Freshman Admission Policy
Freshman applicants to The College of New Jersey are defined as those students with fewer than twelve credits completed at another college prior to their semester of desired entry into a degree program.
The freshman admission policy of The College of New Jersey is consistent with and grows out of the college's "Vision Statement" which reads:
A college is a place of learning, a community guided by both beliefs and actions. The College of New Jersey is a community of learners and scholars where beliefs are translated into action. We call this ‘living our ideals.’ We believe that:
- Service to the people of New Jersey and the nation is the college's highest priority. We serve by preparing our students to be tomorrow's leaders.
- The college is committed to excellence, embracing those programs and activities that we can deliver at an exemplary level.
- The College of New Jersey is enriched by the diversity of its people. Diversity gives meaning to our sense of community. It enhances creativity, teaches flexibility, and builds strength from differences.
- A community of learners and scholars is built around high expectations. We expect all members to use their unique talents to make the college a better place.
We live our ideals within boundaries that heighten our commitment to services, excellence, diversity, and community. They define the college as primarily undergraduate, giving primacy to teaching, having an achievement oriented and diverse student body, medium sized, comprehensive and residential.
The College of New Jersey seeks to enroll freshman applicants whose formal training and experience, attitude, achievement and motivation indicate a high probability of success in the college. Additionally, the college is interested in recruiting students with outstanding academic records in high school and enhancing its reputation as a public college attractive to the academically superior student.
The admissions practices will be sensitive to maintaining an undergraduate population representing both sexes and varying ages, with the geographic, educational, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of the region.
Inasmuch as admissions in any given year depends upon a variety of factors including the number of applicants for spaces available and the needs of specific departments/programs, the high school and test profile required for admission may change from year to year. However, not every candidate who meets minimum standards can be offered admission.
The Admissions Office recognizes that the requirements necessary for success in some departments/programs differ from the college's traditional entrance requirements. Therefore, exceptions will sometimes be made in the administration of entrance requirements to strengthen the quality and diversity of the student body.
The admission policies of the college are designed so as not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or physical handicap. It complies with all federal and state legislation including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Civil Rights Act and section 504C of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Admissions Office under the direction of the Vice President for College Advancement shall develop a set of procedures for admission. These procedures will be updated annually, published in the Undergraduate Bulletin and shared, in a timely manner, with the Committee on Admissions, Advisement, and Retention as well as the administrators in charge of Schools, Departments, and Programs.
Passed by CAAR: April 23, 1997
Approved by Board of Trustees: February 24, 2000