A Model for Higher Education

 The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution consistently recognized as on of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. Founded as the New Jersey Normal School, TCNJ maintains the fifth highest four-year graduation rate among all public college and universities.

Essential to its mission, TCNJ believes in the transformative prower of education to develop critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners and leaders, by focusing on Five Signature Experiences. These experiences are the hallmark of a TCNJ Education. They include a personalized, collaborative, and rigorous education; undergraduate research, mentored internships, and field experiences; community engaged learning; global engagement; and leadership development.

We encourage students, faculty, and staff to pursue their curiosities and passions inside and outside the classroom.  We collaborate across disciplinary and operational boundaries to draw on all our strengths.  We work together to enrich our local, national, and global communities, and we treat each other with civility and respect.

Most importantly, we believe that a community composed of people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities promotes learning and engagement.  We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, and we nurture ongoing campus dialogue to ensure that we adhere to our mission, vision, and values.


TCNJ admits highly talented students, whom we challenge to discover and realize their academic potential.  We recruit the highest quality faculty, staff and administrators who have the expertise and experience to mentor and challenge our students.  We support innovation and experimentation and continue to build on our accomplishments. We hold the highest expectations for ourselves and support each other in achieving them.  With more than 50 liberal arts and professional programs in seven academic schools, TCNJ students have a remarkable variety of options.


Residence Life

TCNJ is a primarily undergraduate, residential college that focuses on preparing students to excel in their chosen field and to create, preserve, and transmit knowledge, arts, and wisdom.  Residential Education provides the context in which students transform information learned in the classroom into the knowledge, arts, and wisdom that define the human experience.

In Residential Education, TCNJ rejects the dormitory model of residential living, where students merely sleep on campus for the purposes of convenience.  Instead, Residential Education replaces convenience with necessity.  We recognize our buildings as residence halls: tenets of intellectual and social development that function as centers for living and learning.

In our residence halls, each of our policies and actions are guided by a residential curriculum that seeks to create and sustain a thoughtful, active, and engaged community of learners.  Our core beliefs include developing students into whole persons; enriching cultural, social, and intellectual life through diversity; preparing students to be successful, ethical, and visionary leaders; and enhancing opportunities through living-learning environments.

To learn more about the different housing options on the TCNJ campus, click here, or contact the Office of Residential Education at housing@tcnj.edu.

Campus Life

Pencils down! Everyone deserves a chance to unwind, and TCNJ provides a host of opportunities to do so.  Big-name acts or short-film showcases. Rugby matches or a cappella mash-ups. Morning meditations or overnight excursions. So (very, very) much to do!

The College Union Board(better known as CUB) brings the stars to TCNJ, and it’s 100% student run.  The names you know from movies, music, comedy, and more visit our campus each year.  CUB also sponsorts everything from Silent Disco on Green Lawn to the Student Band Showcase to a Texas hold ’em tournament.

Whether you prefer to entertain or be entertained, TCNJ has an outlet to match your interest: theater, dance, music, comedy, and more. Students run the show, putting their talents and their leadership skills on display. 

How about a day of snow tubing or outlet shopping? A weekend getaway to New York or Boston? Off-campus adventure is only a bus ride away!  TCNJ utilizies our prime location between Manhattan and Philadelphia to offer our students the chance to explore the communities beyond our campus.


Admissions Website

Please visit admissions.tcnj.edu for more information.

Deadline Information

Early Decision I

  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: November 15
  • Notification of Decision: December 1

Early Decision II

  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: January 15
  • Notification of Decision: February 1

General Admission

  • Application Deadline:  February 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: March 1
  • Notification of Decision: No later than April 1

Applications for the seven-year medical programs and the seven-year optometry program are accepted only for September admission and are due November 1st.

Music auditions must be completed by November 19th (Early Decision I), January 16th (Early Decision II), or March 15th (General Admission).   Art applicants must submit their portfolio for departmental review by November 1st (Early Decision I), January 15th (Early Decision II), or February 16th (General Admission).

Required Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • $75 application fee or approved fee waiver
  • 2-3 recommendation letters


An extracurricular resume is not required but encouraged.  TCNJ does not offer admissions interviews.  To read more about our application requirements, click here.

Most Art and Music programs are test-score optional.  Students applying for Art, Music, the Seven-Year Medical Program and/or our Educational Opportunity Fund Program should review other application requirements here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

 The only form you need to apply for state and/or federal aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must list “The College of New Jersey” as a recipient and write TCNJ’s school code number (002642) on your FAFSA.  You must also provide your Social Security Number to be considered for state and federal aid.

The College of New Jersey offers scholarships to incoming first-year students based on academic performance, leadership, and a number of other factors.  These awards are renewable for all four years of study at TCNJ.

In-State Scholarship Program
Out-of-State Award Program

The College of New Jersey has also partnered with Raise.Me in order to enable students to earn TCNJ scholarships before and during the application review process based off of their high school achievements.  Interested students can visit www.raise.me/join/tcnj and create a Raise Me profile to start qualifying for scholarships today!

The College of New Jersey awards Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarships to merit scholarship recipients who demonstrate financial need.  Students must submit the FAFSA by February 15th to be considered for a Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarship.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance will work with the Office of Admissions to review FAFSA data before awarding Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarships.  Award amounts will be based on available institutional funds and the number of qualified candidates who successfully submit the FAFSA.  Lion’s Pride awards are designed to supplement a student’s current merit scholarship, and the total scholarship amount between the two award types will not exceed $12,000 per year.

Additional Information

Visit TCNJ

We encourage you to visit our campus. Choose the opportunity that best fits your interests and schedule. Campus Tours include a brief admissions presentation and a guided tour led by one of our student ambassadors. Our unique Lions Day open houses offer you broader access to the TCNJ community, including opportunities to connect with Admissions staff, financial aid counselors, faculty and/or students from all of our academic departments.

Learn more about ways to visit TCNJ


TCNJ is honored to evaluate the applications of our military veterans.  Please review this website for more information about the various funding sources available for veterans who attend TCNJ.