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The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Reviews

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  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 1 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    To be perfectly honest, TCNJ really is for all kinds of people. There appears to be a place for just about everyone (the aforementioned tip on getting involved is a sure way to find your niche) and my school friends have an extremely varied social makeup. It does, however, help if you are looking for a beautiful campus on a medium sized location in suburbia.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Do what interests you. That is vital to a successful first year.

    Bang for the buck

    The professors are all very devoted teachers and no student will ever be in a classroom where their name goes unknown. The Education and Nursing programs are particularly excellent, and students in all majors find themselves frequently challenged. TCNJ has been known for giving their students an Ivy league education for the public school price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have not been happy 24/7 at TCNJ. While my first visit to the College was love at first sight, my first few months as a student were not. After a while, I realized that it was because I had not really made the effort to go out and meet people or find something that I really enjoyed. Soon after I started getting involved, began to fall back in love.

    Am learning a lot

    College does change an individual, and I certainly am no exception. I went to TCNJ expecting to gain better writing skills and become immersed in learning about the journalistic world. In actuality, the real learning came from outside the classroom (may sound a tad cliche' but alas it is true). I came out of freshman year having learned valuable social skills, talents and how to live on my own. Most importantly, I learned to believe in myself. Oh, and I did learn about journalism.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like seeing people they know whenever they walk around, students who are interested in and willing to do the work to really learn, and students who want great education in an equally great environment

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the library. It is new and gorgeous, and a great place for getting work done. There are also computer labs in every building - I didn't realize this before, but now I always use the one in the Political Science building in between my classes. If you aren't sure what you want to do career-wise, visit the career counselor, he is very helpful. Finally, enjoy your freshman year. The friends you make on your floor often become your best friends.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ has a great reputation for being one of the best colleges for its relatively low price, especially if you are from in-state. They also offer many scholarships, so coming here can be very, very affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The College of New Jersey has one of the most beautiful campuses Ive ever seen, especially in the fall and spring. There are two big lakes, with plenty of benches around, so I love to study out there. The size is perfect - I can easily walk to all of my classes. I have a ton of friends, because everyone is so nice and welcoming. There are groups for absolutely anything you could want to do, and you can always find something to do at night, whether you like to drink or not.

    Am learning a lot

    This is a very, very good school, so the classes are rather intense, with a lot of outside work. I am a political science major, and sometimes have hundreds of pages of reading to do for each class, but after reading it and discussing it, I really do learn so much more about the topic.

  • 06/11/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The college offers so many options and programs, flexibility is the key to a happy and successful student. All Professors at The College of New Jersey have obtained there masters degree in their field, so each student is receiving the best education they can possibly receive. When students leave The College of New Jersey they will among Harvard and Princeton graduates entering the workforce.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have visited TCNJ on several occasions and each visit was a new enlightening experience, instilling more and more excitement into me as I wait for Fall 09.

    Will learn a lot

    The College of New Jersey is a thriving academic community with wonderful staff and educational programs that will create the leaders of tomorrow. Enrolling into Biology program.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    want to challenge themselves, meet cool people, have small classes, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO IT

  • 07/01/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, fun-loving, relaxed, laid-back but not lazy students.

    Tips for prospective students

    The financial aid is not that great but as is the case with most colleges you have to make 2 cents a year to get anything.

    Will enjoy being here

    Every time I visit I get more excited about going. The students and faculty are super friendly and helpful. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. No other college made me feel as comfortable.

    Will learn a lot

    The opportunity to be independent mixed with a quality college education is a winning combination that you are bound to take from.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are not just academically-oriented, but have a breadth of interests, i.e. students who like to be involved and who also value good grades, generally thrive here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your first year, don't be shy! Get to know the people on your floor, go to community events that interest you (the football games are fun), and enjoy yourself. And don't worry about understanding something right away, as the professors are facillitating and will answer your questions, so don't hesitate to ask.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ really is a great value for the tuition price - you're getting an education at the level of top universities without having to accrue a massive amount of debt.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm a sophomore now, so I've been at TCNJ for a while and have my bearings, and honestly can say I love it here. I fell in love when I visited, and am having the time of my life. There's tons to do, and freshman housing introduced me to people I now consider my best friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are seriously great. As a member of the School of Culture and Society, mine are small (around 25 students) and while there is work, its not too much to handle if you know how to balance your time. The professors are nice and informative, and the discussion that generates is not only intriguing, but helpful.

  • 04/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student my tuition is obviously higher, but the small classes and the professors make up for the difference. The professors get to know you by name and really care about how well you do in their classes, they don't want you to fail and are always willing to help.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though I an not from NJ like most of my classmates and no one else from my high school goes here I had no trouble getting to know people and finding groups to get involved in.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on what you take classes can be challenging, but you will learn a lot. The work assigned isn't busy work, but actually helps you to understand and learn the material for the class.

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    TCNJ is for everyone. On campus, you literally see everything type of person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and get involved. Socialize with people who aren't on your floor. Get out of your building!! STUDY. work hard. Most of all, have fun. Freshman year is the best year of your college career.

    Bang for the buck

    Not only is TCNJ a great school for education but it's a cheap school. When you live in NJ, it's even better. The professors are great and dedicated. The majors here are challenging.

    Am enjoying being here

    During Welcome Week, you be attracted to people who you will be with everyday at first sight. For me, that wasn't the case. I started out at college with the people who were I didn't really connect with. Then as the weeks went by, I finally made friends who I am comfortable with and am with them everyday. Having fun is best when you're with the right people.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at TCNJ, I have definitely learned a lot. The teachers here are great at their jobs and help so much. Since I've been here, my writing has improved, and I see subjects from new pespectives. Not only have i learned a lot from the classrooms, I have also learned a lot from my floormates. Cliche' but you learn something new everyday.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a reasonably priced education with competitive programs across all domains. Its a good size, not too small and not too large. Small class sizes allow for personal connections to be made with professors, and the campus as a whole is enthusiastic, energetic, and dynamic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take matters into your own hands. Don't depend on your parents to call the school and find out information. Calling admissions counselors yourself can impact their decisions. Also, once you have gotten on campus, get involved with as many different clubs and activities as possible. It is up to you to get involved and make friends, and the more you do on campus the easier it will be to meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ is pretty liberal with their scholarships. At first I got a decent scholarship, but after speaking to some of my friends I realized that there were higher awards available. After calling the school and speaking to some administrators, I was awarded a higher merit scholarship! I'm paying about half of what tuition costs and it's a great price for a fantastic school!

    Am enjoying being here

    Though the area isn't the nicest, the campus is beautiful enough to compensate. I love walking around campus and I always feel safe, even late at night if I walk around by myself. I love the people that I'm meeting and there are always interesting things going on around campus. Also, TCNJ recently announced that they will be building a campus town right on campus so students will be able to walk across the street and be able to enjoy different shops and restaurants.

    Am learning a lot

    My professors are great! They all make themselves available to the class by offering us email address and office hours. We feel free to email them and drop by whenever we have a concern about the assignments of subject matter. Professors' offices are located directly in the academic buildings, so I know exactly where to find everyone. Additionally, the classes I have to complete in order to graduate with my double major look interesting and engaging. Everyone is assigned an academic advisor that meets with you each semester to check the classes you are planning on registering for to make sure you are making smart choices. Professors provide constant feedback so you always know how you are performing in the class, and give many opportunities to help you process information.

