About The College of New Jersey

Founded in 1855, The College of New Jersey. is a Public college. Located in New Jersey, which is a city setting in New Jersey, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 6,787 full time undergraduate students, and 609 full time graduate students.

The The College of New Jersey Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 355 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The College of New Jersey include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee75
SAT Range1100-1300
ACT Range25-30

Admissions at TCNJ are considered More Selective, with ,59% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 89% were in the top quarter, and 56% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The College of New Jersey.

6%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
51%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
33%
“We bought the gear”
16%
“We live for the big game”
8%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
15%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
42%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
27%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
63%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
53%
“We only party on weekends”
17%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
6%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
51%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
33%
“We bought the gear”
16%
“We live for the big game”
8%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
15%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
42%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
27%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
63%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
53%
“We only party on weekends”
17%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

The College of New Jersey REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    155 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    101 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    161 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    164 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    164 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    164 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    164 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    164 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of The College of New Jersey?

54 Students rated The College of New Jersey

Emma - 02/10/2022

As an 8-year-old, setting up a classroom with my dolls as imaginary students, I didn’t realize my affinity for teaching and Social Studies would continue to hold my interest to this day, but it has. From an early age I’ve immersed myself in my academic studies, maintaining a 4.25 GPA, achieving high honor roll distinction as well as involvement in many different honor societies. I plan on continuing these efforts, in addition to my volunteer work throughout my college career. During research into colleges I was interested in continuing my education with, I was pleased to find that The College of New Jersey has an outstanding Secondary Education program and an extensive amount of Social Studies courses and clubs. Because of this, I believe it is the ideal college to pursue my teaching degree. In The School of Education, I hope to enroll in the 5-year Secondary Education program. I plan on a dual major in History and Education, with training in both special and general education. The training through field work and interaction with classroom students will provide real-world insight. This experience would enhance my knowledge on pedagogy and how to meet the needs of my future students. TCNJ offers several history courses that I would love to study, including The Craft of History (HIS 210), which covers all geographic regions and allows students to analyze the methods historians have used over the course of time. As someone who wants to be a History and Education Major, but does not yet know what particular historical time period or geographic region to study, this is a great course to begin with. I’m excited to find out if I prefer to teach World History, American History, the history of a specific region/group of people, or a bit of everything. Outside of the classroom, I can see myself enthusiastically embracing the Rebel Art Movement (RAM) organization. Art and free expression are great passions of mine and I would love the opportunity to advocate the importance of it in our community. My interests and experience include music, fashion, painting, literature, film, and theater...to name a few. The Student New Jersey Education Association (SNJEA) is another group I’d like to connect with. I see it as an excellent resource for nurturing my professional development, as well as open discussion and the exchange of ideas on how the subject of education can be improved upon moving forward. Becoming affiliated with the NJEA excites the future teacher in me. My mother often shares stories of her years at Trenton State College, including the lifelong friendships she made on the second floor in Travers Hall. She loved the school so much, she went back for a second degree several years after graduating. During two self-guided tours of the TCNJ campus with my mother, I felt welcomed and embraced by the tight knit community. One full of diversity, enthusiasm and school spirit. I aspire to be the next member of my family to join the TCNJ pride and look forward to the opportunity to become a vital and active member of its community.

Kaitlyn - 08/06/2020

I originally chose this school because it is close to home and one of the best teaching schools. I am so happy with the choice I have made! I have made so many great friends and memories, I love the academics, and I can\'t wait to continue my college experience.

Marcel

The College of New Jersey is the absolute perfect environment for higher education. It ranks in Forbes magazine as one of the top institutions in the nation. It boasts superior academics, brand new facilities, and athletic programs that are competitive in their own conferences. The environment is friendly, welcoming, and accepting of all.

Sarah

The College of New Jersey is a great school for people of different backgrounds and interests, and you would be hard pressed to find a school in New Jersey that provides a better education. The small class sizes and qualified professors make the courses interesting and engaging, especially since there are no TAs. Being a liberal arts college, the school is dedicated to providing students with a well rounded education. There is also a multitude of extracurricular activities and sports that will satisfy anyone's interests. On a typical weekend, it is easy to find things to do with your friends since most organizations will have events. There are usually sports games going on too, but these are not very popular among the students. The immediate surrounding area off-campus does not offer much in terms of things to do, but a short drive to Princeton can fix that. The campus as a whole is very friendly and beautiful, thanks to the old-fashioned brick aesthetic of the buildings. Walking through campus in the fall is one of favorite things to do, since the trees and the buildings are gorgeous. No matter where you come from, you can find a home at the College of New Jersey. I could not be more pleased with my decision to attend the College of New Jersey and I can not imagine myself anywhere else.

The College of New Jersey FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at The College of New Jersey?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The College of New Jersey is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Were I given the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, my speech would be something to this effect: "First of all, relax. There are things you should stress over and things that aren?t within your power to change; know the difference, and don?t sweat the small things. Right now, you've already sent out applications, and you?ll hear back soon, this is when you have to start searching for scholarships; getting accepted to college is not the difficult part, it is paying for it. This summer will be a busy one with all the preparation and packing, enjoy it. Once you get to college, there will be a big transition, but I promise you will love it. The first week or so, you might want to call home every night, don?t. Go and meet people instead. The best things you can do are: smile, be friendly, and be open to new experiences. You?ll meet all sorts of people and form intense relationships with them. You?ll realize once you return home for Thanksgiving how much you?ve grown, and how much you miss your college family.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Intellectual hard working students that are looking to improve their academic standing and challenge themselves in many different fields.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    attitude of certain members of the staff when you need help- i'm not sure why. some facilities are in need of some fixing up- the college decides to build new buildings instead of fixing the old ones (the old library is used only for storage now...)

