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Transfer Student Checklist

Now that you’ve been accepted to Montclair State, your next step is to enroll as a full-fledged Red Hawk.

Use the checklist below for guidance.

Step 1
Know your Campus Wide ID (CWID) and PIN

Check your acceptance letter for your CWID and PIN. Your PIN is your six-digit birthday (MMDDYY). You will need them to submit your New Student Deposit.

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

Step 2
Tell us you're coming to Montclair State

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. The deposit deadline for the fall 2021 semester is June 1, 2021.

If you are planning to live on campus, submit your non-refundable housing deposit by Saturday, May 1. Housing is guaranteed for fall 2021 transfer students who submit their housing deposit by May 1. Once we have processed your new student deposit and housing deposit, you may complete the online Housing Application. Click “Housing Assignments” to access the application.

Questions about your Transfer Student Deposit? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 973-655-4444 or email transfermsu@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
Obtain 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. Please note, your NetID cannot be activated until you submit your new student deposit.

  1. Please activate your NetID one to two business days after you submit your new student deposit.
  2. 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
Schedule a Meeting with Your Advisor

Start smart! Be sure to schedule a meeting with your academic advisor. Your advisor, a professional staff member from your chosen School/College, will help you select your courses for your first semester at Montclair State. Please remember not to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor until you have been notified of your official credit evaluation. You will not be able to register for courses until your official credit evaluation has been completed and your Transfer Student Deposit is submitted.

Due to COVID-19, at this time all transfer advising sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom/Google, phone, or email. Contact information for your specific advisor can be found online at:

To make the most of your time, review your degree audit before your meeting and schedule your meeting ahead of your Transfer Student Orientation (TSO).

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

Step 5
Register for and attend Orientation

All Transfer Student Orientations for the spring have concluded. You will receive an email at your Montclair State email address to complete your mandatory Online Canvas Orientation. 

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

Step 6
Review your Degree Audit

To learn how courses are transferred to Montclair State and to understand their course equivalencies, log into the NEST student services website. Enter your CWID and your PIN and click on “register for classes” at the top of the page. Go to the “Degree Audit” look and click on “DegreeWorks.”

Please note that your audit will be available for your review online shortly after you receive your acceptance notification.

Learn more about our Transfer Credit Appeals Process.

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

Step 7
Fulfill mandatory immunization requirements

The University Health Center oversees mandatory student enrollment health requirements.

To complete these requirements:

  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. Please note that the University Health Center is no longer accepting documentation in paper form. Therefore, please do not mail completed forms to the University. Instead, scan and upload all documents online in the portal.

Please note that you will not be considered compliant until you have submitted your immunization record information online and until the University Health Center has received and validated the actual forms.

Questions about this step? Contact the University Health Center at 973-655-4361 or email immunization@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 8
Assure adequate health insurance coverage

All full-time Montclair State students are required to have health insurance coverage. We will automatically enroll you in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan.

If you have private health insurance coverage, you must waive this enrollment by showing proof of other insurance by going to Aetna and completing the waiver process. You will need to enter your CWID number with a lowercase “m” before the digits (i.e. m12345678).

For details about the Montclair State University Health Insurance Plan, visit our website.

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

Step 9
Register for placement tests

Transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours need to complete appropriate testing -or receive exemption -prior to registering for coursework.

Foreign Language Placement Testing

All students at Montclair State University must complete the foreign language requirement to graduate. If your transfer coursework does not meet the foreign language requirement, you may need to complete the Foreign Language Placement Test. Learn more about the test.

Math & Chemistry Placement

Transfer students in majors within the College of Science and Mathematics must complete the Math & Chemistry Placement Form if:

  1. You do not have transfer credit for College Algebra or Pre-CalculusOR
  2. Your major requires Chemistry and you do not have transfer credit for at least General Chemistry I.

Students will be placed into Math and/or Chemistry courses based on previous academic history. You can expect a response soon after you submit the Math & Chemistry Placement Form. If you have questions about Math & Chemistry placement, please contact csamssc@montclair.edu

Questions about this step? Contact the Academic Success Center at 973-655-5425, 973-655-4476, or email asc@montclair.edu for assistance.

Step 10
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 11
Submit your final transcripts

Make sure your final college and high school transcripts are submitted prior to the start of the semester. Official transcripts may be submitted electronically directly from your institution to transfermsu@montclair.edu or mailed to us at

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

The high school transcript requirement is waived for incoming transfer students who have earned an associate degree or 60+ credits from a four-year institution.

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

Step 12
Pay your student account

We offer a number of tuition payment options to meet your needs. Find out when bills are generated and how to make your payments.

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