The College of New Jersey was founded in 1855 as a public college. Its award-winning First-Year Experience (FYE) Program and freshman orientation program, "Expectations," have helped propel the college's freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 93%. The FYE Program, part of TCNJ's student-centered approach to teaching, integrates academics, individual development and social understanding. All freshmen live in residence halls, where they have informal access to upper-class mentors, faculty members and student tutors. "Expectations" also includes Welcome Week, which gives freshmen the opportunity to get to know the campus, settle into residence communities and meet their classmates prior to the start of classes. Students discuss summer readings and are exposed to the four themes they will explore throughout their years at the college: 'What does it mean to be human?' 'What does it mean to be moral, ethical and just?' 'What does it mean to be a member of a community?' and 'How do individuals and communities respond to differences in race, class, gender and ethnicity?' Small classes allow close interaction with an exceptional faculty. Many undergraduate students assist faculty members with research and present the results at conferences or coauthor papers. Students are expected to live by the college's mission of community, diversity, service and excellence and to actively participate in campus activities, organizations and events. Hopefully, they will leave the college a better place for having been there. Programs are offered through the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing. Students further broaden the knowledge gained in the classroom through community service projects in the Mercer County area. The college's 289-acre, suburban campus is located in Ewing, near Princeton and Trenton, NJ and Bucks County, PA.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
7,048
Undergraduates
3,003
Men - 42.6%
4,046
Women - 57.4%
638
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
50% of 13,625 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
630 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
625 average
580-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $36,093
Out-of-state: $48,071
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $16,923
Out-of-state: $28,901
Room and Board
$14,048
Average Percent of Need Met
42%
Average Freshman Award
$12,274
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,166
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
363
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
6%
10-19
40%
20-29
37%
30-39
13%
40-49
3%
50-99
0%
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Philadelphia Population
35,790
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
54% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
14% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
11.9%
Black/African-American
6.2%
Hispanic/Latino
13.2%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.2%
White
64.4%
Unknown
3.6%
International Students
0.3% from 4 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
75.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported