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Location
Ewing, NJ
Undergrads
6,295
Tuition (in-state)
$24,530 ($14,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academics: education curriculum is great and most professors are great; however, there is also opposite

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The practicums at the school are wonderful for an Education major. Students are placed in a wide variety of schools and they are supported throughout the entire experience by their professors. The education classes are nice, covering topics I had never realized were relevant to education.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The majority of professors are great teachers. There are a couple who lack good communication skills in their teaching subject.

The study areas are great. There are a variety to chose from, depending on a student's wants and needs.

5 College Junior

Academics: We have some of the most up to date curriculum that reflects what people mostly use in the industry. Every class for this major is interesting and reflects what we will be doing later in life.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are challenging and very beneficial.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 183rd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 248th
    Best Course Variety
  • 300th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 317th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sam Khazael
Hometown
Millburn, NJ
Major
Clinical Psychology
Grad Year
2011
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TCNJ offers excellent quality academics in almost every field of interest. Small class sizes allow for individual attention and guidance from professors, while equipment, such as lab materials and computer programs, provides additional help. The TCNJ writing center and tutors are available throughout the semester; however, students are advised to plan ahead and register for tutoring before the semester starts—tutoring is done on a weekly basis as a part of a semester-long program, and thus, spots are quickly filled. TCNJ offers programs in finance, economics, biology, chemistry, marketing, management, psychology, nursing, sociology, engineering (civil, mechanical, biomedical), philosophy, political science, women and gender studies, statistics, math, history, foreign language, education, accounting, physics, and more. Popular majors include biology, psychology, and education. TCNJ provides excellent academic training for future teachers and is known as one of the better teaching colleges in the nation.

Due to rising standards of admission, TCNJ attracts some of the best students in the state and surrounding areas. This creates an academic environment that is characterized by drive, hard work, and competition. TCNJ's academic programs are demanding and fast-paced, bringing out the best in hardworking students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
351
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
403
Total FT Faculty
351
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$92,280
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
59
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts & Communication
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Nursing, Health & Exercise Science
  • Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Seven-year medical program
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Bliss Hall
  • Dorm lounges
  • Ewing Library (off campus)
  • Library
  • Old Library
  • The Science Complex
  • The Social Sciences Building
Tips to Succeed
  • Do internships as early as possible. Not only will they give you precious work experience, but they can help you connect what you learn in class to real life. Finally, they are indispensable when it comes to landing your first job.
  • Make sure you keep a steady sleeping schedule. Not sleeping enough can lead to physical and mental illness. Furthermore, make sure you sleep on a schedule and avoid "all-nighters."
  • Manage your time so that you can partake in organizations and get to know your hallmates. Networking is an important skill to learn, and college offers fertile soil.
  • Use the tutoring center, the library, your TAs, and your professors to the maximum. If you do not understand something, it is best to seek it out on your own. If you feel insecure about your ability to master a class, sign up for tutoring before the semester (usually a month); the spots are taken quickly, and tutoring is a semester-long agreement.
  • While partying on Tuesday may seem like a fun idea, it's not something to be done too often. The better parties are on Fridays and Saturdays, and it's advisable to use your entire Wednesday for schoolwork and projects.
  • Work hard and long. TCNJ is a competitive school; it has a demanding curriculum, and its professors want you to succeed. There are no excuses for falling short, and making excuses only hurts yourself. Take advantage of the library and lounges, and work hard. It will pay off in the end when you apply for graduate education or your first job.
  • Work smart-read a chapter or two ahead of the class. Usually, professors send out the syllabus a week prior to class. Learn the expectations of your professor and seek to be ahead. This will allow you free time and maneuverability, which can help you with unexpected turns and projects.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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