Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey


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Recent Reviews

Alize
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Tcnj is a great school academically. It’s pretty hard to get into and the STEM program is prestigious. The classes are challe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Tcnj is a great school academically. It’s pretty hard to get into and the STEM program is prestigious. The classes are challenging so I know I’m getting a really good education. There isn’t too much diversity. The school is mostly middle class white kids.

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

TL:DR - I will never recommend TCNJ to ANYBODY. EVER. NO MATTER WHAT. I had such a terrible experience, and would have rathe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

TL:DR - I will never recommend TCNJ to ANYBODY. EVER. NO MATTER WHAT. I had such a terrible experience, and would have rather donated all my tuition money to charity so at least someone could have benefited from the thousands of wasted dollars. 100% not worth it unless you can go for free, and even then, it's questionable. Do NOT go to this school if you are completing undergrad as an Adult Learner (aka you have a full-time job, rent and bills to pay, etc). Do NOT go to this school if you are looking to become a Web Developer/Designer. PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON GOING TO TCNJ FOR WEB DEVELOPMENT OR DESIGN. You will thank me for my wasted time, so you don't waste yours. I transferred in from Camden County College thinking that no school could possibly give me a worse experience, especially if it costs two times the price per class. I was wrong, and I will try to be as detailed as possible with my woes while trying to remain calm. I will admit that if I had spent more time getting information before transferring into TCNJ that I would have learned, the easy way, that TCNJ was not for me based on the curriculum alone...and if I can impart one bit of wisdom to incoming students/parents it's to know that you are on your own, and there will be little and less help from TCNJ until you know who to talk to and the right questions to ask. I know that’s status quo for many colleges, but TCNJ was somehow less helpful then a County College. My plan was to go back to school at the crusty age of 26 to get my degree because I was tired of dead end jobs. I like working with computers but didn't want to make software, so I decided to pursue web development since making webpages can be both technical and artistic. I looked around at job postings before deciding that I would need a bachelors to succeed and make the most money. I was going to learn all the in's and out's and be moderately prepared for a gig. What fun! First problem was thinking I needed to go to school to learn to be a web developer. Second problem was thinking I shouldn't get a computer science degree since I wanted to do web development AND design. Third problem was not picking a county college with a good transfer degree for Web Dev. The last problem was choosing TCNJ as the place to finish my undergraduate degree. Make your own decisions, but here are the problems I ran into. Keep in mind that I am working full time as well as going full time to school. I needed to keep a roof over my head. If you have lower financial burdens you might be afforded more time to talk to people on THEIR schedule. At least until you get to know some of the teachers, and they are willing to go out of their way to help you a little. When I was looking into transferring into TCNJ I had not completed my Associates at County college since they didn't even offer the last class I needed to get my degree. That is a whole other story, but the plan was to take some credits from TCNJ and apply them to County College to finish my associates. I thought that was mighty fine of Camden County College to give me free credits for their own mistakes. Unfortunately, when I was being "advised" at TCNJ they forgot to mention that if I transferred in with an associates degree, specifically an A.A.S., that I wouldn't have to take any of the useless liberal learning money grab classes I was force fed. If I had known that I would have went right back to camden county and took care of those credits since the classes are significantly cheaper and a little over half of the classes I took at Camden county DID NOT EVEN COUNT towards my TCNJ degree, but TCNJ certainly made out the better on that deal. Ok, that was a 15-thousand-dollar mistake. Moving on. While being "advised" I was also never given the honest answer to my question of whether the major I was thinking of pursuing at TCNJ, Interactive Multimedia, would be a good major for someone wanting to become a web developer. It is not. Just get a computer science degree. Half of that is my own fault for being misinformed, the other half was deception. I learned later that I was speaking to the head of the department so there was a bit of a vested interest in getting me into his major, but I suppose any professor of their major would’ve tried to get me in their door. The worst part of this is that I wouldn't know what mistakes I had made until I was too far into my degree to be able to consider a different path. Let me put an aside here on the guidance at TCNJ. There is no guidance department. I don't know if this is normal? If it is, then this is terrible, but there was a large guidance department at County college, and my roommate going to Rutgers can just stop up and get some guidance at any time at their guidance department, so I am thinking this is more of an anomaly. At TCNJ, you will be assigned a teacher of your major to help guide you thru your college years. That is a TERRIBLE idea and reinforces the notion that TCNJ cares more about making money than actual education. On the surface, being guided by a teacher of your major doesn’t seem so bad except that the teachers usually don't know the intricate details that you need to know in order to navigate the mess that is TCNJ. You will be mainly left on your own to navigate PAWS, and the teachers will always have a vested interest in keeping you in the major instead of sending you to a different major even if there is a better option for your future career. Also, they are not always available, even if it is just between 9-5pm, and anyone who is working and going to school will be well aware of how important scheduling is. If you have a small major, like mine, there also are not that many teachers! So they are widely spread across all the students. It is a terrible guidance system and I spent one whole semester with an assigned counselor who was not available for any communication for medical reasons. That is unacceptable. Let me move to the financial aid department. I am not sure if they are incompetent, or the just really have no avenues or advice for student finances that aren't common knowledge. I was 2000 short for one semester, and I couldn't get a private loan, which is the default advice given when they have already told you about FASFA…again. I ended up setting up a gofundme to raise some money, and use my tax return for the rest, since the advice I was given by the financial aid department was a flyer telling me to file for fasfa or get a private loan. They are really harping on those private loans. So I tried the private loan… multiple times… but with no cosigner, multiple jobs to scrape by, and a poor-ish credit score no one was willing to give me a loan, and after hurting my credit score even more with hard inquiries I gave up on a private loan. Not an option, and I told them so, and they shrugged and gave up. Oh they did give me a lead on a federal loan that, in the most butt backwards twist, didn't apply to me because I needed to make MORE money to get approved for the loan...No information on grants, scholarships, or payment plans. No nothin'. I was handed a flyer, and then showed the door. Meanwhile, every day I was on campus, I was watching them build a brand new multi-million dollar building and an addition to their student center with more activities, a cool outdoor LCD thingy by some artist, and more food stations. One single pane of that sexy glass wall they put up in the new corner student restaurant most likely costs about as much as the measly $2000 I was struggling to come up with. So I am glad my money was well spent! At least one of those panes of beautiful glass, not to mention those tasty artisan breads, was thanks to me. My biggest college achievement. Nevermind the 3.8 GPA. Oh, and you also have about a 25% chance of actually getting a full time employee of the financial aid department. The rest of the time, usually during “busy season” (when you actually need to talk to someone), you will be trying to communicate with a student worker who can almost be guaranteed not to know what you need. I had a horrible experience at TCNJ, and I have left some things out since this review is pretty long. Yours might be better in a different major that they care about, or if you have your parents help you out with all the red tape you will have to cut thru to get answers. The people of IMM are great, Rachel basically became my advisor and helped me more with classes then any other person that I talked to at TCNJ, Professor Nakra will hopefully be a good director, and John Kuiphoff has some great classes, but I will never recommend TCNJ to ANYBODY. EVER. NO MATTER WHAT. I had such a bad experience, and literally felt like I was just throwing my money away. 100% not worth it.

