First-Year Students

Welcome to The College of New Jersey! The Student Transitions team will help guide you over the next few months as you prepare to start classes this fall.

Check back often!

Our website will be updated regularly between May-August, and will contain important information and communications about your transition to TCNJ.

Don’t hesitate to email us at with questions.

We couldn’t be more excited to have you join our campus community!


Your TCNJ email is the official communication method of the College and should be checked every few days throughout the summer so you don’t miss important deadlines. New students will receive an email with instructions on how to set-up their TCNJ account the first week of June, after the National Deposit Deadline passes and the incoming class is finalized.

That week we will also be mailing home the Roar Booklet, a brochure filled with information about your transition from offices across campus including Housing, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Health & Wellness, and Records & Registration.

If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of the Spanish version of our 2024 Roar Booklet for First-Year Students, please fill out this form.

Transition Times

Our bi-weekly email newsletters, The Transition Times, will also begin in early June and are sent to both students and parents as a way to help stay organized and on track.

  • Transition Times Volume 1 (June 5, 2024) – Coming Soon!


Your summer orientation is a hybrid model that consists of a series of online modules you will need to complete, and an in-person day on campus with faculty, staff, and other incoming new students.

Part I: Online

All incoming students will have a series of online modules to complete throughout the summer. Hosted in Canvas, our course management system, it will also give you an introduction to the platform your faculty members will be using for their classes. The first modules will open on Tuesday, June 4 and an email with instructions and more details will be sent to your TCNJ account.

Students Are Pictured On Campus During A Warm Fall Day. September 12, 2023

Part II: On-Campus

Save the date! This one-day program is a fantastic opportunity to connect with leadership in your academic school, meet other new students, and learn more about the amazing resources and opportunities you’ll have as a TCNJ Lion! The RSVP form and schedule will go out in June, however please plan to be on campus from 8:30a-4:30p on your assigned day (see below). Guests (maximum of two) are encouraged to join you!

School of Education students should attend the day based on their content area. For example: the orientation date for an Elementary Education & Sociology major is Tuesday, July 23; a Secondary Education & Mathematics major should attend on Wednesday, July 24. Because these students are entering as dual majors, they will have two department sessions while on campus.

  • Tuesday, July 16: School of Nursing & Health Sciences; Center for Student Success (Pathways Program- all majors)
  • Wednesday, July 17: School of Business
  • Thursday, July 18: School of the Arts & Communication; School of Education (including Speech Pathology majors); School of Engineering; Center for Student Success (Undeclared-general)
  • Tuesday, July 23: School of Education; School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Wednesday, July 24: School of Education; School of Science

Students in K-12 certification programs (Art Education, Music Education, and Technology & Engineering Education) should attend on Thursday, July 18 and will only attend one department session within their academic school (The Arts & Communication and Engineering, respectively).

While the overwhelming majority of our incoming new students attend their orientation date, we recognize some may be unable to do so due to distance from campus, previously scheduled plans, or exciting educational opportunities. You do not need to let us know ahead of time if you are unable to make it, but please make sure to indicate that on the RSVP form when it goes live in June. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Welcome Week

A long-standing TCNJ tradition, Welcome Week is the culminating event of your transition to the College. Comprised of 100+ mandatory and optional events, this five-day program for ALL new students (first-years, transfers, residential, and commuters) will allow you to create memories that will truly last a lifetime.

  • Save the Date! August 22-26, 2024

More details to come, but please plan now to avoid vacations and other commitments over these dates. The fall semester begins on Tuesday, August 27 with the first day of classes.

Welcome Week 2019 Bbq And Games