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Rank: 48

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJwww.tcnj.edu
The College of New Jersey is a public school that could easily be confused for a private one, due to its small size, residential model, and liberal arts curriculum. That may be by design, as the college aims to keep talented New Jersey students in their home state in a region dense with higher ed options. The college's outcomes are top-notch, especially for a public school: Nearly 87% of students graduate within six years, which is a full 12% higher than schools with similar student bodies, according to MONEY's analysis. And recent graduates report an average salary of $57,200 in their early careers. TCNJ has just under 6,600 full-time undergrads, and the average class size is 21 students. Degree programs include art education, interactive multimedia, philosophy, and deaf education. As for campus life, about a third of students are fraternity and sorority members who center their social lives around the Greek system. Nearly all freshmen live in residence halls. Since the school is located in a suburb of Trenton, in the southern part of the state, students also tend to visit Philadelphia or Manhattan for big-city fun. Traveling to either takes roughly an hour.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$36,000
% of students who get any grants
39%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,400
Average price for low-income students
$12,240
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,850
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
42%
% of need met
43%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$5,116
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$23,250
Average salary within 3 years
$57,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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