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Frequently Asked Questions

  Frequently Asked Questions about TCNJ’s College Prep Academy

General

Q: What is the College Prep Academy program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)?

A: The College Prep Academy program is TCNJ’s summer camp for international high school students interested in studying in the U.S. upon high school completion. The program is 3 weeks in length from July 1 (June 30 is arrival day) through July 21, and it is cultural and recreational in nature. Academy campers will learn about the U.S. college and university admissions process, tour local colleges and universities, polish their English language communication skills, and attend fun trips to New York City, Philadelphia and other local places. For more information, click on College Prep Academy 2018.

 

Q: What is The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)?

A: The College of New Jersey is a premiere 4-year university in the northern part of the US, located on a beautiful suburban and safe campus in Ewing, New Jersey.  TCNJ is ranked the #1 public institution in its region. TCNJ offers many programs including bachelor and master degree programs, English language programs, and pre-college programs for high school students.   For more information on TCNJ, visit:  TCNJ

 

Q: What is The Center for American Language & Culture (CALC)?

A: The Center for American Language & Culture houses TCNJ’s English language and US cultural studies programs and to non-native English speakers. CALC hosts the summer College Prep Academy program.  For more information on CALC and its programs, visit: Center for American Language & Culture

Program Schedule & Activities

Q: When is this program?

A: The program will begin on Sunday, July 1 (arrival is Saturday, June 30), and it will end on Saturday, July 21 (departure).

 

Q: Where can I find the program schedule?

A: Academy campers will receive a finalized program schedule upon arrival. However, for a general idea please refer to the sample schedule on the website or here: Sample Schedule

 

Q: What workshops, activities and trips will the Academy program offer?

A: Academy campers will be provided with a finalized program schedule upon arrival.  For a general idea of workshops, activities and trips, visit: Sample Schedule

Application Process

Q: How do I apply?

A: To apply, you must submit an application online with the additional application documents. To apply, visit College Prep Academy 2018.  For a complete list of application requirements, see the “Cost, Scholarships and Application” section of the program web page.

 

Q: What are the application requirements for program admission?

A: The application must be completed online.  To review the complete list of application requirements, see the “Cost, Scholarships and Application” section of the program web page.

 

Q: When is the application deadline for program admission?

A: March 31st is the priority deadline for applications for program admission.  Those who apply by March 31 and who are admitted are guaranteed enrollment.  After March 31, admission will be offered on a space available basis.

 

Q: I am having trouble uploading documents into the online application form.  What should I do?

A: You should email your documents to esl@tcnj.edu.

 

Q: I submitted an application.  When will I receive an admissions notification?  

A: Students, who submit complete applications by the priority deadline, March 31, will receive an admission decision by email in early April.  Students who submit complete applications after March 31 will be offered admission on a space available basis.

 

Q: I have been admitted to the program.  What are my next steps?

A: First, you should accept or decline your offer of admission by sending an email to esl@tcnj.edu.  Next, you will be sent further instructions by email.

 

Cost & Scholarships

Q: Are Academy program scholarships available?

A: Yes. There will be a limited number of scholarship awards.  It is important to note, scholarship award amounts may vary and not all eligible students will receive a scholarship award. To be considered for a scholarship award, you must submit a complete program application by March 31.

 

Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?

A: To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit a program application and all required application documents no later than March 31. To review application requirements needed for scholarship consideration, see the “Cost, Scholarships and Application” section of the program web page.

 

Q: What expenses will scholarship awards cover?

A: Scholarship award amounts may vary and will be applied directly to the program fee as discounts. Scholarship awards will not cover travel to Newark Liberty International Airport, visa costs or other personal expenses.

 

Q: What is the program payment deadline? How do I submit payment for the program?

A: Full program payment must be submitted by June 25, 2018. To confirm the payment amount you must submit, you should refer to your invoice or you should contact us by email at esl@tcnj.edu.

 

Q: What is the deposit payment deadline? How do I submit payment for the deposit?

A: The $300 USD program deposit is due by June 30, 2018.  The deposit payment secures your spot in the program and will be applied to your program cost.  The deposit is non-refundable.

 

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: Program deposits are non-refundable. For full payment refunds (minus the deposit), participants must cancel their enrollment by submitting a written request by email to esl@tcnj.edu by June 30. After June 30, partial refunds, up to 50 percent, may be issued in the instance of emergent medical or family reasons.

 

Housing & Food

Q: Where will I sleep while at the College Prep Academy program?

A: Academy campers will live in one of TCNJ’s air-conditioned, on-campus housing facilities for students.  Specific housing assignments will be shared with Academy participants closer to the start of the program.  For general information on TCNJ’s on-campus housing, visit TCNJ Housing

 

Q: Is the campus housing air-conditioned?

