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First Year Students

First Year Experience Mission
We lead and support efforts to create safe and healthy residential learning communities that promote personal development and academic success. Our aspiration is to help first year students transition to TCNJ, to feel at home in our academic community, and to lay a foundation that encourages a safe, healthy, productive, and purposeful college experience.

At TCNJ we know there’s a strong correlation between campus engagement and academic success. Students who are involved in activities and events are more likely to: form personal relationships with faculty and staff; appreciate academic ideas within relevant social contexts; develop skills associated with both academic and social maturity; learn about social responsibility and what it means to live with others; be prepared for post-college careers; become engaged and thoughtful citizens; form lasting bonds with friends and fellow students; and most importantly, have a fun, meaningful, and memorable college experience. Learning to live in a diverse community is an important part of the undergraduate experience and one we take seriously!

How do I apply for housing
Instructions on how to submit an application, pick your meal plan, or make a roommate request can be found here.

What will my room and building be like?
Each residence hall has its own personality, but all come with communal space, vending, laundry facilities, mail boxes, Residential Education staff, and all are on 24 hour card swipe access. Rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe, overhead light, and 2 trash cans.

When is move in?
Move in for first year students will be on Thursday, August 20th, 2015. Your move in time is based on your building and floor. Please see the fall move in schedule for your specific time. Unloading and parking maps are listed on each residence hall building page.

How is my rooms/roommate assigned?
All first year students live in a learning community based around your first seminar (FSP). The course enables entering students to work closely with a professor and fellow students on an interesting topic. Your floor will be comprised of 2 or 3 FSPs, which means your roommate will have to be in one of these courses.

We have 5 buildings that serve as first year student housing – Travers and Wolfe, the largest of these options, ABE (Allen, Brewster, Ely), Norsworthy, and Centennial Halls. Students in honors housing are located in Centennial Hall.

Can I request a roommate?
You can request a roommate, but we cannot guarantee that both your courses can be on the same floor. If you are in the same course, we will try our best to honor requests, but basing your course selections on a roommate preference isn’t recommended.

When will I know if my roommate request can be honored?
We will begin housing assignments after orientation and hope to have floor and room assignments completed by early August. Because there are lots of factors involved in fitting courses together, we cannot confirm your room until all assignments are complete.
What is a health hold?
All residential students are required to have certain vaccinations before receiving their key and moving on campus. Please visit Student Health Services for more information.