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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Montclair State is an above-average public university located in Montclair Township, New Jersey in the New York City Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,133 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Montclair State acceptance rate is 71%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 71% of students, Montclair State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference

Montclair State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

MSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
March 1
SAT Range
990-1170
ACT Range
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,086/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,191/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.192 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.213 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.214 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,133Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,855
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 134 responses
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  • Hardworking
    27%
  • Commuter
    26%
  • Average.
    22%
  • Hardworking, commuter
    19%
  • Attentive
    3%
  • Something
    2%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.235 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.267 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 153 responses
Report
  • It's all here
    29%
  • Beautiful
    15%
  • Commuter
    14%
  • Perfect in certain ways, generally on the rise
    10%
  • Small, hilly, convenient, pretty, harsh weather
    9%
  • Convenient
    7%
  • OUTSTANDING
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.130 responses
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Montclair State University Reviews

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Montclair is a great college. Very diverse school with many interesting people, all with different backgrounds. There are always many events on campus going on at all times. They have a good bus system to get around. Parking can be quite a struggle at times tho I feel that is a main thing the school can improve on. The food on campus can also use some work-the majority of it could be a lot better. The teachers have all been wonderful and have all seemed to want to do their best to help their students succeed. There are many different club options as well which means that there is something for everyone! Overall a very nice school to be at!
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what I like about Montclair State University is the fact that this university cares about their students and always will be their number one priority. They tend to hold many activities and festivities so that the students can feel as if they are home, and by doing so they are uniting all students of different backgrounds and ethnicities. Montclair will always hold concerts and make the atmosphere fun , which is something you always want in a college. Of course they are very professional and even offer help when a student isn't doing good, ensuring we all get on the right track to fulfill our dreams!
Awful.Many schools allows first semester students to choose their classes. This is the only school who screws students over by choosing random classes in their first semester and I had to switch classes and things got worst so I ended up with a 2.0 gpa after. Now a 3.2 gpa! The humanities department and philosophy department needs to understand that many students are taking their courses as “gen ed” but they still keep hiring bad professors. This is the treatment I get after moving to college.The nutrition department is broken too!There is a 1 credit 6 week class where ur required to pass a certification test with a 75 or higher or u fail the course just because of a useless certification.This whole education system and treatment of students is broken.The school care more about policies and money rather than the well being and success of students. My graduation is delayed to 21’ as well.Do not go to grad school at MSU, u’ll regret.