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For Immediate Release
August 9, 2006

Barron’s, Again, Ranks TCNJ with Nation’s Top Schools


EWING, NJ…The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) has been named one of the nation’s top schools, according to rankings published in the 2007 edition of Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges. TCNJ joins the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the College of William and Mary, and the University of California at Los Angeles as the only state-supported institutions among the 75 schools that Barron’s lists in its “Most Competitive” category. Others among those garnering that distinction were Duke University, Stanford University, and the eight Ivy League schools.

This is the second-consecutive time The College of New Jersey has earned such prestigious status, having previously been dubbed “Most Competitive” in the 2005 edition of the Barron's publication.

"The College of New Jersey, with its public mission and focus on undergraduate education, occupies a unique place among the best colleges and universities nationally," TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein said. "This recognition provides validation of the extraordinary work being done by so many people at TCNJ and of the tremendous opportunity that is currently available to our state’s best and brightest students."

Of the ranking, Barron’s notes: “Even superior students will encounter a great deal of competition for admission to the colleges in this category…these colleges require high school rank in the top 10 percent to 20 percent and grade averages of A to B+. Median freshman test scores at these colleges are generally between 655 and 800 on the SAT I and 29 and above on the ACT.”

Dr. Beth Paul, TCNJ’s interim provost, explained that “By offering dynamic academic programs and hiring extremely talented faculty and staff members, TCNJ has created a supportive and challenging learning environment. What we offer is appealing to a broad range of prospective students, and that is reflected in the number and quality of the applications for admission that we receive each year.”

The College of New Jersey received almost 8,200 applications for the 1,318 spots in this year’s incoming freshman class. The generally-admitted, first-year students enrolled for the 2006 fall semester have average SAT scores of 1306 and were ranked in the top seven percent of their high school classes. They are also an extremely diverse group, with 36 percent self-reporting as non-white. Click here for more about the achievements of TCNJ’s incoming class.