Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey


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Recent Reviews

Michael
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are motivated students looking to achieve greatness in their selected fields.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are motivated students looking to achieve greatness in their selected fields.

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

The College of New Jersey has a private school feel for the cost of a public school. The academics are rigorouse and year by year the school become more selective. The overall feel of the school is just inviting. As long as you put strong work into your classes, you can achieve so much out of this great institution. I can now see why I chose this school over the six other schools that I applied to.

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

Parents and students need to come together to make this very important decision in a student's life. I found success in visiting all of the schools that I applied to. You should get an overall feel for the schools that you may attend. Remember that you may be living at this institution for the next four years of your life, so don't take the decision too lightly. When thinking about the overall feel, don't just get a sense for it's environment, but get in touch with the faculty and administration. You should see that the faculties overall goals match with yours. The students on campus give a great deal of answers to the many questions that you have boiling up in your head; ask them. See how they feel about their decision to go to that specific school. As a transfer student, I realized my decision may have been overthought, and tried again with this strategy. This was the best decision of my life. Don't be afraid to visit your schools and to ask questions. It will pay off in the long run.

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

It is always better to have an idea of what you expect yourself to as you enter the working force. From there, utilize sibli...

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

It is always better to have an idea of what you expect yourself to as you enter the working force. From there, utilize siblings, relatives, or friends already in college, in addition to the accessible internet, to search and know more about schools. It is also important to know certain preferences: where you will live, available transportation, average class size (some big universities hold more students per classroom that affects teacher-student interactions), etc. Visiting schools is a must too because pictures you see flashed across a webpage may be different from what the place actually is. Once your there, you have to use your socializing and communication skills (important traits to have as you enter college since it is vital in getting to know people and finding your way to BIO 101!) to talk to students about their college experiences. Take college in a stride socially, but with full focus and intent academically. College is not an extension of high school or an excuse to not finding a job. Post-secondary education is for the goal of improving ourselves as individuals and responsible citizens serving this country.

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.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person fit for this school is someone who has a general idea of what he or she wants to be upon graduation. Academic counselors, professors, and even students help in narrowing your choices down.

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

Advice is hard to give. It is truly absurd to ask kids at the high school level to make informed decisions about the rest of ...

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

Advice is hard to give. It is truly absurd to ask kids at the high school level to make informed decisions about the rest of their life and expect the "correct" choices to be made. I happened to get lucky and fell into an educational career that I actually enjoy, although I certainly cannot say the same for many of my peers. All I would say is not to place all of your focus on one college/major/career path at once. If things aren't working out- change them until they do. Learn from the experiences you come across, and realize that for the first time in your life you are in complete control of it.

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

Lack of school orientated off-campus college housing. The campus is located close to the city of Trenton, so most upper classmen are forced to live in run-down neighborhoods along with poorer families.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Unmotivated persons not willing to put time and effort into their own education.

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

Nearly all students consider their academics top priority, and social life, while important to them, is secondary to maintain...

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

Nearly all students consider their academics top priority, and social life, while important to them, is secondary to maintaining grades and completing classwork.

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

While visiting a school, pay attention to the type of students in attendance. The school I decided to go to was not the best school as far as academics that I could have gotten into, but it was my top choice because of the feeling of campus and the group of people that I saw around campus. Look for groups that remind you of you and your friends or what you would like to be a part of. The social climate of the school is the first step you need to consider to hope to succeed academically.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The class scheduling system is out of date and ineffecient, and some of the advisors do not know how to work it when they are trying to help you schedule your classes.

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

Students should not go into debt over the right college, they should make a reasonable decisison. Given financial considerat...

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

Students should not go into debt over the right college, they should make a reasonable decisison. Given financial considerations, students should get into the best academic school that they can. Social considerations should also be taken into account, if the student has the luxury of choosing between several good schools.

What's unique about your campus?

The faculty and staff of the school have genuine concern for each student.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are concerned about school prestige, or who enjoy a lot of social options.

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

First off, I would just say don't panic. Majority of college students find some way of fitting in and making college work no ...

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

First off, I would just say don't panic. Majority of college students find some way of fitting in and making college work no matter they are. An easy way to avoid such problems is that you need time to think and reflect. If you are not sure about living far from home, then don't. If you want to go to a school with a big sports program, then do it. College is only four years long and it goes faster than you would think. There is no way of knowing 100% whether a college will be right for a person, but by using all available resources (campus tours, current/past students, internet) you can make the most educated decisions. And as far as parents are concerned, you need to remember that college is about your child(ren) and not you. As long as you know it's a reputable school, other factors should not matter. If your child is not happy wherever he/she is, then they certainly will not be productive there. Have fun and wherever you land, do what you want to do and make the entire experience yours.

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

I wish I had known that the social life was different than you would expect. It's not like the colleges you see in the movies, and while there is a social life, it is very different.

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

The worst thing at TCNJ would be the housing. While it was tolerable, financial resources should be invested into making a habitable living area. It isn't exactly easy to study in 100 degree heat, but it can be done/

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

Too much reliance on group work and not enough access to the "real world" for students. Also, it's a bit expensive

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Too much reliance on group work and not enough access to the "real world" for students. Also, it's a bit expensive

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

The College of New Jersey is a highly selective liberal arts institution that is commited to excellence and achievement of th...

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

The College of New Jersey is a highly selective liberal arts institution that is commited to excellence and achievement of their students.

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.

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

To Parents: Look around for colleges; start searching early on in your child's junior year of high school. You want your child to be as comfortable as possible at their college and how will they know if they are comfortable there if they have never been there before? Also, don't be hesitant on letting your children live at a college/university of their choice. Now is the time for them to grow up and experience life like they never have before. To Students: Going to college is sometimes a scary thought but it is normal to be anxious. When visiting colleges, ask as many questions as you want, the people giving the tour usually know everything about everything and are happy to answer your questions. Try and visit as many colleges as you think you would be interested in. Once in college, joining groups is a great way to meet people, so look around. Greek life can also be a lot of fun, so go out to recruitment! Fraternities and sororities aren't as bad as they are played out to be in movies. Remember, college is your time to live, so live it well.

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

If your visiting a college campus, talk to students who you feel might have the same personality as you or the same interests...

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

If your visiting a college campus, talk to students who you feel might have the same personality as you or the same interests. Your tour guide might not be able to answer all your questions that will convice you that the college is a good choice for you. Ask about doing an overnight and in that way you will know if the college is a good match for you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who is academically driven to succed, who loves community service, and likes to be active

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

When you are looking at colleges, the right one will feel like home. The nature and tranquility of its fit will put a smile ...

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

When you are looking at colleges, the right one will feel like home. The nature and tranquility of its fit will put a smile on your face. It is difficult to judge what kind of people you may meet or how the classes are, but as long as you feel like you can wake up every morning for the next four years and not be sick of it, it is a good match. Picking a college is like entering a long-term relationship. Stick to your standards, be open-minded, and you'll find the one for you.

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

How everyone loves to go home on the weekends.

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