Location: Montclair, NJ
Size: 15,431 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 61% undergraduates are women
Tuition (one year): $11,616 in-state, $21,153 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: The five most popular majors are Business Administration and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Psychology, English Language and Literature, and Multi-Interdisciplinary Studies.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 65%
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Why Choose Montclair?“I knew right away after experiencing a campus tour that I wanted to attend MSU. I loved the atmosphere, the campus, and especially the short ride to the city!”
"Upon visiting the campus, it was clear that there were so many opportunities and resources the university had to offer. I felt I would be given all of the advantages necessary to begin building my resume. The convenient NJ Transit trains to New York Penn Station steps from the residence halls were also a huge plus!"
"I applied to MSU because of it's English program. I transferred here as a junior, and I was drawn to the classes that the department offered."
"I orginally wanted to go to Montclair because it is my mom's alma mater. I then began to do more research. I loved Montclair's atmosphere and it had beautiful scenery. Past students had also told me professors, classes, and dorm-life were all awesome."
"I chose Montclair as last-minute decision to switch schools. I applied about two weeks before the Fall semester started, but it was and always has been a school where I knew I could admire its beauty."
"I actually applied to MSU for the athletic program. I wanted to play field hockey in college and after talking with the coach, some of the girls on the team, and touring the campus, I made the final decision."
"Montclair was my first choice out of high school--it was affordable and is in such a gorgeous setting. Montclair also has a great Fashion program that I've learned so much from!"
“I LOVE that we have a train station right on campus, as it’s extremely convenient for anyone who wants to take a spontaneous trip into the city. I also adore our campus, especially in the fall, when the leaves start to change, and brighten up the campus.”"I think one of the best things about Montclair State is the campus itself. The architecture is beautiful and campus always looks beautiful whether it's Fall and there's leaves around or it's Spring and there's flowers blooming everywhere you turn. There's also lots of space to sit outside and enjoy the weather on nice days and lots of places to huddle into once it gets too cold to be out. The size of the campus is great too because nothings too much of a walk to get to."
"I love all of the people! I made wonderful friends here and the amount of ways to get involved is staggering. I'm never bored! MSU's homecoming is by far my favorite tradition. The SGA pulls out all the stops, booking amazing performers every year, hosting Winter Ball, and of course...crowning king and queen!"
"I truly enjoy the learning experiences I receive here. I think I've had a total of 3 horrible professors out of my 8 semesters at Montclair. I also love homecoming. The annual events bring everyone together. I love when almost everyone is wearing red and black while walking around the (now) giant campus."
"I personally love the diversity of students and entire student body. The campus is large enough where I am always meeting new people, however, it is still small enough where I can recognize a familiar face."
“As a commuter student, my biggest complaint is the parking situation at Montclair. Finding a spot on campus is equivalent to joining the hunger games, but the odds are hardly ever in our favor.”
"The parking on campus is always a problem. I think that more decks should be installed, or parking should be altered to allow for better distribution of people."
"The winter months are crazy cold since the campus sits on a mountain. Dressing like an eskimo is a must. They can't do much about that, but they should be better at cleaning the campus when it snows."
"The food needs some improvement, but it's totally edible."
"Parking is the worst part..they always sell more passes than there are spots. Get it together, MSU. You are a COMMUTER school!"
"Food is whatever. I would rather eat Chipotle..buuut we don't have nice things like that."
New Collegiette on Campus
“As a current junior, I have become more than accustomed to the way in which MSU works. With that being said, I had experienced the biggest transition of my life my first year here, as it was vastly different than high school. Freshman was placed into ‘learning communities’ based on your major, which entailed the same group of kids to be taking the same courses. I found that this really eased my transition into college."
"It's extremely nerve-wracking being a first year in general. There is so much going on and you are forced to live somewhere foreign and make your own friends. Orientation to be completely honest was a waste of time and did not help make any social situation better nor did it help you know the campus. It seems that many upperclassmen stick together. However, they do integrate with first years as well."
