What is a CRC?

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at TCNJ  is a place for students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. It is a community where students in recovery find belonging, purpose, and support through recovery meetings, social events, and personal relationships. The CRC is a place where students can have the full college experience while growing in their recovery.


Who can join the CRC?

The only requirement is that the student be in recovery or want to make changes to their alcohol or drug use. While we embrace abstinence, our mission is to support all students on their recovery journey no matter where they are on that path. We do not turn anyone away seeking a recovery community and believe that if any student reaches out we want to be there to help them.

If I am an alumni how can I be involved?

The CRC is still a support for alumni as they transition to their careers and graduate school. As an alumni, you also have a lot to offer.  Alumni often have time in recovery and can share their wisdom with current students by sharing experience and insight at meetings. Also, don’t forget to come back for Homecoming and join us at the CRC Sober Tailgate.

What are some of the past events?

We value community bonding and outreach. Some past activities have included, the ARHE Skiathon,  recovery comedy shows, guest speakers, The Anonymous People documentary and panel discussion, and the end of year “Restaurant Crawl”. These are just a few of our activities, we are just getting started!

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What can I do if my grades do not reflect my abilities?

It is not uncommon for students in recovery to have a disconnect between their grades and what they are able to achieve academically. Students that find themselves in this situation can enhance their application by focusing on attaining strong standardized test scores, taking courses at a community college (and getting good grades of course!), and/or engaging in community service/extra-curricular activities. Some students might use the personal statement/essay to discuss how their experience in recovery, and the strength and perseverance required, makes them an excellent candidate for TCNJ. Ultimately, it’s recommended that you discuss your concerns with an admissions counselor and they can walk you through how to best show why you would be a successful TCNJ student.

That CRC logo is pretty cool. Is there any symbolism there?

Our logo was created by one of our very talented CRC students and represents some of what we believe and who we are as TCNJ’s CRC. The compass symbolizes the journey towards recovery and academic achievement. The “N” represents staying on the right path–one’s True North. The arrow reminds us that we are always moving forward. All of this lays on a slate background that has been wiped clean; because we believe that a person’s past does not define them but at TCNJ’s CRC you get a fresh start.