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TCNJ is one of the nation’s foremost public colleges. Their admissions standards are very high, which often translates into a dedicated, determined student body. This is also seen as a terrific indicator of later success and Money magazine ranks it in the top 15 schools nationwide for schools likely to pay off financially. U.S. News & World Report also heaps praise on TCNJ when it proclaims the college as the #1 regional public university in the northeast. Given the competition, that is indeed high praise. Your educational dollar at TCNJ is also likely to pay off personally, as you'll be in a group of peers who are all on the path to excellence.

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The college is set in idyllic surroundings. Housed on 285 acres full of trees and greenery, the campus looks like it was ripped from an idealized Hollywood image of what college should be. Compared to many larger universities, TCNJ is quite cozy as it's home to 6,790 undergraduates and 610 graduate students. The small size does not indicate any lack of academic choice, however. The school offers over 50 majors that run the gamut from the arts to computer science and physics. You are assured a well-rounded education at TCNJ.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 86%
Year Founded 1855

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,686


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,301
Female 4,017

Graduate Student

Male 274
Female 364

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TCNJ Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Female 7,667


Male 2,860
Female 3,910

Acceptance Rate50%

Male 48%
Female 51%

Enrollment 1,567

Male 360.41
Female 360.41
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Annual costs for this excellent public institution tend to be a bit higher than for some other institutions, but you'll find the in-state cost of $16,923 not terribly prohibitive. The out-of-state cost is likewise reasonable when you figure the value for money. Out-of-state students pay $28,901 in tuition per academic year. When all the books, supplies, and living expenses are tallied, in-state students will pay $36,093 per year. Their out-of-state peers will pay a reasonable sum of $48,071. Note that these figures are variable and may be higher depending on where you choose to live; off-campus housing costs are highly variable.

To cover costs, TCNJ students find that scholarships and grants are a great way to ease the burden of education. In fact, 2,829 students received free and clear educational funds in a recent academic year. The total sum was $26,538,350, which averaged $9,381 per student. That is nearly a full year's worth of tuition.

To cover the remainder of their costs, 3,641 students took out a total of $24,310,841 in federal student loans. That is $6,677 per student.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $23,414
Average Total Aid $10,335
Students Receiving Financial Aid 83%
Room & Board $13,617

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $16,551
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $28,266
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $13,617
  • Other - $3,624


You will be hard pressed to find more rigorous or enlightening academics than at TCNJ. The school's top rankings attest to that but, when you dig into the numbers, the institution becomes all the more impressive.

Incoming full-time, first-year students are impressed enough with their academic experience to return for their second year at a rate of 93%. Part-time students manage to outstrip their full-time classmates with an eye-popping 100% retention rate. This would seem to indicate that these students are well-pleased with their education.

Even more impressive, of first-year students, 86% are likely to graduate from the same school. Of those that don't graduate, 10% are known to have transferred to another school to complete their degree. Thus, your friends in the first-year dorm are likely to join you at the commencement ceremony. Of those graduates, approximately 75% will graduate in four years.

Not only do academics keep students on campus, but the school's commitment to providing recreational and entertainment opportunities keep students' overworked brains rested and happy. Since the school is a short jaunt to Philadelphia, New York City, and even DC, there are loads of opportunities to explore off-campus arts, sports, and culture.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,686

Evening Classes : -
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 375 Total Graduates / 23%
Business Administration and Management, General 323 Graduates
Accounting 52 Graduates
All Education Majors 245 Total Graduates / 15%
Elementary Education and Teaching 91 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 52 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 48 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 24 Graduates
Art Teacher Education 15 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 126 Total Graduates / 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 90 Graduates
Public Health, General 36 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 105 Total Graduates / 6%
Political Science and Government, General 37 Graduates
International Relations and Affairs 27 Graduates
Economics, General 24 Graduates
Sociology 17 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 104 Total Graduates / 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 104 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 43%

Outcome & Salary

TCNJ graduates often see a great return on their educational investment.'s research shows that alumni of the prestigious institution seen an annual return on investment (ROI) of 8.1% and a 20-year net return of $475,000.

The average student from TCNJ is likely to earn a commendable salary of $60,000 in their early career. Note that starting salaries are variable and will depend largely on your chosen major and professional focus. Thus, students might see their salaries go as high as $70,000. Others may start their professional lives earning $24,500. However, always remember that salary is only one feature of one's professional satisfaction.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $60,200
College Grads Average Salary $71,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $108,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $710,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,795,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $93,656
10 Year Projected ROI $616,344
20 Year Projected ROI $1,701,344
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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