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Colleges / The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ 2-Year Grad Public
Acceptance Rate62%
Acceptance Rate62%

About TCNJ

The College of New Jersey Overview

The College of New Jersey is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Ewing, New Jersey. TCNJ was founded in 1855 and the school now enrolls around 7,637 students per year, which includes 6,959 undergraduates. TCNJ provides housing for up to 3,218 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 70% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to TCNJ for Fall 2023 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at TCNJ!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of TCNJ's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? TCNJ students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? TCNJ has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? TCNJ has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at TCNJ on the Student Life page.

2022 TCNJ Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 62%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 79%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 42%
In-State Tuition $14,140
Out-of-State $19,796
Percent of Need Met 45%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,509

Is TCNJ a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what TCNJ offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for The College of New Jersey

TCNJ is very difficult to get into. Around 62% of applicants get into TCNJ each year. Last year, 10,392 students applied to TCNJ and 6,444 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at TCNJ

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 92% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at TCNJcome back their sophomore year. Around 87% of students who started at TCNJ earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for TCNJ Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from TCNJ by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 63% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent TCNJ grads is $57,720 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

TCNJ's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of The College of New Jersey's endowment was $65.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, TCNJ spends about $9,176 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at TCNJ

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

TCNJ meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,509 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $36,672 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at TCNJ.

Based on this information, is TCNJ the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is TCNJ a good school for you?

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Where is The College of New Jersey Located?

TCNJ is located in the suburban setting of Ewing, New Jersey, in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

If you are interested in seeing TCNJ for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Ewing, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what TCNJ and Ewing are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2000 Pennington Road PO Box 7718 Ewing, NJ 08628

Campus Setting: Suburban

TCNJ Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to TCNJ is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to TCNJ is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

The College of New Jersey is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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ACT Range

25 - 32

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to TCNJ is 28. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into TCNJ. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1340


Math SAT Range

590 - 680


Reading SAT Range

580 - 670

TCNJ Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at TCNJ is like? There are approximately 7,589 students enrolled at TCNJ, including 6,959 undergraduate students and 630 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from NJ and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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