide academic and merit scholarships to eligible students renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework to those who maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • Southern Regional High School will publicize the agreement and provide regular arrangements for Stockton admissions and financial aid counselors to visit Southern Regional High School.
  • Stockton will work with the administration at Southern Regional High School to increase the number of dual credit offerings so that students can also complete as many as 32 college credits during their first three years of high school and transfer those credits to Stockton.
  • Students who complete 32 credits at a Southern Regional high school may enter Stockton as sophomores.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements can be conditionally accepted to Stockton and encouraged to initially enroll at Ocean County College under the existing Stockton Transfer Pathways partnership.

Stockton has similar agreements with Ocean City High School and the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District.

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Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205
Stockton University