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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Very difficult school but overall great experience

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: TCNJ may seem too small at first but it's always growing and adding new additions and repairs to give students the best college experience possible. The teachers are so friendly and helpful and small class sizes have really aided in my education and fostered my curiosity in ways a larger school and class size may not have.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although I wish I had applied to more schools and visited more school, I am happy with my choice. The people I have met make my stay beautiful.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school year was the best and a lot of people are about tier academics and it keeps me focused.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academic programs are great, especially the sciences. However, the college is in the middle of a town that does not have many places to go to within walking distances.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm so happy at TCNJ; it has almost everything I wanted and I've met the most amazing people!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's hard to find a good place. Even the best places have a tendency to mess up your order so always keep and look at the receipt.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration really want to keep the kids safe and healthy. I have never seen anyone get really in trouble for something that they did. Student community and activities are praised on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There really aren't a lot of merit scholarships for TCNJ. The best bet is to apply for them in high school and during college. While it is cheaper if you are in-state, the room and board and other fees add up.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Yes, the food can get repetitive but there are tons of take out options near by for variety. Overall, there have been some pretty good items at Eick. Last night the chocolate cake was amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends which dorm you get, but they are remodeling a lot so it should be a lot better for the students to come!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I had an emergency on campus and I was immediately taken care of and given blood work without an appointment. The people who work there are caring and made me feel much better.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most people appreciate that there is greek life on campus because it provides a social life and party scene. Personally I do not like it. It dominates social life. While most people involved in greek life are not cliquey, there is a section of the library where certain sororities have claimed tables. I recommend not trying to sit there.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of great places super close by, but if you take the drive into Princeton there are a lot of good options. There is also a whole foods and trader joe's within 30 mins of campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: While you are told on tours at TCNJ that Greek Life does not dominate social life because only 10% are involved, this is not the case. Even people who are not directly in a frat or sorority base their social life on getting into frat parties or parties at sports houses. These usually take place at houses off campus that are a walking distance away. In my experience, these parties are too crowded and gross. I was told that there were be alternative things to do on weekends, but that's pretty much all there is. If you don't think a frat party scene would be for you, but you still want to go out, I recommend finding another school.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food was one of the worst parts of my experience at TCNJ. Being a vegetarian, there were no options for me. The "vegetarian" section of the cafeteria pretty much only serves pasta and there aren't even any vegetarian sandwich options. While veggie burgers are available, they are cooked on the same grill and with the same spatula as the other food. I tried mentioning my concerns at a meeting and changes were not made.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty much what you would expect the average freshman dorm to be like. My only complaint was that the floor bathrooms in the freshman buildings were terrible. They were always gross and the temperature of the water was never consistent. It was either freezing or scalding.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's annoying to order from Travers/Wolfe because they never really know where they're dropping off and it's always confusing. Ordering out is the only way to get good food if you do not have access to a car.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Women are ticketed for parties here unless there is an open.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are steps that aren't clearly specified and you have to go to multiple places to get information. Aid not sufficient for my needs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on the day in Eickoff the food can be delicious or completely inedible. The only thing that ever changes is Quimby's Kitchen and that is usually hit or miss. Everything else is the same every single day. The "variety" is often praised but that is on a single day basis. Gets old fast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Freshman dorms are small but adequate. Communal bathrooms are hardly ever cleaned and when they are it's just sprayed down with water. There is a really good community established during Welcome Week but as time goes on people don't open their doors as much. Laundry rooms are only on odd floors and can be a hassle if you live on an even floor especially because people tend to take your clothes out still wet.

3 College Senior

Local Area: There isn't much directly around the school to do. Most food places offer delivery, so you don't really have to leave. There's a local mall to visit if you need anything.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most people tend towards hipster or preppy styles around here, there are very few people dragging around in sweats (unless its finals week!) The people are generally very attractive, and friendly.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The College of New Jersey has given me so many great memories; from swimming in the fountain, to laying on the warm spot at night. I have learned and grown so much as a student, future professional, and an individual. The small class sizes have allowed me to get to know my professors on a personal level, and they genuinely care about my future and work to help me find a job. DIII athletics have allowed me to compete for four years here at the collegiate level. The friends I have made here will be my friends forever.

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.


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Success at TCNJ is a matter of personal motivation and work. Thus, it is appropriate to say that a student gets what he or she makes of it. There are excellent professors at TCNJ, abundant resources, and a student-centered atmosphere ripe for the picking. Opportunities to study abroad, great lab materials, and helpful advisers among other things make TCNJ stand out as a top school in the state of New Jersey. While it is mainly academic- and achievement-oriented, TCNJ offers plenty of opportunities for networking and socialization.

The school's curriculum and comprehensive, student-focused professorial approach not only gives students the information they need, but it also helps them develop expanded skills to digest important information and engage in a dialogue. The information in classes is engaging and important to the student's life—not just a matter of memorization. This conceptual understanding is underlined by the emphasis on students pushing hard and learning topics on their own, in addition to classwork. While each college caters to a personality, any student can adapt to the TCNJ ethic. The school's style of education helps tremendously and allows for new perspectives on matters in life. It is truly not just an academic experience, but one of maturation and character development.

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