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Freshmen Applicants

Do you seek an institution that will stimulate and challenge both your mind and spirit? TCNJ students are academically gifted, demonstrate strong initiative, and have diverse talents. Recently admitted students have an average SAT score between 1210 and 1380 and rank in the top 15% of their graduating class. The admissions department takes a holistic approach to the review of our applicants, considering student abilities and involvement beyond academics.

TCNJ’s admissions staff examine every component of a student’s application, but none more carefully than the high school transcript. This record of course selection, grades, GPA, class rank, and the strength of the curriculum provides the most accurate predictor of a student’s chance for success in college. Other criteria used in the evaluation process can be found on the “Requirements” section.

Because we receive over 11,000 applications, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible once the application becomes available. Historically, TCNJ begins notifying students on-or-around March 1st. All students are notified of their official admission decision no later than April 1st.

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Apply using The Common Application

You can submit the application online starting August 1st.

Codes: SAT CEEB: 002519 | ACT Code: 002614 | Financial Aid: 002642

Other Applications


Requirements

$75 application fee
There are two methods of making your non-refundable payment:
1. Submit payment through the Common Application
2. Mail check/money order by selecting “Fee Waiver” on the Common Application and mailing payment to The Office of Admissions, Freshman Applicant.
TCNJ will waive a student’s application fee if they submit a paper copy of one of the following:
1.  College Board Fee Waiver
2.  NACAC Fee Waiver
3.  TCNJ Out-of-State Fee Waiver
4.  Common Application Fee Waiver Request Form (signed by counselor)
5.  A formal letter from a student’s school counselor (must contain specific reasons why the counselor believes a waiver is necessary for this student)
Academic Major Student’s must declare an official TCNJ program of study on our school’s Common Application Member Form, which can ONLY be submitted on-line when completing the Common Application.  You cannot apply “undecided” to TCNJ.
High School transcripts An official high school transcript must be sent to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the high school office (otherwise, they will not be considered official). This can be submitted through Naviance or mailed to TCNJ’s Office of Admissions, Attn: Freshman Applicant.  The Common Application secondary school report does not need to be submitted.If you attended high school and/or college outside of the United States, your transcript will need to be evaluated by an United States agency that provides foreign credentials evaluations before being sent to TCNJ.
Official test scores SAT or ACT scores are required for all freshmen applicants, with the exception of Art, Music and Interactive Multimedia applicants (see below). Scores must be sent from the official testing agency or printed on an official school transcript.  Our school codes are:
SAT CEEB: 002519
ACT Code: 002614
TCNJ does not use the Writing sections of the SAT or ACT.  SAT II Subject Tests are NOT required.
Recommendations TCNJ strongly encourages freshmen applicants to submit 2-3 letters of recommendation.  One must be from a teacher.  The other letters can come from other teachers, school counselors, coaches, employers, or extracurricular advisors.  It is not necessary to use The Common Application Teacher Evaluation form if a recommendation is being mailed to TCNJ.
Essay The Common Application essay is the official essay used in the evaluation process.
Resume (not required) In addition to filling out the activities list on The Common Application, applicants are encouraged to mail in an Activity Resume to detail involvement in clubs and organizations, employment, internships, volunteering, education, etc.

Test Score Optional Applicants:

Students who apply in Visual Arts, Art Education, Interactive Multimedia, Music (BA), Music Performance and Music Education may have their applications reviewed through our Test Score Optional evaluation process.  These applicants will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores.  Instead, extra emphasis will be placed on their high school transcript, extracurricular involvement, and audition (Music applicants) or portfolio (Art and Interactive Multimedia applicants) results.  Admitted students interested in being considered for merit scholarships will ultimately be required to submit their standardized test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

Art, Interactive MultimediaMusic, Seven-year Medical Programs, Seven-year Optometry Program

TCNJ does not provide an Admissions Interview as part of the application process.

All paper documentation should be mailed to:

The College of New Jersey
The Office of Undergraduate Admission, Attn: Freshman Applicant
Paul Loser Hall 228
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628

* Whenever possible, it is in the best interest of the applicant to mail everything in one package.

Codes: SAT CEEB: 002519  |  ACT Code: 002614  |  Financial Aid: 002642


Financial Aid & 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 on the Common Application to be considered for state and federal aid.

There are two options for filing the FAFSA:

1. File electronically over the Internet, which is the quickest and most efficient process, via the Financial Assistance Web site.

2. Complete the paper version of the FAFSA, which can usually be obtained from your high school or college or by calling 800-4-FED-AID.

The College of New Jersey offers scholarships that take into account both academic performance and financial need.  Giving such incentives is one way The College of New Jersey maintains its own outstanding reputation.  More information about TCNJ’s scholarship program for 2014-2015 will be available at the start of the academic year.

Deadlines & Notifications

Application Deadline Supporting Documents Deadline Notification of Decision
Early Decision I* November 1 November 15 December 1
Early Decision II* January 1 January 15 February 1
General Admission February 1 March 1 No later than April 1**
Spring Admission November 1 November 15 December 1

*Students accepted through the Early Decision programs MUST attend The College of New Jersey. Early Decision students will be given the same consideration for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid as those applying General Admission.

**The College of New Jersey prides itself on giving every application the most thorough review possible. While TCNJ makes every effort to notify students regarding their admission decision as early as possible (starting in early March), some applications will undergo multiple reviews before a final decision is made. Therefore, the Admissions Office can only guarantee that a general admission decision will be mailed prior to April 1st, no matter how early the student applies.

Other Deadlines

  • Applications for the seven-year medical programs and the seven-year optometry program are accepted only for September admission and are due December 1st
  • Music applications must be received by November 1st for Early Decision.
  • Art and Interactive Multimedia applicants must have their portfolio review completed by November 30th (for Early Decision candidates) or February 15th (for General Admission applicants.)
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