Resources and Tips for MAJOR Success

College of the Arts

 Student receiving advising

Who is my Advisor?

Before Meeting with your Advisor

Quick-Links for Academic Support

Who is my Advisor?

Students who thrive in the College of the Arts don't go it alone. While you, as the student, are ultimately responsible for completing your degree, there are many people here to help. 

To locate the name of your advisor –

  • Undergraduates -- Log onto NEST; select “Student Records”; then “Advisor”

  • Graduates – Check the name of the Graduate Program Coordinator listed for your academic program.

  • Questions about advising services may be addressed to:

Before Meeting with your Advisor

Meeting with an advisor will help you clarify your goals, choose the right courses, track your progress, and make decisions that will help you graduate on time.  Checking in each semester makes good common sense, but it is required if you are a freshman before you can register.  Here’s what you should do before your appointment:

  • Step One Know your program.  It is important to understand the overall scope and curriculum for your program. You should also review the University Catalog which provides additional specifics including how General Education fits in with your BA, BFA or BMus degee. (note: Past catalogs are also online, displaying curriculum in effect from prior years.)
  • Step Two:  Review your DegreeWorks Audit.  The DegreeWorks Audit is the tool through which the University determines whether you have satisfied all requirements to graduate.  Through the DegreeWorks Audit you can examine: (a) courses you’ve already taken; (b) required courses you've yet to take; and (c) total credits you’ve earned .  The DegreeWorks Audit can be accessed via NEST.   (For more information regarding the DegreeWorks Audit, click here.)

  • Step Three for Undergraduates:  Review the Four-Year Graduation Plan for your major.  The  Four-Year Graduation Plan includes an eight-semester example of courses in a sequence that would fulfill your program’s degree requirements.  Bring this plan to your advising appointment to review how it may apply to you.  Ask when the remaining courses you need to take are generally offered (fall, winter, spring, or summer semesters?) so that you can plan ahead. 


Quick-Links for Academic Support

Montclair State University provides a wealth of services designed to help you succeed as a student.  Below are some to get you started.

Academic-Support Service

What You Will Find

University main page for
Student Services

Clearinghouse for many University services for students.

Academic Advising


Resources to support your academic achievement:


Academic Calendar

Key dates including semester sessions, holidays and exam periods.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Policies for Graduate Students

Academic Success and Retention Programs(ASRP)

Links to webpages with specfic University policies and procedures information.

Description of retention initiatives and a
“Road to Graduation” blog.





College of the Arts Career Services and University Career Services

A communications tool containing content relevant to your coursework.


Services include career-planning workshops, internship help, resume guidance and career exploration. 

Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST)


Services for freshmen, sophomores and military students, including learning communities, peer mentoring and honor societies.

Dean of Students Office

Services that promote the psychological, physical, intellectual, occupational, spiritual and ethical wellness of students. Includes:

Disability Resource Center

Services for students with physical, sensory, learning, psychological, neurological, and chronic medical disabilities, including Documentation Guidelines for accessing classroom accommodations.

Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)

Services for state residents from under-represented populations who meet income criteria and exhibit potential for high achievement.

FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

Four-Year Graduation Plans

Two-Year Plans

Federal statute that regulates access to student records by individuals other than the student.

Course-sequence examples that would enable students to graduate from their majors in four years.  Two-year plans (for transfer students) are also available for some programs.

General Education and Degree Requirements

Overall degree requirements  for the BA, BFA and B Mus. degrees.

Center for Adult Learning

Programming for non-traditional adult students.

Registrar’s Office

Tel: 973-655-4376


Manages course scheduling; registration; academic records; grades processing; official transcripts; final audit for graduation and certification; curriculum administration; and  the University's degree auditing system.   



Student Accounts

Tel: 973-544-4177

Processes tuition payments, credits, and refunds



Student Guide

Defines student policies, rights, responsibilities, codes of conduct, and complaint procedures.

Tutorial Services

Offers tutoring support in various academic subjects and formats.


University Catalog


Lists curriculum and other requirements for all academic majors, minors and concentrations.

(Curriculum in effect at the time you entered the program may be found in the Past catalogs link.)


Tel: 973-655-4444

Information for all undergraduateand graduate applicants including guidelines for university-accepted transfer credits and credits earned through examination.

NEST Login

Portal to register for classes; access your schedule and DegreeWorks Audit, get grades, and review your financial account.