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Kean University and Middlesex County College Sign Joint Admissions Agreement

MCC students now have a seamless path to a bachelor's degree at Kean


UNION, N.J. - Kean University President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D., and Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales, Ed.D., on Tuesday, September 26, signed a Joint Admissions Agreement providing Middlesex County College (MCC) students provisional admission to Kean. Upon successful completion of their associate degree at MCC, students may gain full admission to one of a growing list of approved degree programs at Kean University.

“This new Joint Admissions Program provides students with a seamless route to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kean University—without wasting time or money taking credits that don’t transfer,” said Farahi. “This initiative also serves to extend the reach of Kean’s world-class programs, faculty, facilities and services to students who begin their studies at the community college.”

For the last five years, more than 200 Middlesex County College students have transferred to Kean each year, accounting for more than 15 percent of Kean’s transfer admissions population. Now, MCC students who enroll under the Joint Admissions Program will start experiencing a Kean University education from the start of freshman year, getting access to Kean’s faculty and advisors, as well as invitations to special campus programs and events.

The agreement provides clear and easy-to-follow advisement and transfer of credits, allowing students to enter Kean University as a junior in the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • B.A. Biology
  • B.A. Psychology
  • B.S. Accounting
  • 3.8. Management - General Business
  • 3.8. Management - Supply Chain
  • 3.8. Management - Entrepreneurship

“Middlesex County College is already one of the biggest senders of students to Kean because we know that Kean takes great care of our students,” said La Perla-Morales. “Now, students can come to Middlesex County College knowing exactly what classes they need to be able to go on and succeed at Kean—because their path is spelled out for them. We are very pleased to continue our work with Kean.”

For two consecutive years, Kean University has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities for their dynamic community college transfer pathways. The University has agreements and partnerships with a growing number of community colleges to help their students make a smooth transition to Kean.

Kean Ocean is a unique partnership in which students in one of more than 30 undergraduate academic programs receive their associate degree from Ocean County College, and then transfer to Kean without having to leave the Toms River campus. The University also has joint admissions programs with Essex County College, Union County College and Union County Vocational Technical School. Kean has articulation agreements with Bergen Community College for the transfer of associate degree credits toward a four-year degree at Kean, and with College of Saint Elizabeth for the transfer of credits from their Graduate Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Education to Kean’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program.

In addition to the first six programs approved for joint admission in the Kean University-Middlesex County College Joint Admissions Program, similar opportunities will be made available in chemistry, early childhood education, elementary education, history and computer science. At the signing ceremony, members of the two schools’ admissions and enrollment teams identified additional programs, in sociology, political science and criminal justice, that will be evaluated for future inclusion in the joint admissions agreement.



Kean University President Dawood Farahi (seated, second from right) and Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales (seated, second from left) signed a Joint Admissions Agreement providing MCC students admission to one of a growing list of approved degree programs at Kean upon completion of their associate degree.

Pictured (seated, left to right): Mark McCormick, MCC vice president for academic and student affairs; MCC President Joann La Perla-Morales; Kean President Dawood Farahi; and Stephen Kubow, acting associate vice president of Kean Ocean. Pictured (standing, left to right): Jeffrey Herron, MCC dean of professional studies; Linda Scherr, MCC dean of arts and sciences; Patrick Madama, MCC vice president for institutional advancement; George Chang, dean of Kean’s College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences; and Marsha McCarthy, associate vice president for enrollment management at Kean.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s five undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctoral degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit

Middlesex County College is a public community college in Edison, New Jersey, offering 88 degree and certificate programs. Together, dedicated teaching faculty, small classes and state-of-the-art learning technologies prepare students for transfer to complete advanced degrees and for 21st century careers. Also available are contract training and numerous non-credit courses. Founded in 1964, the beautiful main campus, a 200-acre site, provides a perfect learning environment with classroom, laboratory and recreational spaces. Each year approximately 12,000 students are enrolled in credit courses and more than 10,000 are educated in non-credit programs. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Middlesex County College. The College boasts more than 54,000 alumni.


Margaret McCorry

Director of Media Relations

Kean University

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