A Picture-Perfect Opportunity for Photography Students

Stockton University Academic Quad

Galloway, N.J. – A new agreement between Stockton University and Mercer County Community College provides students the opportunity to seamlessly pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography.

Students would spend two years at Mercer in West Windsor earning an Associate in Fine Arts degree before transferring to Stockton to complete a BFA, according to Robert Heinrich, vice president for Enrollment Management at Stockton University.

Students would take courses like 2D Design, History of Photography and Digital Photography at Mercer to prepare for advanced classes at Stockton including Film and Darkroom II and Senior Project Photography.

“By establishing this agreement, we are ensuring seamless transfer of credits from the student who is completing an associate degree at Mercer into our program by ensuring all of the courses are fulfilling graduation requirements,” Heinrich said. 

"In fostering academic excellence, our partnership with Stockton University creates a dynamic bridge for students to cultivate their passion in photography and reinforces our commitment to providing an affordable and enriching educational path in the field of Fine Arts,” said Robert Schreyer, vice president of Academic Affairs at MCCC.

The new agreement enhances an existing dual admission and transfer partnership between the two institutions called Transfer Pathways. Students entering this program receive conditional acceptance to Stockton while they work on their associate degree.

This innovative partnership Stockton has with 12 community colleges makes higher education more affordable for New Jersey students by providing a direct, cohesive route to a bachelor’s degree with easy transfer of credits. Under the Transfer Pathways agreement:

  • Students who are not offered direct admission to Stockton as a first-year applicant can receive conditional dual admission in partnership with Mercer County Community College. Students will attend classes at MCCC but have access to campus activities and student groups at Stockton and receive a Stockton identification card.
  • Students already enrolled at MCCC can apply for conditional acceptance to Stockton while continuing to work toward their associate degree and be assured of acceptance prior to the term in which they are ready to transfer.
  • Students who successfully complete their associate degree at MCCC can automatically transfer to Stockton with junior standing to complete their bachelor’s degree. Application fees to Stockton will be waived for eligible students.
  • Students who complete at least 30 credits at MCCC, and a total of 60 credits between the county college and the four-year institution, are eligible to receive a retroactive associate degree from MCCC. Stockton and MCCC will co-host reverse transfer information sessions for students.

For more information about transferring to Stockton visit stockton.edu/transfer.


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