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.
In order to enhance student development and empowerment, TCNJ’s curriculum is built around five key experiences which permeate every major in the seven academic schools. Small classes prioritizing discussion and inquiry create a Personalized, Rigorous, and Collaborative Learning Environment where students and faculty work side by side in developing skills and applying concepts. Undergraduate Research, Mentored Internships, and Field Experiences give TCNJ students opportunities to get out of the classroom, develop their professional skill sets, and discover exciting career paths and academic endeavors. Passion for civic responsibility and a commitment to Community-Engaged Learning ensures that TCNJ graduates enter the professional world as top-notch scholars and citizens. Opportunities for Global Engagement found on the TCNJ campus and facilitated through internationally recognized study-abroad programs allow students to expand their internal scope and frame their academic goals and achievements in a truly global context. Finally, academic and extracurricular programs designed to foster Leadership Development help students build confidence and decision-making skills that they will need to solve the problems of tomorrow and build a brighter future.
TCNJ admits a diverse class each year full of ambitious students, eager to build on their educational foundations and plunge into new topics. These students will ultimately find a home away from home on campus, and ninety-five percent of first year students will return for 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-four percent of TCNJ students who apply to medical school and other professional programs 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 94 percent three-year pass rate for nursing students going for their license. The numerous learning opportunities at The College prepare students to prosper in any arena after the conclusion of their undergraduate career.
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."
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