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Freshman Applicants

Application Process for Freshmen

Applying is easy! Just follow the steps below. Our admissions counselors are here to answer any questions you might have. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Each application for admission is addressed individually, and the process is a competitive one.

Step 1
Online Application

Submit your application online. If you are paying via fee waiver, please make sure to have your official waiver mailed or faxed to us:

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

Fax: (973) 655-7700

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.

Freshman Applicants

Step 2
Transcript and letter of recommendation

Submit an official high school transcript and letter of recommendation from your counselor. You can have your materials mailed or faxed to us:

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

Fax: (973) 655-7700

Step 3
Personal statement and supporting materials

Complete and upload your Essay/Personal Statement. You will find the prompt by clicking “Apply Online & View Applications” on your Montclair State Account after submitting your application, then clicking “view” under Supplemental Items. This is also where you will be able to upload your essay directly to our system.

If you wish to submit a resume of list of extracurricular activities you’ve participated in for review, you should upload it as one document with your essay to your Montclair State account.

Freshmen Prompt:

Explain your reasons for seeking admission to Montclair State University, including what you believe are your academic strengths and interests. Be sure to explain any situations that may have had an impact, either positively or negatively, on your academic record. Students interested in sending a resume of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, internships, etc. can include it in the same document as their essay.

Step 4
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 5
Make a ZeeMee Profile

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 on the ZeeMee app 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
Important Information for College of the Arts Applicants

The Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies, Filmmaking and Television and Digital Media 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:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II)
  • 2 units of the same foreign language
  • 2 units of a laboratory science
  • 2 units of social sciences
  • 3 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.