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Additional Program Requirements


The Department of Art and Art History requires a successful portfolio review for acceptance to the visual arts major (with specializations in fine art and photography/video).

Portfolio submission is optional for art education (K-12) and education majors with a content area in art.

Contact the department at 609.771.2652 for more details.

Graphic Design

The Department of Design and Creative Technology requires a successful portfolio review for acceptance to the visual arts major with a specialization in graphic design.

Contact the department at or 609.771.2173 for more details.


The Department of Music requires a successful in-person audition for acceptance to the majors in music, music performance, and music education. 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 in the Education section.

Contact the department’s program coordinator, Tanisha Wells, for more details.


The NJ Department of Education requires all students to present documentation demonstrating basic skills and competency in math, reading, and writing. Students demonstrate competency before applying for Clinical I experiences (typically at the end of their sophomore year) through:

  • Pass the 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

Educational Opportunity Fund

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a New Jersey Program that provides access to higher education for academically and financially eligible students.

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 defined by the State of New Jersey’s Commissions of Higher Education. 
  2. The student has been a resident of the State of NJ for at least the past 12 months.
  3. The student is considered a first-generation college student.
  4. The student comes from an educationally and economically disadvantaged background.

Admissions Requirements

  • When completing the Common or Coalition Application, the student must indicate their interest in applying for EOF.
  • Students applying for Fall 2024 must submit their parents’ 2021 and 2022 Federal Tax Returns and a Household Verification form. If a student’s parents do not file taxes, please get in touch with our office via phone or email at (609) 771-2131 or or further instruction.
  • Students who indicate interest in the EOF Program will be emailed a Household Verification form upon receipt of their completed application.
  • Students 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. It is strongly recommended that students submit the FAFSA as early as possible for priority EOF consideration.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

The three-year bachelor’s degree program in criminology, English, history, philosophy, psychology, or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies is perfect for highly motivated students.

  • To be considered for the three-year Bachelor’s Degree program, a student should have a minimum high school GPA of 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 four or higher on the AP test), two acceptable IB courses (scoring five or higher on the IB exam), or two college-level courses with a minimum of a B grade prior to matriculation at TCNJ.
  • Students will have a designated advisor for their major.
  • Students will not be allowed to overload in the semester when taking a writing intensive course.
  • With close academic advising, students will complete the six units (classes) needed to graduate during the winter, summer, and/or a one-semester overload each academic year.
  • The three-year bachelor’s degree program is not recommended for students seeking medical school or direct admission into doctoral programs.

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