"I found it pretty easy to make friends when I transferred to MSU my sophomore year especially as a commuter student. When I started taking my major (communication) courses all the students clicked (naturally). The campus is big, but the buildings are in close proximity to each other, so it was easy to find my way around campus. Every semester I learned something new about the campus."
"Friends are a bit hard to make here since many people commute. It's a bit disheartening and something a lot of current and past freshman have complained about. Give it time and it will all work out."
"My first year at MSU, I stayed in the residence hall known to solely house first year students. It was nice because everyone around me was in the same boat as myself! Orientation included extensive tour of the campus, icebreakers with members of the student body, familiarizing myself with the academic buildings, getting a student ID card, and eating in the dining hall for the first time! I think it's easy to get to know upperclassmen if you want to, all you have to do is reach out to them. However, I do feel most first-years choose not to do so and stick together."
All About Academics
“Your workload depends heavily on your major. As a student in the School of Business, I often find myself constantly immersed in work. The academics in this school have always provided a challenge for me, but an experience never the less. I have learned a lot the past few years that I’ve been at MSU, and am continuing to."
"The workload has been manageable for me for the past 4 years. The finals vary from final tests to final projects. Course registration is extremely stressful, but it usually works out if you plan ahead and/or speak with the professors of the class if you can't get into it. It is easy to fulfill general academic requirements. There are usually a lot of spots open to register for those classes. I personally like to study in my dorm room (or room at home). However, I know a lot of people who love to study in the library for the atmosphere."
"Depending on your major depends on your workload. I was an English major and the amount of books I had to read per semester was actually ridiculous. If you have around 5 books per class and 5 classes that 25 books a semester that you have to read and understand. Now being a communication major, it is still a lot of work but since I actually really enjoy it, it doesn't really seem like that much. Registration for classes is always a crazy and stressful time, meeting with your advisor is a MUST, they really help you out. It's not always easy getting into classes, but if there is a will there is a way. Directly emailing the professor can sometimes get you into a class. It's really easy to fulfill general academic requirements, do it all in your first two years so you can get them out of the way and focus on your major. People do spend a lot of time in the library, especially during finals and midterms."
"The workload is fair. I like having a lot on my plate, but only when it's on my own plate. I do not like group/partner work and I had a group that I had to work with for a large final project in one of my science classes. It was easy to register for my classes which creeped me out a little. I do admire that there are always people in the library studying. I study in my study room or my own room."
"The teaching program is very popular at MSU as well as their theatre program. Being a communications major, I think the workload is decent. Some professors tend to take it a little farther than necessary. Registration as an athlete was easy because I received priority, however I have heard for registration to be absolutely awful for those who do not have priority scheduling. I also think some classes are only offered at specific times and classes overlap which cause scheduling conflict which is beyond frustrating."
"The English department has a medium-sized work load, like any other major. My final projects, and all projects, almost always are very large papers - somewhere on the upside of 8 pages. Registration for requirements isn't bad - the 2 required classes for just an English major are usually spread out and have several sections to choose from. The electives are sometimes sparse though - as some 'good' electives run on a rotating 3 year basis."
Learn from the Best
“ I had a lot of great professors here at MSU, but my favorite by far was Dr. Bakalian for Greek Mythology. She made class interesting, and I actually looked forward to attending."
"The professors I've had (so far *crosses fingers*) have been great! Professor Dalley has been my favorite. I really feel like she helped make me a better writer and helped me become more open to explore my thoughts to find new ways of looking at things."
"I loved Dr. Matthew. There are many that can't stand her for her strong opinions and high expectations, but you learn so much in her classes, and walk away with such a general knoeldge of things, it's hard not to like her."
"My favorite professor is Dr. Gindt for Chemistry. The whole Chemistry department impressed me. They have review sessions at least three times a week taught by different professors. They have additional office hours as well."
"Some professors are awesome and some are....not-so awesome. The majority of communication professors are just great people and really care about their job. Some other professors think that their class is the only one we should and have to worry about when we are juggling so many other aspects in our busy lives."
