If you are planning on applying to TCNJ, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the application fee is $75.
Students who submit their applications to TCNJ for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.
Here is an overiew of some of TCNJ's admissions stats.
|TCNJ 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||30%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||42%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||7%|
These are the application deadlines for The College of New Jersey.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||December 1|
|Early Decision II||Yes||January 1||February 1|
|Regular Decision||Yes||February 15||April 1|
TCNJ 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 I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.
🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.
The early decision acceptance rate at TCNJ is 79%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 62%. Last year, TCNJ admitted 430 of the 546 students who applied early decision.
Some students apply early to college to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.
➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
TCNJ has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.
What does TCNJ consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Extracurricular Activities||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with TCNJ for more information on admission factors.
To apply to TCNJ, all applicants 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)|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.5|
|Other Requirements||√||art portfolio or music audition|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||3|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
TCNJ has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 53% submitted a class rank. At TCNJ 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 64% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.
At The College of New Jersey, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to TCNJ directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
TCNJ considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
TCNJ is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 42% of TCNJ's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other TCNJ applicants, you should strive to earn between 1160 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At TCNJ 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of TCNJ students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of TCNJ students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.
To be most competitive at TCNJ, you should strive to earn between 25 and 32 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for TCNJ's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.
A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for TCNJ students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.
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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
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 • DSST/DANTES
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 you can choose if you want to to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include 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 has an acceptance rate of 62%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at TCNJ?
✅ TCNJ's early decision acceptance rate was 79% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into TCNJ? TCNJ is a very selective institution. The TCNJ acceptance rate is 62%. This means that the institution accepts 62 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
32 and Above
25 to 32
25 and Less
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
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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