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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.

Website: tcnj.edu/

(57.4%) 4,044 Women
(42.6%) 3,004 Men


Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
50% of 13,625 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
630 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
625 average
580-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

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
Average Percent of Need Met
Average Freshman Award
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 37% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Ewing Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
54% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
11% of women participate
14% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.9% Asian
6.2% Black/African-American
13.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.4% White
3.6% Unknown
International Students
0.3% from 4 countries
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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