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Transfer Applicants

TCNJ values undergraduate transfer students from two-year and four-year institutions. The pool of 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.   A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply as a transfer.  Students seeking admission to some of the more competitive programs may need a higher GPA to be considered for admission.

Each applicant is reviewed based on rigor of coursework, GPA, choice of major, essay, standardized test scores(if required), and high school record (when necessary).  The greater the number of college credits accumulated, the more weight the college record will carry during the application review process.  We also recommend applicants to 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 and Tours 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.

Credit Evaluations

In general, courses that are transferable to TCNJ will have been taken at the 100 or 200 level with students receiving a final grade of 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 and for students transferring from a four-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 80 credits.

The evaluation of credits by an Academic Evaluator in the Office of Records and Registration occurs only 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 Application

You can submit the application online starting August 1st.

TCNJ does not require the Common Application’s “College Report”, “Secondary School Final Report” or “Mid-term Report”.

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.


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:

  1. Submit payment through the Common Application
  2. Mail check/money order by selecting “Fee Waiver” on the Common Application and mailing payment to The Office of Admissions, Transfer Department.

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.


Official high school transcript and all college transcripts are required for all transfer applicants. 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 an 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 if they meet one of the following by the application deadline:

  1. Graduated from high school five years ago or more
  2. 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

ArtInteractive MultimediaMusic

Admissions Interview (not provided)

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

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.



Fall Admission

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

Spring Admission

  • Application Deadline: October 15
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: November 1
  • 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, Art Education and Interactive Multimedia 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:

  1. File electronically over the Internet, which is the quickest and most efficient process, via the Financial Assistance Web site.
  2. 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.