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Montclair State University

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Introduction

Montclair State University (MSU) is a regionally accredited university located in Montclair, New Jersey. Originally founded as a teacher’s college, MSU now offers both undergraduate and advanced degrees in over 250 majors, minors, and concentrations. It is the second-largest school in the state behind Rutgers University.

History

The New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair opened to students in 1908; one of the original buildings constructed for the institution still exists on the present-day MSU campus. The first school in the country to offer a four-year program in educational instruction, it adopted the name of Montclair State Teachers College in 1927. Ten years later, it was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In the late 1950s, the teachers college merged with another institution to become Montclair State College. The College received its current name in 1994, when it was also designated a teaching university by the Board of Higher Education.

Academics

Students can pursue their studies in the following schools, colleges, and departments:

  • College of Education & Human Services
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • College of the Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication & Media
  • Graduate School

MSU offers a well-rounded array of undergraduate majors, including such traditional fields as Classics, Economics, and History, but also incorporating seven different concentrations within the Human Ecology program as well as four concentrations in Justice Studies, for example.

Graduate / master’s degree programs include counseling, human services and guidance, environmental studies, fine arts, human ecology, legal studies, music, physical education, psychology, teaching, and education, among others. A master of fine arts (MFA) is offered in studio art. There is an MBA program with several concentrations.

Doctoral degrees include an Ed.D. with a concentration and mathematics education, an Ed.D. with a concentration in philosophy for children, and a doctor of environmental management (DEnvM).

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Justice Studies program offers a concentration in Child Advocacy that prepares graduates to work with children as advocates in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on law, sociology, and psychology to prepare graduates for skillful employment and marketability.

The Music Therapy program combines strict and attentive study of music theory with applications in psychological and sociological settings that prepare graduates for working with people with disabilities. Students have the opportunity to serve a six-month internship to become a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Admissions

Incoming freshmen are expected to complete four units of English, two of the same foreign language, two of American history, three of mathematics, two of laboratory science, and three electives during high school. Students must provide official high school transcripts and test scores. There is no minimum GPA or standardized test score requirement and the Admissions department believes that a strong high school GPA and transcript is more valid than a strong score on any standardized test, but most admitted students have a B average and an SAT score of around 1100.

Applications must be submitted for the fall term no later than March 1, and decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October of the prior academic year. Admission to some programs or colleges, such as the School of Arts (including Dance, Music, Fine Arts, or Theatre), require auditions, interviews, or portfolio reviews. The university does not guarantee acceptance into the applicant’s chosen college.

Graduate programs require a university application and a special application for doctoral programs is necessary. Other prerequisites and requirements vary from program to program, so applicants are advised to contact the department directly to obtain accurate information.

Financial Aid

Montclair State participates in federal financial aid programs including the Pell grant, SEOG, and Stafford Loan programs. The Educational Opportunity Fund is a unique opportunity offered by the state of New Jersey for students with exceptional need from disadvantaged backgrounds. Programs like the Bloustein Distinguished Scholars/Urban Scholar program for academically qualified students; the Outstanding Scholar Recruitment Program for state residents; and the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), which is also a state grant, are also available for select eligible students.

To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. The FAFSA is available online beginning every January 1.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1951st for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

Montclair State’s teams have had several names and mascots since the school’s inception. Now known as the Red Hawks, named after the birds that live in the area, MSU is a member of the NCAA Division III and the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Intercollegiate teams include include football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming, diving, both indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, lacrosse, and softball. Additionally, the school has club teams that play ice hockey, rugby, and volleyball.

Athletic facilities include the student rec center, Floyd Hall Arena, Panzer Gymnasium and Pool, a soccer park, softball stadium, tennis courts, Yogi Berra stadium (home to both Red Hawks baseball and the New Jersey Jackals Northern League team), and Sprague Field.

Traditions

One of the college’s proudest assets is the Yogi Berra Museum, which honors the often-quoted Montclair resident through film, photos, and other memorabilia. The museum is located on campus and sits next to Yogi Berra Stadium. The museum’s mission includes promoting “the values of respect, sportsmanship, social justice and excellence” that Berra has stood for.

Local Community

The population of Little Falls is just over 14,000. The town stretches across only 2.8 square miles and has been “A Proud Community” since it was established back in 1711. Well-known Little Falls residents include magician David Blaine and musician Kit McClure.

Additional School Information

Just 14 miles away from New York City, the famous Big Apple skyline can be seen from campus. In addition to residence halls, classroom buildings, athletic facilities, and administration buildings, MSU is home to art galleries, a theater, and a natural stone amphitheater.