Ann
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love TCNJ, it honestly makes me feel like home. Everyone here is really motivated to do the best academically, b...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love TCNJ, it honestly makes me feel like home. Everyone here is really motivated to do the best academically, but it's also an extremely fun environment to be around. If you want a social life and you aren't in a sport on campus, then you have to join greek life otherwise you won't get into parties after first semester. The food sucks at the dinning center, but there are other options such as the lib cafe, ed cafe, and stud. I honestly love all the classes I've had so far and they are challenging, but if you ever have problems you can always find your teacher and they will respond and be glad to help you. This school makes me feel like I'm at home because everyone is from New Jersey there and everyone has the same motivation to do well.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I transferred to TCNJ at the start of my Sophomore year, and it was the best decision I have ever made. TCNJ provided me with...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I transferred to TCNJ at the start of my Sophomore year, and it was the best decision I have ever made. TCNJ provided me with the best education at the best price. TCNJ is known for its excellence in Nursing, Business, Engineering, and Education. There is something on campus for almost every one to participate in. The dining hall food is kinda crap, so be careful

Noelle
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College of New Jersey is a small school of intimate and intelligent individuals. It's perfect for anyone who craves the e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College of New Jersey is a small school of intimate and intelligent individuals. It's perfect for anyone who craves the experience of a big school but doesn't want to drown in the numbers. There is almost always something to do and people to meet.

