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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Every now and then you get a bad teacher, but for the most part the teachers are great. They really care about their students and are always reasonable and willing to help. The small class environments are awesome and your teachers actually get to know you which helps

5 College Sophomore

Academics: tough but tere is always help if its needed

5 College Sophomore

Academics: most seem above average comepared to my friends

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an Education major is great. The teachers are extremely helpful and like to see their students succeed. They are always available for meeting and responding to e-mail. They also like to keep the topics interesting and they switch between tests, group projects and essays which is nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many academics offered! The work load is pretty heavy sometimes but there is definitely a point to everything the professors assign. The professors are all very different but they all are willing to help as much as they can with what they can. Popular study areas are all over the place- the library, education building, social science building, and even all around outside on campus when it's nice out because the campus is beautiful.

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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: Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 39 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 9 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Jim Florio - governor of New Jersey (1990-1994)
  • 21% Terry Bradway - manager of the New York Jets
  • 21% Holly Black - author
  • 14% Christopher Smith - US Congressman
  • 7% Sheila Callaghan - playwright

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 44% This was one of my top choices.
  • 22% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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