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Academics

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Teaches you everything you need to know to feel prepared to work in your field!

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at TCNJ rock my socks. It's a competitive school with rigorous academics. Work hard, study hard, and manage your time if you want to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are always available beyond office hours to help you with your concerns. The registration process is stressful during your time slot, but most of the time you get what you want, and if not, your advisor can often help you get into a class you needed. The library is a great place to study, usually quiet.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The civil engineering program is intense. It is a small knit group of students but I would recommend all students take AP Calculus & AP Chemistry & Physics in high school. There is no time for a social life, homework is intense. I realize this workload would payoff in the end, but it's not for me. An excellent education & I found it helpful that the business department was anke to meet with me to help me make my schedule next semester & explore a new major. The school is small enough you can meet with the directors of the departments & you are more than a number, unlike some schools.

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

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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 68 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 often do you:    Based on 39 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

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 39 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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