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Transfer Applicants

The College of New Jersey values undergraduate transfer students from both two-year and four-year institutions. The applicant pool for transfer applicants is very competitive. To be eligible to apply as a transfer, an applicant must have earned or be in the process of earning at least 12 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students seeking admission to some of the more competitive programs may require a higher GPA.

Each applicant is reviewed based on rigor of coursework, GPA, choice of major, essay, standardized test scores(if required), and high school transcript (when necessary).  The greater the number of college credits accumulated, the more weight the college transcript will carry during the application review process.  Although it is optional, we do recommend that applicants include a resume and letters of recommendation.

Transfer Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Visits

Contemplating transferring into The College of New Jersey? Whether you are coming from a two-year or four-year institution, we invite you to sit in on a presentation by a Transfer Admissions Counselor and join a campus tour. TCNJ’s Transfer Information Sessions are designed to inform and assist transfers with the application process, outline application requirements, provide credit evaluation information, and answer any questions that you may have. Transfer sessions are offered during each of our Lion’s Day Open Houses and on select weekend tour dates.

Credit Evaluations

For students interested in transferring credits to TCNJ, the institution generally accepts courses taken at the 100 or 200 level if the final grade received is a C or higher.  Please keep in mind that this is a general guideline.  For students transferring from a two-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 64 credits.  For students transferring from a four-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 80 credits.

Credits will be evaluated by an Academic Evaluator in the Office of Records and Registration.  Evaluations only occur after an applicant has been admitted.  If you attend an NJ Community College, please refer to the NJTransfer website for transfer equivalencies. Learn more about Credit Evaluations


Apply using the Common App

You can submit the application online starting August 1st. TCNJ does not require the Common Application’s “Secondary School Final Report” or “Mid-term Report”.  The Common Applicaton’s “College Report” will be required for all enrolled students.

Codes: SAT CEEB: 002519 | ACT Code: 002614 | Financial Aid: 002642

Second or Additional Bachelor’s Degrees

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, from either The College of New Jersey or another institution, may apply for a second baccalaureate degree. They should follow the procedures for transfer students when applying.

The following policies apply to second degree students:

  1. Students must earn a minimum of 12 course units in addition to any units already earned as part of the first bachelor’s degree.
  2. All requirements for the new major must be completed.
  3. This policy does not authorize the granting of two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously, since students have the option of taking a dual major.

Mailing Address

All paper documentation should be mailed to:

The College of New Jersey
The Office of Undergraduate Admission, Attn: Transfer Department
Paul Loser Hall 228
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628

* Whenever possible, it is in the best interest of the applicant to mail everything in one package.


Candidates seeking formal admissions to a degree program must have earned at least twelve semester hours of college credit with a minimum GPA of 2.5. TCNJ does not provide an Admissions Interview as part of the application process.

$75 application fee

There are two methods of making your non-refundable payment:

  • Submit payment through the Common Application
  • To pay by check or money order, mail payment to TCNJ’s address below.  Please include “Attention:  Transfer Department” on the envelope.  You must select “Fee Waiver” on the Common App in order to bypass the payment screen and submit your application.
  • There are no fee waivers available for transfer students.  If paying the fee constitutes a significant economic hardship for you or your family, please contact the Office of Admissions at 609.771.2131.

Academic Major

Student’s must declare an official TCNJ program of study on our school’s Common Application Member Form, which can ONLY be submitted on-line when completing the Common Application. You cannot apply “undecided” to TCNJ.


All transfer applicants are required to submit their official high school and all college transcripts.  Please have all transcripts sent to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Attn: Transfer Department, directly from the high school or college transcript office (otherwise, they will not be considered official). The Common Application secondary school report does not need to be submitted. If you attended high school and/or college outside of the United States, your transcripts will need to be evaluated by a United States agency that provides foreign credentials evaluations before being sent to TCNJ.

Official test scores

SAT or ACT scores are required for most transfer applicants. Scores must be sent from an official testing agency or printed on an official school transcript.

Transfer applicants are exempt from the Standardized Test requirements if they meet one of the following by the application deadline:

  • Graduated from high school five years ago or more
  • Earned 45 credits or more from another institution
Our Codes: SAT CEEB: 002519 | ACT Code: 002614
TCNJ does not use the Writing sections of the SAT or ACT.  SAT II Subject Tests are NOT required.

Recommendations (not required)

TCNJ strongly encourages transfer applicants to submit between one and three letters of recommendation. When submitting letters of recommendation it is not necessary to use The Common Application Teacher Evaluation form, College Official form, or the Secondary School final report.  It is preferred that recommendations for transfer students come from college instructors, college advisors, or other college officials. If these are unobtainable, recommendations from high school teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, employers, or extracurricular advisors may also be submitted.


The Common Application essay is the official essay used in the evaluation process.

Resume (not required)

In addition to filling out the activities list on The Common Application, applicants are encouraged to mail in an Activity Resume to detail involvement in clubs and organizations, employment, internships, volunteering, education, etc.

Additional Program Requirements

ArtEducation, Music

Admissions Interview (not provided)

TCNJ does not provide an Admissions Interview as part of the application process.


Fall Admission

  • Application Deadline:  February 15
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: March 1
  • Notification of Decision: April 1

Spring Admission

  • Application Deadline: October 15
    • Deadline extended to November 1 for Spring 2016 applicants.
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: November 1
    • Deadline extended to November 15 for Spring 2016 applicants.
  • Notification of Decision: December 15

Other Deadlines

Music applicants must complete their audition by November 19th for Spring Admission or February 28th for Fall Admission

Visual Arts and Art Education applicants must submit their portfolio for departmental review by November 1st for Spring Admission or February 16th for Fall Admission

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Assistance Web site provides information about Sources of Financial Aid for Transfer Students

The only form you need to submit in order to apply for state and/or federal aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must list “The College of New Jersey” as a recipient and write TCNJ’s school code number (002642) on your FAFSA.

There are two options for filing the FAFSA:

  • File electronically over the Internet, which is the quickest and most efficient process, via the Financial Assistance Web site.
  • Complete the paper version of the FAFSA, which can usually be obtained from your high school or college or by calling 800-4-FED-AID.

New Jersey Community Colleges Scholarship

The College of New Jersey is proud to offer merit scholarships to a select group of outstanding transfer students entering in the Fall semester.  The Admissions Office will identify students who may be eligible for this scholarship using the information provided in the student’s application.  Those who meet the eligibility requirements will be sent an application and encouraged to apply.  In order to be eligible, the student must be attending a New Jersey Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.75.  The student must also be completing an AA or AS before attending TCNJ and be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.  The Admissions Committee will determine the recipients based on the student’s admissions materials and scholarship application.

Students who are selected for this highly competitive scholarship will be awarded $3,000 per year for two years.  If you have any questions about the New Jersey Community Colleges Scholarship, please contact the Admissions Office at 609.771.2131.