Montclair State University

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1 Normal Avenue

Montclair, NJ 07043

Phone: (973) 655-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Montclair State University is a public institution that was founded in 1908. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,432, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 486 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Montclair State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 54. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,179 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,364 (2012-13).

Montclair State University is located in New Jersey, about 14 miles west of New York City. Students at Montclair can choose from nearly 300 academic programs, which include master’s degrees in the fields of business, education, and fine arts. Montclair students can make the most of their studies by visiting the school’s Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education, which helps them plan for their future, gain jobs and internships, and research the industry they’ll likely enter after graduation. Students can get involved outside the classroom by exploring more than 200 clubs, joining Greek life, or simply participating in “Red Hawk Friday,” in which students show school spirit by wearing Montclair apparel. Student athletes can play at the intramural, club, and varsity levels. There are more than 15 Montclair Red Hawks intercollegiate sports teams that compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference. Bruce Willis, star of the Die Hard movies and Pulp Fiction, attended Montclair and later received an honorary degree.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Montclair State University serves as a center for the creation of new knowledge and for the development of innovative applications of existing knowledge and as a center for pedagogical and artistic excellence and creativity. The University seeks to focus the professional activities of its faculty and the education endeavors of its students on the enduring disciplines that will continue to constitute the knowledge base of an educated citizenry in the 21st century, as well as on the more specific and changing areas of study that have particular relevance to the region served by the University.

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School type public
Year founded 1908
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Montclair State University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Montclair State University is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.5%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Montclair State University is 17:1. The most popular majors at Montclair State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General; Psychology, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 14%
Psychology, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 7%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5%

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Student Life

Montclair State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,432, with a gender distribution of 38.9 percent male students and 61.1 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. Montclair State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,382
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Montclair State University offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Montclair State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Montclair State University, 73 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Montclair State University.

Students who have cars on campus 73%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $11,179 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,364 (2012-13)
Room and board $13,355 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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