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Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Who can participate in Early College Programs?

Please click here to see the eligibility requirements.

Can I take any class I want to?

Students may choose from a wide variety of undergraduate courses within the 100 and 200 levels. View our suggested course list. Students participating in a specific program/institute should check their acceptance letter regarding which course(s) to take.  For students with questions about foreign language courses, please click here.

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee at the time of application for Early College applicants.

Do I have to reside in New Jersey?

No, you do not have to reside in New Jersey to apply to an Early College Program.

Can I apply if I'm being homeschooled?

Yes, but since you will not have an academic transcript, the Essay/Personal Statement is required.

Will my credits transfer?

All credits taken with Early College Programs at Montclair State University will transfer to a Montclair State University degree.  For other institutions, we recommend you contact that college/university directly and that you review their transfer policy when choosing which Early College course(s) to take.

How do I apply? What is the deadline?

The deadlines and instructions for how to apply can be found here.

When does the semester start/finish?

View the Academic Calendar.

What is the length of each course?

It depends on the course. On the course schedule, you can search by term and subject for classes, read a description, see the class type, meeting dates and times, location, instructor, date range, and required course materials.

Can I apply for financial aid/scholarships? What is the cost?

High school students are not eligible for financial aid and we do not offer scholarships at this time for Early College Program participants, but we do offer discounted tuition for Early College Program students! The estimated tuition can be found here.

Can I audit a class?

You can, but please note that you are still required to register and pay for the class.  You would need to fill out an audit application, the department chair needs to sign it, and then it goes to the Registrar’s Office for processing.  Please review the Audit Policy and note that audited courses do not carry academic credit so we advise against this option for Early College Program participants.

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but please keep in mind the application deadlines.

Newly Admitted/Current Students

Is there a deposit? Is there any placement testing required?

There is no deposit required for Early College applicants and there are no placement testing requirements.

What technology/systems should I know about?

Learn more about connecting to the WiFi here. Learn more about NETID, CWID, Canvas, NEST, and RAVE here.

How do I sign up for RAVE?

RAVE Alert is the primary mobile communications tool at Montclair State University that notifies the campus community in emergency situations as well as other vital scenarios that might impact the campus.  You are automatically registered through your Montclair State University email address.  To sign up for text alerts, click here.

I was admitted, what do I do next?

Please review our Admitted Student ChecklistAll students should regularly check their Montclair State University email address for updates.

How do I get free Microsoft Office as a student?

For students in credit-bearing programs with a NETID, find out more information here.

What services can I use on campus?
What is FERPA?

FERPA is the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.  You can read the University’s FERPA Policy here more about how this applies to you as an Early College student here.

Where is there to eat on campus? Can I get a meal plan?

There are many places to eat on campus. The university has commuter meal plans. Read more about Red Hawk Dollars here.

What are the COVID-19 vaccination requirements?

Please click here or more information.

How do I get a University ID card?

You can find more information here.

How do I pay my bill? Are there payment plans?

Please review your payment options.  Yes, we do have payment plans.

How do I register for classes?

You can register for class(es) in NEST!  Please review this guide.

On the course schedule, you can search by term and subject for classes, read a description, see the class type, meeting dates and times, location, instructor, date range, and required course materials.

Review the helpful guide of acronyms and abbreviations you may see around campus and on the course schedule.

Read more about permits, pins, pre-requisites, and waitlists here.                                    

How do I get textbooks?

At the bookstore, located in the Student Center Annex, 1st Floor.  To order online, click here.  The bookstore also offers Low Price Guarantee.

Can I make changes to my schedule?

Before the Add/Drop deadline, you can make changes to your schedule.  We recommend speaking to your high school counselor first (if dual enrollment), as well as contacting our office.  Please keep in mind that some courses may have prerequisites or need permits to register.

How do I find my way around campus?

Sign up for a campus tour! Want to just explore campus on your own time?  You can download the “Montclair State NEST Mobile App” on your compatible smartphone via the iOS App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play Store on your Android device. The app is quick, easy and free.  It features an interactive campus map, complete with the ability to plot directions to all important buildings on campus. Can’t make it to campus?  Check out our Virtual Campus Tour! Looking for a particular place on campus?  View our Campus Map!

What are my options for transportation?

Click here to learn more about the bus schedule, train stations on campus, University shuttles (which are free!), the NJ Transit Discount program, and bike rentals. Bike racks are located at the following locations: Blanton Hall, Bohn Hall, Calcia Hall, Cole Hall, Dickson Hall, Finley Hall, Freeman Hall, Hawks Crossing Apartments, Life Hall, Machuga Heights, Morehead Hall, Panzer Athletic Center, Red Hawk Deck, Richardson Hall, Russ Hall, Sprague Library, Student Center, University Hall, Village (one at each building), and Webster Hall. Be sure to bring a good bike lock!

Students parking on campus either need a permit or to pay per hour/day.  Please visit the Parking Services page for more information. You can also be dropped off, but please make sure the driver pulls into a parking lot. You should not ever be dropped off or picked up on an active roadway. 

Check out the Commuter Pits Stops to see where you can go in between classes.

I am in need of an accommodation, who do I contact?
Can I participate in sports and campus activities/events?

Early College students cannot participate in NCAA athletics, but you can take part in Campus Recreation and Center for Student Involvement campus activities/events.  To find out what events are happening around campus, check out Engage!

My program has a residential component, what is my address?

For students residing in Blanton, Bohn, Sinatra, Freeman and Russ Halls, The Village at Little Falls, and The Heights:

Your Name

Montclair State University

1 Normal Avenue

Your Residential Building Name & Room Number

Montclair, NJ 07043


For students residing in Hawk Crossings:

Your Name

Montclair State University

65 Clove Road, Apt. #

Little Falls, NJ 07424

Will there be an orientation?

Yes, more information will be provided to students soon.  Please continue to check your Montclair State University email address for updates.

What if I am sick and cannot make it to class?

You should let your professor know as soon as possible and complete your daily HawkCheck.  Please review the Class Absence Documentation policy.

Please contact us for specific questions regarding your program!