Overview: Montclair State University

Montclair State was founded in 1908 as the New Jersey State Normal School in Montclair and conferred degrees to its first class of 45 graduates in 1910. Today, it is the second largest University in New Jersey, one of four public research institutions in the state, and a leading institution of higher education ranked among the top 200 national universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s ten colleges and schools offer more than 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels to a total of 21,000 students, divided into approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. Some 5,200 students are resident on campus.  The University offers all the resources of a leading public research institution. A student-to-teacher ratio of 17 to 1 and average class size of 23 provide students with individualized attention from a top-tier faculty. Campus life is vibrant and varied. Student athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports. More than 120 organizations and clubs serve student interests.

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The university’s long tradition of civic engagement has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its Community Engaged Campus designation.

An established leader in educational innovation, Montclair State was the first New Jersey state college to offer master’s degrees and the first of New Jersey’s nine state colleges to offer a doctoral program. The university also broadcast the nation’s first educational television programs. Its New Jersey School of Conservation is the nation’s largest and oldest university-operated environmental education center. The campus is home to a number of leading-edge centers, including: the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health; the ADP Center for Learning Technologies; the Center for Research and Evaluation in Education and Human Services; the Center for Child Advocacy; the Center for Clinical Services; the Passaic River Institute; the PSEG Institute of Sustainability Studies; the Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences; the Center for Cooperative Media; and the innovative Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.  Its new Ultra HD TV production studios, built in cooperation with SONY, are unequaled at any campus in the nation.

Combining the advantages of a large university – comprehensive course choices, world-class teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse community – with the personal attention of a much smaller school, Montclair State offers unmatched intellectual and cultural opportunities for students from the undergraduate to doctoral levels.