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Important Deadlines

Freshman applicants

Application type Deadline Notification date
Rolling Admission March 1 Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 1

Transfer applicants

Application type Deadline Notification date
Fall admission (September start) May 1 2-4 weeks after completion of application
Spring admission (January start) November 15 2-4 weeks after completion of application

Students seeking readmission to the University

Application type Deadline Notification date
Fall admission (September start) August 1 2-4 weeks after completion of application
Spring admission (January start) December 1 2-4 weeks after completion of application

Visiting students

Visiting students may submit an application up to the last day of the course drop/add registration period (typically 10 days after the start of the semester). To ensure timely processing of the application, visiting students should complete an application well in advance of this period.


Application Details

Below you'll find specific information related to applications.  Please use these links to guide you:

NJ Dream Act | Freshmen | Transfer | Adult Students (25+ years) | EOF | International Students |Military and Veteran | Non-Degree | Readmission | Second Bachelor's Degree | Unemployment Tuition Waiver | Visiting Students | Graduate

New Jersey Dream Act

 

On December 20, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill 2479 referred to as the New Jersey Dream Act.

The Law, now in effect, allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to qualify for the in-state tuition rates at all of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education.

If you would like to apply for in-state tuition under the Dream Act, please print and complete the Montclair State University In-State Tuition Request Affidavit. Additionally, please include a document with your full name, date of birth, current address, and the campus-wide identification number given when you begin an application.

Completed forms should be mailed to:

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

State of New Jersey Dream Act Eligibility Criteria:

  • Attended high school in this State for three or more years; AND
  • Graduated from a high school in this State or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this State; AND
  • Registers as an entering student or is currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Freshmen

Who is a Freshman (or First-Year) Applicant?

Most students enter Montclair State University as freshmen (first-year students) after graduating from high school. If you have not attended another accredited college or university, you should apply as a freshman. (Note: This does not apply to high school students who have taken courses at a college or university as part of their high school coursework.)

If you intend to apply through the Education Opportunity Fund Program, please review the EOF Admissions criteria.

Freshman Application Requirements

To be considered for freshman admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:

  • A completed application. Apply Now
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • A completed Admissions Essay
  • An official high school transcript (to be sent by your guidance counselor).
  • A letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor. (Additional letters of recommendation will be considered, but are not required).
  • Official SAT or ACT scores are optional. (Students submitting ACT scores only, must also take the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making an admissions decision.) To send your scores directly to Montclair State University, make sure to enter the appropriate code in the designated area of the SAT or ACT form. Students submitting SAT scores should enter our CEEB code (002520). Students submitting ACT scores should enter our ACT school code (2572).

If you are applying for any of the programs in the College of the Arts* - such as Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies or Broadcasting - you are required to complete an interview, audition or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission into these programs. If you are applying for Fashion Studies or Art History, no interview, audition or portfolio review is required.
*Please note that admission to Montclair State University does not guarantee acceptance into the program of your choice.

You will receive information about scheduling an interview, audition or portfolio review once your application for admission is complete.

Please send all documents and supporting materials to:

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

Freshman Admission Standards

Montclair State University considers a number of factors in reviewing an admissions application.  The most important of these factors is the student’s academic performance in high school, particularly the student’s high school GPA and the rigor of the courses taken (minimum course requirements plus additional, more comprehensive coursework as described below.)  

Other factors considered in our holistic review process include: strong letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors; a well-written, thoughtful admissions essay; a commitment to extra-curricular engagement (for example, community service, leadership in student organizations and athletics, performance and artistic activities, and part-time employment); and standardized test scores.  

Each application for admission to Montclair State University is reviewed individually, and the admissions process is a competitive one.  Each decision is made within the context of the whole applicant pool and the number of places available in our incoming class.

