A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts & Communication; Business; Culture and Society; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. The College is enriched by an honors program and extensive opportunities to study abroad, and its award-winning First-Year Experience and freshman orientation programs have helped make its retention and graduation rates among the highest in the country. CAMPUS: Known for its natural beauty, the College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township (map). The College has 39 major buildings, including a state-of-the-art library; 14 residence halls that accommodate 3,600 students; an award-winning student center; more than 20 academic computer laboratories; a full range of laboratories for nursing, microscopy, science, and technology; a music building with a 300-seat concert hall; and a collegiate recreation and athletic facilities complex. TCNJ has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,200 students (95 percent from New Jersey). STUDENT LIFE: The College of New Jersey encourages students to expand their talents and skills through more than 200 organizations that are open to students. These groups range from performing ensembles and professional and honor societies to student publications, Greek organizations, as well as intramural and club sports. The College also offers numerous leadership opportunities through the Student Finance Board, Student Government Association, and Residence Hall Government to name a few. ATHLETICS: High achievement and scholarship in the classroom have been mirrored by the success of The College of New Jersey’s varsity student-athletes. Since the 1978–79 Lion wrestling team captured the College’s first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) team championship, TCNJ has established itself as one of the nation’s most successful Division III (non-athletic scholarship) programs. Since 1979, The College of New Jersey has amassed a total of 38 Division III crowns in seven different sports. In addition, the Lions have posted 32 runner-up awards, giving the College an aggregate of 70 first and second-place finishes. That figure is tops among the nation’s 424 Division III colleges and universities during the past 25 years. The Lions have also produced 53 Division III Academic All-Americans. As impressive as the overall athletic record is, TCNJ’s accomplishment as a leader in women’s sports is even greater. Since NCAA Championships were initiated for women in 1981, only TCNJ has won as many as 30 Division III team championships. The total does not include the Lions’ lacrosse championship in 1981 or the softball championships in 1980 and 1981, which were sponsored by the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) prior to women’s sports inclusion in the NCAA. In the fall of 1999, TCNJ’s women’s athletic program was voted as the top Division III institution for female student-athletes by Sports Illustrated for Women.
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I like the classroom environment at TCNJ. It is very familiar to the one I had in high school, discussion-style rooms with few students (10 - 25 people). While the food can be unpleasant at times, there are several dining locations that offer consistently delicious and nutritious options. Outside of the classroom, there are what seems to be hundreds of extracurricular opportunities to get involved in. However, I am an out-of-state student at a college which consists of roughly 93% in-state students. So, sometimes I can feel out of place, but I have found my people here to help me make it feel more like home.
There seems to be a common trend with professors of STEM classes not having English as their first language. Which would be perfectly fine with me if their English was understandable. There have been times in class when the professor might as well be speaking gibberish. I have heard this frustration with a lot of students in the STEM department and have experienced it myself at least three times.
The academics are rigorous and the class sizes are small so it’s personable.
Professors in the biology department specifically seem more concerned with their research instead of teaching students.
I like that there is always something to do on campus and so many clubs to be involved in.
The cafeteria food is not good, you have to spend points or money in other locations on campus often for good food.
If you are from out of state it is very hard to live here because most people go home on the weekend. The food is bad. But the CUB has some fun events if you want to have fun
Be aware of having to take a million liberal learning and being behind in your classes
Everything. This college helped me expand into who I am today and I am grateful.
The food wasn't of the best quality, but that is okay in the retrospect of everything.