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The College of New Jersey: Excellence by Design

Since its founding in 1855 as a teachers’ college, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is united in its dedication to learning, passion for new ideas, and promise to make a positive difference in the world through its scholarship and community service.

TCNJ is rated by U.S. News & World Report as the number one public institution among regional universities in the northeast. Its roughly 7,100 undergraduate students are high performers: 70 percent of admitted students were in the top 25 percent of their high school class. TCNJ students choose from among 50-plus majors/programs in seven academic schools (Arts & Communication; Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Education; Engineering; Nursing & Health Sciences; and Science) or create their own major. What makes the TCNJ undergraduate experience distinctive and valuable is the ability for students to learn and achieve through an extraordinary combination of classroom studies and practical work, in the lab and in the field, all within a supportive and collaborative academic community.

This participatory, hands-on approach to study enables students to graduate as experienced practitioners in their chosen field, making them not only better able to perform their jobs, but also more desirable to potential employers or graduate schools. In fact, TCNJ’s Class of 2020 first-year-out survey responses indicated that, within one year of graduation, 93 percent of alumni had a job, earning average salaries ranging from $40,000 to $65,000, or were enrolled in graduate school.

Hallmarks of a TCNJ Education

Partnership and collaboration are hallmarks of the academic experience at TCNJ, which is known for its strong sense of community and personal engagement. Students work closely with faculty and administration to design and participate in a meaningful approach to learning, which sparks innovation and creates a richer academic experience; undergraduate research, mentored internships, and field experiences are core to the rewarding TCNJ undergraduate experience.

In TCNJ’s School of the Arts & Communication, for example, students can combine fields of study based on their personal interests, to create a novel career path, such as TV production and music scoring, or game design and public health. Students in the School of Engineering learn and work side by side with professors, who are both esteemed faculty members and experienced practitioners, and with external industry clients, through innovative industry partnerships that enable students to engage in real-world research and development.

A Campus That Feels Like Home

The College’s Central New Jersey campus, situated between New York and Philadelphia, is set on 289 tree-lined acres. TCNJ has 39 major buildings including a library; 14 residence halls accommodating 3,600 students; a student center; more than 30 academic computer laboratories; laboratories for nursing, microscopy, science, and technology; a music building with a 300-seat concert hall; and a recreation center and other athletic facilities.

The College of New Jersey offers more than 200 organizations open to students, including performing ensembles, professional and honor societies, student publications, fraternities and sororities, as well as intramural and club sports. The College also offers its students leadership opportunities through its Student Finance Board, Student Government, Residence Hall Government, and similar organizations. TCNJ is one of fewer than 300 colleges and universities in the United States to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honors society.

TCNJ’s men’s and women’s athletes have earned 40 NCAA Division III team championships and 50 individual national titles since its wrestling team captured the school’s first NCAA title in 1979.

Learn more:

The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718


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