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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
Access MyHousing through the Online Orientation portal in Module 2.

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 22, 2019. Your move in time is based on your building and floor.  Please return in late July\early August to see our posted Fall Move In schedule for your specific time.

How is my room/roommate assigned?
In the past, all first-year students have lived on the same floor with their First Seminar Program (FSP) classmates. This year, we are excited to welcome one of the largest classes in TCNJ’s history!  The large class size, coupled with other considerations, necessitates a change in how we place students into residence halls and FSP sections. This year, some first-year students will be placed on the same floor as their FSP classmates and others will not. To be as fair as possible, we will randomly assign students to one of these two alternatives. Despite this change, we expect that the quality of the First Seminar Program and the residential experience will remain high.

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, Bonner or Women in Leadership housing are located in Centennial Hall.

Can I request a roommate?
Please review the Roommate Requests page for detailed information.

What is a health hold?

All new students are required to complete pre-entrance health requirements as a condition for entry to campus housing.  When you meet all TCNJ health requirements, Student Health Services will release your health hold.  If you have not done so already, please go online to the Student Health Services’ website and download “Pre-Entrance Health Requirement Packet.”

It is important that you get started on completing these requirements right away because you may need to get a missing vaccination or locate a record.  It also takes time after you submit your records for Student Health Services to review them.  Please allow sufficient time!

Please note that students who are applying to live in campus housing are required to have a meningococcal meningitis ACYW vaccination within 5 years of July 14, 2019.  If you had this vaccination more than 5 years ago, even by one day, a second vaccination is needed (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Student Health Services also recommends that students between 16-23 years of age get vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis type B.  Please talk to your healthcare provider and request this vaccination.  To clarify, only the meningococcal meningitis ACYW vaccination is REQUIRED to live in campus housing.