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National Acclaim

9th highest 4-year graduation rate among the nation’s public colleges

TCNJ has the ninth highest four-year graduation rate in the nation (and the highest in New Jersey) among the nation’s traditional, four-year public universities, per the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). TCNJ’s success at helping students graduate on time puts us in the elite company of Berkeley, Amherst, and NYU.

In 2024, TCNJ was ranked the top institution in New Jersey — and among the best in the nation — for its graduation rate for students transferring from community colleges. For the cohort of transfers who arrived at TCNJ in 2019, 86 percent graduated within four years, the highest percentage in the state and tied for the fifth highest percentage in the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Raise the Bar: Attaining College Excellence and Equity Initiative.


U.S. News Ranks TCNJ #1 for 2024

The College of New Jersey once again is the top public college in U.S. News World Report’s list of Regional Universities (North).


Money’s Best Colleges in America 2023

Money magazine named TCNJ to its list of the Best Colleges in America for 2023, describing the college as “a public school that could easily be confused for a private one” and calling its outcomes “top-notch.”


The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review named TCNJ one of the best 389 colleges in the nation for 2024, based on student evaluations. The college remains a top contender in the search for affordable education, once again ranking among Princeton Review’s 209 Best Value Colleges” and among the top 50 “Best Value Colleges (Public Schools)” in 2023.

The site also recognized TCNJ as one of the most academically outstanding colleges in the Northeast — a designation we share with Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. TCNJ is also included on the 2023 Guide to Green Schools, which recognizes colleges dedicated to increasing and maintaining environmental programs and policies. 


Washington Monthly ranks TCNJ 23rd among all master’s-level colleges and universities nationwide

The magazine’s unique rankings are based on three key criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their communities).


Poets&Quants top undergraduate business schools 

The publication has consistently included TCNJ among the top 100 business schools in the nation in its annual undergraduate B-school rankings.