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The College of New Jersey 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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With a 49% acceptance rate, it is safe to say that The College of New Jersey has a selective admission process. With over 7,000 undergraduate student enrollments, the college has maintained a seventh-highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities in the US.

A variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by The College of New Jersey in over 50 majors for students to choose from. Students can choose their preferred courses from one of the seven schools at TCNJ, School of Arts & Communication, School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Nursing, Health & Exercise Science and School of Science. 

Accepted freshmen during recent admissions at the College of New Jersey had an average SAT score of 1265, which is pretty competitive. The average ACT score was 28, meaning that not only the college is selective but also competitive in terms of academic performance and performances in various standardized exams.


Application PortalUG: Common Application
PG: Online portal of the College
Application FeeUG: 75 USD PG: Depends on Course
Acceptance Rate49%
Average SAT Score1265
Average ACT Score28
Student-Faculty ratio12:1
Academic CalendarSemester Based
Intake SessionsFall, Spring & Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for specific graduate courses only
Financial AidBoth International and National students can apply

Admission Deadline

Application deadlines for a few specific courses vary from the general deadlines mentioned below. Hence, students are advised to check the deadlines for their particular course thoroughly.

Undergraduate Admission Deadlines

TermApplication DeadlineSupporting Documents DeadlineNotification of Decision
FallFebruary 1March 1April 1
SpringNovember 1November 15December 1

Graduate Admission Deadlines

Admission application deadlines for graduate courses vary with different courses. Fall term application deadlines for some of the courses are mentioned below:

ProgramPriority ConsiderationFinal Deadline
MBA ProgramDecember 1August 1
Integrative STEM ProgramFebruary 1August 1
Public Health ProgramsFebruary 1August 1
English/Humanities ProgramsFebruary 1August 1
Education ProgramsFebruary 1August 1

International Student Admissions

The admission procedure for both national and international students is quite similar, except that the international students have to fulfill a few more formalities than the state applicants. The complete admission procedure for the international Students is listed below. Also, for getting more clarity regarding the admission procedure, the applicant should check the official website of The College of New Jersey.

Undergraduate Admissions

Application Portal: Common Application

Application Fee: 75 USD (Non - Refundable)

Graduate Admissions 

Application Portal: The College of New Jersey Graduate Portal 

Application Fee: The fee varies for different graduate courses

Essential Documents: 

  • Official High school transcripts 
    • The transcripts can be sent to one of the evaluations agencies approved by TCNJ, for providing foreign credentials evaluations before sending it to the college of New Jersey.
  • SAT or ACT test scores
    • SAT scores are super scored by TCNJ, but the ACT scores are not
    • SAT code for the college of New Jersey is 002519 and for the ACT, 002614.
  • GMAT or GRE test scores (for graduate programs)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report to prove applicant’s proficiency in the English language
  • Additional requirements like resume, LORs and essays
  • Affidavit of Support & Financial Assistance
  • Doctor’s Certification
  • Application for I-20
  • Common Application Essay

English Proficiency Score Report for International Students

International students who are not from an English speaking country, have to present their IELTS or TOEFL scores, to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language. The minimum scores accepted by the College of New Jersey are mentioned below:

TestMinimum Score
Internet-based TOEFL90

Visa Process for International Students

To apply for a visa to study in the US, an applicant is required to show an I-20 form issued by the college. Hence, to apply for an I-20 form at the College of New Jersey, the following documents are required:

  • Fill the I-20 application form provided at the college’s website.
  • Copy of the passport bio page
  • Proof of funding for at least 1 year of study at the College of New Jersey for an amount of at least 49,300 USD

The above-mentioned documents are supposed to be sent electronically at Also, the I-20 form will only be issued once the admission decision is released by the admission office.

Undergraduate Admissions

Amongst the many undergraduate programs at TCNJ, the most popular ones are in the fields of Biology, Psychology, Communication Studies, Nursing, and Marketing.

Application Portal: Common Application

Application Fee: 75 USD

Requirement of Supporting documents: 

  • Official high school transcripts 
  • SAT or ACT test scores. 
    • TCNJ’s SAT code 002519 
    • ACT code 002614
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report 
  • Affidavit of Support & Financial Assistance
  • Doctor’s Certification
  • Application for I-20
  • Common Application Essay

Students are requested to send all the paper documents at the following address: 

The College of New Jersey

International Admissions - Green Hall 212

2000 Pennington Rd

Ewing, NJ 08628, USA

Graduate Admissions

Graduate programs at the College of New Jersey are offered across various academic schools like the School of Business, Education, Humanities & Social Science, Engineering and School of Nursing, Health & Exercise Science.

Application Portal: The College of New Jersey Graduate Portal 

Application Fee: The fee varies for different graduate courses

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of recommendation (as required by the program)
  • GMAT/GRE for some programs
  • Resume

Requirements for additional documents for graduate programs vary for different courses. Hence, students are advised to thoroughly read through their particular course requirements. The supporting documents required for some courses are mentioned below:

RequirementsM.B.AM.A. in EnglishM.Ed in Educational LeadershipMasters in Public HealthM.Ed in Integrative STEM
GMAT/GREGMAT/GRENot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredGRE
Work experienceRequired (2+ years)Not RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
ResumeRequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of RecommendationRequired (1 Letter)Required (2 Letters)Required (2 Letters)Required (2 Letters)Required (2 Letters)

Applicants are to send the required supplemental documents by the appropriate deadline as an application is not considered complete unless all supplemental documents are received by the appropriate deadline and hence won’t be considered.

Students are requested to send all the paper documents at the following address:

Office of Graduate Studies

The College of New Jersey

Green Hall, Room 111

P.O. Box 7718

Ewing, NJ 08628, USA


Ques. Being an international applicant for undergraduate admissions, how can I apply for international merit scholarships?

Ans. There’s no application process to apply for merit scholarships, as all the international students are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility. The Scholarship eligibility is based on various factors including the academic performance, your recommendation letters, the rigor of your curriculum, your essay, standardized test results, your community service, and activities.

Ques. How will I be notified if I am admitted to The College of New Jersey?

Ans. If you are admitted to The College of New Jersey, you will receive a courtesy call from the Admission Office and a priority acceptance package from the office.

Ques. What kind of Return on Investment does TCNJ provide?

Ans. 96% of TCNJ’s students pursue a job or proceed with higher education after graduating. Amongst some 4,000 universities in the U.S., Money Magazine ranks TCNJ one of the top 20 public universities nationwide ‘most likely to pay off financially’.

Ques. What is the approximate annual cost for International students studying at TCNJ?

Ans. The comprehensive annual cost for international students includes tuition, room, board, fees, travel, health insurance, books & supplies cost about $49,500 USD.

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