Accepted Student Checklist

‌You've been accepted, now it's time to take the next step to becoming a Red Hawk! Please be sure to review your supplemental items depending on your application type (freshman, transfer, international, EOF, military, adult). Readmit students, please follow the Readmit Student Checklist.

Getting Started – To help you navigate the enrollment process, we've prepared the following checklist:

Select your application type:

Freshmen | Transfer | International | EOF | Adult Students | Military | Readmit


Freshman

1. Know your Campus Wide ID (CWID) and Pin

Your Campus-Wide ID (CWID) and PIN are your key 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 online Candidate’s Reply Form and New Student Deposit. If you misplace your CWID and PIN, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (973) 655-4444 or msuadm@mail.montclair.edu for assistance.

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

To reserve your place at Montclair State, simply complete the online ‌Candidate Reply Form and non-refundable New Student Deposit* payment process at montclair.edu/admissions/deposit.

If you are planning to live on campus, you will also submit your non-refundable Housing Deposit* at this time or at some time before May 1, 2016, for guaranteed housing. Once your New Student Deposit and Housing Deposit are processed, you may complete the online Housing Application. Go to montclair.edu/residence-life and click “Housing Assignments” from the top navigation tabs to access the application.

Please note: the Housing Application for Fall 2016 entry will be available on April 15, 2016.

*May 1, 2016, is the final deadline for the New Student Deposit and Housing Deposit.  The New Student Deposit and Housing Deposit are non-refundable.

3. Obtain your NetID

Your NetID is your Montclair State email account login ID and your ID for other web-based University systems. Establish (claim) your NetID by visiting netid.montclair.edu. Please note, your NetID cannot be claimed until your New Student Deposit is submitted to us and processed.

4. Complete Mandatory Health Requirements

The University Health Center (montclair.edu/university-health-center) oversees all mandatory health requirements for student enrollment. As part of your enrollment at Montclair State, you will need to:

  • Download and print the immunization forms from the University Health Center website: montclair.edu/university-health-center/immunizations (a copy was also included with your acceptance letter).
  • 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.)
  • Enter your immunization record information from the forms into the online My Health application.
  • Mail the completed and signed forms to:

Montclair State University Health Center Immunization Program
1 Normal Avenue, Blanton Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

Students are not compliant until the immunization record information is submitted online, the actual forms are received by the University Health Center, and the information is validated.

  • 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. Details about the Montclair State University Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at firststudent.commontclair.edu/university-health-center, or montclair.edu/student-accounts.

Deadlines

  • Fall Entry
    • General Requirements: May 15
    • Residential Requirements: May 15
  • Spring Entry
    • Due two weeks after enrollment and/or housing deposit submission

Failure to comply with requirements and deadlines will prevent course registration and/or housing eligibility.

5. 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 found at montclair.edu/academic- assessment. From this page, click the “Assessment and Testing” tab in the left navigation to review the criteria and policy for testing (or exemption from testing) and to complete and submit the 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 for 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. Visit flp.montclair.edu to view the requirements and register for the placement test, if required.

6. Review, Complete and Submit the Mandatory Writing Assignment

Update: This assessment is not required prior to enrollment. Please see below for details.

Given the challenging academic programs at Montclair State University, students need to take the writing courses that will enable them to best succeed in their academic careers. To place students in the appropriate writing course, all incoming freshman will be evaluated during the first week of their College Writing I course. Course placement will not be final until the evaluation process has been completed in the first weeks of the semester.

7. Attend Orientation

The Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) coordinates 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. Go to montclair.edu/undergraduate-orientation to register online. For more information, please call the Center for Advising and Student Transitions: (973) 655-7114. Registration for all orientations will be available in April, 2016.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) scholars. Go to: montclair.edu/eof to register online. All incoming adult students, contact (973) 655-4162 for orientation/next steps.

Save Time! Submit your own photo for your University ID card

On orientation day, avoid waiting in lines to have your photo taken for your University ID card by submitting your photo ahead of time. Submit a photo of your choice (providing criteria are met/photo is accepted), and your ID card will be distributed to you during orientation.  No rushing, no waiting in line.  

  1. Upload a file through the Online Card Office 
    • Under 'Navigate', click 'Photo Upload' and log in with your Net ID
  2. Use the Montclair State University Red Hawk Dollars app to take your photo and upload through the app (Android and Apple devices).
    • Log in with your Net ID, click 'Manage Account', click 'Change Photo' to proceed

Helpful hint: Stand against a solid, light colored wall, look straight ahead, have someone take a photo with the flash on (selfies tend to look distorted), crop the photo allowing space above the top of your head to the top of your shoulders.

You must have activated your Net ID and had your Admissions Deposit credited to you WESS account 48 hours prior to submitting your photo. Photos must be uploaded 2 business days prior to orientation.

8. 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

9. Pay your Student Account

Montclair State University offers a variety of tuition payment options to suit your needs. Please visit the payment options web page at montclair.edu/student-accounts/payment-information/payment-options for full details on when bills are generated and how payment can be made.

