Im definitely considering going to TCNJ and have a few questions
1. I was wondering, how the food options are for someone who eats really healthy? The last few years I've eaten basically only healthy foods, is there usually access to a lot of vegetables, chicken, eggs, steak, oatmeal, etc...? When i was at Harvard for the summer they had a grill which was good, unfortunately just the same 3 or so things can get really boring after awhile since it got pretty bland.
2. I have a 4.25 GPA and 1300 SAT's (1930)...I've been to TCNJ a few times and really like the campus and all i've heard about student satisfaction, the community, etc...
I just have a little problem with how no one even knows about it, after working really hard thats definitely disappointing but at the same time i think i would like it there.
Mainly if it can get me where i want to go (a good med school) i'll probably go over some other places like Bucknell/Lehigh which would be more expensive and I don't know as much about.
Considering I will make sure i get good grades how do you think my chances are for going to a good medical school from TCNJ?
I've read it has one of the highest retention rates in the country, 95%, have you noticed that to be true and that almost everyone likes it there?
why? Do you think i couldn't get in to TCNJ without doing that?
and also what about just taking the ACT's instead of taking the SAT's for a 3rd time? (4th time really but first time was 9th grade which didn't count, i can't see my score going up much but feel i could do well on the ACT)
Your SATs are good, but low for a med school student. The pre-med program is certainly out of the question, so try for Bio major. You can always try to switch into Bio if you don't get accepted as one. But in general, all your stuff look good.
Now about recognition, you're right that outside of NY/NJ/DE and eastern PA few people have heard of TCNJ, BUT tcnj gains more recognition from Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Barron's, etc. every year. I always use this analogy: My Dad went to Villanova when it was a less well-known commuter school for kids from NJ. Since then (1960's) it has become ultra-competitive and regarded as a top college in the country. TCNJ is also gaining more and more respect every year. In 20-30 years I see TCNJ being a super-competitive school as well with mid SAT's at 1350-1400. Look at it like an investment. Plus, TCNJ has a great med program so yes many med schools have heard of it and respect it.
yea i've heard that analogy before actually, i applied ED to TCNJ as a psych major minoring in bio
Wow i just got my ACTs. 33 in math, 34 in reading. Of course my english and science sucked with 28 and 26 because i had no time. Its annoying because i know i could have done so much better there. Overall it was a 30
I was accepted to the TCNJ nursing program yesterday. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, although my family is from Jersey and CT. I'm a little concerned about being an out of state student when such a large majority of students live in state. Can you tell me a little bit about any out of state students that you know, and how they fit into the college? I was also wondering if students take advantage of the closeness to NYC and Philly, and what they do during free time? Thanks!
ehscrew, I am currently a freshman at TCNJ. Honestly, there is no need to be concerned about being an out of state student. On my floor alone there are about 10 out of state kids. There is one from Florida and many from new york and pa. I am personally really good friends with many out of state kids and I don't think they have had any trouble transitioning. I see being an out of stater as a plus because you bring something different to the table, and everyone seems to like that. Also, regarding NYC and Philly, kids go all the time. The College constantly runs trips and they fill up very quickly. They have even run a free trip to DC this year so far. I have been to NYC twice this semester alone and it is very common if you can find friends to go with.
Additionally, their 7 year BS/MD program or 7 year optometry program is attracting students who have declined Ivy acceptances to opt for TCNJ. This will make for a very attractive alumni network in the future.