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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 starting on May 24, 2021.

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?
It is anticipated that residents for fall 2021 will be able to sign up for a window of time in August to move their belongings in advance of living on campus. Information regarding the drop and go move in processes will be shared with first year residential students after the housing application closes. First year students will be able to start living on campus on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

How is my room/roommate assigned?

All first year students will be assigned to a space in our designated first year area (Travers, Wolfe, Centennial, Allen, Brewster, Ely or Norsworthy Halls) unless a needed accommodation places you outside that area. Students will have the ability to select a building and room type (Single, Double, Quad) preference when applying for housing. While preferences are taken into consideration, they cannot be guaranteed.

Can I request a roommate?
Yes! However, we do not recommend students request roommates. In our experience, we find that first year students who have never gotten a chance to see how their friends live, often struggle with effectively communicating expectations for living together and addressing conflicts and they make assumptions that because they are friends, they will be compatible roommate.

If you choose to 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, 2021. 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.