My D and I visited TCNJ in June (unfortunately, after the Spring semester was over and students were no longer on campus) and she and I were very impressed - right size (in the 4,000-8,000 enrollment range that she prefers), nice campus, informative, positive info session, knowledgeable tour guide, good variety of academic programs. She was invited to apply for a pre-application/admission scholarship (Board of Directors? Presidential?) and got a notice that she had been selected and was invited to attend a luncheon to find out about the award. My wife, who had not visited with us in June, went with her. It was a nice amount, especially considering this is before she has even applied for admission.
Aside from the awarding of the scholarships, this was an additional chance for TCNJ to sell itself to a group of high-achieving students. Unfortunately, my wife and D came away unimpressed and worried that TCNJ is a suitcase college. Apparently, whoever made the main information presentation was not nearly as informative or as convincing as the one in June. Also, in response to questions about the campus on the weekends, the responses left the impression that there may be something of a suitcase college problem. Although we are relatively close (about 1-1/2 hours away in Delaware), my D doesn't plan or want to come home every weekend, nor do we want her to. She (and we) want a true residential college with a full range of social and campus community opportunities all week long, not just Monday - Thursday. As a school with a large majority (94-95%) of its students from within the state of New Jersey, a deserted, sidewalks-rolled-up campus on weekends is not out of the realm of possibility so it is now a concern.
We are planning return visits on a weekend and on a weekday when classes are in session and she is still planning on applying, but the poor showing at the scholarship luncheon has moved it down her list from #1 or 2 to still on the list but in the second division.
We'd like to hear from current students, recent alums, and parents regarding this concern. Is TCNJ something of a suitcase college?