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) listed below the general checklist. Readmit students, please follow the Readmit Student Checklist.

Join the Red Hawk Community

Connect with us on social media to meet your fellow new Red Hawks, participate in contests, and stay up to date with announcements, deadline reminders, and other important information relevant to current and interested students.

Let Us Know You’re Coming

Complete the Candidate Reply Form found in your Acceptance Packet and submit it with the appropriate deposit by the MAY 1 DEADLINE.

Obtain your NetID

Each student is assigned a NetID which functions as both your email address and log-on to many Montclair State University systems. In order to complete many other steps in this checklist, you MUST complete this step first. Follow instructions at netid.montclair.edu.

Attend Orientation/Register for Classes:

The Center for Advising and Student Transitions coordinates the Orientation programs. All new students must attend a MANDATORY Orientation session. Please select the appropriate link below to register for the orientation experience designed to support your introduction to the University.

The Red Hawk 411 - All incoming freshman students are required to attend.

Transfer Student Orientation- All incoming transfer students are required to attend.

Adult Success Orientation- All incoming adult learning students are required to attend.

EOF Students- Educational Opportunity Fund program students are required to attend the six-week Summer College program.

Complete Mandatory Medical Paperwork

All incoming students are required to submit the Montclair State University Immunization Form. Please bring this form to your physician for completion. Students transferring to Montclair State may forward their medical documents from their previous institution to the University Health Center to satisfy this mandatory policy. For further information, plese visit the University Health Center webpage.

Complete Your Housing Application Form

Students who have paid their tuition deposit ($225) and housing deposit ($300) must fill out housing forms. Housing is guaranteed to those who submit deposits by the May 1 deadline.
Please note: housing is for the full academic year, both fall and spring semesters. Students will be notified via their Montclair State email account and have five days to cancel their agreement, otherwise they will be held to the full academic year.

Pay Your Student Account

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

Submit Your Final Transcripts

Your final transcripts, AP scores, and/or college transcripts must be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. If your courses were still in progress at the time of your acceptance, or if you would like to receive credit for courses that you have taken, we MUST have the official transcript. All accepted transfer students are highly encouraged to submit their final high school transcript to the University to ensure proper placement into foreign language courses. Transfer students with fewer than 30 credits must submit test scores and a high school transcript with graduation date as well.

Please submit your final transcript to:

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

 

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


Freshmen

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

Complete Your Placement Test Reply Forms

Placement tests are administered to incoming freshmen to establish the proper 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 tuition deposit.

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

Select Your Learning Community

An online Learning Community selection tool will be available in mid-April. You must make your selection by June 4. Learning Community assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the learning community website for more information.

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 Office's checklist to ensure you have done all that is required.


Transfer

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

Complete and submit your questionnaire

If not already completed, transfer students must submit the Transfer Student Questionnaire.

Complete Your Placement Test Reply Forms

All entering transfer students are required to submit a Placement Test Reply Form. Transfer 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. Transfer students with 24 or more earned credit hours should indicate their exemption from basic skills testing in readin, 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 tuition deposit.

Review your Analysis of Academic Progress

As a transfer student, you will able to access your Analysis of Academic Progress (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 learn more about the Analysis of Academic Progress and how to access it, visit the Academic Success & Retention Programs website.

By comparing the information on your Analysis to the courses being offered during the upcoming semester, you will have the foundational tools needed to build your schedule through WESS following your mandatory Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) experience.

Transfer Credit Appeals Process

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.


International

In addition to the general checklist 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.


EOF

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

Submit the Finanical 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.


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 studens 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 ecemption 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 tuition 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 Analysis of Academic Progress

As an adult student, you will able to access your Analysis of Academic Progress (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 learn more about the Analysis of Academic Progress and how to access it, visit the Academic Success & Retention Programs website.

By comparing the information on your Analysis to the courses being offered during the upcoming semester, you will have the foundational tools neeeded to build your schedule through WESS during your initial meeting with the Coordinator of Academic Success Programs.

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.


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. A 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.