"I have had some professors that have really made a positive impact on my life and others that have just made going to class a living hell. My favorite classes were the ones that I had with both Mr. and Mrs. Bennediktsson. They were both professors I was lucky to have when I was an English major. Now being a Communications major I have come across professors that I love in this major as well, Dr. Kelshaw, and Professor Weiner to name a few. The professors have a lot of experience and when you ask about what they have done in the past, you are usually surprised with how much they have accomplished."
Interests & Involvement
“There are always way to get involved on campus, and there is always something that fits your interests. Her Campus was the best fit for me personally because it allows me to explore my creativity, and meet some amazing people”.
"There are a lot of clubs and organizations to join on campus like Her Campus, The Montclairion, The MSU Wishmakers (a division of the Make A Wish Foundation), Montclair Miracles, various academic clubs and not mention Greek Life!"
"My mom has always told me it is important to join at least one club/organization in college. It helps people meet new people and it allows for new connections and networking. I am a part a national sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. It is the reason I love MSU so much. It introduced me to my best friends and a ton of volunteering experiences."
"As I stated earlier, I participate in field hockey which athletics. I also belong to PRSSA. I'm not sure but it seems as if I decent amount of students are involved in clubs and activities. It is a great way to be social and have fun sharing the same topic in common."
"I've loved being a part of Her Campus, which I found online through Her Campus' home website."
"Unfortunately I do not believe our school has team spirit. Our field hockey team was ranked #1 in the entire country and still the only people at our games were our parents and few other athletes."
Unfortunately, our school lacks school spirit. Not many people attend the football games aside from homecoming."
"I don't follow sports on campus, but I've heard that our men's basketball team and women's vollyball team are great as well as our field hockey team. The team spirit does seem to be lacking and we could use some more of it. Go RED HAWKS!"
"School spirit? At Montclair? I haven't heard or seen it."
"The only time people get excited about school spirit or really get together is when we have Homecoming or Spring Bash."
"I definitely see more girls than guys on this campus. The clothing is mixed no matter where you are unless you are in the Middle East or Lancaster County Pennsylvania [lawlz]. There are girls with class and girls that dress like trash. I get a few emails strictly for women which I do admire."
"Women make up of more than 60% of the campus undergrads. If that doesn't say girl power, I don't know what does."
"It's great having so many girls and those who feel so strongly about education and their futures. We have outnumbered the boys but we are still co-ed. I love it."
"Being a woman on campus is just every day and normal. Girls wear whatever they want from dresses to jeans to sweatpants. I honestly am not sure of the women ratio on campus, I feel like there are more women than men but nothing that is noticeable at all."
“There are SO many more girls on this campus than boys. Most girls are very into their education, and furthering their career paths. I met so many strong, intelligent, and power driven females who are ready to take on the male-dominated world."
Food & Drink
"The food is honestly disgusting. Being a very healthy eater I would rather starve to death then eat at Sam's place or Freeman dining hall. Even the Student Center makes me physically sick sometimes. Now that I live off of campus I don't have to worry about it, but when I was a freshman with no car I would take the train into Upper Montclair and go grocery shopping at Kings or A&P and bring food back to my dorm. You can always cook if you live in the Heights, Clove, or the Village. Jackie's Grillette,Veggie Heaven, Tinga Mexican Cuisine, Bamboo Sushi, and Six Brothers Diner, are all not a far walk from campus."
"I like the food in Blanton, Freeman, Cafe Diem and the Bistro. I have only been here for one full semester and I am already sick of eating at Sam's Place. I get a lot of reactions to the food. I have a kitchen downstairs in my residence hall so I will start preparing my own meals. I get excited for meatloaf but....I'm a grandmother so....I order from Cars and Chinese restaurants."
"The food on campus is decent. When I lived on campus it was before the construction was done, now campus has added an abundance of food outlets and in my opinion these students have it made to eat on campus. However, for someone who lives off campus, it is not worth it for me to purchase a meal plan and some of the dining food is way too pricey."
"The food on campus is OKAY at best, I found that a select few places are actually pretty good. My favorite on campus stop is Einstein Bagels, where they have great specialty drinks, flavored bagels, and delicious sandwiches.'
