College of New Jersey

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PO Box 7718, 2000 Pennington Road

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Phone: (609) 771-1855
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#5 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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College of New Jersey is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,545, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 289 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of New Jersey's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 5. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,730 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,135 (2013-14).

The College of New Jersey, also called TCNJ, is located near Trenton. TCNJ is selective with admissions and offers more than 50 undergraduate programs in seven schools. Graduate students can choose from several different degrees, including those in the health field. On campus, TCNJ students can see shows at two theaters, hear a performance at the music hall, observe art at the gallery or get on the air at the school's television and radio stations.

Students can also get involved with TCNJ's more than 150 student organizations or participate in events such as Community Fest, where they gather to teach and entertain local children. There are also several opportunities for student athletes at the intramural, club and varsity levels. The blue and gold TCNJ Lions intercollegiate sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference. Notable TCNJ alumni include Holly Black, author of the New York Times bestselling children’s books, "The Spiderwick Chronicles."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The College of New Jersey is on a mission to keep New Jersey's most talented students in-state for their higher education, with only the most exceptional students from out-of-state admitted. The College combines the best practices of the finest private institutions with a public mission, resulting in a new model for public undergraduate education. Through its seven schools - the Arts & Communication; Business; Culture & Society; Education; Engineering; Nursing, Health & Exercise Science; and Science - - The College offers more than 50 liberal arts and professional programs. Students attending The College enjoy the beauty of a Georgian colonial campus, sophisticated facilities, an intimate classroom environment, and an academically stimulating residential community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $23,815,000


When applying to College of New Jersey, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at College of New Jersey is $75. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.1%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of New Jersey is 13:1, and the school has 35.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of New Jersey include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; and Special Education and Teaching, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
Elementary Education and Teaching 12%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Special Education and Teaching, General 7%

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Student Life

College of New Jersey has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,545, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. College of New Jersey is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,270
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

College of New Jersey offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. College of New Jersey also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of New Jersey, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of New Jersey.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At College of New Jersey, 52.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,219.

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In-state tuition and fees $14,730 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,135 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,343 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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