The College of New Jersey: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The College of New Jersey

 Ideitman / Getty Images

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a public university with an acceptance rate of 49%. With an undergraduate focus and liberal arts core curriculum, The College of New Jersey offers the type of student experience that is most often found in private institutions. Located in Ewing, New Jersey near Trenton, TCNJ is conveniently located between Philadelphia and New York City. With seven schools and degrees in over 50 programs, TCNJ offers the educational breadth of much larger universities. In athletics, the Lions compete in the NCAA Division III, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to The College of New Jersey? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, The College of New Jersey had an acceptance rate of 49%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 49 students were admitted, making TCNJ's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 13,824
Percent Admitted 49%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

TCNJ requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Note that applicants to TCNJ's programs in art and music may choose to apply test-optional. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 580 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of The College of New Jersey's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to TCNJ scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 690, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at TCNJ.

Requirements

The College of New Jersey does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that TCNJ participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The College of New Jersey requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Note that applicants to TCNJ's programs in art and music may choose to apply test-optional. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 19% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 30
Math 25 30
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of TCNJ's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to TCNJ received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that TCNJ superscores ACT results; your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates will be considered. The College of New Jersey does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

The College of New Jersey does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. In 2019, 97% of admitted students who provided data indicated that they were in the top half of their graduating class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

The College of New Jersey Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
The College of New Jersey Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to The College of New Jersey. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The College of New Jersey, which accepts half of all applicants, has a selective admissions process with above average SAT/ACT scores. However, TCNJ has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and optional letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. All applicants must include an intended major and alternate major on the Common Application as TCNJ reviews applications based on major. Note that students applying to Art, Music, or seven-year Medical and Optometry programs have additional admissions requirements.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1150 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or better. Your chances improve significantly if your grades are in the "A" range.

If You Like The College of New Jersey, You May Also Like These Schools

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and The College of New Jersey Undergraduate Admissions Office.