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For Parents & Family

We hope that parents and family will be engaged with their student in the Hispanic Student College Institute.  We also understand you may have questions about the Institute. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Families. If you have additional questions, please contact Jordanna Maziarz at

Why should my student attend the Hispanic Student College Institute?

Students who attend the HSCI will receive great insight and information about the college search and application process from admissions experts. By covering topics such as career exploration, essay writing, financial aid, visiting colleges, and offering mock interviews, we hope to empower students to feel confident and well-prepared for the next steps of their education.

HSCI students will also benefit from receiving leadership development, public speaking and professional presentation workshops and networking with Montclair State faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students will receive certificates of completion for inclusion on their resumes and will be eligible for scholarships.

Where will my student stay during the Institute?

During the Institute, students will live in The Heights – one of our newest residential facilities on campus.

Where will my student eat during the Institute? What if my student has food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Meals are provided to participants in the Institute.  Some meals will be catered in our meeting spaces, while most meals will be enjoyed in Sam’s Place, an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility that focuses on fresh, local and healthy options with campus created menus. Food allergy and dietary restriction information will be collected on the application so that we can ensure each student has food options available to them.

How will my student be supervised?

Students will be under the supervision of professional staff during the day, and Peer Leaders during the evening. Peer Leaders are Montclair State students who are highly trained and each responsible for a small group of students. In addition, professional staff members live on site in Machuga Heights, the residence hall where HSCI students will be staying.

Will my student be safe? What security measures will be in place?

Montclair State is a very safe campus. We have many camps and groups of students living on campus during the summer. Our residence halls can only be entered by students living in them via swipe card access; you do not have to worry about non-residents accessing your student’s residence hall building. In addition, the front desk of Machuga Heights is staffed 24/7. The University Police Department is also active 24/7.