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The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey is on a mission to keep the most talented...

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

The College of New Jersey is on a mission to keep the most talented students from NJ in-state for their college education. The College combines the best practices of the finest private institutions with a public mission.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
6,743 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
356 full-time faculty
464 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

63% of students living on campus.

School Location

TCNJ is located in the suburb of Ewing. Students can see shows, hear performances, observe an art gallery or get involved in the local television and radio stations among enjoying the outdoor activities Ewing offers.

Retention Fall 2014

93% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

87% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 5%
White 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


NCAA Division III with 11 Varsity Sports including football, lacrosse, soccer and softball for both men and women. Mascot: Roscoe the Lion Colors: Gold, Blue

Academic Programs

Women’s Studies, Biology, Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Education (Art, Bilingual, Biology, Chemistry, Counseling, Special Education, Math, English, History, Physics), Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, English, Spanish, Nursing, Counseling, History, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Art History, Music

The First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) at TCNJ is an introductory program that explores the foundations of reading, writing, and critical thinking. The FYE is considered a transitional period, where students get a feel for college academics and new social demands. The program is a mixture of classes and co-curricular activities that bring students together and promote a supportive environment. There are several components of the FYE, which include:

  1. Freshman Orientation
  2. Summer Readings
  3. Welcome Week
  4. First Year Seminar
  5. Residential Life Learning Communities and Civic Engagement

First Year Seminar

All incoming freshman are required to take a first year seminar (FSP). Seminars allow students to explore a topic of interest outside their major, which many view as an exciting opportunity. All FSPs are designed to promote conversation and collaboration among students and faculty. TCNJ views the experience as a perfect introduction to college-level academics, and many students find the seminars useful for developing key reading, writing, and speaking skills. Below are some of the current seminar courses available:

  1. Are we what we eat? Food, Culture, and Identity
  2. Exploring Amish Culture
  3. Incarceration Nation: Literature of the Prison
  4. Rock N’ Roll in Post-Mao China
  5. Prosperity and Rational Optimism

First Year Community Engaged Learning (CEL)

The CEL component of the FYE is a graduation requirement in which each first year student must commit a minimum of 8 hours working in the community. TCNJ is highly dedicated to service, and views it as an integral part of the undergraduate experience. CEL introduces students to the experience of volunteerism and community awareness, which lasts throughout college. There are two different tracks for fulfilling the requirement: curricular and co-curricular. In the curricular track, students work with professors as an extension of their FSP. In the co-curricular track, students engage in community service, organized by interest or residence opportunities.

Study Abroad

TCNJ has a plethora of study abroad options, ranging in duration and destination. There are so many opportunities available that each student is bound to find a program that best suits their needs and goals. The college has designated programs for winter, summer, and semester trips. Each experience offers similar benefits in cross-cultural communication, independence, and global education. Below are the current semester abroad opportunities available: 


TCNJ Programs

  1. Heidelberg
  2. Italy
  3. London
  4. Prague
  5. Spain
  6. Washington Center

Exchange Programs

  1. Argentina: Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
  2. Australia: La Trobe University, Melbourne
  3. Australia: University of Newcastle, Newcastle
  4. Australia: Victoria University, Melbourne
  5. England: Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  6. England: University of Nottingham, Nottingham
  7. France: Université Blaise Pascal, Vichy/Clermont-Ferrand
  8. Germany: Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
  9. Ireland: University of Limerick, Limerick(Psychology Majors)
  10. Japan: Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata/Osaka
  11. Tajikistan: Technological University of Tajikistan, Dushanbe
  12. Thailand: Mahidol University International College, Bangkok
  13. Turkey: Istanbul Bilgi University

The Honors Program

The Honors program is specially designed to challenge academically gifted students. Participants of the program enjoy an intimate community of intellectual leaders and peers, as well as small classes and advanced coursework. There are plenty of benefits to participation, including preparation for graduate school, access to fellowship opportunities, and development of leadership skills. Membership in the Honors Program is by invitation only.

Winter and Summer Programs

Winter and summer study abroad programs are led by faculty, which allows the TCNJ experience to extend beyond the home campus and into destinations around the world. During the winter and summer programs, faculty lead students on short-term trips to study various topics of interest. Below are the current programs available:


  1. Cuba: Race, Gender & Nation
  2. Greece and Turkey
  3. Haiti: Nursing and Global Health
  4. London and Stratford: British Theatre
  5. London: Documenting US History
  6. South Africa: History of Apartheid


Summer I

  1. Cuba: Race, Gender & Nation
  2. Galapagos
  3. Sustainability Europe
  4. Italy
  5. Japan
  6. Rome
  7. Taormina, Italy: Language and Culture

Summer II/III

  1. Cornwall
  2. Harlaxton
  3. Madrid
  4. Amsterdam

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

TCNJ’s Bonner Institute is responsible for connecting students, faculty, and staff to service opportunities in and outside of the campus. The Institute addresses a wide array of social issues, ranging from poverty to environmental needs. One component of the program is the Bonner Community Scholars Corps, a small group of highly committed students that receive academic scholarship for their engagement. Scholars are also responsible for motivating the campus community to get involved.  

The Tutoring Center

The College of New Jersey proudly offers tutoring services to students that need a little extra help with their coursework. Students may choose to participate in one-on-one tutoring or group discussion. The center offers assistance in areas of:

  1. Mathematics, Business, Science, Engineering, Health & Exercise, Nursing
  2. Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Communications, and Art
  3. Writing Consultations in all subjects
  4. eTutoring in: Writing, Math, Accounting, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Western Civilizations, Research Methods & Information Literacy


Admissions Fall 2014

10,937 Total Applicants
5,356 Total Admissions
1,417 Total Freshmen Enrollment

48.97% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 640
SAT Math 570 670
SAT Writing 550 660
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 25 29


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,562 $21,175
Fees $4,462 $4,462
Total $15,024 $25,637
Room and Board (on campus) $11,677 $11,677
Room Only $8,411 $8,411
Board Only $3,266 $3,266
Estimated Total On Campus $26,701 $37,314


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

82% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
50% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$9,734 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$9,766 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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