The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ

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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.

Questions and Answers about The College of New Jersey

Vanya J.
1 year ago
What do The College of New Jersey admissions counselors look for in an ideal applicant?
The College of New Jersey
Hi there! Since our review is very holistic, we look at your transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, extracurricular activities, demonstrated interest, and essays! There's a lot of factors that go into each of these, so I encourage you to connect with one of our visit opportunities to hear more about our application process:
Mary W.
1 year ago
Does The College of New Jersey offer internship opportunities for students based on their majors?
The College of New Jersey
Hi there! We did have the College Enhancement Internship program, but our Career Center helps guide students with external internships:
Albert K.
1 year ago
Can transfer students take SAT or ACT for an optional test to apply The College of New Jersey?
The College of New Jersey
Hi there! Yes, you can.
James Kwadwo B.
1 year ago
Can International students without SAT and ACT scores apply to The College of New Jersey?
The College of New Jersey
Yes! We are test-optional.
Allison F.
1 year ago
What intramural club sports does The College of New Jersey offer?
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Hi there! A list of our intramural sports can be found here:
Emma D.
1 year ago
How many students typically live in a dorm room, and can a freshman have a room for themselves?
The College of New Jersey
Hi there! About 95% of our first-year students live on campus for the First Year Experience. Typically our FYE is double styles. More information can be found here:
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Majors offered at The College of New Jersey

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Biology, General
Psychology, General

Academics at The College of New Jersey

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Somewhat Selective (50% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution
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Mechanical Engineer78k
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Marketing Manager65k
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Student reviews of The College of New Jersey

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100% of students

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Lots of interesting clubs and activities
LGBTQ+ friendly
Fun orientation programs
Welcoming student body
Diverse and Inclusive
Joshua Simpson
Advocacy And Activism



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.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

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.

Alice Qassabian
Painting and Studio Art
Drawing And Illustration
Exercise And Fitness



The academics are rigorous and the class sizes are small so it’s personable.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

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.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The cafeteria food is not good, you have to spend points or money in other locations on campus often for good food.

Makensy Kelly
Video Editing and Production
Movies And Film
digital art
Art + 2 others



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

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Be aware of having to take a million liberal learning and being behind in your classes

Stefan Stojanoski
Painting and Studio Art
Hiking And Backpacking
Cooking + 5 others



Everything. This college helped me expand into who I am today and I am grateful.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The food wasn't of the best quality, but that is okay in the retrospect of everything.

Vanessa Seidner
Foreign Languages
Art + 11 others



Attending The College of New Jersey has been an excellent experience for me. I started in the summer of 2019 and I am currently a rising senior. I was originally a Biology major, but I switched to Public Health after determining that this would better align with my strengths and interests. This process was efficient. I am still very interested in Biology, however, so I am pursuing it as a minor. The small class sizes ensure that you are a name, not a number. The professors are approachable and knowledgeable, and they are all so passionate about what they teach. You can create meaningful relationships with the students and the faculty here. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and welcoming, and I have never once felt out of place here. I am excited to see what my future at this school and beyond holds.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I like this school.

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