Red Hawk with red flowers below

Educational Opportunity Fund Applicants

Application Process for EOF Students


Step 1
Online Application

The Educational Opportunity Fund is an access program for New Jersey residents only.

Submit your application online and make sure to choose “EOF” as your Application Type on the Enrollment Goals page of your application.

After you submit the application, you will see instructions for paying the $65 non-refundable application fee on your status page. If you are applying to a program with an audition fee (Dance, Music, Music Therapy, Musical Theatre, or Theatre), you will also see your audition fee listed on your status page. If you are eligible for a fee waiver after answering the fee waiver question on the Certifications and Signature page of your application, both your application fee and audition fee will be waived.

Freshman Application

Step 2
Transcript and Letter of Recommendation

Submit an official high school transcript and letter of recommendation from your counselor. Please mail or fax your materials to us:

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

Fax: 973-655-7700

Please note that Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre majors require two recommendation letters. One of your recommendation letters should speak to your candidacy for your field of study.

Step 3
Personal statement and Resume/List of Co-Curricular Activities

Complete and upload your Essay/Personal Statement. You will be able to upload your essay/personal statement prior to submitting your application. Essay prompts vary by major. You can view your major’s essay prompt here.

If you wish to submit a resume or list of extracurricular activities you’ve participated in for review, you can upload this document in your application or on your status page after submitting your application. Please note that a resume is required for Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre majors, but optional for all other programs.

Step 4
Submit Income Verification Documents

A financial review is required for EOF applicants. You must obtain and submit 2017 income verification documents such as tax returns, social security statements, public assistance statements, or court/state records verifying status as ward of state or orphan. You may upload your documents as part of your application (the upload area is located on the bottom of the Educational Opportunity Fund tab of your application) or after your submit your application on your status page. You may also email them to or mail your documents to us. Include your full name on envelope with your documents and send to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The quickest ways to ensure your documents have been processed are to upload them yourself through your application or status page.

NOTE: Non-tax filers must contact the IRS for a Verification of Non-filing Letter.

Step 5
Test Scores

Official SAT or ACT scores are optional. If you are submitting ACT scores, you must also take the optional writing portion of the test. Students submitting SAT scores should enter our CEEB code (002520). Students submitting ACT scores should enter our ACT school code (2572).

Step 6
Make a ZeeMee Profile - Optional

At Montclair State, we’re committed to providing a holistic admissions process for our students. In an effort to get to know our applicants a little bit better, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps bring a student’s application to life. ZeeMee allows us to learn more about the student behind the application. You can make a profile at and simply copy and paste your link into your Montclair State University application.

Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and review of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all required materials are received by the stated deadlines.

College of the Arts Requirements

The Art and Design, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Filmmaking programs in the College of the Arts require you to complete an interview, audition or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission. Once your application for admission is complete, you will receive an email with information about how to schedule an interview, audition or portfolio review.

Links to College of the Arts admission guidelines and audition/interview/portfolio review dates can be found on the College of the Arts site.

Please note, admission to Montclair State University does not guarantee acceptance into the program of your choice.

Freshman Admission Standards

Montclair State University considers a number of factors in reviewing admissions applications. Well-qualified candidates for admission have a 3.2 or higher cumulative high school GPA on an un-weighted, 4.0 scale, a challenging course load (particularly in junior and senior years), and a variety of extracurricular activities. Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if you chose to submit those scores, they will be considered in the admissions process.

Applicants for admission are expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of college preparatory courses as follows:

  • Four units of English.
  • Three units of mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II).
  • Two units of the same foreign language.
  • Two units of a laboratory science.
  • Two units of social sciences.
  • Three additional units in any of the subject areas listed.

Students are recognized in the admissions process for pursuing a challenging curriculum beyond the minimum requirements including:

  • Mathematics beyond Algebra II.
  • A third or fourth year of the same foreign language.
  • Honors courses.
  • Laboratory science beyond chemistry.
  • Advanced Placement courses.

Other factors considered in our holistic review process include: strong letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors; a well-written, thoughtful admissions essay; and a commitment to extracurricular engagement, both in school and in the community.


A transfer student is anyone who has been enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school. Even if you withdrew from the institution and received no credit, you should still complete the application for transfer admission.

Step 1
Online Application

Complete and submit the application for transfer students. After you complete the application, you will see instructions for paying the $65 non-refundable application fee (or submitting a fee waiver request). Then you will be able to submit your application for review.

Transfer Application

Step 2

College Transcripts

An official transcript from ALL regionally accredited colleges and/or universities previously attended. Please mail or fax your materials to us:

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

Fax: 973-655-7700

High School Transcript

All transfer students must submit an official high school transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed or will have completed an associate’s degree.

Step 3
Test Scores

Although Montclair State University no longer requires SAT or ACT scores, students with fewer than 30 completed college credits may submit their scores if they would like them considered in the application process.

For us to use ACT scores in the admissions decision process, students must also have taken the optional writing portion of the test.

Step 4
Essay/Personal Statement

Complete and submit the Essay/Personal Statement after your application is submitted. Just follow the instructions on your Montclair State Account.

Transfer Student Prompt:

Please provide a brief description of your educational goals. Be sure to explain any discrepancies that may be reflected on your transcript.

Step 5
Submit Transfer of Aid Form

Request that your EOF Office at your current school submits an EOF Transfer of Aid Form. This form is documentation that you are enrolled and in good standing in the EOF program at your current school. The EOF Transfer of Aid Form can be submitted either electronically to or via mail to:

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

Transfer Admission Standards

We review each application individually. However, when considering an applicant for transfer admission, strong candidates for admission generally meet the following criteria:

  • A sustained, rigorous academic curriculum with an overall “B” average.
  • A demonstrated interest in intended major by displaying academic success in the courses taken.

If you have attended more than one regionally accredited college or university, the grade point average from all schools will be considered.

Specific Admissions Requirements by College/School

In addition to our general Transfer Admission Standards, certain programs have their own specific standards for admission. For more information, visit our admissions requirements page.