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Academics

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3 College Junior

Academics: Classes are harder than they need to be in science department

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at MSU are great and the professors know their stuff. You will learn a lot here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I take very few geneds, but the teachers are excellent. If you show that you care, they will take care of you and you will get the best experience you can.

3 College Junior

Academics: It could be better, teachers don't teach well, they need better teacher

3 College Junior

Academics: Registration process is the most stressful thing on earth. Montclair needs to fix it

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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 167 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 91 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 90 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 63% This was one of my top choices.
  • 24% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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