Applicants for admission are expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of a college-preparatory coursework as follows:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II)
  • 2 units of the same foreign language
  • 2 units of a laboratory science
  • 2 units of social sciences
  • 3 additional units in any of the subject areas above

Students are recognized in the admissions process for pursuing a challenging curriculum beyond the minimum required, including, for example:

  • Mathematics beyond Algebra II
  • Laboratory science beyond Chemistry
  • A third or fourth year of a foreign language
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • Honors courses

Our strongest candidates for admission possess a 3.2 or higher cumulative high school GPA on an un-weighted, 4.0 scale, a challenging course sequence (particularly in the junior and senior years), and a well-rounded extra-curricular resume.  Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if a student chooses to submit those scores, the scores will be considered in the admissions process.

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Transfer Admissions

Who is a Transfer Student?

A transfer student is anyone who has been enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school. Even if you withdrew from the institution and received no credit, you should still complete the application for transfer admission.

Transfer Application Requirements

In order to be considered for transfer admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:

  • A completed transfer admission application. Apply Now
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • An official transcript from ALL regionally accredited colleges and/or universities previously attended.
  • An official high school transcript. All transfer students must submit an official high school transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed or will have completed an Associate's degree. (Students with less than 30 completed college credits may also submit SAT and/or ACT scores. Students submitting ACT scores, only, must also have taken the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making an admissions decision.)
  • A Personal Statement and listing of any courses in progress (submitted online in the application).
  • A completed Transfer Student Questionnaire.

Additionally, if you are applying for any of the programs in the College of the Arts - Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies or Broadcasting - you are required to complete an interview, audition, or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission into these programs. If you are applying for Fashion Studies or Art History, no interview, audition or portfolio review is required.

Please note: BFA Musical Theatre & BFA Acting auditions are conducted for entrance in the fall semester only.

Please send all documents and supporting materials to:

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

Transfer Admissions Standards

We review each application individually. However, when considering an applicant for transfer admission, strong candidates for admission generally meet the following criteria:

  • A sustained, rigorous academic curriculum with an overall "B" average
  • A demonstrated interest in intended major by displaying academic success in the courses taken

If you have attended more than one regionally accredited college or university, the grade point average from all schools will be considered.

Specific Admissions Requirements by College/School

In addition to our general Transfer Admissions Standards, certain programs have their own specific standards for admission. These programs include:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Jurisprudence: Completion of 24 college-level credits and 3.0 GPA

College of Science and Mathematics

  • Biology: 3.0 GPA
  • Computer Science: 3.0 GPA
  • Science Informatics: 3.0 GPA

College of Education and Human Services

  • Athletic Training: 3.0 GPA (fall admission only)
  • Nutrition and Food Science
    • Dietetics Concentration - 3.2 GPA
  • Family and Child Studies (all concentrations): 3.0 GPA

School of Business

  • Accounting: 3.0 GPA AND the completion of at least 12 college level credits.
  • Business Administration (all concentrations) & Economics: 3.0 cumulative GPA AND the completion of at least 12 college level credits.

College of the Arts, John J. Cali School of Music, and the School of Communication & Media

  • Communication & Media Arts; Communication Studies: 3.0 GPA & interview
  • Filmmaking: 3.0 GPA & portfolio review
  • Graphic Design: Portfolio review
  • Television & Digital Media: 3.0 GPA & interview

Please Note: All other College of the Arts programs (with the exception of Fine Arts Art History & Fashion Studies) require an interview, audition, or portfolio review. Musical Theater and Theater Acting are for fall admission only. For more information, visit the student services portion of the College of the Arts webpage.

Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) Admission

Who is an EOF Applicant?

Montclair State's Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) program provides access for motivated state residents from underrepresented populations and areas who meet the income criteria and exhibit the potential for higher acheivement.

EOF Application Requirements

As an EOF freshman applicant, you must apply for entrance in the fall semester. EOF transfer students may apply for either the fall or spring semester.

