Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey


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Recent Reviews

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

I would encourage EVERYONE to do campus visits. For me, the first steps into the college will make or break your opinion of ...

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

I would encourage EVERYONE to do campus visits. For me, the first steps into the college will make or break your opinion of it. The moment I saw TCNJ's campus, I knew that it was the right choice for me. Seeing pictures won't really do justice, so keep that in mind! As far as making the most of the college experience, it's really important to know how to meet people. You're going to have a miserable time if you're not willing to go out and start talking! Once you do make friends, everything goes up from there. It's also important to know how to manage your time. It's a little bit cliche, but I found that a lot of students became swamped with work because they have been doing extracurriculars more than doing sitting in the library! After figuring out the balance, it's hard to become bored on campus!

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

The worst thing about my school is the dining hall. The food is great in the first week of school to convince the freshman that their year's worth of eating there won't be bad, but progressively, the food gets worse and worse. I usually order take-out or just eat cereal.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The College of New Jersey tries to make everything streamlined by putting everything on an internet-based survey system, or something similar. Nine times out of ten, the system is slow or it doesn't even work. There's little to no tech help at all.

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

When looking for the right college, it is important to consider all options in depth. Take the time needed to visit many cam...

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

When looking for the right college, it is important to consider all options in depth. Take the time needed to visit many campuses, reach out to current students, and even try to spend a night. It is not easy to decide what kind of environment is the one you want to spend the next few years living in. But besides the actual campus, learn what services the college offers to their students. Since college is all about learning, make sure the academics are up to the standard you woant. Know what kind of help is given to students looking for jobs. See what kind of alumni resources the university has, as well as what kinds of companies recruit on the campus. Also know that college is more than academic. It is important to become involved in many organizations that are of interest to you. Clubs can help you grow as a person, but can also help you network with others. Networking is a key concept throughout the college years, and one thing I would stress to others.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

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

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

Our academic level compared to the price we are actually paying and the great career services department that we have.

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

I would say parents, give your children some independancy in the beginning of the application process. Guide them to narrow d...

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

I would say parents, give your children some independancy in the beginning of the application process. Guide them to narrow down there school selection, but really allow them to feel they are making a choice for themselves. It was good to know that my parents supported my decisions, while also knowing that they would guide me in the right direction, if I was about to make a really bad decision or one that wouldn't get me to achieve my FULL potential. As for students, don't limit yourself, see what they world has to offer. Try something new, and really think about the places you want to go, becuase wherever you go, know that it will be the vehicle that takes you to your destiny.

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

This school is the best investment for a affordable school while also giving a great education.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of updating itself as fast as private institutions or schools with bigger populations

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

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