10. Attend an Accepted Student Day

April 10, 2016, or April 17, 2016

11. ‘Like’ the Class of 2020 Facebook Page

facebook.com/montclairstateuniversityclass2020

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Transfer 

1. Know Your CWID

Your Campus-Wide Identifier (CWID) and PIN are your key to becoming a Montclair State student. These were assigned to you when you were accepted to the University. You will find the CWID on the bottom of your admissions decision letter. Your PIN is your six-digit birthday (MM/DD/YY). You will use the CWID and PIN to take the next step: submitting your online New Student Deposit. If you misplace your CWID or need help with your PIN, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or msuadm@mail.montclair.edu for assistance.

2. Let Us Know You’re Coming!

Submit your non-refundable New Student Deposit online at montclair.edu/admissions/deposit. If you are interested in campus housing, you may also submit your non-refundable housing deposit online at this time. Once your deposits are processed, you may complete the online housing application (available on April 15.) Go to the Residence Life website and click "Housing Assignments" from the top navigation tabs to access the online application.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW STUDENT AND HOUSING DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

3. Obtain your NetID

Your NetID is your Montclair State email account login ID and your ID for other web-based University systems. Establish (claim) your NetID by visiting netid.montclair.edu. Please note, your NetID cannot be established before your New Student Deposit is submitted to us and processed.

4. Complete Mandatory Health Requirements

The University Health Center (montclair.edu/university-health-center) oversees all mandatory health requirements for student enrollment. As part of your enrollment at Montclair State, you will need to:

  • Download and print the immunization forms from the University Health Center website: montclair.edu/university-health-center/immunizations (a copy was also included with your acceptance letter).
  • 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.)
  • Enter your immunization record information from the forms into the online My Health application.
  • Mail the completed and signed forms to:

Montclair State University Health Center Immunization Program
1 Normal Avenue, Blanton Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

Students are not compliant until the immunization record information is submitted online, the actual forms are received by the University Health Center, and the information is validated.

  • 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. Details about the Montclair State University Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at firststudent.commontclair.edu/university-health-center, or montclair.edu/student-accounts.

Deadlines

  • Fall Entry
    • General Requirements: May 15
    • Residential Requirements: May 15
  • Spring Entry
    • Due two weeks after enrollment and/or housing deposit submission

Failure to comply with requirements and deadlines will prevent course registration and/or housing eligibility.

5. Register for Placement Testing

All adult learners and transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours 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. From this page, click the "Assessment and Testing" tab in the left navigation to review the criteria and policy for testing (or exemption from testing) and to complete and submit the form. It is important to note that if, after taking the reading position of the MSUPT, it is determined that you need further remediation, you will have to complete the required remedial reading course prior to enrollment at Montclair State.

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 transfer students and adult learners may also need to take a foreign language placement test. Visit flp.montclair.edu to view the requirements and register for the placement test, if required.

6. Attend Orientation/Register for Classes

All new students must attend a MANDATORY orientation session. Register for the orientation experience designed to support your introduction to the University.

All incoming transfer students with 30 or more credits must register for Transfer Student Orientation. Register for Transfer Student Orientation online. For more information, please call Academic Success and Retention programs at (973) 655-4162.

All incoming transfer students with 29 or fewer credits must register for the Montclair State Orientation Experience. Register online for Orientation. For more information, please call the Center for Advising and Student Transitions: (973) 655-7114.

All incoming adult learners and Veteran/Military students must register for Adult and Veteran Orientation. Please call (973) 655-4162 for more information and to register.

Save Time! Submit your own photo for your University ID card

On orientation day, avoid waiting in lines to have your photo taken for your University ID card by submitting your photo ahead of time. Submit a photo of your choice (providing criteria are met/photo is accepted), and your ID card will be distributed to you during orientation.  No rushing, no waiting in line.  

  1. Upload a file through the Online Card Office 
    • Under 'Navigate', click 'Photo Upload' and log in with your Net ID
  2. Use the Montclair State University Red Hawk Dollars app to take your photo and upload through the app (Android and Apple devices).
    • Log in with your Net ID, click 'Manage Account', click 'Change Photo' to proceed

Helpful hint: Stand against a solid, light colored wall, look straight ahead, have someone take a photo with the flash on (selfies tend to look distorted), crop the photo allowing space above the top of your head to the top of your shoulders.

You must have activated your Net ID and had your Admissions Deposit credited to your account 48 hours prior to submitting your photo. Photos must be uploaded 2 business days prior to orientation.

7. Review your Degree Audit* (Formerly known as Analysis of Academic Progress)

To understand how courses are transferred to Montclair State and their course equivalency, log into the NEST student services website at montclair.edu/nest. Enter your CWID and you PIN. Select “Degree Audit” from the homepage.

*Your audit will be available for review online within approximately 10 business days after acceptance notification.

Transfer Credit Appeals Process

8. Submit your Final Transcripts

Transfer students: Your final college and high school transcripts must be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The high school transcript requirement is waived for applicants who have earned an associate degree or 60-plus credits from a four-year institution.

