All first year students at The College of New Jersey participate in an active living and learning program known as the First Seminar Program, or FSP. The First Seminar is a small seminar-style class that all first year students take during their first semester at TCNJ. The course enables entering students to work closely with faculty and fellow students on a topic of their choosing outside of their major. It offers students an opportunity to engage in an intellectually exciting and challenging experience at the beginning of their college career.
Each student enrolls in an FSP and is assigned a space in the first year area (Travers, Wolfe, Centennial, Allen, Brewster, Ely, or Norsworthy Halls) within their class. For more information on the First Seminar Program, please visit fsp.pages.tcnj.edu.
How can I request a roommate?
As housing assignments in the first year area are dependent on FSPs; students interested in living together must be in the same FSP section. In order to increase the odds of students living with their requested roommate, students are required to indicate the preferred roommate on the First Semester Worksheet (FSW). The deadline for completing the FSW is June 9, 2017.
Students requesting a roommate will be placed into an FSP that fits the schedule of both roommates but will not be able to choose their FSPs. Due to constraints on course space, housing and schedules, the College cannot accommodate BOTH roommate requests and FSP course interests. Please note: roommate requests are not guaranteed and depend on scheduling, seat availability and both students correctly requesting each other as roommates on the FSW.
Please also note: although roommate requests made through the FSW will be honored whenever students are placed in the same FSP section, we do not recommend students request roommates.
Why does Residential Education and Housing not recommend requesting a roommate?
Living in a small space with a new person for the first time can be challenging, but learning how to navigate through conflict and to negotiate between competing interests are connected to a wide range of skills associated with maturity.
Students lacking previous experience living on their own may find it difficult to address conflicts that arise when both roommates share a common past, common friends, common interests, or familiar ties. In these situations, students may find it challenging to address minor problems objectively. Small conflicts can become exacerbated when roommates share space not only in the residence halls, but also in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in social circles.
Remember, when living with others, the end goal is not to find a perfect roommate; such a pairing does not exist. Instead, the virtue of a residential experience lies in learning how to question your own assumptions, explore your own values, and identify your own expectations, so you may learn to live and work closely with others.
How many FSPs are on each floor?
Since the size of an FSP is generally no more than 18 students, and about 50 students live together on a floor, there will typically be 2 – 3 FSPs on each floor. It is possible that your roommate might not be in your course, but students from your FSP will be living on the same floor.