Undergraduate Specific Resources

Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST)

The Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) serves as the primary advising resource for freshmen and undeclared sophomores as well as students in transition. CAST supports student’s transitional needs by working collaboratively with all University partners in taking a proactive role in the educational process of our students. We help students make informed decisions about courses required for their major, how to choose an academic major, and how to think critically about their future goals.

Academic Advising
Freshmen and undeclared sophomore students are assigned a CAST academic advisor who will guide them in reaching their academic goals. Undeclared sophomores keep their CAST advisor until they declare a major. CAST also provides advising for military veterans and students transitioning between majors.

Advising Services and Programs
CAST programs have been especially designed to promote students academic, personal, and social development at Montclair State University.  Our initiatives enhance students learning experiences both in and outside the classroom. These programs include:

  • New Student and Family Orientation
    Provides information to new students about life at Montclair State University and helps them learn about institutional policies and procedures, and explore academic opportunities.
  • Peer Leader Program
    Peer Leaders are Montclair State University undergraduate students who posses leadership qualities and have a desire to be a first-year student advocates. Peer Leaders provide support during New Student Orientation and other first-year programs. Students interested in being a Peer Leader must meet the positions qualifications, apply, and complete a training program once they are hired.
  • Peer Advisor Program
    The Peer Advisor Program is an extension of the existing Peer Leadership Program. This program was designed to allow Peer Leaders the opportunity to work with the Center for Advising & Student Transitions and serve as Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors work in close cooperation with the academic advisors to provide a level of service and augment the current model of advising.
  • Learning Communities
    Learning Communities offer you a unique opportunity to build relationships with other students, faculty, and staff. Learning Communities consist of linked courses for first-year students that meet General Education Requirements. Participating in Learning Communities will allow you to make friends, form study groups, and enhance your academic performance. You are eligible to participate in Learning Communities whether you are a resident for a commuter student.
  • New Student Seminar
    GNED-199: New Student Seminar is a one-credit General Education requirement aimed at assisting students in building the necessary skills to achieve academic success. You will be enrolled in this course during the first semester at Montclair State University along with other students from your Learning Community. Topics covered in the course include study skills, time management, diversity, health and wellness, and critical thinking.
  • Student Academic Progress Program (SAPP)
    SAPP provides advising and support services for students on academic action by helping them become motivated, self-directed, and a successful learner in order to achieve good academic standing at the university.
  • The Step-Up Program
    Step –Up offers academic support for freshmen and sophomore students who have an overall GPA that falls into the 2.0-2.29 range and/or have not complete approximately 2/3rds of course credits attempted at the university. Students that meet either or both of these conditions are required to participate.
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national honor society for first-year students who earn a 3.5 grade point average during their first semester.
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is a national honor society that recognizes freshmen and sophomores who have a GPA of 3.4 and are in the top 20 percent of their class. NSCS has chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
  • Veteran Services
    The Coordinator of Veteran and Military Resources provides advising, on campus and off campus referrals, and support services to Montclair States University’s veterans and military students. Activities are planned throughout the year to enhance the academic and personal development of service members at the university.
  • Sophomore Success Week
    The Sophomore Success Series consist of activities designed to provide sophomores with opportunities to connect to their academic and career interests. Sophomores are able to learn more about majors, study abroad, internships, and other possibilities that await them.

Center for Academic Advising and Adult Learning

Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education
Location: Stone Hall, Room 232
Phone: 973-655-7544
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm;
Monday and Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm during the semester

People have been asking what you want to be since you were in kindergarten. Now is the time to figure it out. The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education at Montclair State University is here to help you.

The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education provides students with the opportunity to advance their career development. Through one-on-one counseling, interest testing, online tools, workshops, internships, job fairs, and experiential courses, the Center helps students focus their interests, explore majors, apply classroom learning to the workplace, and attain the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be productive citizens.

