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Early Planning

Get Ready for TCNJ Engineering!

We often get asked the question, “What classes should I be taking in high school to prepare myself for an engineering curriculum?”

  • Progress as far as you can in math. Many colleges & universities assume you are ready for college calculus during the first semester of your first year of studies. This does not mean that you need to take AP Calculus nor does it mean that all is lost if you need to take precalculus in college. A solid foundation in math is the critical thing to consider.
  • If your school has physics, take it!
  • Select electives that you enjoy to have a well-rounded high school experience.

If you have been accepted to TCNJ Engineering, we want to make sure that you are placed into the correct math class to ensure your success. Placement booklets are typically sent to new students in early May when onboarding communications begin. The sooner we know what math class to place you in, the sooner we can build your fall schedule. Don’t delay taking the placement action steps provided by the Math Department in these materials!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at   For new student onboarding questions, email, and for math placement questions, email


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