Academic Partnerships

To make higher education more accessible and affordable, Berkeley College partners with high schools to provide college-level courses to qualified students. Courses may be offered at the high school, at one of the Berkeley College campuses, or online. Students register for Dual Enrollment courses with their high school guidance counselor.

These are just some of the ways students can benefit:

  • Students can “test the waters” of college learning and explore potential career fields.
  • The program facilitates the transition to higher education. Students may earn credits, which may be applicable to their high school diploma, as well as a college Certificate program or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • In addition to furthering their education, students can reduce the time and cost required to attend college.
  • The available courses (syllabus, textbooks, requirements, and credit value) are the same as those on the Berkeley College campuses.
  • Students attending Berkeley College to complete a Certificate program or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree may be eligible for a scholarship.

Here’s how it works:

  • Berkeley College will enter into an Articulation Agreement with participating high schools. The agreement will detail various aspects including logistics of course registration, grading, course syllabi, certification process of teachers, etc.
  • Students will be selected to participate in the program.
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Students must show academic readiness to participate in a college program. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment.
  • Students must have completed all prerequisites for coursework and any other requirements as may be needed for the same course as on-campus students.
  • Students earning college credit in courses must have satisfied state graduation requirements.
  • Students may complete credits beginning with their junior year, which may be applicable to both their high school diploma, as well as a college Certificate program or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. The number of credit courses offered depends on the academic preparation of the students, the availability of qualified faculty, and access to specialized equipment and facilities. The course syllabus, textbooks, requirements, and credit value of each course is the same as those on the Berkeley College campuses.
  • Junior and senior students will receive credit simultaneously for both college work and high school graduation requirements.
  • Students 17 years of age MUST have permission from a parent or legal guardian to register for Berkeley College dual credit courses. This permission should be presented to their instructor prior to registration.
  • The cost of the program is $250 per course, plus resource fees. Payment may be made entirely by the school district, student’s family, or through some shared arrangement. All registration and fees will be processed through either the high school or Berkeley College.

To learn more, please contact Gail S. Okun, Executive Director, Academic Partnerships, at 973-278-5400, ext. 1108 or We look forward to partnering with you.


Berkeley College Academic Partnership Mission Statement

Berkeley College is committed to establishing and growing partnerships with educational institutions and organizations that support the academic success and college degree completion for today’s students.

We strive to create a student-centered “culture of transfer,” which is seamless and cost-effective for the students. It is designed to bring institutions together in pursuit of common educational goals.

High school students who take college courses are more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who do not, according to a report by Boston-based education nonprofit organization Jobs for the Future.