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International Applicants

A highly selective institution, TCNJ is regarded for offering an exceptional education at a reasonable cost. TCNJ provides an interactive and supportive learning experience, where students collaborate with faculty members on innovative research and engage in discussion and analysis of relevant issues. The College’s seven schools include Arts & Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities & and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health & Exercise Science; and Science.

Known for its aesthetic beauty and ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful in the country, TCNJ’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township, within one hour of New York City, Philadelphia, and a number of coastal resort communities.

An assortment of campus activities, including student organizations, clubs, athletics, and recreational opportunities, enable students to enjoy a full campus life and enrich their college experience.

TCNJ has recently approved scholarship awards for qualified first-year, degree-seeking students who have been offered admission to the College. International students are considered ‘out-of-state’ students at TCNJ. For more information, see current cost of attendance.

About TCNJ

Highly respected by our country’s top graduate schools and employers, a TCNJ education opens the doors to our students’ choice of postgraduate studies and careers. Students work directly with faculty on research projects and gain other practical experience throughout their time at TCNJ. Outstanding internship opportunities—in the United States and abroad—help our students gain valuable credentials and qualifications to guarantee success in their careers.

The following document provides prospective students with a snapshot of TCNJ as an institution: TCNJ: A Gateway to Success for International Student.

At The College of New Jersey, international students and global U.S. citizens have access to the programs and people that will enrich their academic experience. Prospective students are encouraged to complete our prospect form to receive more information about the programs available at TCNJ.

International Student Prospect Form

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Apply using The Common Application

You must submit the application online.

Codes: SAT CEEB: 002519 | ACT Code: 002614

Requirements

$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, First-year Applicant. Payment must be in US currency and issued by a U.S. bank.

Academic Transcripts

All First-year applicants must submit official high school transcripts. Transfer Students must submit all College/University transcripts and, depending on the number of credits earned, secondary school transcripts. In most cases, transcripts must be submitted to a United States agency that provides foreign credentials evaluations before being sent to TCNJ; the following U.S. agencies have been approved by TCNJ. Students enrolled in an International Baccalaureate program, in the U.S. or overseas, do not have to submit their transcript to an evaluation agency.

Standardized Test Scores

SAT or ACT test scores are preferred and we recommend that applicants sit for the exam at least 2 months before the application deadline, given the time it takes to receive and process the results. TCNJ does superscore the SAT, meaning we take the highest score for each section out of all the tests the applicant takes, providing the highest composite (total) score. The ACT, however, is not superscored.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required if English is not the applicant’s native language. A minimum score of 90 is recommended for the Internet Based TOEFL exam and a score of 8 or higher is recommended for the IELTS.

SAT         ACT          TOEFL          IELTS

International Student Admissions Booklet

The forms contained within TCNJ’s International Student Admissions Booklet for F-1 students include an Affidavit of Support & Financial Assistance, a Statement of Financial Cost Worksheet, a Doctor’s Certification and an application for I-20, among additional required forms.  Additional information for international students can also be found on the International Student Services page.

View Booklet for F-1 students

Essay

The Common Application essay, which provides a choice of several topics, is the official essay used in the evaluation process.

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 online when completing the Common Application.  You cannot apply “undecided” to TCNJ.

Additional Program Requirements

Art, Education, Music, Seven-year Medical Program, Seven-year Optometry Program

All required documents should be mailed to:

The College of New Jersey
Attention: International Admissions – Green Hall 212
2000 Pennington Rd
Ewing, NJ 08628
USA

Deadlines

TCNJ offers International Students the opportunity to apply for both Fall and Spring terms, as well as apply for Early Decision.

Fall (General) Admission

  • Application Deadline:  February 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: March 1
  • Notification of Decision: No later than April 1*

Spring Admission

  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: November 15
  • Notification of Decision: December 1

Early Decision I**

  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: November 15
  • Notification of Decision: December 1

Early Decision II**

  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • Supporting Documents Deadline: January 15
  • Notification of Decision: February 1
*The College of New Jersey prides itself on giving every application the most thorough review possible. While TCNJ makes every effort to notify students regarding their admission decision as early as possible (starting in early March), some applications will undergo multiple reviews before a final decision is made. Therefore, the Admissions Office can only guarantee that a general admission decision will be mailed prior to April 1st, no matter how early the student applies.

**Students accepted through the Early Decision programs MUST attend The College of New Jersey. Early Decision students will be given the same consideration for scholarships as those applying for Fall or Spring Admission.

Other Deadlines

  • Applications for the seven-year medical program* and the seven-year optometry program are accepted only for Fall admission and are due November 1st.
  • Music applicants must complete their audition by March 15th (Fall Admission) or November 19th (Spring Admission). For Early Decision, applicants must complete their audition by November 19th (Early Decision I) or January 16th (Early Decision II).
  • Visual Arts and Art Education applicants must submit their portfolio for departmental review by February 16th (Fall Admission) or November 1st (Spring Admission). For Early Decision, applicants must submit their portfolio by November 1st (Early Decision I) or January 15th (Early Decision II).

*Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must obtain U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by the time you enter New Jersey Medical School. Inquiries can be sent to the following address: medcar@tcnj.edu.

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