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Information for Students in Transition

Approximately 25% of TCNJ students enroll in the Open Option Program in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (Humanities and Social Science). The majority of this group is constituted by entering freshmen. However, there is also a small group of upper level students that may choose Open Option. This second group, identified as students in transition, come to Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS), from other TCNJ schools. They switch into the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) to explore a major in that school. They remain Open Options until they complete the required foundation courses or are accepted in the new major.

Role of the Assistant Dean as Academic Adviser:

  • Serves as an academic adviser to students in transition within the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)

  • Offers advice on course selection, assists with registration and facilitates entry in a major

  • Establishes and evaluates academic goals

  • Assists in understanding and navigating college policies and procedures

  • Connects students with other college programs and resources