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TCNJ Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to TCNJ, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

TCNJ Admissions Stats at a Glance

TCNJ 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 88%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to TCNJ?

The College of New Jersey offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at TCNJ is 62%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 50%. In 2021, TCNJ admitted 442 of the 710 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into The College of New Jersey

TCNJ is a very difficult school to get into. TCNJ evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, TCNJ accepted 50% of students, around 6,785 of the 13,625 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like TCNJ, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, TCNJ waitlisted 2,207 students. Of those, 602 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to TCNJ?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at TCNJ

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important

TCNJ Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to TCNJ must submit the following items. Double check with TCNJ's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Other Requirements art portfolio or music audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into TCNJ?

Out of all students that were admitted, 51% submitted a class rank. At TCNJ 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 66% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At The College of New Jersey, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 51%

TCNJ considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

TCNJ is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 88% of TCNJ's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for TCNJ?

To be competitive with other TCNJ applicants, you should strive to earn between 1150 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At TCNJ 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1150, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of TCNJ students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of TCNJ students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for TCNJ?

To be most competitive at TCNJ, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for TCNJ's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for TCNJ students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to The College of New Jersey

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to TCNJ.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in TCNJ during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

TCNJ Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to TCNJ?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to TCNJ.

Does TCNJ accept transfer credits?

TCNJ accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. TCNJ accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does TCNJ accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

TCNJ accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to TCNJ?

No, TCNJ is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is TCNJ's acceptance rate?

TCNJ's acceptance rate is 50%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at TCNJ?

TCNJ's early decision acceptance rate was 62% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into TCNJ? TCNJ is a very selective institution. The TCNJ acceptance rate is 50%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.



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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



ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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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 30 and above have a good chance of getting into TCNJ. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1300


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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