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Reviews 2008 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of fliers around campus for nearby apartments for rent, it's pretty easy to find off-campus housing if necessary.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food is pretty good off campus, it's just so frustrating needing to have a car/train/bus to enjoy off campus dining and night life.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Drugs and alcohol in the dorms are a big deal, you can get kicked out of housing but everything else they're pretty lenient and the process of campus visitation is self explanatory so its cool.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't do that great my first semester because of finances and financial aid, I honestly had a mental break down and cried but I fought to get the money I deserved.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I hate that there aren't any parties on campus, it's pretty dry. You have to travel to another school or go to a club. It's pretty annoying but it has it's perks sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the food is pretty good except the chicken. STAY AWAY FROM THE CHICKEN!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, I love my dorm it's very spacious :)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily great.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's not terrible. The school has it's own police and they're pretty cool as long as you're not a partying dick-head.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did very well in high school and did not receive anything. Meanwhile, the kids who are worried about losing their scholarships because they're on Academic Probation keep their money? I made Dean's List last semester, and do you know what I got? A generic letter in the mail congratulating me. I find that insulting.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Unless you want to take the train to NJIT, there isn't much to do. There are people who tell you there are parties, but there's a clear distinction between getting wasted and getting wasted *at a party*

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's really nothing healthy, but not everything is terrible. Which Wich is a really good place and most of my money has gone there. The dining hall I usually attend, Sam's Place, is not bad, but they don't have much of a variety. I usually eat pizza and french fries every day.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice. My room had heating/air conditioning and it was spacious enough for both my roommate and I. It's relatively affordable in the grand scheme of things; other colleges offer much worse for much more. It's pretty easy to get into good housing

3 College Junior

Athletics: I can honestly say that in my 3 years of being at MSU, I have only been to two athletic events! The only reason I could rate this category "okay" is because I have friends on the volleyball and soccer team that absolutely adore their teams and coaches but otherwise, MSU students don't possess much school spirit.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't utilize off-campus housing. I live at home with my parents to save money.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I LOVE the restaurants located in Montclair! There is a versatile selection to choose from and you can find a good spot regardless if you're looking to spend a little or indulge on your lunch/dinner.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm still waiting for a grant but for the most part I received my Pell grant promptly and the people that work in the financial aid office were extremely helpful.

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: I've gone to one party hosted by MSU students for the past 3 years that I've attended. It's safe to say that it was the first and last MSU party I attended. It was just chaos and the people that were there were acting like it was there first time ever going out (yes, throw up and everything).

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food isn't horrible but it isn't great either. The problem with the food is that it doesn't taste fresh. It seems like everything is microwaved and whatever isn't sold throughout the day just gets thrown back into a freezer. I would definitely love to see a Chipotle on campus! It would be swamped with business and I would be willing to wait in line for a long time for a Chipotle bowl.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus because of how expensive it is. I live in Clifton so I decided to save the money and stay at home but I have visited friends that live in the dorms.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know anything about off campus housing because I do not believe it would be worth it. I would have to pay for a rent, laundry, food, car (which I would have to buy), gas for car, etc. I have not done the math but it does not seem worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating off campus, I live to get off this campus since I do not have a car! However it is very difficult to get to any off campus dining if you do not have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is great, I love how strict they are but most of the people give you chances before you get in trouble. On the other hand I have had the same students wrestling upstairs since last semester and after all the phone calls, they still get away with it.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The wifi at the school is awful. The network is always down which is unfortunate, especially when you need the internet for a project or for homework. Many professors do not take the excuse that the internet was down to why you could not complete the homework.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: SAMs food is awful. The employees are rude first off and always have an attitude to the students. Then the food is also not very good, chicken is always dried, they put peppers on pasta when some students can not eat spicy food! That kind of stuff should be for the students to add. There should be more places to use constant pass!


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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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