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  5. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    the campus is very pretty

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  6. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about TCNJ was on-campus jobs. We were only allowed to work 15 hours, and often times student work hours were limited in their hours because offices didn't want more than 2 student workers at a time. Many students don't have cars, so working on campus was the only chance to earn money.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone should be able to attend TCNJ. It is a public school that is open to anyone and everyone. The type of individual that would be happiest at TCNJ is one who is okay with a small collegiate body and is very goal-oriented. TCNJ makes it very easy to attain the type of hands-on experience that graduate programs and employers look for in college graduates. TCNJ is extremely diverse and is a potentially good fit for all that apply. However, only those that take full advantage of what TCNJ has to offer will be truly happy and successful.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This school really prides itself on community service and engagement. Also the classes in my major are rather small and theoretically focused, which was looking forward to . And out of the various school I'd visited, the faculty and staff at TCNJ clearly communicated that they expected the best from their students. No other school that I was considering seemed to stress academic excellence as much as TCNJ.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    To tell the truth, there is no way to be completely prepared for college, whether academically or socially. I kind of wish I had known that getting used to college was going to process that was going to be aided by college staff and the ambassadors, instead of a headfirst dive into a new environment. It would have cut my pre- move-in nervousness in half at least. TCNJ does a great job bring together its student body and really takes care of everybody.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    TCNJ is a great school that boasts a friendly environment for students to learn and grow. There is always something to do, with extracurricular activities ranging from club and intramural sports to political and cultural organizations, and everything in between. You will find yourself right at home here.

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  11. What's unique about your campus?

    The space we have. TCNJ is in a suburban area and so, most of the time, it is quiet and serene. During the early days of fall and late days of the spring semester, practically everyone chooses to study outdoors rather than being cooped up in the library.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is looking for a large school within a city.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Everything! I would say this it is most well known for its excellent Education program and Nursing program. However, all of the academic areas are very well known as well.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    professors always know my name, my favorite class was writing family histories with dan crofts (professor), my least favorite was macroeconomics with professor vandergrift, students study all the time, class participation is part of your grade, tcnj students have lots of intellectual convos outside of class, students are competitive, the most unique class i have taken was writing family histories, my major is marketing, and i love it, i do not spend time with professors outside of class, i think tcnj has silly academic requirements that are very confusing, i think the education is geared toward getting a job more then learning for its own sake. i did absolutely no work freshman year and still pulled off a 3.0

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    students always leave their doors open, athletic events are not very popular- people leave alot on weekends. for girls, the dating scene is no-existent- of the available 30% guys, 10% are gay, 10% are taken, and 10% are disgusting/not looking for anything serious. it sucks. i met my closet friends because they lived down the hall. if i am awake at 2am on a tuesday, my roommate and i are watching tv and hanging out, people want to party always, but only do so once a week or so. frats/sororities are not very important and they are all kind of shitty, last weekend i studied, watched movies, went out to dinner, spent alot of time at the library, on a saturday you can watch a movie, go out to eat, study and not drink- you can even go to a frat party and not drink if you chose- i did that once, it is very difficult to get off campus without a car, so you mainly hope you have a friend with a car and go shopping, to the movies, and out to eat

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    the best thing is how pretty the campus is, i would change the boy:girl ratio, the school is much too small, people have no f-ing clue what tcnj is and ask if i go to community college, i spend most of my time in my dorm, hanging out with my floormates, there is no college town, just the college campus, tcnjs administration are idiots, the biggest controversy is keeping the crappy cafeteria contract, there is very little school pride, it is unusual how many students are from jersey and live within an hour of the school, i will always remember mural painting on my floor, watching movies all night, tw cafe runs at midnight, people complain it is too small and there is nothing to do

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    yes, yes, yes, yes, all yes stereotypes at tcnj are completely accurate

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Nerdy, no lives, no fun. The school looks like a sqaure with nothing more than just huge academic buildings and grass.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I don't know if there is really a stereotype but most people have never even heard of The College of New Jersey. It's sort of off the beaten path so to speak but a great school non the less.

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    In State. Less expensive. Smaller campus (not too small), nice campus and suburban area, and great credentials and art program plus new art building.

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Student Body

Students

58%

female

42%

male

6,787

Total Undergrad Enrollment

609

Total Grad Students

6%

Out-Of-State

94%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

206

Student Organizations

13

Fraternities

13

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

56%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
11%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
13%
% White or Caucasian
66%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

79% of students attending The College of New Jersey receive some sort of financial aid. 15% were awarded federal grants. While 52% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$26,971

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$12,881

Room and Board

41,052

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,664
$30 - $48K
$13,923
$48 - $75K
$25,666
$75 - $110K
$30,386
$110K & UP
$31,237

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