College Galore ft. UMichigan, TCNJ, UScranton, PennState

Kelly Bierals and Will Robbins

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor has become a very popular College spot for Mendham students. The allure of such a historic and prestigious school, that also is home to elite division one sports such as Football and Basketball makes the University of Michigan an ideal college campus.

Can I get in?

Acceptance Rate


Average Test Scores:

SAT Range: 1330-1500

ACT Range: 30-33

Undergraduate Enrollment: 29,800

Fun Facts:

  • According to Michigan campus lore, any couple that kisses under the Engineering Arch at the stroke of midnight is destined to marry.
  • Many students believe it is bad luck to step on a brass “M” in the University of Michigan quad. Legend has it that anyone who steps on this “M” will fail their first blue book exam.
  • In 1927 the school actually used 2 live wolverines as mascots instead of having someone dress up in a suit

The College of New Jersey:

If you’re looking for a historic and renowned college, look no further than The College of New Jersey, comfortably nestled a mere 40 minutes from Mendham in Ewing, NJ. TCNJ is known for producing exceptional educators, many of whom end up teaching at Mendham. On top of their education program TCNJ also has fast growing engineering, nursing, business, and communications school, making it a perfect fit for those who want to stay close to home and get a quality education.

Can I get in?

Acceptance Rate: 48%

Average Test Scores:

SAT Range: 1170-1330

ACT Range: 25-30

Undergraduate Enrollment:  6,590

Fun Facts:

  • Average class size of 21 students
  • Freshman to Sophomore year retention rate of 93%
  • Many Mendham High school teachers such as Mr. Dowler, Ms. Cullen, and Mr. Ressler, can boast TCNJ as their alma mater

University of Scranton

The Electric City holds far more value than just being the host of “The Office.” The University of Scranton is a school that has a loyal alumni base and exceptional student satisfaction ratings. Located less than 20 minutes from several lakes and ski mountains, the students at Scranton always have plenty to do with their free time, and also receive a quality education.

Can I get in?

Acceptance Rate:  75%               

Average Test Scores:

SAT Range: 1080-1280

ACT Range:  23-28

Undergraduate Enrollment: 3,800

Fun Facts:

  • The mascot is Iggy the wolf.
  • Believe it or not, the ‘U’ is located on 58 acres
  • The University’s nursing program is one of the best in the country.

Penn State

The blue and white Nittany Lions have already set out their acceptance letters, but Penn State should be kept in mind for prospective Mendham students looking for the perfect college for them. Located so close to home, students could easily commute back to their hometown in case they need anything (like grocery money!). Penn State has more to offer than just its location though, the campus is beautiful and offers students engineering, marketing, business, journalism and many more outstanding majors or specialties. If looking for a relatively big school, Penn State is perfect because it has about 45,000 enrolled undergraduate students. The college is commonly known for their Women’s basketball and wrestling, however most students enjoy going to football games as well. The team placed 7th last year in the NCAA, and most take great pride in Penn State sports! When looking at what Penn State students have to say about the experience, the consensus seems to be that it has an overall big atmosphere. They say that there are clubs for almost anything, and if looking for a lot to do with lots of people, the college is a perfect choice. Penn State has so much to offer and could be a great choice for rising seniors!

Acceptance Rate: 51%

SAT: Reading and Writing: 530-560

Math: 560-670

ACT: 25-29

Undergraduate Enrollment: 45,000