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.