Montclair State’s library offers electronic databases, journals, and catalogs, books and periodicals, and interlibrary loan services. There are also government documents, and the multimedia resources department maintains DVDs, videotapes, microfilm, CDs, and more.

Information Summary

Ranks 12th in New Jersey and 606th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New Jersey and 351st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 78 0.42
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.03
Arrest 81 0.44

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 32 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 46 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 188 0.50
Larceny 409 1.08
Vehicle theft 65 0.17

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Montclair, NJ 07043-1624
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population11,915 (11,915 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,280 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$115,498
Families3,170 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3411

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 811th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,182 $8,182 $17,060
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,136 $3,136 $3,136
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $273 $273 $569
FT Graduate Tuition $9,766 $9,766 $15,074
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,570 $1,570 $1,570
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $543 $543 $837
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $28,028 $28,028 $36,906
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,732 $28,732 $37,610
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,118 $14,118 $22,996

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,646 $11,058 $10,646 $11,058 $19,394 $20,136
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,962 $11,890
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,500 $1,465
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,962 $11,890
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500 $1,465
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500 $1,465

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,012 (4,956 male / 8,056 female)
Admitted 8,500 (3,071 male / 5,429 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 3,040 (1,142 male / 1,898 female)
FT Enrollment 3,030 (1,138 male / 1,892 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (4 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment19,464

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

997th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1060

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,979
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 109 376 833 220 6 2,485 389 4,479
Accounting 2 1 6 1 10
Anthropology 1 9 1 15 2 29
Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 10 4 76 14 112
Athletic Training/Trainer 7 14 22
Biochemistry 1 2 3 1 3 1 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 17 29 13 64 15 144
Business Administration and Management, General 31 41 103 63 1 269 52 565
Chemistry, General 3 3 4 12 2 24
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 2 4 3 29 2 41
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 2
Clinical Psychology 2 9 1 6 1 20
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 1 20 5 28
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 2 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 1 6 3 19 7 39
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5 8 4 73 7 97
Dance, General 1 2 5 1 11 1 21
Design and Applied Arts, Other 1 1 6 3 6 3 20
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 9 35 4 52
Economics, General 3 1 2 1 8
Education, General 1 11 26 10 104 12 164
Education, Other 1 9 1 11
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 4 3 10 2 19
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 1 1 3 1 6
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 8 9
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 7 9 1 1 69 5 93
Educational Psychology 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 16 37 7 134 29 228
Environmental Studies 1 3 10 2 16
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 18 76 8 203 28 338
Fashion/Apparel Design 13 13 6 41 7 81
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 1 6 2 12
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other 1 1 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 4 15 24 9 90 8 156
Forensic Psychology 2 2 4
French Language and Literature 1 5 1 7
Geography 1 3 2 7 2 16
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 1 15 1 21
Graphic Design 2 1 3 2 21 6 35
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1
Health Teacher Education 1 10 20 1 18 52
History, General 5 18 2 70 12 108
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 4 11 3 1 30 4 55
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2 1 1 2 1 8
Industrial and Product Design 3 1 3 7
Information Technology 1 2 6 6 10 4 30
Italian Language and Literature 8 8
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 7 1 10
Latin Language and Literature 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 3 7 14
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 3 3 1 11 2 21
Linguistics 5 2 7 4 20 4 43
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 2 5 7
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 4 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 15 17
Mathematics, General 2 5 14 5 42 6 75
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 1
Molecular Biology 4 4 11 6 7 4 36
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 23 31 6 94 15 171
Music Performance, General 4 2 2 3 10 4 25
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 3 7 11
Music, General 3 1 8 2 38 8 60
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1
Philosophy 2 1 6 1 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 5 21 2 96 6 132
Physics, General 5 2 7
Political Science and Government, General 5 14 22 4 44 13 103
Psychology, General 4 27 88 12 163 26 323
Public Health, General 3 10 2 15
Radio and Television 1 5 6 1 1 30 5 51
Reading Teacher Education 1 7 23 31
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 1 3
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Social Work 1 34 60 2 88 17 205
Sociology 1 14 12 2 34 8 71
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 29 1 11 3 46
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 1 1 49 1 56
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 10 21 2 2 70 9 122
Statistics, General 1 1 5 7
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 3 1 1 13 19
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 6 7
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 3 1 7
Women's Studies 1 1 2 1 5
Youth Services/Administration 3 4 12 3 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 254th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $97,333 ($100,420 male / $89,352 female)
Number of FT Faculty 585 (299 male / 286 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,689
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $23,046,916
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