A: Yes. All rooms are air-conditioned with central cooling systems.

 

Q: Where will I eat while participating in the Academy program? Will the dining facilities accommodate my dietary needs?

A: Academy campers will be provided with three meals a day either in the on-campus dining hall or at an off-campus restaurant.  To determine and accommodate dietary needs, we will collect participant information prior to program arrival.

 

Q: What types of foods will I eat while participating in the Academy program?

A:  Meals will include beef, chicken, pork dishes, hamburgers, hotdogs, bacon, pasta and pasta dishes, eggs, potatoes (mashed potatoes, french fries, potato chips), cheese, fruits and vegetables, hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, bread and sweet pastries, cereal, soda, milk and juice. Vegetarian and non-pork dishes will also be available at every meal.

 

Q: Will bedroom linens be provided?

A: Yes. Bedroom linens including bed sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and bedroom curtains will be provided in each on-campus housing residence.

 

Q: How will I clean my clothes? How will I do my laundry?

A: Academy participants will have access to free self-service laundry facilities in their dormitories (washing machines and dryers). Laundry soap will be provided.

 

Q: I have family or friends in the local area.  Can they visit me in my residence hall?

A: Family and friends may enter the residence halls only to assist with move-in upon arrival on June 30 and to assist with move-out upon program departure on July 21.  Each adult guest will be required to show a photo ID.

 

Q: Will internet access be available on TCNJ’s campus?

A: Yes.  Wireless and wired (ethernet cable) internet access is available throughout TCNJ’s campus.  Academy participants will receive more details on how to connect to TCNJ’s internet service upon arrival.

Safety, Health & Wellness

Q: What will happen in the event of a medical or health emergency?

A: Although we do not anticipate any emergencies, we are prepared to respond should an emergency occur.  We provide health insurance coverage to participants for the duration of the program. Should a medical emergency arise, the Academy camper will be transported to the nearest medical facility accompanied by an adult TCNJ staff member. The parent or guardian will be contacted as soon as possible.  For more information on health and safety related issues,

 

Q: What about campus safety?

A: Safety is our top priority.  TCNJ is located in a safe and suburban community. In addition, the College has its own police department, located on TCNJ’s campus, and TCNJ police officers and safety escorts are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. In the event a camper feels unsafe or is lost on campus, they can call campus police using one of the blue-light call boxes located throughout the campus. For more information about campus safety, visit the Safety and Security section of the program website.

 

Q: What supervision will Academy campers have?

A: A TCNJ faculty or staff (adult) member will provide supervision for Academy campers 24 hours a day.  For more information on safety related issues, visit the Safety and Security section of the program website.

 

Q: Is there a curfew?

A: Yes. Students must be present and signed in the residence hall by 10:00 PM. There are no curfew extensions except for program-led trips.

 

Q: I have family or friends in the local area.  Can they visit me in my residence hall?

A: Family and friends may enter the residence halls only to assist with move-in upon arrival on June 30 and to assist with move-out upon program departure on July 21.  Each guest will be required to show a photo ID.

 

Q: I have family and friends in the area.  May I travel off-campus to visit with them?  

A: To travel off campus to visit with family and friends, we must receive written parental consent with the name and contact information of the adult chaperone and family or friend you will be visiting, and you must receive approval from the program in advance.

 

Q: For parents and guardians: During the program, whom can I contact in the event of an emergency?

A: Dr. Monica Jacobe, the Director of the Center for American Language & Culture is the emergency contact for the Academy program.  Her contact information is below. Please note we are located in the Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) zone.

    • For contact Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EDT, use the following work number: 1.609.771.2856
    • For contact evenings after 4:30pm EDT and on weekends (Saturday – Sunday), use the following cell number: 1.202.251.1408
    • Other contact information: jacobem@tcnj.edu or esl@tcnj.edu

Trip Preparation

Q: What additional items should I bring?

A: Academy participants should bring toiletries and other personal items used regularly.  Some examples include:

    • Electronic Devices-  cell phone, laptop, or tablet to communicate with family and friends back home
    • Electrical Power Adaptors/Converter for US system (US voltage is 120 and the frequency is 60 Hz)
    • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, bathing soap, hair shampoo, body lotion, etc.)
    • Sunglasses and/or hat
    • Swimsuit and sunscreen
    • Walking/Comfortable shoes
    • Medicine or prescriptions

 

Q: Do I need additional funds for the trip? Do I need spending money?

