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International Admission – FAQ for Undergraduate Applicants

Why do international students attend TCNJ?

Our award-winning university is highly ranked for its superior academic quality and value.  TCNJ is one of the best public institution in the United States.

When can I apply to TCNJ?

TCNJ admits international applicants on a rolling basis. This means we will consider your application as soon as it is complete and all supporting materials are received.

TCNJ is a selective university.  Each year TCNJ has a limited number of spaces in each academic department and a limited number of international merit scholarships available.  You may send us materials for your application at any time.  Students who submit a complete application as early as possible have the best chance of being admitted and receiving scholarship.

When is the last date I can submit an application?

General Deadlines

  • February 1 for classes that begin in August.
  • November 1 for classes that begin in January.

Other Deadlines

  • November 1 – Art applicants for January start term must submit their portfolio for departmental review by this date.
  • November 1 – Applications for the seven-year medical programs and the seven-year optometry program must be submitted by this date and are accepted only for September admission.
  • November 19 – Music auditions must be completed by this date.
  • February 16 – Art applicants for August start term must submit their portfolio for departmental review by this date.

When will I hear from TCNJ about my admission decision?

After we receive your complete application and supporting documents, students will be notified about Fall Admissions on April 1 and Spring Admissions on December 1.

How will I be notified if I am admitted to TCNJ?

If you are admitted to TCNJ you will receive a courtesy congratulations call from the Office of Admission (we encourage you to verify that the phone number(s) you provide in your Common Application are valid and functioning).  In addition, you will receive a priority acceptance package from our office.

Will TCNJ help me get my VISA to study in the U.S.?

Yes.  If you are admitted to TCNJ our specialist in the Center for Global Engagement will guide you through the process of obtaining your I-20 and visa. Please visit the Visa Requirements page for more information.

What is the average class size at TCNJ?

One key reason why TCNJ is highly ranked is our average class size of just 21 students.  We know that students who get to know their fellow students and teachers in small classes are the most successful. There are approximately 6,800 undergraduate students attending TCNJ.

What kind of Return on Investment does TCNJ provide?

International students and families find the ROI for a TCNJ education outstanding.

96% of TCNJ students find a job or pursue an advanced degree after graduating.  Of some 4,000 universities in the U.S., Money Magazine ranks TCNJ one of the top 20 public universities nationwide ‘most likely to pay off financially’, based on ROI data from

From what countries do students apply to TCNJ?

International students apply from all parts of the world, including but not limited to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Estonia, FMR Yugoslav Rep of Macedonia, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

What is the cost for international students at TCNJ?

Our comprehensive cost for international students includes tuition, room, board, fees, travel, health insurance, books, supplies and personal items, and is about $49,500 USD annually.

Do you offer scholarships to international students?


How much scholarship can I receive from TCNJ?

The maximum scholarship available is $40,000 USD for 4 years of attendance ($10,000 USD per academic year).  The minimum scholarship for qualified applicants is $10,000 USD for 4 years of attendance ($2,500 USD per academic year).

How do I apply for an international merit scholarship?

There is no application process – all admitted international students are automatically reviewed holistically for scholarship eligibility.  Your scholarship eligibility is based on several factors including the rigor of your curriculum, your academic performance (high school grades/marks), your standardized test results, your recommendation letters from academic teachers, your application essay, and your community service and activities.

If I receive a scholarship from TCNJ am I guaranteed to receive it for my 4 years of study?

Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing, meets the minimum course credit requirement per year, and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while at TCNJ.

When will I be notified if I have been awarded a merit scholarship?

If you are admitted to TCNJ information about your scholarship eligibility will be included with your acceptance package.

Beyond merit scholarships are there other resources that can help me afford a TCNJ education?

There are a variety of resources available to international students to help make TCNJ affordable.  Please visit the following TCNJ link for additional information:

Who should apply as an international *first-year students?

* First-year – First-year applicants have or will have completed high school and have not attended any other universities in the past. 

Who should apply as an international *transfer?

* Transfer – Transfer applicants are currently enrolled at another university.  To be eligible to apply as a transfer an applicant must have earned or be in the process of earning at least 12 university credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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