College Search & Montclair State

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions looks forward to meeting you and doing what we can to help you explore Montclair State. Your college search is unique, to be sure. But here are some qualities many of our prospective students desire as they select their "best fit" universities.

Quality: I'm a strong student, but I'm concerned my admissions decision will be based primarily on my SAT or ACT scores.
Montclair State: In August, 2014, Montclair State became the first public college in New Jersey to adopt a test-optional admissions policy. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions uses a holistic review process, meaning each piece of an application is considered for review, with the most emphasis placed on the high school transcript. Find out more about the test-optional policy.

Quality: I want to feel comfortable at school, but I also want to learn, grow and experience new things in college.
Montclair State: It’s all here. Montclair State’s beautiful, intimate, 250-acre campus will make you feel right at home. The University’s commitment to diversity, tolerance and compassion, will make sure students from all walks of life feel welcomed and respected. At the same time, the extraordinarily wide range of educational possibilities on offer at Montclair State will expose you to thoughts and ideas you had never considered before.

Quality: I have a very specific interest/hobby/specialty; I need to find the right school for me personally.
Montclair State: Whether you’re looking to perfect your talent in one of our nationally recognized arts programs, or gain valuable experience on the cutting edge of new technology like our graphic design students, it’s all here. Whether you’re a serious athlete looking to compete on one of our many NCAA nationally ranked intercollegiate sports teams, or a weekend warrior who wants to take advantage of all that the extensive intramural program has to offer, it’s all here. With over 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs, and countless other teams, clubs, organizations and out of classroom research and internship opportunities, whatever it is you’re looking for is all here.  

Quality: I want a nice college campus feel, but I don't want to go to school in the middle of nowhere.
Montclair State: At Montclair State, you can enjoy the beautiful, tree-lined, 250-acre suburban campus while remaining within minutes of New York City, one of the world’s most thriving metropolitan cultural centers. Downtown Montclair and the surrounding communities are also hubs of culture. Even more remote locations like the Delaware Water Gap, Stokes Forest, and the Berkshires are within driving distance.

Quality: I want to get the full college experience, but I’ve heard so many college horror stories about cramped living quarters and broken-down residence halls that I'm worried about being comfortable.
Montclair State: No matter what your housing preference, it’s all here.  From traditional residence halls where students are housed with their classmates, to our brand new, state-of-the-art, suite-style residential community "The Heights," to apartment-style living for upperclassmen, the wide array of housing options means we have the right residential community for any student.

Quality: I love Montclair State University, but I want to be sure it isn't a “suitcase school.”
Montclair State: The Montclair State of today includes nearly 5,000 students who live on campus full-time in a wide variety of residential communities. A trip to Montclair State’s vibrant campus on any Friday or Saturday night will show a lively weekend experience. In fact, we encourage you to come see for yourself just how much fun our campus community is. Beginning fall 2013, we’ll be hosting prospective students at overnight events in our residence halls. Come see for yourself what living on campus is all about!

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