Academics

Location
Montclair, NJ
Undergrads
12,380
Tuition (in-state)
$20,136 ($11,058)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Academics: While Montclair State is great at liberal arts, the physics department is not that great. There are few faculties meaning there are fewer classes to choose from. The courses do not run frequently. But i do have to say that the faculty is great with helping students, and helping them find research work. Because the department is smaller it is easier to tend to each students needs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics overall are great. Most of the professor I have had were of great help and the course rigorous.

3 College Junior

Academics: Most of the professors are ranked high but give a lot of tests and workload. Classes fill up quickly and toward the middle of the semester several students drop out due to bad grades.

3 College Junior

Academics: My program has a huge workload and needs several hours of studying. We have our own building where labs and classrooms are found. There are emails always being sent out about interns or job opportunities but mostly for upperclassmen

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Having a specific major is really good at this school. Upon choosing a major you are connected with other students in that major and that comes in handy when it comes to studying or needing help with work. It also makes it a lot easier to make specific connections that can help you achieve the goals that you have. Your counselors are also better able to answer your questions being that they will be from the department you major in

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 169th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 514th
    Best Course Variety
  • 709th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 962nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 1017th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Catherine Winters
Hometown
Branchburg, NJ
Major
English
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Montclair State was recently named the best public university in New Jersey and third overall in the state after Princeton and Drew. Montclair is beginning to make a name for itself and is gaining a reputation as a good overall school. The best programs at MSU are the education ones—the University is considered one of the best schools in New Jersey for teacher certification. It is also well known for its College of the Arts. Art and music education are both great programs, as are the musical theatre and music therapy programs. Music is much more focused on education than performance here, and the same is true with art, but if a student is serious about leaving MSU as a good performer or artist, it will happen.

Most science majors here are in science education, but MSU has an agreement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) that allows students to enroll in accelerated MD programs. The academic facilities here aren't the best, and while they are being updated, the research capabilities may never surpass a larger school. However, name recognition is getting better and with the way things are going, a degree from Montclair will be something to be proud of.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
569
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,019
Total FT Faculty
569
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,937
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
61%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
84
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 34%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of the Arts
  • School of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
Online Courses
The offerings of online courses are sparse and not evenly spread throughout different majors. Many online classes do not have formal lectures-some professors simply put up documents for the class to read and then require responses on online discussion boards. Therefore, it can often feel more like reading a website or independent study than taking a regular course. However, there are some professors who hold chats in lieu of class meetings, but these can still allow students to feel disconnected from their classmates and professors.
Best Places to Study
  • Sprague Library
  • Student Center
  • Student Center Quad
  • Your dorm room
Tips to Succeed
  • Be yourself.
  • Carpool if you can.
  • Get a job on campus.
  • Get involved.
  • Take advantage of all the resources on campus.
Did You Know?
Most academic buildings are open 24/7 at MSU, so if you need to work on an art project late or just need somewhere quiet to read, try one these buildings. If all you need is peace and quiet, University Hall has a very nice study lounge.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 89 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 92 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 80% Bruce Willis (did not graduate) - actor
  • 10% Allen Ginsberg (did not graduate) - poet
  • 10% Jason Biggs (did not graduate) - actor

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