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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My experience so far has been great. I am a student of Animation/illustration, class is relatively small, about 25 kids. The professors are wonderful, they are engaging, passionate in their field, create artwork themselves, and challenges the class in a fun way. It is easy to connect with people in my program as we all have similar career goals.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are events on campus with people looking to hire part time employers.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police officers 24/7 on campus, alcohol, drugs, rape, harassment is strongly looked down upon. During Orientation Freshmans had to take surveys and quizzes on durgs, rape, alcohol, harassment, and seeking help. There is a health center on campus and temporary therapists.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I dorm in Freeman Hall. It's an old building, wifi can be slow in this area. Freeman hall has 7 floors and one elevator, it is extremely slow and small. Freeman hall also does not have air conditioning. However, from the 5th floor my view from the window is quite nice. My dorm is close to College Hall with Einstein's bagel/coffee shop, and Balanced Kitchen Freeman dining hall. I wouldn't say this dorm is worth +10k.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Montclair State University does not have a big Greek Life compared to Rutgers for example. Montclair is very strict about drinking games, and drinking. Playing beer pong (even without the beer) is unacceptable. To drink and party it must be off campus. Greek life do not only host parties and drink, but also offer leadership programs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many events on Montclair State University. Almost every week has different events from LGBQT group hangouts, going to NYC, yoga groups, soccer, etc. I personally am not that interested in sports, however I can tell this school has great spirit. Everyone mingles together, and attend events.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Montclair State University is known for its College of the Arts (CART). I am in the Animation/Illustration BFA program with the hopes of graduating and finding a job as a video game designer. I was stuck between choosing Ringling College, Full Sail and Montclair. I chose this school because its rather "cheap" than the rest, and is rich with different fields of art. So far, the professors are great. They are engaging, makes you think differently, really makes you think when creating art, they make the class challenging in a fun way, and they are passionate about their field. Even my General Ed (Art history and History of Western civ) is amazing. I used to hate going to school in Highschool and Middle school, but Montclair does not have that effect on me. I am rather excited to go to class. This school also helped me open more, as I struggle with social anxiety, without this school I'm not sure where I would be.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience at Montclair was extremely unique and fun. I have taken a multitude of courses and have met many different people that have impacted my life in some way. The classes are sometimes fun and sometimes can be difficult during 3 hour lectures. However thats just the nature of college, but what is truly unique about Montclair its the message it instills in its students "Carpe Diem". This meant "seize the day" which spoke to me and told me to never waste a day and to live my life to the fullest.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I believe that your degree's worth is determined by what you do with it and the effort you put into your career. Job markets may be shrinking however there are still so many ways to gain access and open the doors to your career path. Montclair assists in this process by offering their career center connecting students to a diversified amount of internships and summer jobs that help students gain experience in their field. The quality is state of the art.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school has many areas where you can press a blue button and a cop would be there within minutes to escort and help you with whatever you need. I have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable walking alone on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My dormitory experience was great as I met a lot people that I am still friends with now. However there were many problems with the building I lived in such as lack of heating and unsanitary bathrooms.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek-life holds many events that are fun for students to enjoy, but I feel as though they should become a lot more active in charitable work.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school spirit is high and the people on campus are really connected with their sports teams.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have met a diverse amount of people at Montclair and I feel as though each one had such a unique personality and really made me feel as though I was truly getting the college experience. Montclair will be a place I will treasure and miss dearly when I graduate.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's been a very interesting few years. I don't regret my decision. The classes I took and the professors I had really helped me figure out what I wanted to do in life.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school tries a lot to try to help you get a job during and after your school career.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe most of the time. Only a few minor events.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Many dorms are old and need remodeling but otherwise they are nice to live in.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is out of hand. They don't haze but they party too much.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The school emphasizes too much on sports that aren't very successful.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The weather is the only downfall. Winter is coming.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are experts in their field. They are enthusiastic during class. Some are not concerned with the success. Over and over I have heard they will give us the tools but it is up to us whether we pass or fail. However they make their office hours well known.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Montclair prides itself on their students getting an internship during college and then once students graduate they have a job lined up for them. That is my goal. I think a degree from Montclair is great because the school is liberal arts we are trained in numerous things. The students are more flexible.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MSU police are friendly and approachable. They can be seen walking around throughout campus. Walking back to my dorm at night is still a little scary, but the campus is well lit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Blanton Hall. My room is very good, however my suite mates have experienced problems. Their air conditioner has been leaking and has yet to be fixed.

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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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