Montclair State University

1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

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Montclair State University, located in Montclair, New Jersey, was founded in 1908 and is New Jersey's second largest university with over 18,000 enrolled students per year. Originally known as New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair, the school has grown over the years, establishing student dormitories and expanding its educational offerings. In 1958 the school merged with Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene, changing its name to Montclair State College, adopting its final name in 1994 when it became designated as a teaching university. The school has a 17 to 1 student to teacher ratio, and an average of 23 students per class, much lower than average for public institutions. The school is located 14 miles away from New York City, offering students a large urban center with many cultural and other assets that are accessible to interested students.


Montclair State University offers over 250 majors and minors, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school provides students with a high quality low cost education, and is considered one of the best public universities in the northeastern United States. The school does not utilize graduate students as teachers; ensuring undergraduates have access to knowledgeable and capable professors who pride themselves on providing students personal attention. Additionally, Montclair State University is the first public institution to provide master's degrees.

Programs offered include:



Business Administration

General Humanities


Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrolling at Montclair State University must submit a completed application prior to the listed deadlines.  All applications must include a letter of recommendation, SAT and/or ACT scores, all pertinent transcripts and a personal statement. Some programs may require an additional interview. After the application is submitted it will be reviewed by the admissions board and a final decision will be mailed to the applicant. A GPA of 3.1 and SAT score of 1500 or ACT score of 20 is generally required to be considered for admission. Admission into a graduate program requires a bachelor's degree to be considered.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and student employment. The school's financial aid office is in place to assist students with the application process and to answer any questions students may have. Student should complete the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ro determine eligibility and awards.


The Montclair State University Red Hawks are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, and participate in the Skyline Conference. The school offers a number of intercollegiate athletic programs to foster a healthy sense of competition among students and athletes. Athletic programs assist in developing skills that may be useful in academics or a career, such as teamwork, discipline and good health.

Athletic programs at Montclair State University:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Field Hockey (Women Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations offer students a place to meet individuals with similar interests that may or may not lie outside the scope of the schools program offerings. Students gather through meetings and plan events, or offer support to one another, based on the goals outlined by the club or organization. Montclair State University has a large number of such clubs and organizations, supporting them as outlined by the school charter and providing them with space to operate. Clubs and organizations provide a healthy way for students to socialize, using common interests to form bonds that may last past matriculation.

Some clubs and organizations at Montclair State University:

  • Accounting Society
  • Cosmetology Factory
  • Arabic Student Club
  • Gotta Be Green
  • Filmmakers Club
  • History Club
  • Russian Club
  • Service for Peace

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates Montclair State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Montclair State University is around 20,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 80% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $65 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $8,500-$10,000
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,470
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $280-$340 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $570-$680 per credit unit
  • The average estimated cost for room and board is listed to be around $17,000

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships51%$8,750
Receiving Student Loans64%$8,275

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Montclair State University may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Montclair State University is approximately 63%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years34%
Graduating in 5 Years24%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Montclair State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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