Author's Note:
Some information for this article was gathered from the book, Time the Great Teacher, which records the history of The College from 1855-1955. Special thanks to Brenda Cohen, archives and special collection assistant at Roscoe L. West Library, for her assistance.
Times have certainly changed. From a student body of 645 in 1900 to more than 6,750 students today, The College has evolved in scope and scale far beyond the imagination of the founding fathers. Yet despite the overwhelming changes The College experienced during the twentieth century, its focus on sound scholarship and intellectual achievement has remained strong. As we enter a new century it seems appropriate to reflect on the past. While in no way comprehensive, the following information highlights some of the things that have made The College what it is today.

The industrial growth of the area brought a growing demand for training in the commercial field. To meet this need, a commercial course appeared in the 1913 Normal School curriculum. The course included bookkeeping, business practice, commercial law, stenography, typing, penmanship, economics, history, and English. At the end of the course the student received a certificate to teach the subjects named, in any elementary or high school.
Authorization to grant the BS degree brought about a marked improvement in the professional attitude of the students. By 1926, there were fifty students working toward a degree. Specialization was restricted to five fieldsEnglish, history, science, mathematics, and rural education.
The first bachelor's degrees were granted.
Eighty-nine students attended the first summer session held at the Hillwood Lakes campus. The session was financed by a charge of five dollars per credit.
The State Board of Education adopted a resolution that all courses of study be made four years in length beginning with classes entering in September 1935.
The graduate program at Trenton State Teachers College began in the 1948 summer session with an enrollment of eleven. The graduate program offered elementary teachers opportunities to increase their knowledge of content subjects and to continue the specific professional preparation required for elementary school teaching.


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The first master's degrees were granted with five students receiving the degree of Master of Science in Education.
Approval of the school nursing program was granted and an undergraduate curriculum in speech arts and speech correction was offered. In addition, graduate programs in business education and special education were offered. 1960
Granting of the first Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Authorization was given to grant baccalaureate degrees in nursing and the liberal arts.
The enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1966 paved the way for The College to become a multipurpose institution by expanding its degree programs into a variety of fields other than education.
During this period of declining enrollments, when many colleges were lowering admission standards and increasing enrollments to maintain enrollment-driven budgets, Dr. Clayton R. Brower and his administration made the momentous decision to set The College on a course of increased selectivity by raising instead of lowering admissions standards. Since that time interest in The College has increased and the academic profile of entering students has risen steadily.

A reorganization of The College's academic structure resulted in a School of Arts and Sciences, a School of Education, and separate Divisions of Business, Nursing, and Industrial Education and Technology. The success of the broader curriculum was affirmed in 1972, when seventy percent of entering freshmen selected non-teaching majors.
The TSC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society was established in winter 1979. The first group of ninety-two student members was inducted during a dinner ceremony. The chapter was the third in New Jersey and the 208th in the nation to be organized since Phi Kappa Phi's founding in 1897.
In a move that was viewed as "a milestone in the development of The College," three of the academic divisions officially became schools within The College. The new School of Business, School of Industrial Education and Engineering Technology, and School of Nursing joined the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.
The College was first profiled in Money magazine as one of the "Ten Public Colleges with an Ivy Twist." Since that time, The College has received continuing national recognition for its excellence and value, including in U.S. News and World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, Peterson's Competitive Colleges and as a "Top Ten Best Buy" every year Money magazine published its survey.
Approval was granted for the School of Business to award the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Previously the school awarded the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting.
The School of Technology's engineering technology program was redesigned as an engineering science program. The new program leads to the Bachelor of Science in engineering science degree. 1995
The School of Technology gains approval to become the School of Engineering to more accurately reflect the school's engineering science program.
The College developed and implemented a general education program for all students that includes a comprehensive set of learning goals and outcomes. The program has three components: Intellectual Skills, the Interdisciplinary Core, and Perspectives on the World.