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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 Township, New Jersey

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

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,758 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
7% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
376 full-time faculty
498 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 in the area.

Retention Fall 2015

95% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

85% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 6%
White 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division III with 11 Varsity Sports including football, lacrosse, soccer, and softball for both men and women.

Mascot: Roscoe the Lion
Colors: Gold and 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 in which students can get a feel for college academics and new social demands as they settle into their new home. This program is a mixture of classes and co-curricular activities that bring students together to promote a supportive environment. There are several components of the FYE, which include:

  • Freshman Orientation
  • Summer Readings
  • Welcome Week
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Residential Life Learning Communities and Civic Engagement

First-Year Seminar

All incoming freshmen are required to take a first-year seminar (FSP). Seminars allow students to explore a topic of interest outside their major, a refreshing take on group learning. All FSPs are designed to promote conversation and collaboration among students and faculty alike. TCNJ views this experience as a perfect introduction to college-level academics, and many students find the seminars useful for developing key reading, writing, and speaking skills. Some of the recent seminar courses include Are we what we eat? Food, Culture, and Identity; Exploring Amish Culture; Incarceration Nation: Literature of the Prison; Rock N’ Roll in Post-Mao China; and Prosperity and Rational Optimism.

Community-Engaged Learning (CEL)

The Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) component of the FYE commits each first-year student to a minimum of 8 hours of highly valuable service. TCNJ is dedicated to service and views helping others as an integral part of the undergraduate experience. CEL introduces students to the experience of volunteerism and community awareness, creating a drive of helpful citizenship that lasts throughout college. There are two different tracks for fulfilling the requirement: curricular and co-curricular. On the curricular track, students work with professors as an extension of their FSP. And on the co-curricular track, students engage in community service that is organized by interest or residence opportunities.

Study Abroad

TCNJ has a plethora of study abroad options that range in both duration and destination. Each student is bound to find the program that best suits their needs and desires, as the College offers multiple options throughout the year. The College has designated programs for winter, summer, and semester trips, each of which offer similar benefits in cross-cultural communication, independence, and global education. Below are some examples of semester abroad options:

Semester Programs

  • Heidelberg
  • Italy
  • London
  • Prague
  • Spain
  • Washington Center


Exchange Programs

  • Argentina: Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
  • Australia: La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Australia: University of Newcastle, Newcastle
  • Australia: Victoria University, Melbourne
  • England: Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • England: University of Nottingham, Nottingham
  • France: Université Blaise Pascal, Vichy/Clermont-Ferrand
  • Germany: Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Ireland: University of Limerick, Limerick(Psychology Majors)
  • Japan: Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata/Osaka
  • Tajikistan: Technological University of Tajikistan, Dushanbe
  • Thailand: Mahidol University International College, Bangkok
  • Turkey: Istanbul Bilgi University

The Honors Program

The TCNJ Honors program is specially designed to challenge academically gifted students. Participants enjoy an intimate community of intellectual leaders and peers, engaging in exciting, advanced coursework in small-class settings. They also benefit from graduate school preparation, access to exclusive fellowship opportunities, and an incredible advantage in the development of their leadership skills.

Winter and Summer Programs

Throughout the winter and summer sessions, faculty lead TCNJ students on intensive study abroad experiences to extend their fields of study beyond the home campus and into various destinations around the world. These short-term programs allow faculty to have their students focus intensely on one topic, all while guiding them along the journey of a lifetime. Below are some examples of recent short-term study abroad trips:


  • Cuba: Race, Gender, & Nation
  • Greece and Turkey
  • Haiti: Nursing and Global Health
  • London and Stratford: British Theatre
  • London: Documenting US History
  • South Africa: History of Apartheid



  • Cuba: Race, Gender, & Nation
  • Galapagos
  • Sustainability Europe
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Rome
  • Taormina, Italy: Language and Culture
  • Cornwall
  • Harlaxton
  • Madrid
  • Amsterdam

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

TCNJ’s Bonner Institute is responsible for connecting students, faculty, and staff to service opportunities both 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 who 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 who need a little extra help with their coursework. Students may choose to participate in one-on-one tutoring or in group discussion. The center offers assistance in areas of:

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


Admissions Fall 2015

11,290 Total Applicants 
5,495 Total Admissions 
1,453 Total Freshman Enrollment

48.67% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 640
SAT Math 570 670
SAT Writing 550 650
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT Math 25 30
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,879 $21,810
Fees $4,587 $4,587
Total $15,466 $26,397
Room and Board (on campus) $12,497 $12,497
Room Only $8,621 $8,621
Board Only $3,876 $3,876
Estimated Total On Campus $27,963 $38,894 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

79% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
52% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$9,795 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,664 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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