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#2 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

TCNJ Admission Requirements

Ewing, New Jersey

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Chances of getting into The College of New Jersey

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
51%
Admission Difficulty for The College of New Jersey
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into TCNJ and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at TCNJ is 51%.  It ranks #2 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. TCNJ is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 6,765 out of 13,199 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent (SAT 1140/1320 ACT 24/30). The College of New Jersey typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.29. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The TCNJ application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to The College of New Jersey. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 87% of students submitted SAT scores and 25% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

TCNJ SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1140-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for The College of New Jersey
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for The College of New Jersey
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

The College of New Jersey typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1050. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. TCNJ ranks #7 in New Jersey and #198 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The College of New Jersey admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >66%
1230 to 1320 Avg + 51%-66%
1140 to 1230 Avg - 35%-51%
1050 to 1140 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 1050 Low <22%
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TCNJ ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
25%
ACT Scores for The College of New Jersey
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for The College of New Jersey
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th 29
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 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in New Jersey and #188 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to The College of New Jersey.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >66%
27 to 30 Avg + 51%-66%
24 to 27 Avg - 35%-51%
21 to 24 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 21 Low <22%
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TCNJ GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into The College of New Jersey?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into TCNJ. 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 #17 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as TCNJ accepts 51% of students who apply.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.29 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

66% of The College of New Jersey freshman were in the top twenty five 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 32%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

The College of New Jersey admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,643 5,556 13,199
Accepted 3,972 2,793 6,765
Acceptance Rate 52% 50% 51%
Enrolled 821 607 1,428
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 22% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to The College of New Jersey is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to The College of New Jersey and what student information is used for admission decisions?

The College of New Jersey Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
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.

FAQs

Does The College of New Jersey prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into The College of New Jersey?

51% 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.

What SAT score is required for The College of New Jersey?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1320. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for The College of New Jersey?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.