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Freshman Year Experience

Housing options available to freshman students are as follows:

  • Ely, Allen, Brewster (ABE) Halls.
  • Centennial Hall
  • Norsworthy Hall
  • Travers & Wolfe Hall

Allen, Brewster, Ely Halls

Allen, Brewster, and Ely (sometimes referred to as ABE or EAB), were built in 1931 and named for Elizabeth Allen, founder of the State Teacher’s Pension and Annuity Fund, Alice L. Brewster, Professor of English, and Sarah Y. Ely, Professor and Normal School supervisor of the girls’ department.

Built in 1931, these three traditional residence halls (standard doubles and singles with communal bathrooms) are connected by lounges and house approximately 150 students in total. Because of the building’s age, each room has a unique size and layout. See the floor plans on the right for more information.

ABE’s hallways and most of its rooms are carpeted. Allen Hall is home to a beautiful main lounge called the Allen Drawing Room, which features hardwood floors, fireplace, baby grand piano, and antique furnishings.

ABE is known for offering residents a small, intimate setting. With floors that range from 10-20 students, this building can feel more like a large house than a residence hall. ABE also offers its residents the convenience of wireless internet, a high shower to occupant ratio, an area office for mail, packages, and spare keys on the first floor, close proximity to the Atrium at Eickhoff, and lots of communal space where residents can engage in group study, socialize, play pool, cook meals, or hang out and watch television.


 

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall first opened in 1955, and in 2009 went through a major renovation. Named for TCNJ’s 100th anniversary, the building is located between Lake Sylvia and the TCNJ library and features traditional doubles and singles with communal bathrooms. Centennial has only one bathroom on each floor, and therefore houses students on single-sex floors.

Centennial has some of the most spacious double rooms on campus with large, floor to ceiling windows and great views of Lake Sylva, the TCNJ library, or the inner grassy courtyard. Centennial is home to the TCNJ honors program because of its large number of lounges and communal spaces that can act as great spaces for individual and group study. In addition, a game room is located on the ground floor with a large flat screen television, pool table, arcade games, and kitchen.


Norsworthy Hall

This three story hall was built in 1932 and is one of our smallest and most intimate residential communities. Norsworthy Hall underwent an extensive renovation in 2014-2015 and now features new flooring and walls, redesigned bathrooms, laundry rooms, and social spaces, and brand new furniture. Norsworthy houses approximately 160 students in traditional doubles and singles with communal bathrooms on each floor. Because of the building’s age, most rooms have a unique layout and rooms on the third floor offer dormer ceilings and window alcoves.

In addition, Norsworthy hall has several study lounges and a game room in the basement with large flat screen televisions and an attached full kitchen.

For 2015-2016, Norsworthy will contain some freshman and some sophomores. This offers our first year residents a special opportunity to interact and live amongst upper class students.


Travers & Wolfe Hall

Travers and Wolfe Halls (T/W) were built in 1971 and each hold over 550 first year students.  These two ten story, non-air conditioned residence halls are connected through a first floor link that offers several amenities to the buildings’ residents.  Students in T/W can take advantage of the T-Dubs dinning hall or Aerobics Center.  The T/W main lounge is one of the most popular communal spaces on campus, providing first year students with access to a wide range of programs and campus events.  It is also a cool place to relax during the hot summer days in late August and early May.

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