Whether you are a freshman, a graduating senior or an alum, the Center has services to meet your needs.

Career Services
Finding the right career starts with self-exploration. Counseling and online tools uncover the clues that can help you decide on a major and a career. Research into occupations and industries, as well as what others have done with your major, help find-tune the process. When it's time to write your resume, practice your interviewing techniques or get a lesson on how to dress for success, our staff serves as an invaluable resource. Our feature-rich website puts research, career fair information, job postings and mentoring at your fingertips. And our open policy means that every student has the opportunity to enrich his or her university experience with one-on-one career counseling.

Cooperative Education
A "Co-op" helps you explore how classroom learning applies to the work-place. Through this program, more than 700 businesses and non-profit organizations have partnered to advance the education of 14,000 Montclair State students. Career Advisors in each of the colleges and schools will help you prepare for interviews, facilitate contact with employers, identify co-op internships, and continue to work with you, your instructor and your employer to ensure your success.


Location:College Hall Rooms 217 and 304 and 30 Normal Avenue
Phone: (973) 655-5234

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 17 varsity sports for men and women. Teams compete within Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in local, regional, and national competition for those who qualify. MSU is also a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the Skyline Conference.

All varsity teams require full time academic status as well as minimum eligibility requirements.

Sports Coach Location Phone
Baseball Norm Schoenig Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-5281
Basketball (Men) Ted Fiore Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-7608
Basketball (Women) Karin Harvey Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-5247
Field Hockey Beth Gottung Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-6937
Football Rick Giancoloa Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-5238
Lacrosse (Women) Nicol Parcelluzzi Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-3421
Lacrosse (Men) Christopher Kivlen Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-4066
Soccer (Men) Todd Tumelty Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-6791
Soccer (Women) Patrick Naughter Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-6805
Softball (Women) Anita Kubicka Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-6790
Swimming (Men/Women) Brian McLaughlin Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-5242
Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (Men/Women) Porscha Dob Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-6863
Volleyball (Women) Eduardo Stawinski Panzer Athletic Center (973)655-7830

Literacy Enrichment Center
Location: College Hall, Room 105
Phone: (973) 655-4247

The Literacy Enrichment Center offers assistance to all students in studying from texts, developing a flexible reading rate, and improving personal reading. Diagnosis of reading and study skills, counseling, and tutoring are also available. In addition, the Literacy Enrichment Center serves community needs through a reading clinic for ages 6-18. The Literacy Enrichment Center provides clinical and educational experiences for undergraduates and graduate students.

Center for Student Involvement
Location: Student Center, Room 104
Phone: (973) 655-7818

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is dedicated to providing all Montclair State University students with a sense of community through meaningful interaction outside of the classroom. CSI is committed to helping students explore the many opportunities available to them at MSU through social, cultural, leadership, and educationally enriched programs and activities. CSI also provides special programs and services for commuter students through CARS (Commuter Association Resources and Services).

The Center for Student Involvement is a part of Montclair State University's Division of Student Development and Campus Life. Student Activities is available to assist all students in gaining the most out of their out-of-classroom experiences, which is one aspect of their total educational experiences. CSI serves as advisors and facilitators for students clubs and organizations and the Student Government Association. They also serve as the “clearinghouse” for programming events on campus and play an active role in assisting students clubs and organizations in program planning.

Pot Luck Meals
Pot Luck lunches and dinners which the talents or culinary needs or interests of particular campus organizations are an enjoyable amenity of the campus community. However, it is necessary to recognize that such occasions might involve risk for the University. Therefore, it is important to ensure that organizations take proper responsibility for following procedures which protect campus facilities and, most importantly, the health and safety of participants.

In order to sponsor Pot Luck meals, campus organizations must first schedule the location with the Associate Director of Student Center Programs, Student Center, Room 400, (973) 655-4411. Once the space has been reserved, (no less than ten days prior to the day of the event) instructions on how to proceed will be provided.