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Frequently Asked Questions

We certainly haven’t thought of everything you might want to know, but here are the most common questions we get from out-of-state students and their families:
 
How many students at TCNJ are from outside New Jersey?
A little over 7%, and we have plans to double that number over the next few years! Right now is actually the best time to apply to The College of New Jersey as an out-of-state student… keep reading to find out why.

Is it harder to get into TCNJ as an out-of-state student?
No! The College of New Jersey is a highly selective institution, but because we are trying to bring more geographic diversity to our campus, we are a bit more flexible with out-of-state applicants during the admissions process. 

Do most out-of-state students live on campus?
Yes, because they are guaranteed housing all four years while at TCNJ!  This is a huge perk for non-NJ residents who might not be as familiar with the off-campus housing options in the Ewing area.  And with the new Campus Town Projectscheduled to open in the summer of 2014, there will be even more options for our out-of-state upperclassman

Are there specific out-of-state scholarships?
You bet! Over the past three years over 80% of our out-of-state students received a merit-based scholarship to help with tuition, with awards ranging anywhere from $2,000-$10,000 per year for all four years of study. If you apply to TCNJ by December 1st you’ll receive Priority Status, which means 1) you’ll have first dibs at our pool of scholarship funds and, 2) you are more likely to receive a larger award than those students who apply after December 1st.  The out-of-state scholarship application form will be mailed out to you with your acceptance letter and must be completed in full to receive full scholarship consideration.

If I decide to apply to TCNJ, are application fee waivers available?
Every out-of-state high school guidance counselor is allowed to submit a TCNJ School Counselor Fee Waiver on behalf of one student at their school. If you decide to apply to TCNJ, talk to him/her about this freebie!   We mail and e-mail these waivers out in early September, but if your counselor never receives one, please have them reach out to our office’s School Counselor Liaison, Lindsay Barndt, at barndtl@tcnj.edu

Are there any student organizations geared toward out-of-state students?
Three years ago, a group of current students launched the Out-of-State Alliance (OOSA).  This organization has been instrumental in welcoming new out-of-state students to the campus community.  Their members participate in recruitment events, organize car pools, and plan activities on the quieter holiday weekends (when many NJ students return home).  OOSA was instrumental in securing four-year guaranteed housing for out-of-state students (see above), as well as securing discounted NJ Transit rail passes for TCNJ students.  You can learn more about OOSA by e-mailing them at oosa@TCNJ.edu.

How can I visit the campus?
The TCNJ Admissions Office has a variety of different visit opportunities throughout the year on both weekdays and weekends; you can register for all of them here

Sure, but what if I want to really experience what it’s like to be a TCNJ student for a day?
How does a day AND a night sound?  Admissions oversees the TCNJ Hosting Program each spring, where we invite admitted students to the campus and pair them up with a current students (usually a freshman with the same academic major).  You and your Host schedule a visit that is convenient to both your schedules.  On the day you selected, you’ll get to shadow your host academically, residentially and socially: sit in on their classes, sleep in their residence hall, attend their club meetings, and eat their food (well, eat in their dining hall, anyway… eating someone else’s food can be rude!).

Who do I contact if I have more questions about TCNJ?
The Out-Of-State Admissions Team is here to answer your questions anytime!

Pennsylvania and Delaware Students: Lindsay Barndt
New York and Connecticut Students: Emily Nagele
International Students: Kevin Fay
Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, NY Students: John MacPherson
Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia Students: Lynn McKnight
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont students: Chris Marks
Students from All Other States: Matthew Middleton

 

Ask the Experts

Contact members of our Out-of-State Admissions Team if you ever have any additional questions about TCNJ:

 

Matt Middleton

Kevin Fay

Emily Nagele

Lindsay Barndt

John MacPherson

Chris Marks

Lynn McKnight

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