A: All essential items are included in the program cost which includes all meals (three meals per day), housing and room linens, health insurance and ground transportation.  However, Academy participants may want to bring spending money for gift items or other personal purchases. Therefore,  Academy campers who want to bring additional spending money should need no more than approximately $150 USD total for duration of the program.

 

 

Q: I am bringing cash.  Where can I convert my cash to USD?

A: You can convert your cash to USD either at your home airport or at your arrival airport in the US. However, we recommend converting cash at your home airport.

 

Q: What will the weather feel like?

A: July is part of the summer season in the US, and it is one of the hottest months.  In July in New Jersey, and in the surrounding areas, the air feels humid and temperature averages may range from 85 °F – 95 °F, or 29 °C – 35 °C.

 

Q: What additional trip preparation resources are available to me?

A: To help us prepare for your arrival, we will request information additional information from you including information about your health and dietary needs.  For additional resources for travel and trip preparation, we recommend you visit the US State Department’s travel website and Education USA. 

 

Travel & Airport Transportation

Q: What travel arrangements are Academy participants responsible for?

A: Academy campers are responsible for arranging their own flights or other modes of transportation to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR airport code) in Newark, New Jersey. TCNJ will offer transportation between the College and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). For transportation to TCNJ, you must arrive at EWR on Saturday, June 30. For transportation from TCNJ, you must depart from EWR on Saturday, July 21.  You should tell us if you are unable to arrange your transportation around the dates and location listed above, and we will try to make alternative transportation recommendations.

 

Q: Does TCNJ offer airport transportation?

A: Yes.  TCNJ will provide transportation for Academy participants between the College and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on arrival day on June 30 and on departure day on July 21.

 

Airport (EWR) Navigation and Pickup Details for Arrival Day, Saturday, June 30

 

Q: What should I expect after I leave the airplane at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)?  

A: You will go through at least three checkpoints before you can exit the airport: Passport Control, Baggage Claim, and Customs.  It may take between a half hour and two hours total time until you have cleared all checkpoints, and you are ready to exit the airport.  After you complete all checkpoints, you need to locate a TCNJ staff member at one of the designated places named below.

 

Q: Where will I find the TCNJ staff member at Newark Airport?

A: Your arrival terminal will determine where you will locate the TCNJ staff member.  First, determine your terminal. For arrivals in Terminal B: Go to Green Beans Coffee on Level 1, near Door 8. For arrivals in Terminal C: Go to the Starbucks on Level 1, near Door 6.  The TCNJ staff member will have a sign with your name and TCNJ. For additional help locating the location of the TCNJ staff member, you can contact them by your mobile phone. If you are unable to use your mobile phone, you should locate a Welcome Center or an airport staff member in a red shirt. You can call a TCNJ staff member for free from a telephone at the Welcome Center. Airport staff are friendly and helpful.

 

Q: What should I do if I am lost or have an urgent issue (lost luggage) in EWR before I find the TCNJ staff?

A: Welcome Centers are available at the airport to assist travelers with a variety of concerns, and they are located in each terminal in the airport.  Locate a Welcome Center or an airport staff member in a red shirt. You can call a TCNJ staff member from a telephone at the Welcome Center if you are unable to use your cell phone.

 

Q: What should I do if my flight is canceled or delayed?

A: To help us monitor your flights, we will collect participant travel information prior to program arrival. Therefore, if you have a delayed or canceled flight, we will know. For canceled flights, you will have to work with the airline to reserve a seat on the next available flight.  In addition, you should update us on your travel plans by contacting us by email at esl@tcnj.edu, by phone at 609.771.2961 or by using one of the staff numbers sent to you for arrival day.

 

Q: What should I do if I arrive too late to join one of my departing flights?

A: You will need to contact us by email or by phone, and you will need to tell us you were unable to join your flight.  You will have to work with the airline to reserve a seat on the next available flight, and you should send us your updated travel information.  You should contact us by email at esl@tcnj.edu, by phone at 609.771.2961 or by using one of the staff numbers sent to you for arrival day.

 

Q:I have a connecting flight.  What must I remember concerning connecting flights?

A: Be sure to confirm with your airline luggage transit details.  You should confirm whether you will need to re-check your luggage at the airport in the connecting city or whether your luggage will transit directly to Newark Liberty International Airport from your city of origin.

 

Other

Q: Where can I find information on the Center’s staff?

A: To learn more about the Center’s staff, visit CALC People

 

Q: I have additional questions not addressed here. What should I do?

A: You should email any additional questions to Amanda Simpson at esl@tcnj.edu or contact us by phone at 1-609-771-2961. Please remember we are located in the Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) zone.

 

 

 

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