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Transfer Applicants

TCNJ values transfer students from two-year and four-year institutions. The pool of transfer applicants is very competitive. To be eligible to apply as a transfer, an applicant must be in the process of or have earned at least 12 college credits.   The minimum GPA to apply as a transfer is 2.5. Students seeking admission to some of the more competitive programs may need higher GPAs to be considered for admission.

Each applicant is reviewed based on rigor of coursework, GPA, choice of major, essay, standardized test scores(if required), and high school record (when necessary).  The greater number of college credits accumulated, the more weight college record will carry during the application review process.  We also recommend applicants to include a resume and letters of recommendation.

Transfer Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

Credit Evaluations

In general, courses that are transferable to TCNJ are 100 and 200 level coursework where a grade of C or higher is earned.  Please keep in mind that this is a general guideline.  For students transferring from a two-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 64 credits and for students transferring from a four-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 80 credits.

The evaluation of credits takes place only after an applicant has been admitted by an Academic Evaluator in the Office of Records and Registration.  If you attend a NJ Community College, please refer to the  NJTransfer website for transfer equivalencies.

More about Credit Evaluations


Apply using The Common Application

You can submit the application online starting August 1st.

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


Second or Additional Bachelor’s Degrees
Students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree, either from The College of New Jersey or another institution, may apply for a second baccalaureate degree. They should apply according to the procedures for transfer students. The following policies apply to second degree students:

  1. Students must earn a minimum of 12 course units in addition to the courses already earned as part of the first bachelor’s degree.
  2. All requirements for the new major must be completed.
  3. This policy does not authorize the granting of two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously, since students have the option of taking a dual major.


Candidates seeking formal admissions to a degree program must have twelve or more semester hours of college credit earned, and a minimum GPA of a 2.5. TCNJ does not provide an Admissions Interview as part of the application process.

$75 application fee
There are two methods of making your non-refundable payment (TCNJ does not accept fee waivers for transfer students):
1. Submit payment through the Common Application with a credit card or bank echeck
2. Mail check/money order by selecting “Fee Waiver” on the Common Application and mailing  payment to The Office of Admissions, Transfer Department.
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.
Academic transcripts Official high school transcript and all college transcripts are required for all transfer applicants.   Have all transcripts sent to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Attn: Transfer Department, directly from the high school or college transcript office (otherwise, they will not be considered official). 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 transcripts 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 most transfer applicants. Scores must be sent from official testingagency or printed on an official school transcript.Codes:
SAT CEEB: 002519
ACT Code: 002614
Transfer applicants are exempt if they meet one of the following by the application deadline:
1. Graduated from high school five years ago or more
2. Earned 45 credits or more from another institution
Recommendations (not required) TCNJ strongly encourages transfer applicants to submit a letters of recommendation.  It is not necessary to use The Common Application Teacher Evaluation form, College Official form, or the Secondary School final report. It is preferred that recommendations for transfer students come from college instructors, college advisors, or other college officials. If these are unobtainable, however, recommendations from high school teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, employers, or extracurricular advisors may also be submitted.
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 a Resume to detail involvement in clubs and organizations, employment, internships, volunteering, education, etc.
Additional Program Requirements Art, Interactive Multimedia, Music

All paper documentation should be mailed to:

The College of New Jersey
The Office of Undergraduate Admission
Attn:  Transfer Department
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


TCNJ strongly encourages students to apply on-line.

Deadline For

Application Deadline Supporting Documents Deadline Notification of Decision
Spring Admission October 15 November 1 December 15
Fall Admission February 15 March 1 April 1

Other Deadlines

  • Music applications must be received by October 15th for Spring Admission and February 1st for Fall Admission
  • Visual Arts, Art Education and Interactive Multimedia applicants must have their portfolio review completed by November 30th for Spring Admission and February 15th for Fall Admission

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Assistance Web site provides information about Sources of Financial Aid for Transfer Students

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.

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.


To recognize academic achievement, The College of New Jersey is proud to invest in students who have shown strong academic potential, as evidenced by their coursework and GPA, by offering the New Jersey Community College Scholarship.

This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to five distinguished transfer students from the New Jersey community colleges each year.  This transfer scholarship awards full tuition – fees, room and board are not included – for a period of 4 consecutive, full-time semesters at TCNJ.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidate must be accepted as a transfer student for a Fall academic term.
  2. Candidate must have achieved at least a 3.95 cumulative grade point average at the time of admission to The College, and must maintain at least a 3.95 cumulative grade point average through the completion of the community college Associate Degree.
  3. Candidate must complete the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a New Jersey community college.
  4. Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  5. If the candidate has also attended a 4-year institution, s/he must not have taken more than 12 college credits at that institution.

Transfer Visits

Contemplating transferring into The College of New Jersey? Whether you are coming from a two-year or four-year institution, we invite you to sit in on a presentation by a Transfer Admissions Counselor and join a campus tour. TCNJ’s Transfer Information Sessions and Tours are designed to inform and assist transfers with the application process, outline application requirements, provide credit evaluation information, and answer any questions that you may have.

Fall 2014 Transfer Information Sessions and Campus Tours will be available for registration in late August.