From the School

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) has created a culture of constant questioning. In small classes, students and faculty members collaborate in a rewarding process. They seek to understand fundamental principles, apply key concepts, reveal new problems and pursue lines of inquiry to gain a fluency of thought in their disciplines. This transformative process is at the core of the educational experience at the College.

Many students extend their classroom work by participating in research with faculty members or studying abroad. Often, professors and students co-author papers published in academic journals. The mentor relationship helps students discuss career options and land pertinent fellowships, internships, and summer research positions.

TCNJ admits a diverse class each year full of ambitious students, eager to build on their earlier education and plunge into new topics. In finding a home away from home, ninety-five percent of first year students return their second year. The most successful admits are prepared to steer their own academic pursuits toward post-graduation goals of graduate school, professional training, or satisfying careers.

Prestigious graduate schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown Law School, Maxwell School at Syracuse University, NYU Law School, and Harvard, Yale, and Northwestern Universities, routinely welcome TCNJ alumni into their ranks. Eighty-five percent of TCNJ students who apply to medical school are accepted.

Many top corporations recruit TCNJ graduates, providing avenues into rewarding jobs directly after graduation. Other barometers of student success include the 100 percent pass rate of education majors taking the state teacher preparation test and the 85 percent three-year pass rate for nursing students going for their license. The variety of learning opportunities at the College prepare students to prosper in any arena after leaving the campus.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 29


Early Decision
November 15

November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work


From The School

A Liberal Learning Curriculum ensures that all students are grounded in the values of civic responsibility, intellectual and scholarly growth, and that they receive a well-rounded education in the liberal arts.

In 2004, the College completed a transformation of its curriculum requiring fewer, more in-depth courses. All courses have been transformed and contain a significant out-of-class requirement that provides for even more student and faculty interaction.

The small classes enable dialog between students, and every class at TCNJ is taught by a professor, not a graduate student. The College shapes its curricula and educational experiences around the concept of the accomplished and engaged learner.

The required First-Year Seminar, the cornerstone of the new Liberal Learning program, introduces students to the habits of mind and the methodologies of research; it's seminar format of no more than 15 students reinforces the message that students are not to be passive recipients of knowledge but rather active contributors to their own learning. Requirements are grouped as diversity and community engagement goals that can be self designed or designated interdisciplinary concentrations.

Top students may enroll in TCNJ's honors program, designed to provide a core curriculum with additional challenges and opportunities for individualized work. Most honors classes take an interdisciplinary approach to the history of civilizations, its accomplishments, and its problems. Independent study arrangements fall easily within the parameters of the honors program, as well.

Students Say

The College of New Jersey is a small public college dedicated to education and to the pursuit of passions, all at an affordable price. Each of TCNJ’s “excellent” seven schools offers “an awesome range of classes to choose from” (it is “one of the best schools in the area for future teachers,” in particular), and the academic environment “is an open and honest one.” On top of all that, “the campus is gorgeous, the students are friendly, and you can’t beat the price!” “The College of New Jersey is a community unlike any I have ever been a part of; everyone is proud to be a part of and to contribute to the TCNJ culture,” says a satisfied student.

Professors are always available in and out of the “small classes,” and they “are truly interested in the progress and well-being of their students.” Though the classes for liberal learning requirements are “stressful,” teachers want their students to do well and “are eager to help and answer questions.” “There has never been a moment where I have felt unsupported in my academic endeavors or felt that I could not reach out for help,” says a student. A few students warn that some requirements become hard to fill because “there are only a few options that fit the topic, and everyone is trying to get into those classes.”

One of TCNJ’s greatest strengths is the Freshman Year Seminar Program. Freshman students choose a class that they are interested in (ranging from “a class on Bruce Springsteen, to one about Harry Potter, to one about the meaning of life”), and then live on a floor with all of the students in that class. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build community and to ensure that students are surrounded by people with similar interests and academic goals.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

James J. Florio
Former New Jersey Governor

Chris Smith

Tom McCarthy
Philadelphia Phillies Broadcaster

Joe Ecker
member of the National Academy of the Sciences

Holly Black
Author of 'The Spiderwick Chronicles'

Andy Polansky
President of Weber Shandwick

Sheila Callaghan
Whiting Prize Winner


From The School

Because TCNJ is a public institution, costs are lower than most equivalent private institutions. The tuition and fees for undergraduates in the 2011-2012 academic year are as follow:
In-state tuition and fees: $14,187.00
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $23,996
Room and board (all students): $10,120


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Oct 1
Notification Date
Jun 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Nursing Sch Grant
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Classroom learning at TCNJ is complemented by an extensive and acclaimed Leadership Development Program. Life outside the classroom is not something our students do on the side. It's an extension of the learning experience. At every turn from the first year on, students blur the boundary between living and learning, closing the gap between "student" and "life."

