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Freshman Student Checklist

Now that you’ve been accepted to Montclair State, complete the steps below to enroll as a full-fledged Red Hawk! If you have any questions about our enrollment process, please email msuadm@montclair.edu or call 973-655-4444.

Mark your calendars for Accepted Student Day on Sunday, April 3, 2022 or Sunday April 10, 2022!
We’ll notify you via email when registration opens.

Step 1
Know Your Campus-wide ID (CWID) and PIN

Your Campus-Wide ID (CWID) and PIN are your keys to becoming a Montclair State student.

These were assigned to you when you were accepted to the University. You will find your CWID and PIN in your acceptance letter. You will use your CWID and PIN to submit your New Student Deposit.

Questions about this step? Misplaced your CWID and PIN? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or email msuadm@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 2
Let Us Know You're Committing to Montclair State

To reserve your place at Montclair State, simply submit your new student deposit payment* online by the posted deadline.

To pay your deposit, use your Campus Wide ID (CWID) provided in your acceptance letter. Log in using your CWID (the eight-digit number) in the “Name” field and your PIN, which is your six-digit date of birth (MMDDYY), in the “Password” field.

If you are planning to live on campus, you may also submit your housing deposit* at this time. Once your new student deposit and housing deposit are processed, you may complete the online Housing Application. You must complete the Housing Application by May 1. Students will be emailed during the month of May about our housing selection process, which takes place in June.

*The new student deposit and housing deposit are non-refundable. On-campus housing is guaranteed for students who have paid their housing deposit by May 1. Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who pay their housing deposit after May 1.

Questions about your New Student Deposit? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or email msuadm@montclair.edu for assistance.

Questions about your Housing Deposit and Application? Contact the Office of Residence Life at 973-655-5188 or email reslife@montclair.edu for assistance.

Please allow 24-36 hours for your payment/s to be processed before moving on to Step 3.

Step 3
Activate Your NetID

Your NetID is your Montclair State email account login ID and your ID for other web-based University systems. Your NetID and instructions for how to activate it will be emailed to you 2-3 business days after you deposit.

Once your NetID has been activated, you will begin receiving communications to your Montclair State email account from your academic advisors and other University staff. To log in, visit gmail.com, enter your NetID@montclair.edu, use your NetID password and click “Sign in”.

Questions about this step? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or email msuadm@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 4
Sign Up for Orientation

For Spring 2022 Students:

The Center for Leadership and Engagement coordinates all of Montclair State’s orientation programs. All new students must attend a MANDATORY orientation session. Register for the orientation experience designed to support your introduction to the University. All incoming first-year students must register for the Montclair State Orientation Experience.

For Fall 2022 Students:

Montclair State University will be hosting a pre-fall Red Hawk Orientation program for all new students and their families! A website regarding Orientation registration and information will be launched on February 1, 2022. We’ll email you with updates and specific information closer to that date.

EOF Scholars will participate in an online mandatory Summer Academy from July-August and are not required to sign up for orientation but will be contacted by Rahjaun Gordon gordonra@montclair.edu regarding specific orientation requirements for EOF. Any questions, please contact Rahjaun Gordon at 973-655-7016 or Dr. Daniel Jean at 201-364-3382.

Questions about this step? Contact the Center for Leadership and Engagement at 973-655-4162 or email orientation@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 5
Complete Mandatory Health Requirements

The University Health Center oversees all mandatory health requirements for student enrollment. Within 48 hours of activating your NetID (step 3 of the checklist), you will be able to access the My Health portal to upload your vaccination records. The COVID-19 vaccination, or an approved medical/religious exemption, is required for all Montclair State students. Please follow these steps:

  1. Download and print the immunization forms from the University Health Center
  2. Have your health care provider complete and sign the forms. Records from your high school or another university may be submitted in place of these forms.
  3. Enter your immunization record information from the forms into the online My Health application. Scan and upload your paperwork into the My Health portal. Do not mail completed forms to the University; only uploaded documents into My Health will be reviewed. Instead, scan and upload all documents online in the portal.
  4. Assure adequate health insurance coverage.
  5. All full-time Montclair State students are required to have health insurance coverage. Montclair State will automatically enroll you in the Student Health Insurance Plan provided through the University. If you have private health insurance coverage, you must waive this enrollment by showing proof of other insurance. You can waive the enrollment and health insurance premium fee by going to University Health Plans and completing the waiver process. Deadlines will be posted once the fall semester begins. Please check your email at that time for updates.

Don’t delay! You may be de-registered from your courses if your vaccination records aren’t received by posted deadlines.

Questions about Immunization Records? Contact the Health Center at immunization@montclair.edu for assistance.

Questions about Health Insurance? Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 973-655-4105 or email studentaccou@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 6
Complete Your Foreign Language Placement Testing

All students at Montclair State University must complete or transfer in 6 credits of world language coursework to meet graduation requirements. If you plan to continue studying a world language you have studied previously, you must complete the Foreign Language Placement Test. Learn more about the test. 

Questions about Foreign Language Placement? Contact the Center for Academic Success and Tutoring at 973-655-5425, 973-655-4476 or email asc@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 7
Help Us Build Your Class Schedule

To assist in making a smooth transition to life as a Red Hawk, all newly admitted first-year students are pre-enrolled in courses for their first semester. All schedules are created by an academic advisor in consultation with your academic department.

For Fall Students: Please complete your First-Year Questionnaire ASAP. Your schedule will not be finalized until you complete the First-Year Questionnaire.

For Spring Students: You will hear directly from your advisor about your schedule prior to the start of the semester.

After your schedule is built, your academic advisor will invite you to a welcome meeting to talk about what to expect before the fall semester begins. We strongly encourage you to prepare for your first advising meeting by viewing our Academic Advising 101 Videos beforehand. You’ll also connect with your academic advisor during various Orientation activities this summer, where you will learn more about how you will create your educational plan and have any questions about your class schedule answered.

Advisor List

Contact information for your specific advisor can be found online at:

Step 8
Save Time! Submit your own photo for your University ID card

Upload your photo to obtain your University ID card. Just go to the ID Card Office website to learn how.

Questions about this step? Contact the ID Card Office at 973-655-4147 or email cardservices@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 9
Submit Your Final Transcripts

Your final high school transcripts (including graduation date), official AP and CLEP score reports from College Board, dual-enrollment and other early college program transcripts, must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Your degree progress and fall schedule may be impacted if all final and official transcripts are not received by Montclair State before the start of your first semester of enrollment.


Montclair State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Questions about this step? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or email msuadm@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 10
Pay Your Student Account

Montclair State University offers a variety of tuition payment options to suit your needs.

Questions about this step? Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 973-655-4105 or email studentaccou@montclair.edu for assistance.