In order to be considered for EOF admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:

EOF Freshmen:

  • A completed application. Please make sure that you choose the EOF Freshman Application type. Apply Now
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee or appropriate fee waiver.
  • An official high school transcript (to be sent by your guidance counselor).
  • A letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor. (Additional letters of recommendation will be considered, but are not required.)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores are optional (students submitting ACT scores, only, must also take the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making a decision). To send your scores directly to Montclair State University, indicate our CEEB Code (002520) in the designated area of the SAT or ACT form. 
  • A completed EOF Application Questionnaire.
  • Complete the financial component:
    • Order your 2012 IRS tax transcript and send it to us. If you or your parent or guardian did not file taxes for 2012, you must provide Verification of Non-filing. To order your 2012 IRS tax transcript or provide Verification of Non-filing, complete the the Tax Transcript Request form from the IRS website (www.irs.gov) or by contacting the IRS at 800-908-9946. If you complete the Transcript Request Form online, you can access your transcript, print a copy, and mail or fax it to us. Or, you can request that your tax transcript be sent to us directly from the IRS by completing for 4506-T as instructed on the website. Non-tax filers must submit proof of non-taxable income to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as instructed in the admissions application.
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online for academic year 2014-2015. Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may apply as early as January first and no later than March first. The school code for Montclair State University is 002617.
    • Complete the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) questionnaire on www.hesaa.org to determine your eligibility for New Jersey state aid. Please note, you must first register on this website using the "Register" button on the top righ banner of the page. The "Register" button is located in the "HESSA e-Access Portal" section.

Mail or fax your tax transcript to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ, 07043
Fax: (973) 655-7700

EOF Transfer Students:

Follow the transfer application requirements and have the EOF Office at your current institution submit a “Transfer of Aid” form, establishing your eligibility for the program. Please note that in order to be an EOF transfer student at Montclair State University, you must be an EOF student at your current institution.

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Adult Students

Who is an Adult Student Applicant?

An adult student applicant is someone who is at least 25 years old and who has never attended college or has not taken college-level courses in at least two years. An adult student applicant is someone who is interested in working toward a bachelor’s degree, either full or part-time.

Adult Student Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to Montclair State University as an adult student applicant, you must:

  • Follow the requirements for either freshman or transfer students (depending on your educational background) and submit all necessary documentation. Choose the "CAL Freshman" or "CAL Transfer" type of application when applying online: Apply Now.
  • Submit a Personal Statement that demonstrates what you have learned through formal education and/or life experiences.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your previous academic work or from someone who can comment on your background, experience, capacity to succeed and motivation (i.e. an employer, co-worker, former professor, etc.).

Adult Student Admission Standards

As an adult student applicant, your application will be considered based on a holistic review of the required credentials. In order for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to make an informed admissions decision on your admissibility, submit the following credentials in support of your application:

  • Official transcripts (high school and/or college, depending on your level of study)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Standardized test scores if available are optional. (SAT or ACT: Students submitting ACT scores, only, must have also take the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making a decision.)
  • Additional supporting documentation such as your résumé, awards, certificates, extra curricular activities

Though we take all factors into consideration when reviewing an adult student application, the Personal Statement is a particularly integral part of the admission process. Your ability to describe your activities and intentions in a clear, concise and thoughtful manner will be evaluated during the application review process. Full consideration and thought should be given to the Personal Statement. When crafting your Personal Statement, you should demonstrate what you have learned both from formal education and from life experiences. The Personal Statement provides you the opportunity to demonstrate the educational value of your experiences and how they should be evaluated against a college curriculum.

 

Older Adult Program (OLA) Application

To apply as an Older Adult (OLA) student for admission to undergraduate or graduate programs:
In all cases, formal acceptance to a specific Montclair State University undergraduate or graduate program is the sole criteria as to whether or not courses taken through OLA apply to degree or non-degree studies.

Undergraduate OLA Applicants:
OLA students who possess a high school diploma or a GED diploma, they may take undergraduate courses on a credit or non-credit basis.

  • Non-Degree Applicants: Students interested in taking courses for personal enrichment (non-degree classification), simply need to complete an OLA Non-Degree Application and submit an official transcript. To apply as an OLA student for admission to non-degree programs: Older Adult Student (OLA) Non-Degree application
  • Degree Seeking Applicants: Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree must submit a complete Undergraduate application and meet all of the necessary entrance requirements to the University. To apply as an OLA student for admission to an undergraduate program: Apply now.
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International Student Admission

Who is an International Student Applicant?