For fun or experience, students can participate in any of the more than 200 TCNJ clubs, catering to interests as diverse as theater, professional training, writing, fraternities and sororities, and athletics. TCNJ teams play in the NCAA Division III, as non-scholarship student athletes. The men field teams in 11 sports and the women compete in 10. The College holds the record for championship and runner-up titles since Division III was started in 1979.

For those looking for something a little less competitive, intramural sports, including flag football, volleyball, softball, floor hockey, and basketball, have thriving coed leagues of their own. Intramural teams play in state, regional, and national tournaments. The college was proud to send its top-ten flag football team to the recent championship in New Orleans.

TCNJ students administer both the Student Finance Board and College Union Board. They organize popular student events, bringing people to the campus such as Matt Nathanson, Ludacris, Third Eye Blind, John Leguizamo, Ann Coulter, Angela Davis, Cory Booker, Jack Dorsey, Eddie Palmieri, Bo Burnham, and Chris Hardwick.

Students Say

People “are serious about their education here,” and students describe themselves as “quite diverse.” There is “always a group for somebody”: “I don’t know anyone that feels like they don’t fit in, and if they do feel that way, it’s because they aren’t putting in the effort to do so,” says a student. Everyone is on campus for a reason, whether it’s major-/career-specific or “simply to gain leadership or life experiences,” and all are “self-motivated, personable, and goal-oriented.” While students are accepting of minorities, “the majority is most certainly still white.” On the whole, “students are very happy and friendly and therefore make it much easier to fit in and make friends.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
7% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time


From The School

Neoclassical Georgian Colonial architecture, meticulous landscaping and thoughtful design merge to meet the evolving needs of TCNJ students. Students enjoy a campus with 289 acres of trees, lakes, and open spaces within the suburban setting of Ewing Township, New Jersey. Two out of three undergraduate students live in campus residence halls. The residence halls vary in configuration from the freshman towers to suites and townhouse arrangements for upper class students. An on-campus 600-bed apartment complex is the most recent addition. The College ensures that on-campus housing is available to all students in their first two years.

More that 200 student organizations flourish at the College. Anyone can find an intramural sports team, Greek organization, cultural club, or academic group to suit his or her interests. Many students make friends and enjoy their leisure time participating in one of these groups. In addition, the College Union Board organizes events, including concerts, performances, and comedy nights. The College's highly successful Division III teams also provide an opportunity to socialize and cheer on fellow classmates. Nearby cities, such as Princeton, Trenton, Philadelphia, and New York, allow for abundant entertainment, employment, and social options. Many courses incorporate field trips to New York City or Washington DC.

Students Say

Life at TCNJ is “calm and enjoyable.” Students refer to the school as an “island of suburban housing,” which works well in terms of building community, but the atmosphere does tend to cut students off from the outside world (especially freshmen, who aren’t allowed cars). Students keep busy with their studies, organizations, and “many great events the school hosts,” but “they also enjoy spending time with friends and having a good time together.” “A lot of people party. A lot of people don’t party. Most people love it here,” sums up a student simply. While the local origins of the students means that some students do go home on weekends, “almost every weekend, the school organizes a trip to nearby Princeton, NYC, or Philadelphia” for those who stick around. “The school actually sends out a weekly calendar listing all of the events being held on campus that week,” says a student. Students do warn about housing; as selection for upper-class housing is done strictly by a lottery system, “several do not get housing” each year, and some of the freshmen that do get their guaranteed housing find that their dorms are “ancient, dirty, and falling apart.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
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First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

14% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lions)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lions)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Princeton University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rutgers University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Epson, HP, Toshiba, Panasonic

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Grecia Montero
Director of Admissions

Admissions - Paul Loser Hall
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Library
New Science Complex
New Arts and Multimedia Building
Student Center
Athletic Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Local Shopping/Restaurants
Waterfront Park/Kat Man Du
New Hope, PA
Jersey Shore / Six Flags - Great Adventure
Downtown Princeton

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

At the begining of every tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Only offered to admitted students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
AREA TRANSPORTATION CENTERS Air: Trenton Mercer Airport: 800/644-3562 Newark International Airport Directions from Newark: Take AirTrain airport shuttle/monorail to Newark International Airport Station. From the Station take NJ Transit to Trenton Train Station. Cost: $12.35-$12.65 one way. Philadelphia International Airport Directions from Philadelphia: Take Septa Transit R1 train to 30th Street Station. From 30th Street take Septa Transit R7 train to Trenton Train Station. Cost: $9-10 one way. John F. Kennedy International Airport Directions from JFK: Take Subway train "A" to New York Penn Station. From the Station take NJ Transit train to Trenton Train Station. Cost: $11.00-$12.00 one way. Rail: Trenton Station: Amtrak: 800/872-7245 NJ Transit: 800/772-2222 Directions to TCNJ from Trenton: From Trenton Train Station a taxi is $12.50 to the TCNJ Campus, and will take 10 minutes, or take NJ Transit Bus #601 to TCNJ which costs $1.10 and will take approximately 20 minutes. Bus: NJ Transit-Mercer: 800/772-2222

