For the 16th year in a row, TCNJ is the top public college in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities—Master’s category for the northern region of the country. Overall, the College ranks fifth out of 165 public and private institutions in the classification.
“TCNJ’s standing in the current U.S. News & World Report rankings is a source
of pride, and I am particularly satisfied by the consistency with which we have been ranked the top public institution in the north, ” said President R. Barbara Gitenstein. “Two of the statistics behind these rankings, freshman retention rate and graduation rates, are the best indicators of student satisfaction and student success. TCNJ excels in both because of our exceptional faculty and staff.”
TCNJ has the highest average freshman retention rate, 95 percent, and third highest graduation rate, 83 percent, among schools in the northern region.
The College also tops all public and private colleges in its category in the percentage of incoming freshman who come from the top 25 percent of their high school class (93 percent).
The Princeton Review’s Best 366 Colleges, 2008 edition, ranked TCNJ seventh on its “Happiest Students” list and 20th on its “Most Beautiful Campus” list.
In addition to the top 20 lists, the book includes two-page profiles of each of the 366 schools. Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book.
In its profile of TCNJ, Princeton Review revealed several topics that TCNJ students identified as positive aspects of the College. These included small classes, great lab facilities, friendly students, a safe-feeling campus, happy students, and a great library.