An international student applicant is someone who requires an F-1 student visa to enter the United States or is currently studying in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa. More information on obtaining a visa and additional services for international students can be found through our Office of International Services.

International Student Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to Montclair State University as an international student applicant, you must submit:

  • A completed application. Make sure to choose the international student application type. Apply Now
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • A TOEFL score of at least an 80 on the Internet-based test, a 213 on the computer-based test or a 550 on the paper-based test. (NOTE: The TOEFL requirement is only waived if you are a native English speaker or have completed a college-level English Composition course in the U.S. with a grade of "C" or better.) A score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS is also acceptable.
  • An academic evaluation and English translation of all coursework completed in another country. For potential freshmen, this is high school equivalent work. For potential transfer students, this is a course-by-course evaluation of college-level work.

The evaluation must come from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations, please visit www.naces.org/members.htm

International Student Admission Standards

International students should have academic preparation as indicated in the freshman and transfer student admissions standards. In addition, demonstrated English language competency is required for admission.

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Military/Veteran Admissions

Who is a Military/Veteran Applicant?

At Montclair State University a military or veteran student is anyone who is a United States veteran and/or retired military personnel, regardless of age, who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. All active (full-time) military personnel and current members of the National Guard or Reserve should also complete a Military/Veteran Student Application.

Legislation Concerning Military and Veteran Applicants

S-849 "New Jersey Tuition Equality for America's Military (NJTEAM) Act" passed the Senate Military & Veterans Affair Committee.
S-822, Requiring public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse application fees and transcript fees for veterans and members of the military, passed the Senate Military & Veterans Affair Committee.

There are two types of Veteran/Military Applicants:

  • Military/Veteran Freshman
    Eligible veterans and military personnel who have not attended a regionally accredited college or university (Regardless of ACE Credits).
  • Military/Veteran Transfer
    Eligible veterans and military personnel who have attended a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school, regardless of academic progress.

Military/Veteran Freshman Application Requirements

In order to be considered for Veteran/Military Freshman admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:

  • A completed application. Choose the "Vet/Military Freshman" type of application when applying online: Apply Now.
  • The application fee is waived for veterans.
  • An official high school transcript or GED scores (to be sent by your guidance counselor directly to Montclair State).
  • A personal statement describing your academic goals and indicating why you selected Montclair State.
  • Proof of veteran or military status. Active (full-time) military personnel and current members of the National Guard or Reserve, who are not veterans, must provide a copy of your military identification card. Veterans and retired military personnel must provide a copy of your DD 214 (Member 4 Copy) with a discharge character under conditions other than dishonorable. If the DD 214 is not available at the time of application, you may provide a copy of your discharge orders, a copy of your current orders, or other official paperwork indicating your ETS (estimated termination of service) date or EAS (end of active service) date. The DD 214 (Member 4 Copy) must be submitted prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores are optional. (Students submitting ACT scores, only, must also take the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making an admissions decision). To send your scores directly to Montclair State, indicate our CEEB Code (002520) in the designated area of the SAT or ACT form.

Additionally, if you are applying for any of the programs in the College of the Arts - Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies or Broadcasting - you are required to complete an interview, audition, or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission into these programs. However, if you are applying for Fashion Studies or Art History, no interview, audition or portfolio review is required. Click here for more information.

Please send all Admissions materials to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
ATTN: Alice Iversen

Military/Veteran Freshman Admission Standards

As a military/veteran student applicant, your application will be considered based on a holistic review of the required credentials. Please be advised that military/veteran students who do not meet our typical standards for freshman admission may be asked to submit additional information such as letters of recommendation. Also, all veterans and military personnel are encouraged to submit an American Council on Education (ACE) transcript, if available.

As a courtesy to our military/veteran students, you will be permitted to defer your application to a future semester without penalty should circumstances prevent you from attending during the semester to which you initially applied.

Although the University does have application deadlines, service members will be permitted to submit applications up to one week prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll.

