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The College of New Jersey

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About The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nation by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton Review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally.

Campus information

Known for its natural beauty, the College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township. The College has 39 major buildings, including a state-of-the-art library; 14 residence halls that accommodate 3,600 students; an award-winning student center; more than 20 academic computer laboratories; a full range of laboratories for nursing, microscopy, science, and technology; a music building with a 300-seat concert hall; and a collegiate recreation and athletic facilities complex. TCNJ has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,400 students (95 percent from New Jersey).

Ewing Township is a township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The township is within the New York metropolitan area as defined by the United States Census Bureau. It also directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission's Philadelphia Designated Market Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 35,790, reflecting an increase of 83 (+0.2%) from the 35,707 counted in the 2000 Census, which had increased by 1,522 (+4.5%) from the 34,185 counted in the 1990 Census.


TCNJ’s Residential Facilities
Residential Education and Housing maintains 15 on campus residential facilities for a total on campus population of around 4,000 students.

First Year Experience
(Travers and Wolfe Halls, Centennial Hall, Norsworthy Hall, Allen, Brewster, and Ely Halls)

First year students will live in one of the First Year Experience residence halls: Norsworthy, Travers, Wolfe, Allen, Brewster, Ely, and Centennial.  Travers and Wolfe are two ten story high-rise residence halls with traditional double rooms and communal bathrooms.   Allen, Brewster, and Ely are traditional co-ed residence halls with community bathrooms on each floor.  Centennial is a traditional residence hall with females on the first and third floors and males on the second floor.  Centennial features a newly renovated game room, community kitchen, and communal bathrooms. Norsworthy Hall is newly renovated and has a mix of first year and sophomore students.

All first year students live in Living and Learning Communities focused around their First Seminar, or FSP, course.

Sophomore Year Experience
(Decker Hall, Eickhoff Hall, New Residence Hall, Cromwell Hall, and Townhouse East)

The Sophomore Year Experience program offers both traditional and suite style buildings.  Decker Hall primarily consists of two double rooms connected by a bathroom, housing a total of 4 students per suite.  Decker offers a few suites that hold 5 total students as well. Cromwell is a suite style residence hall, and consists mainly of three double rooms sharing a bathroom and small foyer, housing a total of 6 students per suite.

New Residence and Eickhoff each offer double rooms each with a private bath.  Townhouse East houses between 2 and 4 students per floor.  Each floor includes a bathroom and a small kitchenette.

Upper Class Experience
(Townhouses West, Townhouses South, Townhouse East, Phelps and Hausdoerffer Halls)

The Upper Class Experience offers single rooms in Townhouses East, West, and South, housing between 2 and 4 students per floor.  Each floor includes a bathroom and a small kitchenette.  Hausdoerffer and Phelps Halls are apartment style residence halls that provide three singles and one double room, housing a total of 5 students.  Each apartment includes a kitchenette, living room and bathroom.


Courses available 10

Education and Teaching 3 Engineering 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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