@ladygriff I'm glad you are listening/hearing me. Don't be afraid to ask for waivers for things like orientation, housing deposit fees. If you don't ask there is zero chance they'll waive it, but if you do ask, maybe they will.
You might even think, if you don't have a job now, of looking for something like Panera, which is also on campus as maybe it would be easier to transfer in. My foster son did that with his job and it has worked out well. The manager from the hometown store recommended him to the college store.
From both my kids I'll give you the tip to WAIT to buy your books. My daughter didn't listen and bought books ($150+) that in the end she really didn't need. Also, transfer as many AP credits as you can - don't buy into the **** that you need to take the class at the college to learn blah blah. If you got a 4 or 5 on the test, you're grasp of the material is just fine.
Best of luck, I spent four of the best years of my life at TCNJ and I wish you the same.
TCNJ alum, bio major/chem minor.
1. School is located within 15 minutes of several major hospitals. I personally did an internship at a Trenton hospital's physical therapy unit. (Trenton, Hopewell, Princeton all have hospitals)
I believe TCNJ had a 7 year direct to med school program, but that wasn't available in my day.
2. I did research directly with a PhD full tenured professor starting in my 2nd year. I'm not sure what kind of quality it was ;0 but my work is still cited in other papers on the topic. I liked the fact that I worked directly with a professor. I presented my results at a few conferences.
3. No idea. I would imagine if you are getting outstanding grades your chances to switch would be better, but that is just my theory.
@misturcliff College is really what YOU make of it. As a TCNJ alum, I can tell you those were some really great years.
We used to hop the West Trenton train to Philly, we'd drive in to Princeton, go to the Market Fair, take advantage of school sponsored cheap bus trips to NYC etc. I was not of the Greek / drinking crowd, I was more of a Reading Terminal Market(Philly), Thomas Sweets chocolates(Princeton) and Movies at the MarketFair, sledding down on cafeteria trays kind of person. I'm sure there were parties and drinking. I doubt it will be at the level of a Rutgers.
Parent to two current students who both live on campus in the newer dorms, which are further away than the older dorms from the academic buildings. My daughter lives in the current furthest dorm from the newest academic building (Business) where most of her classes are. She walks to class and it takes her 15 or so minutes. My foster son rides his bike from a similar area, and it takes him about 5 minutes. The campus is no where close to Rutgers size, the class sizes are also much smaller. That may be good or bad, depending upon your perspective. (my kids both love it)