Overview

The College of New Jersey offers Pre-College Programs for high school students. Some of the offerings are credit-bearing while other are non-credit.  Some programs are residential, while others are daytime. Options vary please see our website or contact us for details. 

Our programs focus on learning through community service, college readiness, career exploration, community-engaged learning, academic and experiential research with TCNJ faculty.

TCNJ’s beautiful campus occupies 289 landscaped acres in suburban Ewing, New Jersey. The College is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, the state capital, 10 miles from Princeton, and one hour from both Philadelphia and New York. The College of New Jersey is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been recognized as an exemplar in public higher education (see http://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu/about/national-acclaim/).

The College of New Jersey’s Summer Service Scholars Pre-College Program gives students a taste of college life and the option of earning 4 college credits, over a two-week residential experience. The College and Career Readiness Institute offers a one-week residential, non-credit college readiness and community service program which ultimately gives them a head start. Students learn and serve with college students from the Bonner Program, one of the best domestic peace corps programs in the country. The Bonner Foundation is a nationally renowned organization fostering community service on college campuses. The day will begin with class work, learning about some of society’s most pressing challenges, followed by engagement in the community where students will have the opportunity to create an impact addressing these same issues. Students and their teams might work with a soup kitchen, food bank, community garden, urban school, home for people with developmental disabilities, or one of the other 20 Bonner non-profit partner sites. TCNJ admissions counselors will also provide information on highlighting these service experiences during the college application process. Participants are rising high school juniors and seniors, but exceptional rising sophomores are also encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit: https://precollege.tcnj.edu/courses/summer-service-scholars/program-details/

The College of New Jersey’s Summer Pre-College Academy Series Program is an umbrella for  4different academy options: Business Simulation, Digital Game Design, Science Exploration, and Music Technology. The academy series engages its students in undergraduate research with a focus on career exploration. Academy students will collaborate on a culminating project presentation and will be learning how to highlight these pre-college experiences in their portfolio of activities in addition, to the college admissions process. TCNJ’s Academy Series welcomes rising 9th,10th and 11th grade students.

For more information, please visit: https://precollege.tcnj.edu/summer-academy-series/

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