Chances of getting into The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
49.8%
Admission Difficulty for The College of New Jersey
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into TCNJ and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,785 out of 13,625 applicants were admitted making TCNJ a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 26 percent. The College of New Jersey typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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TCNJ SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1160-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for The College of New Jersey
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1160
SAT Scores for The College of New Jersey
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to The College of New Jersey?

The College of New Jersey typically requires applicants to be in the top 31 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The College of New Jersey admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >63%
1255 to 1350 Avg + 50%-63%
1160 to 1255 Avg - 37%-50%
1065 to 1160 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 1065 Low <26%
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TCNJ ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
ACT Scores for The College of New Jersey
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for The College of New Jersey
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into TCNJ?

Admission data indicates that TCNJ regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in New Jersey for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to The College of New Jersey.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

The College of New Jersey admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >65%
27 to 30 Avg + 50%-65%
25 to 27 Avg - 40%-50%
23 to 25 Reach 30%-40%
Less than 23 Low <30%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.29*
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need above average high school grades to get into The College of New Jersey. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at The College of New Jersey was 3.29 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to TCNJ will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School Class Rank

56% of The College of New Jersey freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted The College of New Jersey students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 56%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

The College of New Jersey admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,667 5,958 13,625
Accepted 3,941 2,844 6,785
Acceptance Rate 51% 48% 50%
Enrolled 893 658 1,551
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 23% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to The College of New Jersey and what considerations affect admission decisions?

The College of New Jersey Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at The College of New Jersey
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=187134 IPEDS survey data for The College of New Jersey.

Frequently Asked Questions

87% of students submit their SAT scores to TCNJ. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

50% of those who apply are granted admission to TCNJ. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1350. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.