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B
Overall Niche Grade
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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 14,944 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 65% of students, Montclair State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
About Montclair State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference
Address
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
March 1
SAT Range
990-1150
ACT Range
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$15,224/ 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
$9,983/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

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.209 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,944Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,908
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 133 responses
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  • Commuter
    26%
  • Hardworking
    26%
  • Average.
    21%
  • Hardworking, commuter
    19%
  • Attentive
    3%
  • Something
    2%
  • Diverse
    2%

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.231 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.263 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 149 responses
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  • It's all here
    28%
  • Beautiful
    15%
  • Commuter
    13%
  • Perfect in certain ways, generally on the rise
    10%
  • Small, hilly, convenient, pretty, harsh weather
    9%
  • Convenient
    7%
  • Stairs
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
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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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.
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My college experience at Montclair State has been wonderful so far. I am going to be a senior in the fall of 2019 and I feel that I could definitely share a lot about my experience as a commuter and a resident. First, I would say that it is important to get involved in clubs to keep yourself busy but of course make sure you can manage your school work first. Second, make sure to utilize the resources that are provided to you on campus such as, the writing center, tutoring, library, health center, and many more. Third, If you are a commuter I would say get to school earlier because parking at Montclair is quite a headache but don't worry you will get use to it. I do have a lot more to talk about Montclair but I feel that I have covered the most important and relevant information you need to know in order to finish at Montclair satisfied! Hope this helps :)
I am a freshman at Montclair State University and love it here! I could not see myself anywhere else. Academically, the school is amazing, and the faculty and staff are very helpful here. there are plenty of resources which are helpful for students as well. Your overall experience really depends on you. If you surround yourself by fun people, you'll have a great time no matter what. The school accommodates both residents and commuters with plenty of on-campus activities, and try their best to keep people entertained on the weekends.