Military/Veteran Transfer Application Requirements

In order to be considered for military/veteran transfer admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:

  • A completed application. Choose the "Vet/Military Transfer" type of application when applying online: Apply Now.
  • The application fee is waived for veterans.
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (to be sent by the institution directly to Montclair State). Note: If you have less than 24 completed college credits, you must submit your high school transcript and GED scores if applicable. SAT or ACT scores are optional.
  • A Personal Statement describing your academic goals and indicating why you selected Montclair State.
  • Proof of veteran or military status. Active (full-time) military personnel and current members of the National Guard or Reserve, who are not veterans, must provide a copy of your military identification card. Veterans and retired military personnel must provide a copy of your DD 214(Member 4 Copy) with a discharge character other than dishonorable. If the DD 214 (Membr 4 Copy) is not available at the time of application, you may provide a copy of your discharge orders, a copy of your current orders, or other official paperwork indicating your ETS (estimated termination of service) date or EAS (end of active service) date. The DD 214(Member 4 Copy) must be submitted prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment.
  • Additional supporting documentation such as your resume, ACE transcript, awards, certificates, etc. (Encouraged, but not required)

Additionally, if you are applying for any of the programs in the College of the Arts (such as Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies or Broadcasting), you are required to complete an interview, audition or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission into these programs. However, if you are applying for Fashion Studies or Art History, no interview, audition or portfolio review is required.

Please send all Admissions materials to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
ATTN: Alice Iversen

Military/Veteran Transfer Admission Standards

As a military/veteran student applicant, your application will be considered based on a holistic review of the required credentials. Please be advised that military/veteran students who do not meet our typical standards for transfer admission may be asked to submit information such as letters of recommendation. Also, all veterans and military personnel are encouraged to submit an American Council on Education (ACE) transcript, if available.

As a courtesy to our military/veteran students, you will be permitted to defer your application to a future semester without penalty, should circumstances prevent you from attending during the semester in which you initially applied.

Although the University does have application deadlines, service members will be permitted to submit applications up to one week prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll.

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Non-Degree Admission

Who is a Non-Degree Applicant?

You are a non-degree applicant if you are not interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree but are interested in taking one or two credit-bearing courses. To qualify for non-degree admission, you must have received a high school diploma or its equivalency at least two years prior to you submitting your application.

Please note: Students previously denied admission to the University are ineligible to apply as non-degree applicants.

Non-Degree Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to Montclair State University as a non-degree applicant, you must:

  • Complete and submit the Non-degree admission application.
  • Submit documentation showing proof of successful completion of your secondary education (a copy of your high school or equivalency diploma).
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $10.00 in the form of a check or money order drawn from a U.S. bank, made payable to Montclair State University.

Submit all materials to:

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

Important Information for Non-Degree Applicants

Admission to the non-degree classification does not guarantee acceptance into a Montclair State University undergraduate degree program. A maximum of 12 credits may be applied toward the degree if you should choose to matriculate. As a non-degree student, you are not eligible for credit evaluations or academic advising. A non-degree application is valid for one semester of classes only. If you wish to retain non-degree status for more than one semester, you must resubmit the Non-Degree Application.

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Readmission

Who is a Readmit Applicant?

Any student who fully matriculated to Montclair State University (anyone who was accepted and attended Montclair State as a freshman or transfer student, and not as a visiting or non-degree student) is considered a readmit applicant.

Readmit Application Requirements

In order to be considered for readmission, you will need to submit:

  • A completed application. Apply Now.
  • Proof that any pending holds have been satisfied (see guidelines below for more information).
  • Readmission Essay (review guidelines below to determine if your situation requires the essay).
  • College transcripts (review guidelines below to determine if you will need to submit new transcripts).

Be sure to review the Guidelines and Additional Materials section below to determine if you are eligible for readmission and if additional materials are required for your application.

