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Additional Program Requirements


Acceptance to the Visual Arts major requires a successful portfolio review by the Department of Art.  Portfolio submission is optional for Art Education (K-12) major and any education majors with a content area in Visual Arts. Contact the Department at 609.771.2652 for more details.

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The NJ Department of Education requires all students entering teacher preparation programs to present documentation demonstrating basic skills competency in the areas of math, reading, and writing. To demonstrate satisfaction, students must demonstrate and basic skills competency prior to applying for Clinical I through:

  • Pass Praxis Core
  • Hold a master’s degree or higher with a 3.0 GPA.
  • Score in the top half percentile on SAT, ACT, or GRE

Students must submit qualifying documentation before formally applying to their Clinical I experiences (typically at the end of their sophomore year). More information can be found at:

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Educational Opportunity Fund

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a New Jersey Program that provides access to higher education for students who are academically and financially eligible. At The College of New Jersey, students who meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration:

  1. The student’s gross family income is within the EOF Program Eligibility guidelines as defined by the State of New Jersey’s Commissions of Higher Education. You may confirm your income eligibility by clicking on the following link:
  2. Student has been a resident of the State of NJ for at least the past 12 months
  3. Student is considered a first-generation college student.
  4. Student comes from an educationally and economically-disadvantage background.

Admissions Requirements

When completing the Common Application or the Coalition Application, student must indicate their interest in applying for EOF.

Students applying for Fall 2024 must submit parents’ 2021 and 2022 Federal Tax Returns and Household Verification Form.

  • If a student’s parents do not file taxes, please contact Noemi Martinez via phone or email at (609) 771-3467 or for further instruction.
  • Students who indicate interest in the EOF Program will be emailed a Household Verification form upon receipt of their completed application.

Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have it sent to TCNJ by February 1st

  • Students can complete the FAFSA as early as October 1st, 2022
  • It is strongly recommended that students submit the FAFSA as early as possible for priority EOF consideration.

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Music majors will be required to audition in person with the Department of Music. All applicants are encouraged to audition as early as possible. The Common Application Arts supplement is NOT required of music applicants.  Education majors must also meet the documentation requirements listed under the Education section, above. For more information, please contact Tanisha Wells.

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3 Year Baccalaureate Degree

The TCNJ 3-Year Bachelor’s program in Criminology, English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is perfect for highly-motivated students who enter TCNJ with a minimum of two accepted AP and/or IB courses or have successfully completed 2 college courses with a B or better prior to matriculating at TCNJ.To be considered for the three-year Bachelor’s Degree program, a student should have a minimum high school GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Admission to the program will be determined utilizing a holistic approach with the GPA being one of the multiple factors being considered.

  • Three-year degree applicants will bring with them a minimum of two acceptable AP courses (scoring 4 or higher on the AP test), two acceptable IB courses (scoring 5 or higher on the IB exam), or 2 college-level courses with a minimum of a B grade prior to matriculation at TCNJ.
  • Students in a three-year program will have a designated 3-year advisor for their major.
  • Students will not be allowed to overload in the semester when taking a writing intensive course.
  • With close academic advising, 3-year degree students will complete the 6 units (classes) needed to graduate during the winter, summer and/or a one-semester overload each academic year.

The 3-year program is not recommended for students who seek admission into Medical School or direct admission into doctoral programs.

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