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions to the Campus From I-80 Take I-80 East to the U.S. 206/Route 183 exit. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto US 206. Take the I-287 South ramp toward Somerville (I-78)/Princeton. Merge onto I-287 South. Take the US 202 South/US 206 South exit. See directions below from *Continue on US 202 South. From the New York State Thruway Take the New York State Thruway/I-87 South. Take the I-287 South/Route 17 South exit. Merge onto I-287 South. Take the US 202 South/US 206 South exit. *Continue on US 202 South. At the Flemington Circle, continue on US 202/31 South. Exit US 202/31 onto Route 31 South (Trenton). Follow Route 31 South until the entrance to The College (about 1.5 miles past the junction of I-95, left at the third traffic light). From I-95 South (Delaware/Philadelphia International Airport) Using I-95 North, continue into Pennsylvania, through Philadelphia. Continue on I-95 North into New Jersey. Take exit 4 (Route 31/Pennington Road). Bear to the right off the exit ramp, you will be traveling south on Route 31. At the third traffic light (about 1.5 miles), make a left into The College entrance. From Route 78 (Easton, PA and the West) Take Route 78 East into New Jersey. Continue to exit 17 (Route 31 South/Flemington and Trenton). Continue south on Route 31 into the Flemington Circle. Take Route 202/31 South. Exit at Route 31 South (Trenton). Follow Route 31 South until the entrance to The College (about 1.5 miles past the junction of I-95, left at the third traffic light). From the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Pittsburgh, PA and Ohio) Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-276 East to the Philadelphia/US 1 exit. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto US 1 North Lincoln Highway. Stay straight to go onto US 1 North. Take the I-95 North exit toward Trenton. Merge onto Delaware Expressway/I-95 North. Proceed into New Jersey. Take exit 4 (Route 31/Pennington Road). Bear to the right off the exit ramp, you will be traveling south on Route 31. At the third traffic light (about 1.5 miles), make a left into The College entrance. From Long Island Take the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island. Stay on 278 West to Goethals Bridge. After crossing the bridge, take first exit for 95 South (NJ Turnpike). Follow directions from NJ Turnpike below. From the New Jersey Turnpike (Newark International Airport and North) Using the New Jersey Turnpike, travel south to exit 7A, Trenton and Shore Points. Follow signs toward Trenton onto I-195 West. Follow signs marked 295 Princeton/Camden. Exit at "I-295 North/Route 1/95 South/Princeton." Continue on I-295 (becomes I-95 South) to exit 4. Turn left at the exit ramp onto Pennington Road/Route 31 South toward Ewing. At the third traffic light (about 1.5 miles), make a left into The College entrance. From the Atlantic City Expressway Take the Atlantic City Expressway West (toward PA). The expressway ends at Route 42. Follow Route 42 North to I-295 North. Continue on I-295 North (becomes I-95 South) to exit 4. Turn left at the exit ramp onto Pennington Road/Route 31 South toward Ewing. At the third traffic light (about 1.5 miles), make a left into The College entrance. From The College entrance Make a right onto the main access loop around campus. The information booth is on the left in front of Paul Loser Hall.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard Marriott-Ewing Hopewell (2.5 miles from campus) 360 Scotch Road Trenton, NJ 08628 (609) 771-8100 Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard (4 miles from campus) 1 West Lafayette Street Trenton, NJ 08608 (609) 421-4000 Inn at Glencairn Bed & Breakfast (5 miles from campus) 3301 Lawrenceville Road Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 497-1737 Chauncey Conference Center (5 miles from campus) Rosedale Road Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 921-3600 (800) 422-6338 Comfort Inn (6 miles from campus) R3270 U.S. Route 1 & Quaker Bridge Mall Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (609) 896-3700 Red Roof Inn (6 miles from campus) 3203 US Route 1 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (609) 896-3388 Hyattplace Princeton (8 Miles from campus) 3565 U.S. Route 1 Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 720-0200 (800) 833-1516 Courtyard by Marriott (8.5 miles from campus) 3815 U.S. Route 1 and Mapleton Road Princeton, NJ 08540 609-716-7662 (800) 222-1131 Howard Johnson Inn (9 miles from campus) Route 1 South Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (609) 896-1100 Carnegie Center Princeton Hyatt (9 miles from campus) 102 Carnegie Center US Route 1 Princeton, NJ 08542 (609) 987-1234 Nassau Inn (10 miles form campus) 10 Palmer Square E. Princeton, NJ 08542 (609) 921-7500
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