Guidelines and Additional Materials

Eligibility for Readmission

  • Academic Furlough:
    Students placed on academic furlough are eligible to return after a one year absence. Students returning from furlough must complete the Readmission Essay. Upon return, you must earn a term GPA of 2.0 your first semester (summer session enrollment will be considered a semester), and you must raise your semester and cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0 by the end of your second semester. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you will be placed on Academic Dismissal.
  • Academic Suspension:
    Students placed on Academic Suspension are eligible to apply for readmission after a one year absence. Students returning from Academic Suspension must complete the Readmission Essay. Readmission is not automatic. Upon your return you must earn a term GPA of a 2.0 your first semester (summer session enrollment will be considered a semester), and you must raise your semester and cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0 by the end of your second semester. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you will be placed on Academic Dismissal.
  • Academic Dismissal:
    In general, students who have been academically dismissed will not be reinstated to the University except in extreme circumstances. Any eligibility is determined by the policy in effect at the time of the dismissal. Students placed on dismissal for the fall 2006 semester or after are ineligible to apply for readmission and cannot enroll in courses at Montclair State University under any circumstances.
  • Change of Major:
    Students wishing to change their major may do so only if they have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 and the program for which they are applying does not have any special admissions requirements. Most programs in the College of the Arts require either a departmental interview, portfolio review, or an audition. Both Business Administration and Computer Science require that a sequence of coursework be completed. Please review the Transfer Admission Requirements for information about majors with specific requirements.

Additional Materials and Information

  • Transfer credits:
    If you entered Montclair State University as a transfer student or you received transfer credits from another institution and more than three semesters have elapsed since leaving Montclair State, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in order to complete your file.
    If you attended another college/university since leaving Montclair State University, please have an official transcript sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Outstanding Debts/Obligations:
    Students who have outstanding bills or fines cannot be readmitted until the previous debts are paid. Students with any Wellness Holds on their records must have them cleared before readmission can be granted. If you have been away from the University for a period of less than two years, you should be able to check outstanding holds by logging into Web Enrollment Services for Students (WESS) at wfs.montclair.edu.
    If you are unable to log into WESS and you believe you have a hold, please contact the appropriate department (Student Accounts for an outstanding balance or the University Health Center for a Wellness Hold).
  • Readmission Essay:
    Students who left Montclair State University under Academic Suspension or Academic Furlough are required to submit the Readmission Essay. Please submit a typed essay that:
    • Outlines the reason(s) for your past unsatisfactory academic progress at Montclair State.
    • Discusses your activities since you left Montclair State (educational, employment, volunteer services).
    • Addresses your educational and career goals.
    • States your plan of action to ensure your success at Montclair State if you are granted readmission. The essay may be emailed directly to Julie Vitale, Admissions Counselor, at hilej@mail.montclair.edu. Please be sure to note “Readmission Essay” in the subject line of your email and include your full name and CWID number (if available) in the body of the essay
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Second Bachelor’s Admissions

Who is a Second Bachelor’s Applicant?

If you have already received a bachelor’s degree and your interests or goals have shifted, you may pursue a second bachelor’s degree at Montclair State University. Second bachelor degrees are not available in Teacher Education or Business Administration programs. For information regarding coursework in these areas, please see the Graduate School.

Second Bachelor’s Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to Montclair State University as a second bachelor’s applicant, you must submit:

  • A completed application (Select "Transfer Student" and indicate degree completion from your previous school). Apply Now.
  • An official transcript from ALL colleges and/or universities previously attended.
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • A personal statement.

Second Bachelor’s Admission Standards

To be considered for admission as a second bachelor’s applicant, you should have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of a "B" average. Please note that certain degree programs at Montclair State have specific standards for admission. For a complete listing of programs with specific standards, please reference the Transfer Admission Standards.

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Pre-Qualification to Apply for the Unemployment Tuition Waiver Program

Students interested in studying at Montclair State under the Unemployment Tuition Waiver are allowed to do so as non-degree-seeking students only, but they must meet the same academic standards required of degree-seeking students. This means that students with previous college work must meet the Transfer Student requirements, and student without previous college work must meet the Freshman Student requirements.

