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Open Option Facts

  • Approximately 20-25% of entering first year students at TCNJ do not enter into a declared major, but choose to enter as “Open Option” – and this number has been growing.
  • Open Option students as a group reflect the demographics of the college, with slightly fewer men and students of color electing to enter Open Options than into a declared major.
  • There are no differences in the academic backgrounds of students entering Open Options and those entering into a declared major.
  • There are no significantly differences in retention, time to degree and graduating GPA, between students who enter Open Options and those entering into a declared major.
  • Open Option students have fewer major changes than students who enter into a declared major, although they do tend to formally declare the major from which they ultimately graduate later than those who aren’t Open Options.
  • Open Option students do not always graduate from a major within the school of their original affiliation, and neither do those who enter into declared majors, although they do so a bit more often.

Provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

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