Nikita
What is your overall opinion of this school?

TCNJ was not originally my first choice, but after connecting with an alumni who worked on campus, I immediately fell in love...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

TCNJ was not originally my first choice, but after connecting with an alumni who worked on campus, I immediately fell in love and found my second home. Being an African American, I definitely stand out, but I feel comfortable enough to fit in and everyone is very welcoming. Academics are taken very seriously here and this can be seen in how well the professors teach their students and make themselves available outside of the classroom. Besides academics sports and other extracurricular activities are also an important part of students' day to day lives. There is an activity or organization out for there for everyone and it is great to meet and form a bond with those who have the same goals and mindset as you. Overall I can honestly say this school was a perfect fit for me and I look forward to the next 3 1/2 years here.

Darienne
What is your overall opinion of this school?

New Jersey has been my home for my entire life. Between Hudson and Bergen Counties, I have never known other places as my hom...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

New Jersey has been my home for my entire life. Between Hudson and Bergen Counties, I have never known other places as my home until I made the two hour drive to Mercer County, and I am so lucky to call The College of New Jersey my home. As my academics have always played the biggest role in my life, TCNJ not only says they will give their students a great academic foundation, they live up to this promise. After only a single semester, I have befriended people that I can see making amazing memories with. Putting academics to the side, I am never bored at this school. From rushing a sorority next semester to the dozens of clubs I am interested in, there is no place like The College of New Jersey.

Emily
What is your overall opinion of this school?

While TCNJ was not my first choice (as you will probably hear from some students your first year), it certainly did meet my e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

While TCNJ was not my first choice (as you will probably hear from some students your first year), it certainly did meet my expectations in terms of pretty good academics, somewhat of a lackluster social scene, but overall a nice, small campus that has a strong community.

Ali
What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great school, majority dorm school but their things for commuters to do. Greek life has a somewhat decent presence on camp...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great school, majority dorm school but their things for commuters to do. Greek life has a somewhat decent presence on campus and their are other clubs their as well. Use the tutoring center and always go to the professors during office hours as they can become your greatest allies

Yvette
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College of New Jersey is a very nice school however it does have some problems. To start off with the good TCNJ has a ver...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College of New Jersey is a very nice school however it does have some problems. To start off with the good TCNJ has a very beautiful campus and it becomes easier to memorize the campus the more you walk around. The people on campus are very welcoming and nice. I remember that for acceptance day there were always people smiling and asking if we needed help, even students who were not apart of staff were ready to answer questions when we approach them. The faculty is very nice and welcoming as well. Whenever I had questions and needed to email someone they were always available to answer my questions. If I had sent someone an email I would most likely hear back from them just a few hours later and if not no later than the next day. It's super easy to get in contact with the people you need too and to hear back from them in just a short while. There are many useful facilities here on campus too. At TCNJ we have health services, a career center, a writing center and tutors. We also have guidance consolers in case you need to talk to someone. There are many activities and clubs for all types of people and it is possible to start your own club on campus as well. There are a few problems with TCNJ. First of all being transportation, if you don't have a car on campus (which freshmen cannot) it is pretty hard to get around unless asking for a ride or using an uber. There is a bus that comes but it rarely does so a few times a day. There is also a rideshare app just for TCNJ students but no one really knows about it. Another problem is like most colleges the dining hall food is not the best but there are plenty of other places on campus to get food. These are my top complaints about the TCNJ it has other minor inconveniencies however those are more personal to me. Overall I think TCNJ is a nice sized school that has its quirks.

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