Freshmen Student Checklist

Now that you’ve been accepted to Montclair State, your next step is to enroll as a full-fledged Red Hawk. If you have any questions about our enrollment process, please email msuadm@montclair.edu or call (973) 655-4444.

Step 1
Know Your Campus-wide ID (CWID) and PIN

Your Campus-Wide ID (CWID) and PIN are your keys to becoming a Montclair State student.

These were assigned to you when you were accepted to the University. You will find your CWID and PIN in your acceptance letter. You will use the CWID and PIN to take the next step: submitting your New Student Deposit. If you misplace your CWID and PIN, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or msuadm@montclair.edu for assistance

Step 2
Let us know you're committing to Montclair State

To reserve your place at Montclair State, simply submit your New Student Deposit* payment online at montclair.edu/admissions/deposit.

To pay your deposit, use your Campus Wide ID (CWID) provided at the bottom of your acceptance letter. Log in using your CWID, the eight-digit number without the letter “M”, and your PIN, which is your six-digit date of birth (MMDDYY).

If you are planning to live on campus, you may also submit your Housing Deposit* at this time. Once your New Student Deposit and Housing Deposit are processed, you may complete the online Housing Application available at montclair.edu/residence-life. You must complete the Housing Application by June 1.

**The New Student Deposit and Housing Deposit are non-refundable. On-campus housing is guaranteed for students who have paid their Housing Deposit by May 1. Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who pay their Housing Deposit after May 1.*

Step 3
Obtain your NetID

Your NetID is your Montclair State email account login ID and your ID for other web-based University systems. You will receive an email with instructions once your New Student Deposit is processed. Establish (claim) your NetID by visiting netid.montclair.edu. Please note, your NetID cannot be claimed until you submit your New Student Deposit.

Step 4
Attend orientation

The Office of Academic Success and Retention Programs (ASRP) coordinates all of Montclair State’s orientation programs. All new students must attend a MANDATORY orientation session.

Register for the orientation experience designed to support your introduction to the University. All incoming first-year students must register for the Montclair State Orientation Experience. For more information, please call the Office of Academic Success and Retention Programs at 973-655-4162.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) scholars: register online. All incoming adult students should contact the Office of ASRP at 973-655-4162 for orientation information and next steps.

Registration for Orientation and Orientation Dates will become available around April 1. 

Step 5
Complete the First-year Course Enrollment Questionnaire

To assist in making a smooth transition to life as a Red Hawk, all newly admitted first-year students are pre-enrolled in courses for their first semester.  All schedules are created by an academic advisor in consultation with your academic department.  Completion of this step is required and will assist the academic advisor in preparing your course schedule.

The enrollment questionnaire will ask you to assess your writing skills, let us know what pre-college courses you have taken (if any), what course areas you are interested in taking at Montclair State University and additional academic goal information.

You will not be registered for classes until your First-year Course Enrollment Questionnaire is completed.  All Fall 2018 students must complete the questionnaire by Thursday, June 1.

The Fall 2018 First-year Course Enrollment Questionnaire will become available online shortly. For Spring 2018 students, please complete the online survey as soon as possible.

Additional information regarding first-year student enrollment can be found on the Center for Advising & Student Transitions website.

Step 6
Register for placement testing

All first-year students need to complete the appropriate placement testing — or receive exemption — prior to registering for coursework. Taking the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) allows us to assess your current level of academic preparedness. Montclair State administers the Accuplacer for a placement test in reading and mathematics. Students whose majors require General Chemistry I must also take the Chemistry Readiness Test.

Complete and submit the online Placement Test Reply Form. It is important to note that if, after taking the reading portion of the MSUPT, it is determined that you need further remediation, you will have to complete the required remedial reading course. The remedial reading course must be taken in the summer prior to fall entry or the winter prior to spring entry. Students who are required to complete the remedial reading course will not be able to enroll in classes until the class is completed. More information about our reading remediation policy can be found on the academic assessment website listed above. This supports your best start possible at Montclair State. Incoming first-year students may also need to take a foreign language placement test.

Step 7
Submit your final transcripts

Your final high school transcripts (with graduation date) and AP and CLEP scores must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPTS TO:

Montclair State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Step 8
Pay your student account

Montclair State University offers a variety of tuition payment options to suit your needs.

Step 9
Complete Mandatory Health Requirements

The University Health Center oversees all mandatory health requirements for student enrollment. After you commit to Montclair State University and submit your New Student Deposit and before you join us on campus in the fall, you will need to:

  1. Download and print the immunization forms from the University Health Center
  2. Have your health care provider complete and sign the forms. Records from your high school or another university may be submitted in place of these forms.
  3. Enter your immunization record information from the forms into the online My Health application. Scan and upload your paperwork into the My Health portal. Please note that the University Health Center is no longer accepting documentation in paper form. Therefore, please do not mail completed forms to the University. Instead, scan and upload all documents online in the portal.
  4. Assure adequate health insurance coverage. All full-time Montclair State students are required to have health insurance coverage. Montclair State will automatically enroll you in the Student Health Insurance Plan provided through the University. If you have private health insurance coverage, you must waive this enrollment by showing proof of other insurance. You can waive the enrollment and health insurance premium fee by going to firststudent.com and completing the waiver process.