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Parent and Family Day

TCNJ Parent & Family Day is taking place on Saturday, September 21 this year. Come for a fun-filled day of informational sessions, activities, and events!

Share a photo and a family recipe

Email a photo of your family or student with a one sentence note to by Sunday, September 15th.

Email your favorite family cookie recipe to by Tuesday, September 10th. The winner’s recipe will be featured in the Atrium at Eickhoff! All cookie recipes must be nut-free.



Check in, grab a schedule with your admission sticker, and fuel up with complimentary coffee and hot tea. Looking for breakfast before kicking off the day? Traditions and Fresh Pride Cafe in the BSC are open starting at 9:00am.

9:00am-11:00am. BSC Atrium.

Conversation with President Foster

Meet President Kathryn A. Foster and learn about campus plans and goals for the coming year. This unique session will be moderated by Sean Stallings, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, and will provide an opportunity for a conversation with the audience.

10:00am-11:00am. BSC 100E. 

Children’s Book Reading

Bring the little ones to TCNJ’s Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, to enjoy some books read by our School of Education students! Sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

11:00am-12:00pm; 12:00pm-1:00pm. Barnes & Noble in Campus Town.

Campus Highlights Tour​

Check out the highlights of our campus in this condensed 30-minute tour by a TCNJ Ambassador! Tours leave every 15 minutes with the last tour leaving at 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Office of Admissions.

11:00am-1:30pm. BSC Information Desk.


Mix and mingle with other families while enjoying an all-you-care-to-eat brunch/lunch at TCNJ’s premiere dining experience for$9.28 per guest (cash, credit or student meal points). The winning recipe from our Family Cookie Recipe Competition will be featured here!

11:00am-2:00pm. The Atrium at Eickhoff.

Then & Now Tour​

The ever-changing face of TCNJ: Experience a photo tour and learn about the evolution of the campus you know today as TCNJ! A special “call out” to our Legacy Families who attended TCNJ/TSC. All are invited to hear the answer to “Didn’t there used to be something else here?” Sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement.

11:30am-12:30pm. BSC 225.

TCNJ Women’s Soccer​

Watch the Lions take on NJAC rivals Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders! Be sure to check-in at BSC during the day to receive your Parent & Family Day sticker for free admission!

TCNJ Lions vs. Rutgers-Newark, ​1:00pm. Lions Stadium.

Employability, Internships, & Professional Education Outcomes​

1:00pm-2:00pm. BSC 100E.

Gain an understanding of the Employers and graduate/professional schools our Alumni chose, specifically from each of the seven TCNJ Schools. This session will highlight what family members can do to support their student in career readiness while providing resources and opportunities in which your student can engage. Sponsored by the ​Office of Career & Leadership Development.

Planetarium Demonstration​ 

TBD. Physics Building, Room 115.

Come visit TCNJ’s Planetarium and explore the wonders of the cosmos. Your astronomical tour will be led by one of our current Physics majors. First come, first serve. Sponsored by the School of Science and the Department of Physics.

Rita’s with Roscoe!​

2:00pm-3:00pm. BSC 225E.

Enjoy complimentary Rita’s Italian Ice with your family and snap a picture with Roscoe the Lion, TCNJ’s official mascot! In addition, members of our Parent & Family Association Executive Board will be available to chat about their TCNJ experience.

Global Engagement & Your Student’s Major​

Learn more about all of the global engagement opportunities offered from TCNJ staff and students. Sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement. 

2:30pm-3:15pm. BSC 225W.

Family Bingo​

Enjoy some family friendly competition over Bingo! This program will be split into two sessions. Feel free to attend one or both! Sponsored by Student Government.

2:30pm-3:30pm; 3:30pm-4:30pm. BSC 100.

Dinner on Your Own​

Experience TCNJ’s award winning dining hall, The Atrium at Eickhoff, for $10.82 per guest (cash, credit or student meal points), enjoy Traditions, the restaurant in the Brower Student Center, dine at Campus Town or check out one of the many surrounding restaurants in the Ewing area!


Family Game Night​

Enjoy Family Game Night with a variety of board games, life size games, and a chance to win TCNJ apparel and other big prizes throughout the night. Stop by anytime between 6:30pm and 9:30pm to play! Sponsored by RECreate Your Night!

6:30pm-9:30pm. Recreation Center.

Additional Activities

Photo Scavenger Hunt

​All day. Capture your time at Parent & Family Day and show off your photography skills! Post your photos on social media to compete fora prize! More information can be found at Check-In.

Banner Signing

9:00am-4:00pm. BSC Atrium.

Sign the banner with a note for your student(s) to remember the day!

Barnes & Noble​

9:00am-8:00pm. Campus Town.

Offering 20% off one school spirit item! Enjoy menu items from the Barnes & Noble Cafe, proudly serving Starbucks coffee,pastries and sandwiches.Community Fest​,​​10:00am-4:00pm. Various Outdoor Locations. This is a joint celebration of Ewing Township and TCNJ. Come check out inflatables, live music, crafters, vendors and food trucks!For more information, visit: ​

TCNJ Art Gallery

11:00am-2:00pm. Art & Interactive Multimedia Building.

Visit the Art Gallery to check out their Fall exhibition displaying artwork created by the TCNJ community!

Sarnoff Collection​

11:00am-2:00pm. Roscoe West Hall, Second Floor.

The Collection, named after David Sarnoff, a renowned pioneer in radio and television, comprises over 6,000 artifacts that document major developments in communication and electronics in the 20th century.

PiYo with Emily

9:00am-10:00am. Rec Center, Dance Room.

Student taught recreation class. Free of charge.

Pump Up the Pulse with Corinne

10:00am-11:00pm. Rec Center, Dance Room.

Student taught recreation class. Free of charge.

Barre with Laura

11:00am-12:00pm. Rec Center, Dance Room.

Student taught recreation class. Free of charge.

Yoga with Daniela

1:00pm-2:00pm. Rec Center, Dance Room.

Student taught recreation class. Free of charge.All events, times and locations are subject to change.