As a parent of an international student, you may have concerns about your child's education abroad. We hope the following information is helpful.
Founded in 1908, Montclair State University is a four-year comprehensive public institution. The University combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.
- 19,000+ undergraduate and graduate students
- 300 majors, minors, concentrations, and certificate programs
- 17 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 23 students in an average class size
- Nearly 5,000 students live on campus
- 120 student clubs and organizations
- 12 dining options
- 40+ countries represented
- 250-acre safe suburban area on a beautiful campus in Montclair, New Jersey
- 14 miles west of New York City
- Affordable tuition
- State-of-the-art facilities equipped with wireless internet
- Bus and train stops on campus to access surrounding towns and NYC
- Surrounding towns offer restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, parks, stadiums and more
* Forbes’ annual list of the best colleges and universities in the nation ranked Montclair State University as the "Top Public Institution in New Jersey".
* Forbes’ 25 Best Buy Colleges in the Northeast.
* U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University in the top tier of Northern Regional Universities.
* U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Graduate Schools ranked the Montclair State’s graduate program in elementary education #18 in the country.
* The Global Education Center at Montclair State was named by IIE (Institute of International Education) as one of the 16 strongest international education initiatives in the U.S.
It is important for your child to maintain healthy habits throughout his or her stay in the United States. Montclair State students can utilize Counseling and Psychological Services for free, as well as our University Health Center on campus, which functions in the same manner as a private medical office and served by master’s prepared Nurse Practitioners. Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students as defined by the University (12 or more credits for undergraduate, 9 or more credits for graduate).
Montclair State University is located in a very safe suburban area. The University has a fully certified and operational law enforcement agency of 30 full-time police officers. All Police Officers are trained and certified by the New Jersey State Police Training Commission. Officers respond to calls for service, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical emergencies and mutual aid calls with surrounding law enforcement agencies. They are available 24 hours to escort students walking on campus at night. Students should be reminded to practice common sense behavior about locking doors, protecting their property and being aware of their surroundings.
Your child is supported by a range of academic services. Any MSU student can use the Center for Writing Excellence, Red Hawk Math Learning Center, Tutorial Services, Learning Competencies Workshops, language labs, computer labs, and more. To help keep on track with graduation requirements, each student is assigned an academic advisor. The Center for Advising and Student Transition serves as the primary advising resource for freshmen and sophomore students by helping them make informed decisions about their courses and major choices, to think critically about their future goals, and to develop an understanding of their responsibilities as involved global citizens. Many students meet with an advisor regularly throughout the duration of study.
The Sprague Library is centrally located in the heart of campus. The library subscribes to over 70 databases, allowing our students access to over 30,000 online journals and magazines. The Sprague Library also offers an interlibrary service, which allows Montclair State to borrow books from other institutions for our students. Our library also offers late hours, as well as an attached café, for those late-night study sessions.
Students at Montclair State University are going places: they have interned at great companies such as CNN, Luis Vuitton, Nets Basketball, Mercedes Benz, Merrill Lynch, NJ State Police, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp, The New York Times, United Nations, and many more. Recent graduates have gained employment with impressive companies, such as Prudential, Target, Vantage Apparel, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and more. Each College and the School of Business has a designated Director of Career Services who works with students to provide assistance for career development, advising and cooperative education.
Approximately 5,000 students live on campus. Many international students are housed in the "Global Living Community", either with other international students or with American students. The global living community is located in Alice Paul Hall in the Village Apartments. All apartments are shared among 4 people, and have a common living area, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. Students in the Village Apartments may opt to have a double bedroom or single bedroom. If your child is coming to Montclair State as a freshman or sophomore, he or she will be placed in Bohn Hall, Blanton Hall or The Heights.
New Jersey experiences all four seasons: hot and humid summer, pleasant spring and fall, cold and snowy winter. In New Jersey in the summer months, it will range from about 61°Fahrenheit (16 Celsius) and a high of 84° Fahrenheit (28 Celsius). In the winter, it will range between about 26 ° Fahrenheit (-3 Celsius) and 41° Fahrenheit (15 Celsius). Depending on the duration of your child’s stay, he or she should bring comfortable walking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the seasons.
International Services hosts a special orientation for international students which includes topics such as maintaining F-1 or J-1 status, employment, social security numbers and travel. Information is also provided on U.S. culture, academic success, staying healthy and health insurance, opening a bank account, campus life, and more. Spouses and parents are invited to attend. Other orientations held by other departments on campus include undergraduate students, transfer students and graduate students. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to make their first friendships with both U.S. and other foreign students.
Culture shock can be understood as a set of feelings a person has when faced with a very new living situation. International Services at MSU offers intercultural counseling and programs to help students adjust to U.S. Culture, understand academic practices, and participate in social, cultural, and adjustment programs. Our highly experienced staff listens to the needs of our students during the phases of culture shock. Students who live on campus have many more wonderful opportunities. Most students make friends quickly.
There are many ways for your child to have a social life at Montclair State University. Assignments, discussions, and projects in the classroom will facilitate interaction with American students. Additionally, your child can join more than 120 clubs and organizations, exercise at our Student Recreation Center, attend music and dance performances at our theaters, go to sports events on campus, choose from 12 dining locations to eat meals, study in the library, or simply relax outdoors.
Student Recreation Center
The new construction of the Student Recreation Center, opened in 2008, offers student programs and services to develop healthy living styles. The building is a full 2-level gym with basketball courts, racquetball rooms, lounge areas, a swimming pool, and more. The programs and services include personal training, group exercise classes, intramural sports, club sports, hikes, special events, and off campus trips. The Student Recreation Center is free of charge to all Montclair State Students as long as they have a valid Montclair State University ID.