The Unemployment Tuition Waiver Program Application Survey

If you already have a bachelors degree, do not use this form. You must
go through the Graduate Admissions Process for Pre-Qualification

Please note the following:

  • Academic approval is granted for a single semester only. You must complete this process for each subsequent semester you wish to to be considered for the Unemployment Tuition Waiver Program.
  • Pre-qualification to study under the Unemployment Tuition Waiver permits you to enroll in a course(s) as a non-degree-seeking student if you are approved to receive the tuition waiver. It does not imply or guarantee acceptance into a degree-seeking program, which must be applied for separately after you are finished with your studies under the Unemployment Tuition Waiver program.
  • This application grants pre-qualification to study at the University in general. Additional authorization from the Tuition Waiver Director will be required to receive the tuition waiver.
  • Failure to provide full and accurate information on this form may result in a significant delay or inability to process your application.
  • A maximum of 12 credits taken under a non-degree status such as the Unemployment Tuition Waiver program may be applied toward the degree should a student choose to matriculate into a degree-seeking program.

View additional details on this program and eligibility.

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Visiting Student Admission

Who is a Visiting Student Applicant?

If you are an undergraduate student (you have not been awarded a bachelor’s degree) who is currently enrolled and in good academic standing at a regionally accredited college or university, you are eligible to enroll as a visiting student. Enrollment as an undergraduate visiting student is a temporary status that Montclair State University makes available to students who are matriculated at other institutions.

Visiting Student Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to Montclair State University as visiting student applicant, you must submit:

  • A completed Visiting Student Application. Apply Now.

Important Information for Visiting Student Applicants:

The status of “visiting student” is limited to a maximum of two semesters, excluding summer sessions. After two semesters as a visiting student, you must file an application for admission to a degree program and be accepted before further enrollment will be permitted. If you have been denied regular admission to Montclair State University, you are not eligible to be a visiting student during the semester for which you applied. The Visiting Student Application Form is valid for one semester of classes only. A new form must be submitted each semester.

The Visiting Student Application becomes available approximately two months prior to the start of a semester. Once processed, you will be eligible to register for open courses during the online registration periods. If you are intending to enroll in the Fall or Spring semester, you can register for classes approximately two weeks before the start of the semester. If you intend to register for classes during the summer, you will be able to register in April, after completing the application. As a Visiting Student during the summer, you will be charged a one-time, $25 processing fee for the entire Summer Session upon your initial registration for one or more courses. For more specific information regarding Summer Sessions please refer to, www.montclair.edu/sssp/visitingstudent/ .

Registration may be completed up to and including the first meeting of the course as long as the course is open. It is advised that you register early to decrease the possibility of being closed out of classes. However, the University cannot guarantee that your preferred schedule will be available.

Registering For Classes:

If your application status on WESS is listed as "QA," then your application has been processed. You may then register for classes two weeks prior to the start of the semester by logging in to student services.

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Homeschool Admissions

Requirements For Homeschooled Students

In order to be considered for Homeschool Admission to Montclair State University, you will need to submit:
•    A completed application. Apply Now
•    A $65 non-refundable application fee.

Homeschool Admission Standards

As a Homeschooled applicant, you are required to have completed the following high school courses with satisfactory grades:
•    4 units of English
•    3 units of math (in the Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II sequence)
•    2 units of the same foreign language
•    2 units of lab sciences
•    2 units of social sciences
•    3 units of academic electives (which may include additional units of math, languages, sciences or social sciences.)

General Criteria

We review each application individually; however, when considering an applicant for Homeschool Admission, certain minimum standards are followed. Strong candidates for admission generally meet the following criteria:

•    A GPA of 3.1 or greater in the required curriculum.
•    High school transcripts OR GED scores.

As a Homeschooled applicant in addition to meeting the general criteria the following below are required:

•    A personal interview with an Admissions Counselor.
•    Submit two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your previous academic work or from someone who can comment on your background, experience, capacity to succeed and motivation (i.e. an employer, co-worker, someone from your community, etc.).
•    Explain your reasons for seeking admission to Montclair State University, including what you believe are your academic strengths and interests. Be certain to explain any situations that may have had an impact, either positively or negatively, on your academic record. List significant activities in which you have participated.

 

For questions regarding application requirements or criteria, contact our coordinator for Homeschool applicants, Alice Iversen.

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Who is a Graduate Applicant?

You are a graduate applicant if you have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. For more information about graduate admission, please visit the website for The Graduate School.

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