Montclair State University


Montclair State University is a public research university. As New Jersey’s second largest school, it is also the state’s fastest growing school, continuning to expand its campus area. Till October 2011, there were 18,498 students. The university’s acceptance rate is around 50% for freshmen, and even more selective when dealing with transfer applicants.

Founded in 1903, the university is located in Montclair, New Jersey, United States.

The University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 82% and both 4-year and 6-year graduation rate keep medium level.

The mission of Montclair State University is:

Montclair State University is committed to serving the educational needs of New Jersey with programs characterized by academic rigor and currency in the development of knowledge and its applications. The University will offer a comprehensive range of baccalaureate, master’s, and certificate programs and a focused portfolio of doctoral programs that are closely aligned with the University’s academic strengths and the needs of the state.


The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools


Montclair State University comprises four colleges and two schools:

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • School of Business
  • The Graduate School

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business Administration and Management, General
  2. Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  3. Psychology, General
  4. English Language and Literature, General
  5. Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

According to the U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 74th in national universities.

With 31.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a high rate in full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree which accounts for 93%.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken SAT tests, while ACT with writing test is required as well. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered rigor of secondary school record and GPA are very important.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 11,031 for students who are in-state and for those who are out of state it is USD 20,039. Students spend USD 1,200 for books and USD 14,000 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $3,639, 55.3 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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