In 1996, the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.22. Tickle Me Elmo topped Christmas lists and “E.R.” was the most popular show on television. Everyone was doing the Macarena and the top baby names were Emily and Michael.
Most notably, though, was the birth of the majority of members of The College of New Jersey’s Class of 2018 (in which there are 17 Emilys and 23 Michaels).
This year’s incoming class can boast that they rose to the top of a near record number of applicants—10,935 in total—to secure one of the 1,440 available seats. They posted an average SAT score of 1237 and were in the top 12 percent of their high school graduation class.
But wait, there’s more. Outside of the classroom, the class of 2018 has been actively engaged in the life of their community:
- 956 are involved in volunteer work
- 832 were varsity athletes
- 411 were varsity captains
- 323 were involved in band or choir
- 307 were the president or vice president of a club
Also, with 107 legacies this year, the class of 2018 has made attending TCNJ a family tradition. Welcome to the pride, our newest lions. Now give yourselves a standing ovation!
—Emily W. Dodd