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Brower Student Center History

About Clayton R. Brower

Clayton R. Brower

The Brower Student Center was opened in 1976 has been the hub of campus life at The College of New Jersey for over 40 years. The building has hosted countless student, college, and community events, including the Special Olympics of New Jersey. The Brower Student Center was named after former president Clayton R. Brower, who served as president from 1971 – 1979 when TCNJ was known as Trenton State College. During his tenure, Clayton Brower was a voracious advocate for students and was beloved by the campus community and students. For his legacy and service to the college, the student center was affectionately named in his honor.



The 90,000 sq. ft. Brower Student Center opened in 1976 and was completely renovated in 2017. The addition of a large event center, two meeting rooms, and two lounges increased the facility to 106,000 sq. ft. as we know it today. The renovated center provides expanded meeting and event spaces, game room, student organization areas, collaborative study spaces, and dining facilities. A major highlight of the project was the addition of a grand staircase paired with an open concept lounge to allow for greater connection between the first and second floors of the building. Tall windows were added to the exterior walls allowing for greater visibility into the building while breathing natural light into the interior spaces. Outside of renovations, the Brower Student Center regularly assesses and implements improvement projects.


Brower student center before renovations.
Brower student center after renovations.

 Brower student center inside before renovations.

far view of Brower student center before renovations.
far view of Brower student center after renovations.

Mission Statement

In carrying on our proud history and legacy, the Brower Student Center meets the social needs of the TCNJ community and its guests by providing a welcoming environment, attentive customer service, event planning assistance & management, and information about the TCNJ campus.