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Early Bird Program

Designed to give high school juniors the opportunity to get a jump start on their college search and apply for admission before their senior year even begins, the Early Bird Program is non-binding and the first of its kind in New Jersey.

How does it work?

Interested juniors apply for pre-admission to Montclair’s Fall 2024 class through an abbreviated online application which will open in April 2023. Students must provide a copy of their high school transcript through the online application. The transcript should show junior year courses and mid-year grades (or two marking periods).

Students who are pre-admitted are guaranteed admission for Fall 2024 and can go ahead and apply as normal starting August 1, 2023 through Common App or the Montclair application. Junior Admit students will be given a fee waiver and do not need to resubmit documents, such as unofficial transcripts, that were already part of their Early Bird application.

Are all majors eligible for the Early Bird Program?

Students of all majors can apply for junior admission to the Early Bird Program. Students applying for restricted majors, such as Nursing, Musical Theatre and Visual Communication Design, will be reviewed for admission to those programs when they submit their application on or after August 1, 2023 and participate in the audition or portfolio review process, if required. As part of the Junior Admission process, students can be admitted to the University separate from their major. The following programs are restricted majors:

  • Animation and Illustration
  • Dance
  • Family Science and Human Development
  • Jurisprudence, Law and Society
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Product Design
  • Theatre
  • Visual Communication Design

Do any majors require additional materials?

The following majors require an audition or portfolio:

  • Audition: Dance, Musical Theatre, Music, Music Therapy and Theatre
  • Portfolio: Animation and Illustration, and Visual Communication Design. A portfolio is optional, but encouraged for Product Design.

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?

Decisions will be sent on or before July 1, 2023.

What if I’m not admitted?

We will provide guidance to students who are not admitted to the Early Bird Program through telecounseling appointments on what they can do to strengthen their application to apply again after August 1, 2023 for Fall 2024.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students who are eligible for merit scholarship will be informed of their award as part of the Junior Admit process. Official scholarship and financial aid awarding will occur once the student has submitted their regular admission application for Fall 2024. A FAFSA must be filed for a need-based financial aid package to be reviewed.

What are the benefits of the Early Bird Program?

  • Find out if you’re admitted to Montclair before senior year even begins
  • Receive your scholarship offer in July
  • Access to exclusive on-campus events during the fall semester
  • Early access to admitted student webinars, financial aid webinars, financial aid telecounseling and enrollment coaching.


Set up a telecounseling appointment with an admissions counselor or email with questions.