Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to submit in order to complete an application?
A: In order to apply, you must submit the following:
- Online application
- Application fee
- Complete and submit the Essay/Personal Statement
- All official college transcripts
Students with less than 30 college-level credits also must submit an official high school transcript.
Q: Do D grades transfer to Montclair State?
A: Generally no; only grades of C- or better are accepted in transfer. However, there are two exceptions:
1. When a D grade is earned as part of a New Jersey Associate's degree (A.A., A.S.)
2. When the D grade is earned as the first course in a two-term sequence of courses and the second course within the sequence has a C- grade or better.
Q: The college from which I'm transferring operates on a quarter-hour system. How do courses transfer in this circumstance?
A: Students receive 2/3 of a Montclair State credit hour for each quarter hour earned elsewhere. This equation does not result in the loss of transfer credits.
Q: How will I know how many credits will transfer to Montclair State?
A: At Montclair State, we try our best to ensure that most credits transfer provided they are from a regionally accredited college/university. For your own reference, we do not give credit for basic skills courses, ESL courses lower than level 100, or courses where the earned grade is lower than a C-.
Q: How many credits can I transfer?
A: If you are transferring from a regionally accredited 4-year institution, we do not currently limit the number of credits you may transfer. Keep in mind, though, that you will need to complete a minimum of 32 credits at Montclair State in order to receive a Montclair degree.
If you are transferring from a regionally accredited two-year institution (community college) or two-year program, you may transfer up to 60 credits toward your Bachelor’s degree.
Q: Are courses in which I received grades of “P” (pass), “CR” (credit) or “S” (satisfactory) accepted in transfer?
A: Generally, courses taken with grades of “P”, “CR”, or “S” are accepted at full credit value provided they are college level credits (100 or higher) from your previous school.
Q: Is my grade point average (GPA) from my previous college transferred to Montclair State?
A: No, only credits are transferred from your previous college(s).
Q: I took a CLEP test at my other college. Will Montclair State accept CLEP scores?
A: Students who earn CLEP credits through another college must submit official test scores to Montclair State in order to receive credit. (Please note: If the CLEP credits contributed to the completion of an AA or AS degree from a NJ Community College and appear on the official college transcript, test scores are not required.)
Q: I took AP courses in high school. Will Montclair State accept my AP scores?
A: Students who took AP courses in high school must submit official test scores to Montclair State in order to receive credit.
Q. Can I receive an evaluation of my transfer credits before I am admitted?
A. Due to the large volume of transfer applications received, we are unable to conduct credit evaluations prior to a student being admitted. The evaluation will be completed about 10 business days after admission and is available prior to paying an admissions deposit.
Q: Can I choose "undeclared" as my major on my application?
A: Students who enter Montclair State University with less than 45 credits may apply as Undeclared majors. However, students with 45 or more credits cannot apply Undeclared and must declare a major.
Q: Will I need to take placement tests again?
A: Generally students arriving on campus with 24 or more college-level credits are exempt from taking the Math/English placement tests. However, certain majors that require higher-level math courses may require further testing. Also, if you have not successfully completed at least (1) foreign language course in college and/or your only experience with foreign language was at the high school level, you will be required to take a Foreign Language placement test.
Q: I'm enrolled in a New Jersey Community College, and I am transferring to Montclair State. Is there a website that describes how courses will transfer?
A: Yes. Visit www.NJTransfer.org