1. Can Disability Support Services aid in anyway in having my student admitted into The College of New Jersey?
No. All students applying to TCNJ including student with disabilities apply in the general admissions process. Any disability disclosure would be voluntary. If you choose to identify your disability as an explanation of your strengths and/or any missing components of your application you can do so in the essay or with an additional statement. Admissions will review all materials provided. Disability documentation SHOULD NOT be sent to admissions.
2. What is the difference between the high school accommodation process and the post-secondary process?
Please refer to the transitioning section in either the potential student or accepted student section.
3. My student is seeking a post-secondary education. How do I know what program is best for them?
If your student has a disability, there are two programs at TCNJ that are entirely separate of one another. One program is the four year bachelor’s degree that is for all students. Your student would have to apply through general admissions like students without disabilities. (refer to question 1).
If your student requires more attention and is not seeking a four year degree then they may want to consider Career & Community Studies. Career & Community Studies is a college-based, liberal studies program designed to prepare students (ages 18-25) for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery and preparation and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners. Students wanting to be considered for this program must present a disability that is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, be seeking a post-secondary experience on a college campus and require a strong system of supports. Students must be highly motivated young adults who have received extensive educational services in either public or private schools and would likely have considerable difficulty succeeding in a traditional college degree program.
4. How accessible is the TCNJ campus?
TCNJ was designed as a walking campus, therefore all students are required to commute by their own means. Also, the buildings at TCNJ have been designed to accommodate all students and include disability access.
5. As a parent, how involved should I be in my student’s disability transition?
Initially it is important to follow up with your student’s progress in attaining his or her accommodations. If checking in with each other may help ease the transition, then as a family you may want to discuss a plan of action. However, it is necessary to allow them to advocate for themselves and learn to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and differentiate between needs and preferences. This will be a crucial skill to develop, especially when entering the work force.