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College Pathways Program

College Pathways Program supports and assists high school seniors with the transition to college – regardless of where they choose to attend. The program is designed to eliminate barriers to college entrance through discussions on:

  • The college selection process
  • College applications
  • Funding college and financial aid
  • FAFSA completion
  • College placement testing
  • Career, degree planning, and advisement

Through the College Pathways Program, high school seniors are able to make confident, informed choices about their futures and are guaranteed lifetime acceptance to OCC.

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Upcoming Events!

“Express Enrollment” Visits

  • May 17 – Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial
  • May 18 – Point Pleasant Beach
  • May 19 – Pinelands Regional
  • May 23 – Toms River South
  • May 24 – Toms River North
  • May 25 – Toms River East
  • June 3 – Barnegat

Frequently Asked Questions

College Pathways is a resource available to all Ocean County high school seniors. During the Fall 2021 semester, we were able to visit 14 high schools for our “College 101” presentation.

This presentation provides an overview of the college enrollment process, regardless of where a student wants to attend. This gives all students the necessary foundation to begin their own college search!

No! While we do encourage applying to OCC as part of the Pathways program, there is absolutely no commitment to enroll.

Welcome to OCC! If you did not apply during a College Pathways presentation, you can do so online at any time. Our application has no fee, no essay, and no letters of recommendation.

We also recommend submitting your 2022-23 FAFSA, as soon as possible (it’s open now)!

As the next step in Pathways, we are currently scheduling Spring “Express Enrollment Days.” This will allow participating districts the opportunity to visit our campus, take a campus tour, and register in Fall 2022 courses!

You can talk with your guidance counselors for further information, or contact Jenna Puglisi at or 732-255-0400 ext. 2992.

Don’t forget to submit your 2022-23 FAFSA, as soon as possible (it’s open now)!

Keep in mind that National Decision Day is May 1st – you should accept or decline your admission to any four-year school by this date.

You are always welcome to visit OCC in the summer for a few courses! As long as your course selection(s) are approved by your home institution, OCC’s summer classes are a great way to complete credits at an affordable rate.

Partnering School Districts:

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