Please submit your final transcripts to:

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

9. Pay your Student Account

Montclair State University offers a variety of tuition payment options to suit your needs. Please visit the payment options web page for full details on when bills are generated and how payment can be made.

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International

In addition to the Freshmen or Transfer checklists at the top of this webpage, all accepted international students must complete the following:

You must complete the I-20 Application‌ before arriving at Montclair State University.

Complete Your Placement Test Reply Forms

Placement tests are administered to many incoming freshmen to establish the course level for each student. Some students are exempt from the placement tests. Please review the exemption criteria and indicate your status by completing and checking the appropriate line on the Placement Test Reply Form within one week of submitting a deposit.

Review the Foreign Language Placement Announcement and complete the registration form.

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EOF

In addition to the general checklist at the top of the page, all accepted EOF Freshmen students must complete the following:

Submit the Financial Aid Form

For final acceptance into the EOF program and also to be considered for federal and state financial aid, as well as any merit or non-merit-based scholarships, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form by the MARCH 1 PRIORITY DEADLINE.

Review the Financial Aid Checklist to ensure you have done all that is required.

Complete Your Placement Test Reply Forms

Placement tests are administered to many incoming freshmen to establish the course level for each student. Some students are exempt from the placement tests. Please review the exemption criteria and indicate your status by completing and checking the appropriate line on the Placement Test Reply Form within one week of submitting your tuition deposit.

Review the Foreign Language Placement Announcement and complete the registration form.

Attend Six-Week Summer Academy

First-year EOF scholars enrolling in the fall under the provisions of the EOF Program are required to attend the Residential Summer Academy, a rigorous six-week institute designed to assist students with the successful academic and social transition to the University experience.

EOF Transfer Students: Follow the Transfer Application Requirements and have the EOF Office at your current institution submit a "Transfer of Aid" form.

For questions regarding this process, please contact the Admissions EOF Counselor or visit the EOF webpage.

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Adult Students

In addition to the general checklist at the top of this webpage, all accepted adult students must complete the following:

Complete Your Placement Test Reply Forms

All entering adult students are required to submit a Placement Test Reply Form. Adult students with less than 24 credit hours will need to complete the appropriate placement testing to determine proper course placement in reading, writing, or math. Adult students with 24 or more earned credit hours should indicate their exemption from basic skills testing in reading, writing, or math as per policy. Please review the exemption criteria and indicate your status by completing and checking the appropriate line on the Placement Test Reply Form within one week of submitting your New Student deposit.

Review the Foreign Language Placement Announcement and complete the registration form.

Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for federal and state financial aid, as well as any merit or non-merit-based scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the MARCH 1 DEADLINE.

Review the Financial Aid Checklist to ensure you have done all that is required.

Review your Degree Audit* (Formerly known as Analysis of Academic Progress)

As an adult student, you will able to access your Degree Audit (i.e. Credit Evaluation) within 10 business days from the receipt of your acceptance letter. The credit evaluation will tell you how your courses are transferring over and what courses you have left to complete in order to receive your degree from Montclair State.

To understand how courses are transferred to Montclair State and their course equivalency, log into the NEST student services website at montclair.edu/nest. Enter your CWID and you PIN. Select “Degree Audit” from the homepage.

*Your audit will be available for review online within approximately 10 business days after acceptance notification.

Meet the Coordinator for Academic Success Programs & Register for Classes

All Adult Learning students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Coordinator for Academic Success Programs upon admission to the University. During your first appointment you will have the opportunity to gain insight into course registration, learn specific information about your major requirements, and become better prepared for your academic career at Montclair State University.

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Military

All accepted active military and veteran students should complete the checklist which corresponds with the submitted application, either Freshmen or Transfer.

Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for federal and state financial aid, as well as any merit or non-merit-based scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the MARCH 1 DEADLINE.

Review the Financial Aid Checklist to ensure you have done all that is required.

Additional Info

The Office of Student Financial Aid works closely with the Buffalo Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office to assist veterans and service members with educational benefit applications and the certification process. An Accepted Vet/Military GI Checklist is available to assist you with the process.

Montclair State University is a Yellow Ribbon School. Please see the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for program specifics.

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website and review the various education benefits administered by the VA. This website will provide:

1. If you are considering switching to the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), please be aware that it is an irrevocable decision when you elect to relinquish one of the other VA benefit programs (Chapter 30, 1606, 1607).
2. If you are unclear about which program would best suit your needs, we suggest you contact the VA in writing. Montclair State University is unable to provide this type of advice because the VA determines each individual’s eligibility based on military records. We also suggest you keep a copy of their response for your records.
3. Visit the Veterans Online Application Website (VONAPP) to apply for benefits. If you have any questions when you are completing the form, please call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
4. Once you receive your certification from the VA, make an appointment to see Mr. Kenneth Key, Veterans Certifying Officer for Montclair State University. Mr. Key can be reached at (973) 655-4462. His office is located in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, College Hall Room 100. Bring a copy of your certification and your DD214.
5. Any changes to your schedule must be immediately reported to Mr. Key. IMPORTANT: If you withdrawal from a course, you will be responsible for any overpayment made by the VA on your behalf.

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