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TCNJ remains top-ranked public college in region

U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings today and The College of New Jersey again received high marks. TCNJ ranked fifth overall and placed first among public colleges, in the “Best Regional Universities—North” category. TCNJ has held the top spot in its region among public colleges since 1991.

The college ranked first in the region in average freshman retention rate (94 percent). TCNJ also ranked fifth among all institutions in the region for the highest percentage of freshmen coming from the top 25 percent of their high school class (71 percent), and ranked third in actual six-year graduation rate (86 percent).

TCNJ ranked third in the region for best undergraduate teaching programs and first in the regional ranking for best colleges for veterans.

The college recently received high marks from other publications as well. TCNJ ranked fifth in an August Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac ranking of public colleges with the best four-year graduation rate.

Additionally, MONEY Magazine ranked TCNJ third in the nation among similarly sized public institutions on its annual “Best Colleges in America for your Money” list.

The complete U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings, as well methodologies, can be found at

— Luke Sacks