"They've made a Chili's on campus and I think that is the best thing that's happened here. The food is actually *GASP* good!"
"Going to Montclair State, you are close numerous local bars, Hoboken, and New York City. There are plenty of opportunities to go out even if you are not 21. Most sports teams and Greek Life do have house parties. At these parties there is going to be kegs and alcohol but not so much drugs. Weekends are a time to let loose so there may be some pressure to drink. People who don't go out usually can hang in, play video games or bake. Depending where you go depends on if the social scene is exclusive or inclusive. Going to Hoboken or NYC it's a free for all, going to house parties is more of an invite only kind of deal. There are somethings that go on during the week. Like the Alexus has awesome specials, like $1.50 Rolling Rock Wednesdays, so long as you are 21. It's very easy to get around at night even if you do not have a DD. There are trains, buses and numerous cab companies."
"There are plenty of places to go on weekends, however they are all off campus which makes it difficult for on campus students. Drinking is obviously prevalent and there is a sense of pressure that you need to drink and fit in, but that is going to be every school with the same age group, despite the university. Drug use I'm sure is a prevalent matter but that is more upon those who chose to do it, I don't think there is pressure when it comes to drug use, that is the choice of the person."
"We aren't a party school so don't come to Montclair with much hopes of getting that 'party school college experience'."
"Dry campus. Montclair is super strict about it so if you are under 21 or over 21, don't expect to be able to have your wine weekends."
"Freshman dorm life is an experience. Freshman year I got random roommates and ended up in a triple. The dorms are safe with many fire exits and they are located all over campus. Freshman are not required to dorm but I highly suggest it in order to meet new people. After sophomore year most people move off of campus. Depending where you live as a freshman depends on how much bonding goes on. Bohn Hall was the best experience of my life. Bohn Hall was so much more open and interactive. Sharing a bathroom with an entire floor wasn't always a great experience but it got you out of your room, meeting people and interacting with one another."
"The only person I knew that was dorming when I first came to Montclair was my boyfriend and since that isn't allowed, I had a random roommate which I was not too fond of. I am actually filling out this survey spending my first night in my new [single] bedroom! I live in a nice residence hall so I cannot complain. The safety of this hall is not an issue, everyone does their job. I don't know if it's popular to live off-campus here. Yes, the dorms do bonding activities."
"Montclair State University is primarily a commuter school so not many people choose to dorm. It isn't exactly the cheapest option but I feel like it's the college experience. At least dorm for one semester and get the feel for it. If not, I would just choose to commute."
"I feel dorming at Montclair was a waste of money. There isn't much to do and while the new dorms are super nice, I'd rather just be in my own apartment with my own rules."
“I ADORE the town of Montclair, it reminds me of a mini-city. The town has some really chic boutiques, great restaurants, and perfect little cafes.”
"MSU is extremely convenient since it has a train station on campus. There are also different buses that can transport students to different locations. New York City is a lot of fun and it is an easy way to get away from campus. The town of Montclair also has a lot of restaurants and shops to visit."
"I am in LOVE with the town of Montclair. Delicious restaurants and little shops that are full of awesome finds. You can walk to Valley Road from campus that has restaurants and shops. Jackie's Grillette is my all time favorite place to eat. I love how there are very little chains in the town of Montclair. CVS and Starbucks are some of the only chains around the town. All of the restaurants are not chains making them special. Plenty of nightlife around especially being near Hoboken and NYC. There is a lot of opportunity for internships and jobs by living in Montclair and being so close to the city. There are thousands of internships that are available off-campus."
"The town of Montclair is awesome, not many people go into it I feel like but it is such a quaint, nice town. I often run through the town and feel completely safe. Jackie's Grillette has some of the best food around!"
"Montclair is also a great town itself with lots of great shops, restaurants, their art museum and close proximity to NYC and Hoboken!"
"Montclair has the cutest little town with lots of boutiques, larger stores, and has tons of amazing restaurants. (Hello Cuban Pete's and Toast)."
HC's Complete College Guide: Montclair State University
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