Bloomfield College of Montclair State University FAQs
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Bloomfield College merging into Montclair State University.
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Why is Bloomfield College becoming part of Montclair State University?
Montclair responded to Bloomfield College’s call for a strategic partner to help it continue its vital mission of creating educational pathways that are often not otherwise available for minority and low-income students.
Montclair’s mission is closely aligned with Bloomfield’s, and the presidents of both institutions saw the opportunity to build a unique, collaborative relationship that would benefit students and the community.
Both institutions serve minority-majority student populations. Bloomfield is New Jersey’s only four-year Predominantly Black Institution, and Montclair is New Jersey’s largest Hispanic Serving Institution, serving more Latinx students than any other university in the state.
When did this process begin?
In October of 2021, Bloomfield College publicly announced it was seeking strategic partnerships to enable the four-year institution to continue its mission.
Montclair was one of nine institutions that submitted formal proposals. After analysis, Bloomfield’s leadership team and its Board of Trustees concurred that Montclair State University was the ideal match.
Bloomfield and Montclair announced plans to work towards forming a permanent relationship in March 2022, and in October 2022, the institutions announced plans to merge, setting the stage for a series of reviews and approvals by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE), and other accreditors and regulators, as well as action by the state legislature.
What is the current status?
Bloomfield College is operating independently, but in close collaboration with Montclair State University, through the 2022-2023 academic year and until it is officially part of the University.
Integration teams with representatives from both institutions are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition.
When will the merger become official?
The goal is for the merger to be completed on or before June 30, 2023. When the merger is completed, Bloomfield College will become part of Montclair State University.
What will the College be called when the merger becomes official?
It will be called Bloomfield College of Montclair State University. This name was chosen to preserve Bloomfield’s mission and legacy.
Will current Bloomfield College students become part of Bloomfield College of Montclair State University?
Yes. Students enrolled at Bloomfield College at the time of the merger will be able to continue their education without interruption and at lower tuition and fees.
What is the vision for Bloomfield College of Montclair State University?
Students enrolled at Bloomfield College of Montclair State University will benefit from a distinctive educational environment offering a supportive, small college experience enhanced by the resources of a comprehensive public research university. They will also pay lower tuition and fees.
The merger can be a new national model for how institutions with similar missions can innovate through integration and become partners in ensuring student success.
How will Bloomfield students and employees benefit from this merger?
For Bloomfield students, the planned merger means lower tuition and fees and expanded student life and academic opportunities. As part of Montclair, Bloomfield College will continue to provide a transformative educational experience in a small, supportive setting with the resources of a doctoral research university. Meanwhile, Bloomfield staff and faculty will have access to University resources to better support the student community.