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Rank: 35

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJwww.tcnj.edu
The College of New Jersey is a public school that easily could 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. Eighty-six percent of students graduate within six years, nearly 10% higher than schools with similar student bodies. And recent graduates report an average salary of $54,400, substantially higher than alumni from colleges with similar academic programs. Business is the single most popular major, but the college also has strong education and psychology programs. About a quarter of students are fraternity and sorority members, centering their social lives around the Greek system. Since the school is located in a suburb of Trenton, in the southern part of the state, students also tend to head to Philadelphia or Manhattan for big-city fun. Traveling to either takes roughly an hour.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$35,300
% of students who get any grants
40%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,100
Average price for low-income students
$10,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1200/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,212
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
39%
% of need met
43%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$5,018
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$23,300
Average salary within 3 years
$54,400
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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