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Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

The College of New Jersey offers a unique opportunity for motivated students to expedite and complete their degree in three years, saving time and money without sacrificing the full college experience. Just like all other TCNJ students, three-year degree seekers are encouraged to be actively engaged in our community through opportunities like internships, clubs, athletics, and study abroad programs.

The Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree option is currently offered for the following majors:

Criminology, BA

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

English, BA

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology, BA

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Requirements

To be considered for the three-year bachelor’s degree program, a student should have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Admission to the program will be determined utilizing a holistic approach, with the GPA being one of the factors considered.

  1. Three-year degree applicants will bring a minimum of two acceptable AP or two college-level courses with a score of 4 on the AP test(s) or a minimum of a B on a college course before matriculation at TCNJ.
  2. Students in a three-year program will have a designated three-year advisor for their major.
  3. Students will not be allowed to overload in the semester when taking an intensive writing course.
  4. With close academic advising, three-year degree students will complete the 6 units (classes) needed to graduate during the winter, summer, and/or a one-semester overload each academic year.

The three-year program is not recommended for students who seek admission into medical school or direct admission into doctoral programs.

Please contact the individual academic department or TCNJ Admissions at or  609.771.2131 for more information.