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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference
From The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) welcomes students who have the talent and motivation to succeed in a highly rigorous academic environment. A public institution Founded in 1855, the College enrolls about 6,500 full-time undergraduates, two thirds of whom reside on campus. Today it is heralded by U.S. News & World Report as well as Barron’s as one of the most competitive schools in the nation, public or private. TCNJ serves a diverse student body, preparing graduates to excel as leaders in their chosen fields. TCNJ has set the standard for public higher education. Students appreciate the atmosphere they find at TCNJ, a school large enough to provide a full range of academic and extracurricular choices, yet small enough to be a genuine residential community of friends and fellow learners. With professors committed to collaboration in and out of the classroom and facilities of enviable quality, TCNJ represents an exceptional value in higher education.

The College of New Jersey Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
50%
SAT Range
1160-1350
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,414/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,335/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.85 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.96 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    97%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,823Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
225
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Smart and grade conscious who work hard
    28%
  • Very intelligent students who work hard
    25%
  • Smart, grade conscious, hardworking, and sociable
    22%
  • Smart student that knows how to throw down
    18%
  • Grade conscious students who try too hard
    3%
  • Party now, study the day before the exam
    1%
  • Smart students who are not social
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.122 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.136 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 77 responses
Report
  • Intellectual and fun
    30%
  • Intense but rewarding
    21%
  • Intellectual
    18%
  • The most fun you'll have at a small college
    13%
  • Great college! Beautiful campus!
    8%
  • :work hard, twerk harder" -a recent graduate
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $58,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    86%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    95%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.62 responses

    The College of New Jersey Reviews

    1,341 reviews
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    TCNJ is a very good state school. It offers rich academics, a tight-knit community and resources that will help you succeed in whatever field. Campus is beautiful during the seasons and it is a great place to be. I would have to comment on the liberal arts program, the housing, dining, social life, and LGBTQ+ community. Personally, I think the liberal arts program is wishy-washy. You can complete multiple requirements with one class: I find this personally to be a disservice to a "liberal arts education." The classes are extremely challenging, so be prepared to work your butt off. The freshman housing sucks, but it is a cool place to meet people. The food, do not go to EIK. Worst dining hall, some are okay with it, but I think it is nasty. If you are big partier, get involved with Greek life or else you have to pay to get into parties, yes even you girls. There also just is a lack of LGBTQ+ resources and organizations on campus, come on man! Let's have some pride.
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    TCNJ overall has interesting and academically challenging courses, as well as professors who are passionate about their job and are always available. But TCNJ is more than academics. There are so many clubs to choose from! Sports and Greek Life are also offered, but they aren't as big of a part of Campus culture as other schools. There's always something going on, so it's definitely worth it to walk around campus. There is also Campus Town, which has a Barnes and Noble, restaurants, and an Urgent Care right on campus.
    However, it is a public campus, meaning groups can come and speak, even if they are hateful (typically the campus is safe and LGBTQ+ friendly).
    The school also sometimes doesn't announce snow days until after the roads get icy, which is bad for commuters who drive all the way just for classes to be cancelled.
    For me, these cons do not outweigh the pros of going to this school. I love it here, and I do not regret choosing to attend.
    My time here at The College of New Jersey has been a fantastic experience. I am a transfer student in my junior year currently in my first semester here at TCNJ. The professors are incredibly passionate and are willing to help their students, even outside of class/office hours. There's always an event happening on campus, and if you're looking for schools with a good party scene, there's so much Greek life at TCNJ, and they're always throwing something. As far as tuition goes, you just can't beat the price here. I was accepted into many schools (e.g., Amherst, BU, Bryn Mawr), but I chose TCNJ because their tuition is quite literally less than half the cost of those other schools. The campus is gorgeous, and it's so easy to find an internship because each department has an abundance of connections. All in all, TCNJ is a phenomenal school, and anyone would be lucky to come here!