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Test-Optional at TCNJ

TCNJ is going test-optional for the next three years starting with the 2020–21 admissions cycle. We take a holistic approach to the review of our applicants, considering student interests and involvement beyond academics.

Our admissions team examines every component of a student’s application, but none more carefully than the high school transcript. The record of course selection, grades, class rank, and the strength of the curriculum provides the most accurate predictor of a student’s chance for success in college. Though there are no minimum transcript requirements for admission, recently admitted students averaged an “A”/”A-” GPA and a rank in the top 20 percent of their graduating class.

While we will still welcome students to submit their test scores, our holistic approach to application review provides us with the flexibility to evaluate academic and extracurricular accomplishments within a student’s individual context. There will also be additional opportunities throughout the application process for students to demonstrate their interest in our programs and their dedication to pursuing their field of interest at TCNJ.

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