Montclair, NJ
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$20,136 ($11,058)
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Reviews 1560 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus has new buildings and older ones. The new buildings are clean and spacious, the older buildings are also clean but the buildings themselves just look run down and therefore appear to be unclean even though we have excellent custodial staff.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is mostly secluded from urban life so it is difficult to find convenient dinning variety, there is not much around the immediate community and dinning is difficult to reach without a car. Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair has several options however, with a great variety, albeit it a little expensive for the typical broke college student.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safety is a priority at the school. Policies are strictly enforced when necessary. Usage of drugs an alcohol are not visible on campus and peer pressure is usually not an issue.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are important in the school but the teams, due to their performance, lack fan support. Great facilities are available for both athletes and students, but the school is lacking in spirit.

College Freshman

Majors: I have yet to have an internship, and I have hopes that I will have an internship at some point but am slightly concerned with how to go about finding one.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am looking to transfer, but have enjoyed my time in the Exercise Science department.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly diverse area with people from all over New Jersey it seems, so the diversity is pretty well spread out.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Being an out of state student without a car on campus, I see the transportation offered to be pretty inconvenient and nonexistent.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is pretty nonexistent on campus -- you have to go to NJIT or one of the other schools in the surrounding area to really be exposed to any social aspects whatsoever.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We don't have many transportation options so it's not always easy to get to said "off-campus dining options".

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice and new, except for buildings like Bohn especially, which isn't nearly as well maintained as the Heights dorms. There isn't very much of a social scene on campus with many of the students being commuters.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For the most part, people partake in these activities off campus or at schools in the surrounding area.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The local weather is quite typical for this area of New Jersey.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus can be strict in some ways, being a dry campus and all sort of changes things -- but they're not terribly unfair.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are in good condition.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's okay but it depends on the season.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't notice the use of drugs on campus.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus is better than the food on campus.

3 College Junior

Majors: It was getting into my English major but trying to get into a Communications major is diffifucult.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is okay but there needs to be more recreational facilities around.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They are great and easy to follow along and have fun at the same time.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I really love the classes and education here and I think that is the best part. The classes and majors are the perfect balance between hard and fun.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love my biology program, but they should have instructed you what classes to take a lot earlier.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Good luck finding a nightlife that isn't sketchy or disgusting.


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Catherine Winters
Branchburg, NJ
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Montclair State University is not the first choice for a lot of people. Some students choose the University for its education program, the proximity to their hometown, or the chance to play a sport, but others come because they can't afford anything else or they got in here and not many other places. In the end, though, Montclair offers a good education at a great price.

While any college can only prepare a student as much as they are willing to work, Montclair isn't lacking in its offerings. Many of the programs are very good, and there are opportunities that MSU offers to build upon what is offered in the classroom. Some majors require cooperative education, while all others make it available and help students find internships for the semester or break. Besides that, there are opportunities to do research, go abroad, and participate in organizations that give real world experience. Yes, some students coast through MSU and leave unprepared for any type of job by the time they get their degree, but other students also work hard and are ready to get a good job at the end of four years. The only downside is that many times your classmates will not challenge you, so to do very well, a student has to motivate and compete against themselves and the system. Overall, MSU is a good school, but it isn't outstanding. Perhaps the most unique fact is that it offers a quality education at a relatively low price.

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