Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey


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Recent Reviews

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

There is a natural and effortless sense of community that exists at TCNJ no matter what the dynamic of the student body. Ove...

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

There is a natural and effortless sense of community that exists at TCNJ no matter what the dynamic of the student body. Overall students are upbeat and positive and want their fellow student to do well. We are competitive, but only with ourselves, not at the expense of jeopardizing a peer.

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

Parents and students should work together cohesively when deciding which colleges to apply to and enroll in. It's not about going to the most renowned college but which university is the best fit for the student. Research the universities, specifically look into what characteristics matter and what is affordable. Location, size, price and one or two personal variable characteristics are a fail-safe methodology. If you know what field you wish to major in, look into a school that specializes in that specific degree. If not, look into those colleges that have superb career services and liberal learning education structures. Once you've established those top ten or fifteen serious contenders based on the previous parameters, visit them. A college visit is the easiest and quickest way to narrow the college search. Remember, you are not alone in this process, all around the country students and parents are going through the exact same thing as you, so breathe and relax.

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

I always bring up the size of classes. I've never had a class larger than 30 students, even the most basic level 100 course was small and personal. Rather than feeling like you are just another student among a sea of ID numbers, teachers know your name and face and care how well you do, which prompts you to do your best.

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

In choosing the right college, it is critical to know your child's capabilities. If they are less motivated and focused, choo...

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

In choosing the right college, it is critical to know your child's capabilities. If they are less motivated and focused, choose a two-year college or a more liberal college to prepare them and get them accustomed to the expectations of college. If the student-to-be is more driven and apt to study and work hard, despite the non-academic distractions of larger colleges, look at four-year universities with programs the student will be able to thrive in. Do not force your child to go anywhere they do not want to, just because you as a parent think it will look more appealing on a resume. Most importantly, to ensure the student will make the most out of the college experience, do not expect perfection- let them make their own mistakes to learn from and find patterns and methods of their own that will allow them to accomplish and succeed to the maximum of their potential.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who does not take their future seriously should not attend this school. Also, someone who is still in senior-itis mode who is not focused and motivated or ready for a serious workload.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is a toss up between the workload (and the inability it creates to have any kind of free time outside of school) and how busy all of the departments are, which makes it difficult to get needed information and assistance.

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

There is no way to know for sure what school is your school before you jump in and take the plunge. There is always a chance...

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

There is no way to know for sure what school is your school before you jump in and take the plunge. There is always a chance that you may not get it right on the first try, but never be discouraged. College is a time to learn about yourself. No matter what decision you make, you will learn. Visit campuses and picture yourself as a student walking to class in the afternoon. Think about your priorities and whether you value a large community or a small city. What will you do to get involved and have memorable experiences? Does it matter if the professor knows your name? Remember that smaller schools may not have a Theatre major, but instead may have theatre clubs with endless opportunites open to all. A small school may be comforting, but will you get bored and feel confined? Wherever you go, whatever you do, it is about experience and coming into your own. Be brave. Open up. Take risks. Start fresh. Worry about being independent, not about getting that perfect dorm. Have fun. Be safe. Be smart. Be you. Because once you have a strong sense of self, wherever you are will be home.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that it is large enough that there are a multitude of opportunites, but small enough that all these opportunities are in reach. You have the facilities and opportunities to try anything you may have an interest in. I am a part of the theatre clubs, the television station, and the radio station. Since the clubs are relatively small, everyone has a chance to experience all the aspects whether it is being backstage or on stage, producing, using a camera, directing, designing, video editing, being on the executive board, and so forth.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who enjoy being a part of a community rather than an individual in a large city would appreciate the atmosphere of TCNJ. One should want a diverse understanding and be willing to take the initiative whether it comes to school work, socializing, joining clubs, or finding internships. One who wants to be well rounded and have a chance to participate in something new while still feeling accepted wherever he goes would truly enjoy being at this school. Anyone who wants a chance to shine will get it as long as they work hard and passionately.

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

Take your time. This is a big decision and requires a lot of time, energy, finances. I like to think of it it like finding a ...

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

Take your time. This is a big decision and requires a lot of time, energy, finances. I like to think of it it like finding a partner. You need to find a place to commit to, to click with. And remember, this is not a temporary decision. You live with that decision for, in most cases, atleast four years, and you have to consider what you want today and what you want for yourself in the long-run. For many, this may not seem feasible but if you spend time pondering within yourself, you will find that you know more about yourself than you realize.

Lisa
Describe the students at your school.

my classmates are a diverse group of students who provide great input to trhe class discussion.

Describe the students at your school.

my classmates are a diverse group of students who provide great input to trhe class discussion.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is really well known for providing great competitive academics for the cheapest cost. Our library is also ranked nationally.

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

The key to picking a good college is finding a place where you know you will be happy and comfortable. This will then allow you to excel in your school work and social life.

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

Just do your research and go with what you think is best.

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

Just do your research and go with what you think is best.

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

I pretty much knew everything that was important.

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

The beaurocracy of it, the extra fees tacked onto the bill, the technicalities that come along with administration.

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

I hate research. Always have, and probably always will. But when it comes to choosing where to spend your college years, it...

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

I hate research. Always have, and probably always will. But when it comes to choosing where to spend your college years, it's one of those necessary evils. All I cared about when choosing the right school for me was what would cause the least financial burden on me and my parents. I was disappointed because I felt the "cheaper" school, had to be the one for me. I ended up wasting my first year of college at an institution that turned out to be the complete opposite of everything I wanted. After doing some research, I reapplied to schools that better fit my personality, learning style, and potential career options. I found that there are schools that cost less and still had everything I wanted. Taking time to research made all the difference for me. Transferring was the right decision and has allowed me to thrive. Even though it took me a little longer, I'm now able to make the most of my college experience because I'm attending a school I feel fits me... AND my wallet! My advice: When looking for the right college, explore all your options and don't take any opportunity for granted.

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...)

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

my involvement with the tv station, friends, honors/achievements

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

The advice that I would give parents and/or students about finding the right college is to visit a lot of schools (both in-s...

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

The advice that I would give parents and/or students about finding the right college is to visit a lot of schools (both in-state and out-of-state schools) so that they can see everything that's out there. I would also advise students to apply to a school early so that they can receive schloarships. Students should also be active on campus so that they can make the most of their college experience. They can be active by joining clubs, joining a sports team or just attending events hosted by different organizations. I would also recommend that students live on campus their first year so that they can meet new people. College is definitely more fun when you have friends to share it with.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People that are not into their schoolwork should definitely not attend this school because it is VERY demanding and challenging. Everyday I'm at the library doing schoolwork. It seems like the schoolwork is endless. So people that are slackers and not focused on school should not attend this school.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is that it is very challenging.

Chris
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our Library and being one of the most beautiful campuses ever.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our Library and being one of the most beautiful campuses ever.

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

Find a college that you can get to know the students of the college very easily. Friendship is key for any college student's experience. Academia is very important but the atmosphere of being able to fit in and seeing yourself at the school is what matters. Have your child stay over a night at the school and see if they enjoy it. And make sure they have the major that the student wants to pursue for his/her career.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

THe campus police are bored all the time so they pull over college kids because they have nothing else to do. And they are not friendly at all.

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

The possibility of careers after graduation and the types of internships I could get. There is also a good study abroad progr...

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

The possibility of careers after graduation and the types of internships I could get. There is also a good study abroad program.

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

No matter what, in the end, your instinct will kick in and you WILL know the right place to go.

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

The Student Finance Board the practices with organizations.

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