  • 03/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    --NJ residents (just because it's cheapest for them, since it's a public NJ school) --Students interested in becoming teachers (Education majors) --Students looking for a small, cozy, quiet campus atmosphere --Students who intend to spend a lot of time working in the library (we have a REALLY good one) --Students looking for a diverse/cultural campus --Students interested in being very socially involved and making plenty of friends --Students looking to stay involved in a variety of extracurricular activities/clubs --Intelligent and hardworking students looking get a good education --Students looking to save money on their college decision --Students looking for smaller classroom sizes (ones more similar to high school) --Students who prefer a liberal arts curriculum to a professional-oriented one (in other words, students who like variety and well-roundedness over focusing solely on a specific field of study)

    Tips for prospective students

    --Aim for scores greater than or equal to 600 in each section of the SATs --Aim for a class rank in the top 15% of your class --Stay or Get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities (sports, music, theater, clubs, honor societies etc) --Take AP tests where you can, and aim for scores greater than or equal to 4, if you do --Volunteer work is always a plus (but is not necessary) --If you're not sure what you want to specifically major in, at least decide on a vague/general field (ex: science, engineering, education, music, social sciences, nursing, art, etc) because you'll have to at least know that when applying (ex: you want to major in some kind of science, but don't know which specific kind, so you'll apply as an Open Option Science major) --Double majoring is possible here --Having up to three minors is possible here --You can study abroad for as long as a full year here --You will be exposed to internship opportunities here --You will have research opportunities here --There is an honors program here --It is possible to change majors here, and you can still graduate on time depending on how/when you do it --You do have the opportunity to take certain classes pass-fail --You do have the opportunity to retake classes you did poorly in --You can bring in AP credit, as well as transfer credit from other schools, here --If looking to take classes at an NJ community college and transfer them here, refer to NJTransfer.com (it's usually easier to do that than to bring credits in from other four-year schools) --Once you figure out exactly what you want to do, PLAN AHEAD AND CONSULT YOUR ADVISER

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a public one, so it's sticker cost is certainly better than that of a private school. With financial aid and scholarships taken into consideration, it becomes and even better deal. Also, considering the quality of the education and social environment you'll have by coming here, it is definitely a great deal. Sure, you could get just as good of an educational or social experience (or maybe a better one) elsewhere, but I can guarantee you that it'll cost a lot more. This may not be the best school out there, but it's a very good one, especially when you take the price into consideration.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus has a pretty balanced and diverse community, in terms of gender, ethnicity, and religions, which helps keep things interesting. There are usually plenty of fun events taking place on campus. The people here are really nice and friendly, so even if there isn't an interesting event taking place, you'll still find something fun to do with the plenty of friends you'll have here, even if it's off campus (there's a highway nearby with plenty of restaurants, stores, and a movie theater on it). The campus is fairly small, so it's not uncommon to run into familiar faces on the way to class or at the dining hall.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here can be pretty hard, depending on which ones you take, but it is worth it because you learn a lot from it. In fact, I wish I could take more classes than I'll ever have room to in my four years here. Most of the professors here have the highest degree possible in their field, so they really know what they're teaching. Not all of them are the best at conveying their wealth of knowledge to you, but if you're willing to put in the extra time to understand the material, they're willing to put in the extra time to help you. Also, this is a liberal arts school, so you'll be require to take a little of everything. That has its pros and cons. It's good because it makes you well-rounded and exposes you to new things that you might not have voluntarily chosen to study on your own. It's bad because sometimes it means you have to take a class in something you know you don't like, but high school usually does that anyway, so it's nothing new. Also, this is a four-credit school, so instead of taking 5 3-credit classes each semester, you'll be taking 4 4-credit ones. What this means is you'll get to take less classes overall, compared to a three-credit school, but you'll cover more material in the classes you do take.

  • 06/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The high achievers who strive for furthering their education but do not want to just sit in a huge lecture hall unnoticed. They also want to make something more with themselves outside of academics which they can take advantage of with the activities and sports on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    The College of New Jersey definitely lives to its reputation in New Jersey and it's hopeful growing one to the nation of being a school of academic excellence and it is not to be taken lightly. Attending this school means that you are prepared for the vigor that comes with being a student. Don't fall under the assumption that all the students do is study however, we are one of the top Division III schools in the nation and there are an endless amount of activities to do on campus for those who love to keep busy.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ is most definitely one of the best schools to attend to get the best bang for your buck. With the academic intensity and it's prime location between New York City and Philadelphia for intern opportunities, it is hard to find another school that offers that much for the price of The College of New Jersey.

    Am enjoying being here

    TCNJ has an extremely beautiful campus that is small and safe. There is lots of space for students to work and play outside especially during the early fall and late spring semester when the weather is optimal including many large lawns, a grove with tables and benches, and two lakes with multiple benches surrounding them. There are also over 150 student organizations that students can become involved in including 16 social fraternities and sororities, many other academic and volunteering fraternities, multicultural organizations, intramural sports, and intrauniversity non-varsity sports to name a few. The only thing that attending the school lacks is a lot to do outside of campus that doesn't involve going into a major city. However, Philadelphia is a 30 minute drive and New York City a 50 minute to an hour ride on public transportation.

    Am learning a lot

    The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) has one of the most academically challenging curriculums in the state and country. The class size averages 22:1 and the professors are very knowledgeable. They will never teach you information from years ago because a majority of them have their own research which they conduct on campus and open up to their students so they can get hands-on experience from their sophomore year.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Highly motivated, very dedicated and driven students that wants to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the most out of the college. If you want to have a great time, go out and meet new people. You have to go out and find fun, fun will not come chasing you. Also stay on top of your school work. It is so easy to fall behind just stay focused and surround yourself with motivated individuals and you will succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ is very cheap for the quality of education you will receive. There are loves of scholarships available from the school and you can also apply for outside scholarships. I am getting a great education and leaving will very little debt compared to other students at other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a senior so I am not really into the social life anymore but there is a but I love it at TCNJ. The campus is wonderful I enjoy bringing friends to spend the weekend so they can see for themselves how beautiful my campus is. I am very proud to be a student at TCNJ. There are great programs and events that the college hold and it makes you happy to be there.

    Am learning a lot

    TCNJ is a great school academically. If you think this school is a walk in the park, you have another thing coming. One of the things that attracted me about this school was the academics. You will get the best out of TCNJ. You will learn more than you can imagine. Before I came to TCNJ I thought I was a great writer, but I soon discovered that my writing was not so great. I learn the fundamentals within my first semester and I am really a great writer now. The class sized are small and the professors know what they are talking about and they really care about our success.

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for creative people who are willing to work hard, but also who love life and love being involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love volunteering there is an amazing program here that I am a part of called the Bonner Scholars program. You get scholarship money for volunteering!!! Isn't' that incredible?! So check it out on the website and ask for an application when that time comes.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many great programs and options. You really need to just grab life by the horns and go for it. You will definitely get the most for your money attending this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love TCNJ. Having survived both an earthquake and a hurricane in these dome has really brought everything into perspective. The friends I have made up to this point even so early in my college career are amazing and deep people. There is an activity for anything I could possibly dream of and I am always finding new clubs I didn't even know existed to go and sit in on a meeting for to get to know what everything is about.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like the professors here are either absolutely amazing or really close to being amazing, but the amazing ones over shadow them. However what is really great about all of them is that they really do care about you and make it their priority to understand your needs and to help you succeed. Every single one of them really just wants you to succeed and they help guide you in the right direction for you and those specific needs.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    tcnj, has their own police system, who are always around when ever you need it.

    Greek Life

    we have many different greek life choices and at tcnj its great, awesome choice.

    Clubs and Activities

    with all the different types of clubs and organizations found at tcnj , there is a place for everyone. from student council to the biology club.

    Great for these types of students

    tcnj fits the needs of every student, from the student that likes to work alone to the student that enjoys the company of others

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have great football games where we all wear the tcnj colors and show pride.

    Bang for the buck

    tcnj, is a great choice because it is so widely recognize in nj. also you get one of the best educations around.

    What to do for fun

    we have concerts that students put on themselves. there are also comedy shows. the college provides a bus which takes you to the mall and the movies!

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of locations to go for food and dining. the atrium at eickhoff is great with a variety of choices. there are also many different dining places.

    Dorm Life

    truly best years of your life. thus is the way you get to make friends in the dorms. a great resource for anything that you need to learn in college.

    Academic Rigor

    small class settings. professors are always willing to provide assistance. classes challenge you to get the best of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    before picking classes make sure that you do need them. also make sure that you are familiar with the campus. always have a back up plan for classes.

    In three sentences

    the college of new jersey is a great undergraduate college. the class atmosphere feels wonderful. the professors are are always willing to help in anything.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police have a great presence and EMS is great on campus and part of campus PD. We have both security and campus PD and they work to make the campus feel really safe. The officers are so nice and really just want to keep TCNJ safe and awesome for everyone!

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to choose from! I am in Lions's EMS, I have a campus job, I do the musical theatre club (TMT), out of state alliance, student nurses association, and I am on the TMT homecoming team!

    Great for these types of students

    *want really strong academics *want a bang for your buck *want to be really involved in the school *like a smaller school *Like getting to know the professors

    Bang for the buck

    Even with out of state tuition costs, this school was much less expensive than 6/7 others I was looking at! Tuition includes so many great resources like the tutoring center! only downside is being out of state i pay over $200 every time i need to go home...

    What to do for fun

    *See what activities are in/ infront of the stud (student center) * CUB sponsored free movies *Shows *Parties *TONS of clubs and student organizations!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There is alot of variety in the main dining hall and meal equiv is awesome at lunch time!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! The biggest downside is that freshman dorms don't have A/C which is not fun during hot months (bring a fan!!!!!). There is alot of stuff to do that is organized by res life as well!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be really challenging, but they are doable and your professors as well as the tutoring center are amazing at helping you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to spend alot of time studying, get really involved, and find things to do on the weekends

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is a great school for strong academics; The work is intense, but well worth it! There is alot to do around campus most of the time and everyone is so nice! You really feel like home at TCNJ

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt like my safety was in jeopardy. There is Trenton, a city known for crime, fifteen minutes away, however the campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    It is very active on campus however you do not need to participate in it in order to have a social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and a ton of possibilities. If by some chance the college does not have the activity you want, it is very easy to get it started.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is willing to put in the work for a good degree, do not expect an easy time in college but there is always time for fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week for the freshman was very unique and very fun.

    Bang for the buck

    With a great reputation and a low cost the school is a great place get a get the best bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities around campus, friends to hang out with, and a bus on weekend that take you places around the area for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great there, there is enough variety that you do not get sick of it for a long time. And by that time its winter break so you get the break from it you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, once you get used to the few problems, such as the return to using Ethernet cords, and no air conditioning. Your floor in your dorm becomes a surrogate family and you have tons of fun with them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult if you do not keep up to date with the work. If you fall behind it becomes stressful and overwhelming. However if you don't procrastinate then it is all manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of deadlines and do not get overwhelmed by the things they ask. The college has confusing things at first, but you get the hang of it by the time classes start.

    In three sentences

    The school is a very enjoyable place to live, while working hard to achieve a degree with merit. As a public school it is cheap while still holding a high reputation. Going there is good choice thanks to good teachers, great facilities and a friendly environment.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    TCNJ campus police is always on patrol, however is unreasonable with parking tickets and sometimes irrational with their implementation of policies.

    Greek Life

    Awesome, the greek life leads many strong, determined, motivated individuals into the real world upon graduation. Greek life allows for lifelong friendships and opens job opportunities of all types.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, motivated, outgoing, social, athletic students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The STUD is a spot for all of greek life to spend time and interact, this is the main focus of campus life through many different events each day.

    Bang for the buck

    TCNJ is a great vlue for an awesome education.

    What to do for fun

    Sports teams (club, intramural, varisity), greek organization events, homecoming, going on trips the school offers, shows/plays.

    Food and Dining

    Eickoff is okay, it offers the typical school meals, nothing special.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, impress your professors, get involved in many teams/clubs/greek organization/leadership groups on campus, have a great time and do not let anything stop you from reaching your goals.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ has a broad range of majors which supports a large supply of diffeent individuals with personalities of all types; this allows for a rich learning enviroment. The resources offered for jobs upon graduation are great for each and every major, and the conenctions specifically in the school of nursing are awesome. The social aspects of TCNJ are great with their greek life on campus.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police is available 24/7

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want a medium/small school with a great academic reputation

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week is awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    tcnj offers merit scholarships and is a great deal for in state students. The education you recieve parallels Ivy league schools.

    What to do for fun

    Have one of your friends get their car for a week since freshman may find tcnj pretty quiet on the weekends. That said, CUB does a great job of providing acivities on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The best part about dining at TCNJ is meal equiv. , which is essentially a free $6.70 to spend at any satellite dining facility (starbucks, the rat ec). Eick is pretty decent, their themed dining is definitely the highlight of dining there.

    Dorm Life

    Frosh dorms kinda suck but they get better as you move up.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes, especially for science majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP classes as possible and score high (1800+) on your SATs

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is a wonderful place to attend! It offers the best of academics at a very reasonable price. I love it here

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a determined and focused student who wants to learn, this is the school for you. However, you also have possibilities to enjoy your experience and not just be studying your life away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you become involved in school events and join organizations to make the college experience worthwhile. The majority of professors in this school are always willing to help and there are plenty of sources available for any of your needs.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is one of the cheapest colleges in New Jersey.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college has a safe environment and comfortable atmoshpere that makes it enjoyable and cozy. There are various events held for the students to interact and take their mind off some school work for awhile.

    Am learning a lot

    This college has high academic standards and the professors are always challenging me in every way. Either through tests, homework, projects, or simply participating in class.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 57

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    they have safety alerts not just for events on campus but in the surrounding area. no matter where you are in ewing, if something happens you will know about it.

    Greek Life

    they are some but its not something everyone wants to do or is needed to make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more clubs than minuets in the day!

    Great for these types of students

    hard workers, fun lovers, hands on kind of learners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    taking a dip in the science complex fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    very cheap but worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of clubs that host many different events. there is always something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    the food is amazing! the all you can eat buffet has so many different foods.

    Dorm Life

    i live at home but from i hear and have seen it is clean, fun and promotes a friendly atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    it is hard but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be scared to try something new.

    In three sentences

    tcnj challenges you to try your hardest. the professors are friendly and are always willing to help. the campus is beautiful and promotes learning and friendship.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    due to the school's proximity to the trenton urban area, security is definitely a concern of the school, and campus police has a very active presence. incidents do occur on occasion, and you have to be smart about walking around late at night, but the school places safety as one of its top priorities.

    Greek Life

    i'm no expert on the subject, but there's a significant greek presence on campus and getting involved with them is quite easy. many of my friends plan to pledge soon, and, for better or for worse, it's hard to miss this aspect of tcnj.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are literally dozens of activity and club groups that are active on campus, from model un to crew to literary magazines. if you attend the activity fair during the fall semester, you'll see that the school has every type of student group imaginable, and it's more than likely that you'll find something that fits your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    since it's a small school (approximately 6,000 undergraduates), tcnj is definitely a place for students who like smaller class sizes and more personal attention from professors and administration. i haven't had a class that has had more than twenty five or thirty students in it, and that is definitely a great benefit for getting more engaged in a class.

    Bang for the buck

    ultimately, i find the school to be worth the money, but they aren't particularly forthcoming with scholarships or financial aid. this is more or less to be expected considering that it's a public school, but it would definitely help matters if they gave a bit more.

    What to do for fun

    on the weekends, it can be a little tough to find something to do at times. there's a definite party scene on campus that's basically run by the frats. if you're not into that, the college union board (cub) does a good job offering a variety of activities and events to attend. it can be easy to just get bored and sit in your room for the entire evening, but there are definitely things going on if you look around.

    Food and Dining

    eickhoff hall, the main dining hall on campus, was recently renovated and has a wide variety of options to choose from so that it's difficult to become tired of eating there. there are roughly ten different dining stations, including deli sandwiches, italian, and oriental. if you do end up getting sick of eickhoff, there are several other dining options on campus, such as the deli in the student center and the t-dubs grill in travers-wolfe. you may become tired of the food, regardless, but the options are there.

    Dorm Life

    the freshman living situation is pretty typical of most college campuses. freshmen are housed in the travers-wolfe towers (where i live) and cromwell hall. while i can't speak for cromwell, i find life in travers-wolfe to be adequate and manageable as they're essentially the average college freshman dormitories. the ac system isn't very good, there's no wi-fi, and there are communal showers. however, it's not hard to get used to, and the upperclassmen dorms are greatly superior.

    Academic Rigor

    the school often prides itself on the rigor of its academic programs, and in most cases, it has reason to. don't expect to just sleep through all your classes and manage to pull off an a on the final. many colleges are probably like that, but tcnj really riffs on it. it may vary somewhat given your major (engineers in particular are in for a rough four years), but don't expect to breeze through any of the programs offered. while the courses can be challenging, the faculty is often more than willing to give a lending hand if you're struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    while it's not princeton, tcnj is still very serious about academics and is more selective than many other colleges. as such, you should be serious about your work in high school as well. i didn't realize how selective tcnj was until after i was accepted, and i was surprised to see that many of my classmates had been rejected. for reference, i was top 13% of my high school class with a 1990 sat along with many extracurricular activities and credentials (eagle scout, track captain, etc.). so definitely take your academics/extracurriculars seriously if you plan to apply.

    In three sentences

    admittedly, tcnj was not my first choice when it came to colleges, but i found myself pleasantly surprised at the school's quality once i arrived. its programs are academically rigorous yet engaging, and the faculty are interesting and helpful. despite only being here for only one semester so far, i have found a great group of friends and have had an amazing time.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    white-wise the mainstreams are active. divine nine wise there aren't many here and the ones that are active aren't that seen and don't really do events. the latins one, specifically, chi upsilon sigma really does a lot for this campus.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for people who appreciate small campuses and can't deal with campuses as wide as rutgers. these students must also not mind being surrounded by many caucasians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everyone goes drunk to an event in the beginning of the year called lalanobooza.

    What to do for fun

    there are all types of events in the brower student center. there also events in the library auditorium, usually speeches and things of that nature. there is a rec center to play basketball, tennis, and other sports. one can go swimming in the school's pool.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good at first, but eventually one gets tired of eating the same thing time after time.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is incredible in some buildings, but dainty in some others. therefore, leveling the campus out.

    Academic Rigor

    this is school is really focused on its academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should not come here thinking that there is going to be a great amount of diversity, because there really is not. they should also come with the intent to work, a person can't really get away with slacking on this campus.

    In three sentences

    the college of new jersey is a small campus where can one get work done. however, it is a campus that still offers social events that everyone can enjoy. it truly is a school based on academics.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is safe. if you want an escort from one building to another, the police officers on duty are more than willing to do so.

    Greek Life

    the greek life here is pretty intense.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 50 extracurriculars you could join. they are each great in their own ways.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for those who are serious about academics. students will love it here if they like small campuses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have the tuning fork tree, bamboo forest, and a random tire swing.

    Bang for the buck

    this school is worth the money as long as the student is serious about academics.

    What to do for fun

    there are places to go off campus, such as yummy sushi. the student center holds special events where a student can get free stuff. there are movie showings twice a week. a student could play pool or ping-pong in the student center as well.

    Food and Dining

    the food could be better at times, but there is a variety of foods and stations a student could select from. the environment is very nice. the interior is beautiful.

    Dorm Life

    the freshmen and upperclassmen dorms are a bit distant from many places on campus, but the dorms are nice overall.

    Academic Rigor

    nursing majors have study almost every day. it is extremely difficult but also very fulfilling. a student learns a lot here academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to the gym every day to prevent the dreaded freshmen 15! participate in the extracurriculars. the academics are hard, so study hard (especially if you're a biology or nursing major).

    In three sentences

    the college of new jersey has a very beautiful campus setting. the people here are generally friendly. the college tries to host as many events as possible.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the college of new jersey has there own police units branched of from the ewing police department along with a station on campus. there are also safe post all around campus with buttons you can push if your afraid that will signals the officers and have them rush to your rescue.

    Greek Life

    greek life is great there are many different organization for different cultures, races, religion, and sexual orientation. the best part is how all the greeks on campus are unified

    Bang for the buck

    the college of new jersey is the number on public school in new jersey and the second best school academically in new jersey after princeton university

    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs open to students and student organizations often have events for the campus to enjoy

    Food and Dining

    the college of new jersey has one of the top dinning halls in new jersey

    Tips for prospective students

    come prepared to be challenged academically

    In three sentences

    the college of new jersey is a diverse, liberal school. there are many opportunities for students to express themselves through clubs and other organizations. tcnj is also a very comfortable campus with a lot of tree and open space for people to relax and enjoy the beauty of the campus.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The College of New Jersey has amazing security. All residence buildings need to swiped in to, and there are always cops and security guards walking or driving around campus. If you're walking late at night, and don't feel safe, there are blue lights which you can walk over to and push a button, and a police escort will come to you. I have never once felt unsafe on this campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely a part of the campus, however it doesn't dominate it. You will always see students walking around with their Greek life shirts on, hanging out with their brothers or sisters, but it's not a really big deal around the college. If you want to join, there are many options for you, however, if Greek life isn't for you, there are so many other opportunities to become a part of something.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and organizations on campus, which makes it so easy to get involved. One of the biggest clubs on campus is our College Union Board, which holds tons of unique activities all around campus, and sets up concerts, comedy shows and so much more. Whatever your interest may be, TCNJ most likely has a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    The College of New Jersey is great for all kinds of students. However, if you like to be academically challenged, but still have a social life, this is a great place to be. TCNJ makes it possible to balance everything.

    Bang for the buck

    The College of New Jersey is an awesome education for the price that us students pay. We have been called the Public Ivy school, and for the most part, it's true. We have even had students turn down Ivy league schools just to come here because the tuition is cheaper, but the education level is about the same.

    What to do for fun

    While there is a lot to do on campus, such as joining clubs or intramural sports, unless you have a car, there isn't much too do off campus. There is no college town and a lot of things are far away. There is a bus that will take you places, but the times are quite inconvenient.

    Food and Dining

    The food at TCNJ is relatively good. There are so many choices in Eickhoff, the main dining hall. You can get everything from Chinese food to comfort food. There are a few other options on campus for food if you do want to change it up a bit. The Rathskeller and the Lion's Den in the student center are awesome places to hang out and eat, but they will cost you points. However, from 11:00 to 1:30, TCNJ has meal equivalency, which means the first $6.50 of your meal is free. That usually makes everyone on campus happy because it gives us an opportunity to change it up.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome freshman year. Your floormates become your family, and the friends you make become your friends for your entire college career. The rooms freshman year are relatively spacious and have a sink in them, which is always nice. Sophomore year dorm life isn't too bad either, depending on where you live. Upperclassman dorm life is much better though because you feel like you're truly on your own while living in the townhouses or the apartments. Plus, choosing who you get to live with makes things a lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely a challenge being here at The College of New Jersey. The courses are tough and the workload can be a bit much sometimes. However, the majority of professors are very understanding and helpful. If you work hard and manage your time well, you will succeed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    You definitely need to work hard. TCNJ isn't a school where you can do nothing and expect to do well. If you work hard and get involved, you will have one of the best experiences of your life.

    In three sentences

    The College of New Jersey is an amazing school. I get the education of a private or Ivy league school for the price of a public school. I absolutely love the atmosphere here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a challenge but remember to also balance academics and social life.

    In three sentences

    The school is great for academics. There is definitely a challenge to go above and beyond the standards of an average student. The campus is also a great size; not too small but not too big.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    Great school with excellent teachers. However as a graduate many employers refuse to acknowledge TCNJ grads on the same plane as other students from private schools. If you choose this school you should continue to grad school to become successful.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types! There are lots of different people at TCNJ, so you're bound to find somewhere to fit.

    Bang for the buck

    Even for in-state students, it may seem a little expensive to attend TCNJ. But in reality, you're getting a quality eduction at a wonderful school that is chock-full of opportunities for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    One main cafeteria, with many daily options. Good availability and meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    Guaranteed housing for Freshman and Sophomores, lots of different options. Convenient arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are academically challenging, and the classes are still small. It's a great way to go about learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit! Talk to current students, they'll be more than happy to share their own experiences. Even if you're from New Jersey, don't think of it as a cop-out school because you'll be staying In-State. As long as you aren't in your home town, you're going to be living independently.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is a great place for any student who is still figuring out what they want to do. A wide variety of majors, classes, and activities in a smaller-scale environment allows for a great amount of growth and potential in all attendees.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go down by the lakes! Its beautiful, and pretty quiet.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying in-state tuition is definitely worth the education I'm getting. I'm exposed to amazing professors, and my peers are wonderful as well. We can all learn from each other at TCNJ. The social life and living situations are also worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of student organizations to get involved in, and many bus trips are offered little to no cost at all. Greek life is pretty popular as well. There's an organization for every person to love at TCNJ.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has the best food of any college I've attended, but it never is the same as the cooking we all grew up on. Meal Equiv is a great thing about TCNJ, but prices in the C-Store are quite expensive when you use your points.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are average, not air-conditioned and the bathrooms are pretty gross when not cleaned properly by the building staff. Sophomore housing has some great options if you have a good housing timeslot, but if not it can be worse than freshman year. Upperclassmen housing is the best, but limited.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging and sometimes we get totally swamped with work, but its all about time management. The work is difficult, but not unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active in the many organizations the campus provides, and definitely make use of the free, or low cost bus trips offered by the college! Get to know your professors since class sizes are smaller, and they can of help to you for all four years.

    In three sentences

    The college is beautiful and houses a smaller number of students, which makes class sizes under 30 in most cases which is wonderful. The students tend to be friendly and respectful. The living spaces are average, but dining hall food is above average.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love this school. granted I have not started yet but from the input of previous grads i know this will be the best fit school for me

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD is always up to par. They are also a very friendly group of officers always looking to put a smile on your face. I have personally gotten to know many of them and I can honestly say that there could not have been a better bunch of men and women in blue uniform.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in several clubs and organizations on campus. There are so many that it may certainly take a while before you find the right one, but that is okay. I know there are many clubs on campus that I do not know about, but I am satisfied with those that I am involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great because of the ton of variety that is available everyday. Our dining hall is pretty new and it has even gained some fame in magazines. All of the food on campus is made in front of you according to your order so it cant go wrong.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms include a a wide variety depending on your class. Freshmen live in one of three buildings. Sophomores live in one of several buildings, some of which have AC (none of the freshmen dorms have AC). Juniors and Seniors live in Townhouses and Apartments which are fully equipped with AC. The apartments have a full kitchen, whereas the Townhouses do not. Overall, a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I do not think classes are difficult at all. Maybe it is just in my personality to be faced with a challenge and overcoming them. I can almost gaurentee you that if you put int he effort and do not take any shortcuts you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying to TCNJ, keep in mind why you came to school because as mentioned it is easy to loose yourself on campus. Always put your academics first, everything else will fall into place without you knowing.

    In three sentences

    The College of New Jersey is a competitive school not only academically, but athletically as well. TCNJ is set in a beautiful suburban campus with lots of activities set up by the various clubs and organizations on campus. TCNJ also offers many services that aid its students in their success.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a team of campus police on campus at all times, and you see them basically everywhere. There are also emergency booths located around campus. The surrounding city of Trenton can be a little sketchy, but as long as you're making smart decisions you will be very safe.

    Greek Life

    We have Greek life, but do not have Greek housing on campus. Usually fraternities and sororities have their own off-campus housing. As a freshman, you can rush during your spring semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports, basically any club you can think (you can even start your own), and greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taking a picture with Roscoe the lion is sort of a tradition. The Student Center is called the stud. Meal Equiv is the time from 11 am to 1:30 pm where you can get a meal from the library cafe or the lions den up to 6.50 without using meal points (Basically, you're getting six dollars of food free).

    Bang for the buck

    Academically, the school is very good for the money, especially if you are in state because then the tuition is less.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs/sports/teams/greeklife to belong to. There is not a college town that some universities and colleges have, and for that reason you must keep yourself busy on campus. The Rat hosts open mic nights, and there is usually an event in the Student Center such as movie nights. Sports are not big on campus, but there is tailgating for the Homecoming football game.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of types of food in the dining hall and around campus. The dining hall has options of omelets, cereal, home-style, wok, burritos/tacos, salad/soup, pasta, and grill. There is a cafe in the library that serves Starbucks coffee. The Lions Den has a variety of deli style options, and The Rat serves bar style food. While the dining hall selection is good, some of the options are not good quality and can be unhealthy. If you make good food choices, you should be alright.

    Dorm Life

    Housing quality improves as you gain seniority. Freshman get double rooms with common bathrooms. Sophomores have the option of suite style rooms, doubles with private bathrooms, doubles or singles with common bathrooms, and doubles or singles with private bathrooms. Juniors and seniors are given the option of apartment style or townhouse style.

    Academic Rigor

    TCNJ is an academic school, especially as a public state college. It is pretty competitive and it prides itself for being that way. You need to spend time in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, teams, etc. The campus is not within walking distance of many things, and if you're a freshman you are not allowed a car. Things on campus can on occasion get monotonous and boring if you do not keep yourself busy. Use your resources! TCNJ has a huge library, a resume review office, study-abroad options, and much more. It is a great opportunity to gain connections.

    In three sentences

    Mid-size college with small classes that ensure you to get to know the teacher. Average quality dining hall food, but a wide variety of options. Competitive academic school more so than a competitive athletic school.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The sororities and fraternities at TCNJ are very active in the campus community, but as someone who isn't a sorority member, I can say that your social life won't in any way suffer if you have no interest in pledging. My roommate pledged and became a member of a sorority, and she loved it.

    Great for these types of students

    TCNJ is great for a student who knows what he wants from his college experience, and that doesn't mean he has to have known his major since he was in diapers. I entered TCNJ as an Open Options student, unsure of what to major in, and through my Open Options seminar I was able to explore my interests and find a major that was right for me, as well as confidence that I could achieve what I wanted to achieve within that major. Your experience at TCNJ is entirely yours to shape in whatever way you want; make it all about academics, or devote yourself entirely to clubs and volunteer groups, balance both, the choice is yours.

    What to do for fun

    At TCNJ, there are so many rewarding ways to use your free time. There's a club for any activity or interest: anime, creative writing, acappella singing, debate, Harry Potter, theatre, community service, and much, much more. There are various cultural groups and groups devoted to acceptance and activism like PRISM (Queer-Straight Alliance) and WILL (Women in Learning and Leadership). Almost every day there is an open event on campus sponsored by the school as a whole or a specific campus organization. If you're willing to get out and have a good time, it's impossible to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone complains about college food, but at TCNJ you don't have to. Eickhoff, the main dining hall, has a huge amount of options, and if you're creative with your meals, you can eat incredibly well there. Omelets are offered all day long with fresh meat and veggie fillings of your choice. You can choose a pasta, a sauce, and fresh vegetables at Ceva Pasta, and you can watch chefs cook your choice of stir-fry ingredients at The Wok. There are burgers, pizza options, and burritos as well as a salad bar, a desert area, and a deli.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for TCNJ freshmen were much better than I expected. In Travers and Wolfe, every room has its own sink and mirror, and if you bunk your beds, your room is spacious enough to accommodate several visitors. There is no air conditioning, but you'll never have a cold room in winter, and with some fans the room is bearable in the summer. You can change roommates in the beginning of each semester. With a roommate you agree with, dorm life is a breeze.

    Academic Rigor

    This is college, so the amount of work you put into your studies is entirely up to you, but I will say that if you're going for a 4.0, you will have to work very hard in your classes and maintain a cordial relationship with your professors. If you put in the effort, you'll go far, and my classes thus far have been incredibly rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    When it comes to academics, be prepared to put time and effort into your work. Take advantage of TCNJ's many on-campus resources, like the tutoring center and the career center. Apply for on-campus jobs as early as August, because positions fill quickly. Explore the many extracurriculars and volunteering opportunities that TCNJ has to offer; they will help you to meet new people and make the college feel like a second home.

    In three sentences

    If you aim to shape your college experience and make it the best it can be, The College of New Jersey is perfect for you. Brilliant professors, competitive degree programs, an actively helpful career center, a beautiful campus, an enthusiastic student body, TCNJ has all of this and more. Anyone can find their niche here.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are patrolling all the time. And the campus is pretty secluded, but not middle-of-nowhere-Pennsylvania secluded. Nothing to really worry about.

    Greek Life

    Not the guy to ask about this..

    Clubs and Activities

    CUB CUB CUB.

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters. Bros. Nerds. You name it. Every type of kid at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eat and hang out at the Rat (The Rathskellar). Free shows every Friday and some Tuesdays. Always awesome talent coming through that place. And there are always plenty of opportunities for students to perform, solo or with a band (and you get paid for it!)

    Bang for the buck

    Solid in-state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Any of the College Union Board's (CUB) events! This includes concerts, comedy shows, bus trips, and various novelty events, often with free food and give aways!

    Food and Dining

    Food is a lot better than most places you'll encounter. Eickhoff hall, the main dining hall, is actually pretty swell. The small bar/grill/venue on campus, The Rathskellar (The Rat) serves up some tasty dishes, from classics like burgers and cheesesteaks to falafels and paninis. They also have free live shows every Friday and some Tuesdays! See below for details..

    Dorm Life

    Freshman experience is awesome. You'll always be running into new people and having a great time, even when you don't even know it. And because it's a small school, you'll always be running into people you know. It's got a nice small town vibe to it.

    Academic Rigor

    Standard class load is 4 classes a semester, but they are worth more credits than other schools from what I hear, and for good reason too. Stay on top of your work and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind. Be adventurous. Explore. Make friends. Don't settle. Do things you normally wouldn't.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Excellent academics. Wonderful people.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food there was amazing! There were so many things to choose from and the cafeteria was really nice. Of the colleges i've visited so far tcnj had the best food by far.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were pretty small in my opinion. That was one of the few things I didnt like about the school when I visited

    Academic Rigor

    I honestly don't know too much about the academic rigor of tcnj but from what i've heard it's pretty average

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus first. Without visiting you really have no idea what it would be like to live there for 4 years. I found their open house to be a very enjoyable experience which is why I'm hoping to apply there this year.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing really happens around campus, because it is as if the school is in its own bubble. Many students know each other, which allows the school to be a lot safer than many others. There are several campus police officers walking or driving around at different hours of the day. Blue emergency lights are also visible at certain areas of the campus. The surrounding town (Ewing) is also very safe. We have walked around at again, varying hours, and it is very much just as safe as the campus itself.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life can be a major part of your student life here. Many students are involved with it, including me, but there is also a good percentage that are involved in other activities. Greek life does not have housing on campus, but performs various activities on and off the campus area. However, no one is forced to do any type of activity they don't want too, so if Greek life isn't your thing, you can try something different.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are at least 200 different clubs and many sports on campus. Any type of student may join.

    Great for these types of students

    There is always something for every type of student at TCNJ.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week includes many traditions for freshmen, which I will not spoil, but they are loads of fun. Also, there are carnivals and such things through out the year in which all students may participate in. Homecoming is always a really big and fun time for all students, also things such as Greek Week are big for Greek organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely happy I chose this college. Would not want it any other way. It is the number one public school. Great education, pretty good food, and pretty good rooms. Definitely worth what I'm paying.

    What to do for fun

    The student center is always bumping. Clubs always present fun nights, such as 70's night, and various other activities. We also get celebrities to come to the campus such as Bo Burnham and Wiz Khalifa. There is always something to do on campus, whether it is a concert, comedy show, sports game, or just hanging out with people on your floor.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good some of the time. They have various dining areas which are dispersed throughout the entire campus. There are options through out practically the whole day and night, up until about one in the morning. Some of the food is very greasy in various places, but the school offers a lot of healthy choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    Although the rooms seem like prison cells to freshmen at first, everyone decorates them and makes them their own. Just be yourself and have fun. The dorms are made so people who have never met can become the closest of friends, and I know from having 60 people my age live on my floor freshman year. The dorms get better through out the years, and even better is that you get to share that with your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major you are in, the classes can get very difficult. The sciences are definitely the toughest in this school, but they pay off once you have finished your four years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school you are thinking of going too. I visited TCNJ when I had no idea where I wanted to go. The campus was only one of the many reasons why I chose this school. Also, try as hard as you possibly can when it comes to education. We all want to have fun, and TCNJ definitely brings both education and fun to the table.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely grateful I got accepted to this school, and decided to attend. It is the perfect school for all around studies and fun. I have met friends that I know I will keep for a very long time.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The education program is great. Most places hire teachers from TCNJ or Rutgers so if you want to be a teacher, TCNJ is a good choice.

    What to do for fun

    The student center hosts free events like bingo, movie night, indoor roller skating, etc. Also, the various cultural clubs hold different events which are a lot of fun and have great food.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall gets pretty repetitive. Make sure to take advantage of some of the other places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be a little cramped and many people have to make due with a community bathroom but living in the dorms is a lot of fun, especially freshmen year. You make good friends and will probably meet a couple of people who will be in your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging but the professors are good about having offices hours and there is a free tutoring center that a lot of students take advantage of (I should know as a tutor and tutee)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Sign up for a bunch of clubs and get on their emailing lists even if you aren't sure. You're not making a commitment and can go to whichever you want as often as you want/can. You'll eventually find the ones you really like and want to stick with.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a hit. There are always opportunities to get involved in Greek Life. So many varieties of frats and sororities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lollanobooza a night to keep college students away from drinking and to just have sober fun and be safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts every week, movies all the time, and the student center offers pool, ping pong and modern day video games for your enjoyment.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many selections of food. From a coffee shop to a burger spot. The dining hall has selections from all over the world. Chinese, American, Italian, and mexican cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm environment is one where you feel at home. The Community Advisors do a good job at keeping the floor social and the campus security makes sure you are safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at TCNJ are no joke. You will be expected and will have to study in order to do well in any class. The professors want you to succeed just as much as you try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any club you can think of there is at TCNJ. From intramural sports to the performing arts, and even anime. There is always something to do. Whether it is watching a movie in the student center or playing pool. Get involved in high school and study hard and you will be able to be a TCNJ Lion.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ possesses a group of educators that love to see their students succeed. The campus community is very social and it is easy to make friends and get involved. This is the place to be for a great balance of social and academic lifestyles.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    We have greek life at TCNJ but it is not big.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love being a member of Colleges Against Cancer as well as the Club Field Hockey Team, and plan on doing even more, applying to be an ambassador.

    Great for these types of students

    Not extreme partying students, many people go home on weekends, however I do not and there is something for any type of person to do on weekends.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in activities, a great way to meet people. You can go off campus, whether you take a bus to Princeton or get to the train to go to either city we are close to, both New York and Philadelphia. We have concerts, performances, club activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transition to college is overwhelming, so stay focused and organized. However if you need help, there are plenty of people here willing to give their aid and advice.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ, although small and not well known, provides the perfect atmosphere for both challenge and opportunity. The campus is beautiful, and the small classes and intelligent staff keep me focused and guided on my way to achieving more and more. I feel that this is the perfect school to get involved in activities and make an impression.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's an open campus, so anyone can walk in, but I see campus police patrolling all the time in case something happens.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot, and takes a while to find your niche.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state college, I'm getting a lot out of the money I pay. I still believe it's a little expensive, but still better than anything else I've been offered.

    What to do for fun

    The college offers a lot to do on the weekends to entice people to stay. There is always something to do, it's just the matter of whether you are interested.

    Food and Dining

    It's decent. It's definitely not bad, but dining hall food can never compared to a home cooked meal. There is also a diner in the basement of the towers that's opened late night, and a pub styled restaurant for greasy food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the freshmen towers, and there is enough space for two people to live comfortable together. The other great thing is that most of the freshmen are in the same building, so you can just go up and down the tower to find someone.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging, but nothing that cannot be handled. If you need any help, there are tons of resources that the school provides to help you adjust and whatnot.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Better than rutgers academically I believe

    What to do for fun

    Usually the committee puts up events in the weekends. The loop bus provides free transportation to certain areas (such as the Quakerbridge Mall) but most people just leave during the weekend. It gets pretty isolated here.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better and it is repetitive. However, the meal plans are excellent. You get 250 credits points (1 point=$1) per semester but you have to use them all before the year ends. In addition, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, you get an extra 6 points to spend in somewhere else other than Eick.

    Dorm Life

    I am in Brewster and my room-mate is great. Some people however are suffering from room-mates who major in psychology and party everyday. My dorm is also great but small. We live near the small lake and get a nice breeze especially during the summer. Freshmen dorms do not have air-conditioning-particularly in the towers.

    Academic Rigor

    Not that rigorous, but study. Depending on your major, you either need to study or its a recommendation.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend choosing an interesting FSP (freshman class that all incoming freshmen need to take) because that might ruin your first semester. In addition, your FSP places you into your freshman housing. If you like the social life, choose the travers and wolfe towers but if you enjoy a quiet and excellent dorm, I recommend Brewster. Brewster dorms are better than the tower's dorms. Before school starts, you get a Welcome week, I recommend getting to know people and the campus, because the main way of getting around is walking.

    In three sentences

    The love how this institution immerses itself with nature. The teacher are very kind and intellectual. For how small it is, the College of New Jersey finds ways to keep everyone active within the campus.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump in the fountain in the science complex before you leave TCNJ!

    Food and Dining

    Everything it pretty good. Go to the Rat for a chicken parm!

    Dorm Life

    Bond with your floor! It's really a great time to get to know everyone during Welcome Week and then to live with such great people is a plus. The dorms are a little small, but bunk your beds and decorate your room a little and it will be just like home.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely challenging, but if you weren't look for a challenge you wouldn't be looking at TCNJ right? If you do all your work and participate in class the year will be a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It's such a cliche, but as freshman join a club or two and sport. The people you meet are amazing and its a great way to be active on campus. Live up your college experience!

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is a great place to live and learn and have an amazing college experience. It is very high rated when it comes to academics. The campus feels like a home rather than a school.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police all over campus and an EMS, as well as emergency alarms/telephones around the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for almost everyone and we offer most sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for someone who is an overachiever, someone who works really hard but also likes some party time, and for students who don't want to be overwhelmed by a huge university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a ghost in Kendall hall and it's customary to jump in the fountain in the Science Complex at some point during your stay at the school.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the reasons I chose TCNJ was because it's relatively cheap, around the same price or cheaper than Rutgers, and the academics are really good. The campus is gorgeous. You really get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There are buses that can take students to the train, the mall, the theatre, or other shopping areas. On campus there are tons of student activities and events going on all the time.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety in the dining halls and they accommodate to all kinds of diets. The cookies in Eick are the bomb!

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes dorm life can be very noisy and kind of gross. But the dorms aren't too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like everyone here is smart and, to a certain extent, knows it, which makes the atmosphere a little competitive. As long as you put your all into it you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best and don't be afraid to ask for help and be prepared to spend hours in the library.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is a really nice, small university where you can make a lot of friends. The academics here are great and I feel like I'm really learning a lot. It's a bit harder to get into, but really worth the effort.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are plenty events in the Student Center to attend each day at the college. There are also weekly concerts and comedy shows, along with plenty of parties thrown by fraternities and sororities.

    Food and Dining

    The College of New Jersey provides many buildings to dine for all hours of the day. There are also a few convenient store located on campus for after hours.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live off campus at The Element Hotel. It is beautiful. The people are friendly, and the available facilities are comfortable and convenient. The hotel has a partnership with both Element and Marriot hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are challenging. The work load comes in bunches. However, the knowledge that is received from the courses at TCNJ are well worth the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    To be successful at The College of New Jersey, you must learn to balance your academic and social lifestyles. Also, in order to get the complete social experience, you must find a great group of friends to create your own fun experiences.

    In three sentences

    The College of New Jersey is a college that is diverse and comfortable for almost anyone. Its academics are challenging, but well worth the money for the education. TCNJ is also a very social-friendly college.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety call boxes attached to nearly every lamp post. I never feel nervous walking to my car late at night after class. The campus is very well lit and campus police are always around

    Greek Life

    I am not involved but there is a lot of greek life and the students I know that are involved love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters. I have met a large number of commuter students on campus that also enjoy the fact that they can live off of campus but still be a part of the community.

    Bang for the buck

    I am at TCNJ not only because I like the school but because it is incredibly affordable.

    What to do for fun

    There are pool tables and such in the student center and multiple student activities and events that go on through out the year.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall and student center have good food, especially the soup. There are multiple places on campus to get food including a starbucks in the library.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I know people who do and I haven't heard any complaints.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students would be to have an idea of where you see yourself in the future and to get involved in relevant activities from the beginning of your college career.

    In three sentences

    This college has a beautiful campus that meets the needs of students of all kinds. The students that attend are friendly and helpful. The teachers are tough but fair and are experts in their fields.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Surrounding areas are not the best, but I have never experienced any fear/danger.

    Greek Life

    Relatively small but close group of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Highly recommend playing a sport or joining Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    Those with financial constraints

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oddly large balls placed around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for a public school, but well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Princeton, local bars, Quakerbridge mall.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad at all for college food, especially if you know how to mix and match foods.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are mediocre, but fun and the dorms generally improve in quality as you age.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging, occasional joke classes (depends solely on teacher)

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus and join as many clubs/groups as possible to find the place you belong.

    In three sentences

    For the price, TCNJ is a great school. Although, not a big name school it is gradually earning a strong academic reputation. Not where I envisioned my college years, but definitely a great choice.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CLUBS! They seriously have a club for everything and I doubt anyone couldn't find just one club that they would enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wednesday is only a half day as far as classes go because the afternoon is saved for club and academic meetings and so most kids don't schedule classes for Wednesday morning and so Tuesday is the party night here.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is quite pricey and a lot of times you question where all your money is going but if receive enough scholarships and aid it can be totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Since the area isn't great, most activities outside of academics takes place either in the dorms or on the off-campus housing. This definitely works for most of the kids here but if that doesn't sound good to you then this is definitely not the school for you!

    Food and Dining

    Although some students complain, when it comes down to it, compared to other schools we have so many options, so much variety that no matter your dietary needs, you will always find something new to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen year you don't get to pick a roommate so you have 50/50 shot but as long as you have a positive attitude about it you'll make it through and then every year after that you get to pick so it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an Ivy League but everyone here is of high academic standing and the professors know it so you do work hard a lot but there is alwasy time to relax.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit this school before you decide because the set-up and location could always be a game changer. Also, depending on your major, you may want to pay extra attention to the program you would be entering because this school favors science and education so others may miss out.

    In three sentences

    The college of New Jersey is great medium-sized school; perfect for those who care very much for their grades but also want the college experience. The location may not be ideal but the campus is set-up so that you never have to leave if you don't want to. Plus, with a car, a 15 minute drive will take to a plethera wonderful places

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE

    Great for these types of students

    People who like close-knit communities and a nice secluded campus

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, meet new people, party

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining options are good but not much variety

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay, could be better but not the worst. But the campus is beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, especially engineering but as long as you work hard you will do well

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Healthy selections.

    Dorm Life

    I have yet to visit the dorms.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Great Location. Friendly environment.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always emails notifying students about recent activity around the campus and telephones diapered throughout the campus in case of an emergency. I have never felt unsafe at TCNJ.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every type of club that you can think of, TCNJ has it! There's a woman's club, Greek life, Caribbean culture club, Newspaper, Magazine, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically serious students--not party-goers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a beautiful, sacred orchard; a lake; a spiritual center; a nature trail...So many awesome things!

    Bang for the buck

    Due to the intense coursework at TCNJ, many students may feel cheated out a learning experience. That is to say, you study what you need to study and then you move on to the next thing.

    What to do for fun

    Since I am a commuter and work part-time off campus, I generally do not participate in the multitude of activities available at TCNJ. There are weekly movie nights, casino nights, trips to the Columbus Flea Market and such, plays, etc. There are a ton of things to do, and it is done within a safe environment.

    Food and Dining

    The food and variety of food is mediocre at best. There are however, meal plans at TCNJ, and food courts.

    Dorm Life

    Though I commute to the campus, I've spoken with friends you are comfortable with the dorm life on campus. Aside from the occasional indifferent roommate, the campus is beautiful and the dorms are decent. There are even apartments and houses that are rented out specifically to TCNJ students near the college.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to lie. Though the level of academic comprehension and teaching at TCNJ isn't any harder than that of a community college, the courseload/coursework can be overwhelming. As an English major, I've had multiple projects and fifteen page papers due at the same time. It is difficult but bearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students considering attending TCNJ, I would like to advise that you that the course-load here is particularly rigorous and heavy. However, if you find yourself struggling, please approach your professor. Most of them are more than willing to help a struggling student. Also, reach out to your peers for homework help and advisement. They can be an invaluable resource.

    In three sentences

    While The College of New Jersey is considered one of the top public colleges on the East Coast, I've found the college to provide the same level of academic quality as a community college. That being said, the college has a beautiful campus and most professors are very approachable and friendly. Though I've had my share of problems finding a friend in this predominantly Caucasian and cliquish community, I've enjoyed my time in the English and Women and Gender Studies department!

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I play soccer for the college which takes up most of my time or I read.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is not that bad. Unfortunately, it is not your moms cooking, but it also isn't slop. There are better days than others but for the most part it is tolerable.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are what you should expect for a first year. The Towers are a bit run down but its what gives the school character. For the most part the rooms are standard and there is lack of a/c and wifi in the freshman rooms. There are common rooms with wifi but still lack of a/c.

    Academic Rigor

    The college is very strong academically, which is always competing against the most prestigous school even outside of the schools size. For example, TCNJ is often compared to Princeton. Also, last year the college of new jersey was awarded number 1 business school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared and ready to learn because The College of New Jersey is a competitive environment and to ensure your own success worry about your own acedemics and the rest will fall in place.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are blue lights all over campus and if you are in danger you can just run over to the blue light and press a button. campus police will show up within a few minutes.

    Greek Life

    not that important on campus but it is present. you will always know somebody in greek life but we do not have greek housing.

    Great for these types of students

    Education majors. People who want to be come teachers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everyday from 11am - 1:30 is meal equiv time. (only if you have a meal plan!) meal equiv is when you can get food for free as long the total price is under $6.50. pretty cool and if you happen to get over (like the total price is $7.50) then you just pay the difference ($1).

    Bang for the buck

    bang for the buck? what does that mean? people who bang for the buck? prostitution?! ummm i dont think so...well not that i know of.

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends who live off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Average food that you will get bored of after a couple of months. they serve the same thing everyday. expect on wednesdays, because wednesdays are periogi days, which is the best day of the week.

    Dorm Life

    for the first two years people live on campus but afterwards half the class will live off or on campus. Dorms are nice but the rooms are not that big.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a top school. Reached 50 best colleges list of America.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very cheap. About 25-29 grand a year. Small school, 20-30 students per class. Greek life is present but not a huge component to the school.

    In three sentences

    A small college that has reached the 50 best colleges/universities in America. Not that well known but it is a really great school at a very cheap price. Students who want to become teachers should go here because it is known as a great school for education and english majors.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good!

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty!

    Great for these types of students

    Focused, Intelligent, Motivated, Loves a challenge!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lake! Just take long walks and wander a bit, it truly is a spectacular place.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an amazing school, for an amazing price!

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities and events going on, you just have to look out for them, the student center always provides you with all the info!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty decent as well!

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm. But from what I have heard, it is pretty fun!

    Academic Rigor

    5 Stars, excellent. Always a challenge!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your studies and the opportunities will open themselves up to you!

    In three sentences

    The College of New Jersey is not only highly respected for it's academics, but also for the beautiful atmosphere it provides. I was a transfer student from Brookdale Community College, and although the transition was night and day, TCNJ feels like home. The campus is beautiful also, which is also a plus!

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a number of clubs offered for anyone with any hobby interest. The Intervarsity Fellowship is amazing. There is always someone around to just have as company.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of food available. The food offered is better quality than most schools. I only would ask that more of the food available would be healthy such as fresh fruits, and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes quiet hours are not enforced, which makes it hard to sleep. Mostly everyone is nice. My floor partied a lot and I'm a music major, so it made it hard to have good friends on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors all set a high standard in their grading and homework assignments. I am always motivated by the professors and other students to do my best. Achieving the Dean's List is something that is highly encouraged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make appointments to meet professors. Spend a night with a student to get an idea of dorm life. Compare the cost of TCNJ with the cost of other schools.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ offers a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by a friendly, close-knit campus. The academics offered set a high standard for learning. The campus is beautiful and easy to get around.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have poles with safety buttons on all of them located all over campus, and there are almost always people all around campus. The paths are also prety well lit.

    Greek Life

    The greek life seems very strong. There are so many different fraternities and sororities. They always have some sort of event or rush banners hanging in the student center, and during the busy lunch times, they kind of all have sections that they sit in. It seems like a large majority of students on campus are involved in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved in any of them, but there are always posters and signs all over campus to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that want to learn. I always feel like I am learning something, every class.

    Bang for the buck

    The bang for the buck I think, at least as an in state student is really good. The professors really know what they're talking about and they know how to teach it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and sports and things to participate in on campus. The student center and student organizations are always having all sorts of get togethers or sponsoring events.

    Food and Dining

    I have only been in the dining hall a few times, but they have a great variety and selection. The Lion's Den in the student center is also really good, thats where I get the meals I eat on campus. All of the food workers are very pleasant and nice.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus, so I honestly don't know what to say here.

    Academic Rigor

    I would definitely say they make the courses properly hard. Who wants to pay all of that money and not get a great education? I feel like I learn something every single class and that makes me feel like I am being properly prepared for my future and I'm not wasting my time.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors do not like it if you are late to class so try to always be on time. And from my experience, if you are commuting to campus, if you aren't there by about 9:30am, don't even bother driving around the two commuter lots, they will be full, drive right to the parking garage. Other than that, study hard and have fun. There are so many ways to get involved on campus. Also, I have learned classes are way more enjoyable when you are prepared and not worried about being called on and not knowing the answer.

    In three sentences

    The college has a beautiful campus and fantastic academics. I love attending and changing my major was easy. All of the staff I have encountered are fantasticly helpful and super friendly.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on TCNJ campus. The campus police do a good job of reassuring students of their safety and there are security alarms all around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    On campus, there are clubs for nearly every interest and hobby that a person may have. From swing dancing to playing manhunt, TCNJ has a wide variety of clubs and activities for students.

    Great for these types of students

    TCNJ was recently ranked in the Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. that produce the smartest students. TCNJ is a school that is truly filled with some of the smartest people; it is perfect for students that truly value education, intelligence, and creativity because the campus and its students teem with these qualities.

    Bang for the buck

    Though college tuition prices are, quite frankly, ludicrously expensive, it is plausible to say that students get their bang for their buck at TCNJ. While receiving an excellent education, students also enjoy a good dining hall, a friendly environment, many different campus events, many study abroad opportunities, and decent dorm buildings.

    What to do for fun

    There are events going on campus nearly every weekend. TCNJ is not a big party school but there are a decent amount of parties to go to on campus. Also there is a shuttle bus on campus that can take students to the movies, mall, or Princeton, the next town over.

    Food and Dining

    TCNJ's dining hall, Eickhoff, is known as being one of the best dining halls in the country. The dining hall has a lot of variety and the food is cooked fresh daily. There are other places to eat on campus that include a late night dining restaurant, two cafes, and another small restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    One of the best things about TCNJ is how much floor bonding is encouraged the first semester. For incoming freshmen TCNJ hosts Welcome Week in which the freshmen move in a week before the upperclassmen; this week is for students to bond with their floormates, become familiar with the school, and feel more at ease about leaving home for the first time. At TCNJ the dorms are exceptionally nice and it is easy for students to become close with their floormates.

    Academic Rigor

    TCNJ is known for being a difficult school. However, students at TCNJ only take four classes which is beneficial because then the student can have more focus on the subject of the classes each semester. Though the work is hard and the expectations are high, ultimately it is worth it because of how impressive it is to graduate from a school with an academic reputation such as The College of New Jersey.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that students put a lot of focus on studying for the SATs. TCNJ places a high value on the SAT scores of their prospective students and that is something that I wished I focused more on. For students who are planning to attend TCNJ, I would urge them to be as involved as possible their first semester since that is something I regret about my first semester.

    In three sentences

    The College of New Jersey has a campus that is beautiful year-round as well as one that is always hosting a number of events. The school has a prestigious academic reputation and is known for producing intelligent and professional students. Overall, TCNJ is a small but fun and rewarding school to attend.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before you graduate, you HAVE to jump in the fountain! Across the lake by the Education Building there's a Gazebo that looks over the lake and the entire college and it looks really cool at night. We have a bamboo forest. We have a regular forest. EXPLORE IT. We have nicknames for almost every building. It's like our own coded language.

    What to do for fun

    Party! Movie nights in the student center! Giveaways are always happening in the student center. There are over 100 clubs on campus and all of them throw programs and events. There's a game room.

    Food and Dining

    Eick has a lot of options but after a while you get tired of the same thing. That's when you get creative! There's a sushi station, pizza, burgers, omelets, pasta, salad, deli and more all in that one dining hall. There are 4 major dining places on campus and there are 2 cafes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is great! Even if you don't dorm there's a commuter lounge that a lot of people hang out in. You build friends easily here. Be open to the diversity on campus and it'll enhance your experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be challenging however, study groups happen often as well as group projects. There is a tutoring center on campus as well as a writing center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be optimistic and outgoing. Join a club or three! The experience is what you make of it. Go to the library. Go to your professors office hours, it works wonders.

    In three sentences

    TCNJ is what I'd consider to be my home. I've met a lot of amazing students as well as staff members who have been making my experience here awesome. The courses can at times be challenging however, TCNJ has a very supportive and helping community.