Welcome to the Red Hawk Family! Your student has made a great choice in choosing Montclair State University. As family members, you are valued members of our community and we are here for both you and your student. This website provides information to support your Montclair State University student. Be sure to check out our Early College Programs FAQ Page. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
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Be a partner in this experience.
Being a partner in this experience is integral to your student’s success. We acknowledge that this is both an exciting and challenging time for you as family members, but be proud of your student and embrace the change as they transition to university life.
Stay connected! Want to sign up for Family News? Visit the list subscription page and enter your email address. You will receive a confirmation link in your email inbox verifying that you are the owner of that address. After you confirm, you’ll start receiving Family News! You also will be able to unsubscribe or change to a different email address at any time.
Know your student’s semester.
At the start of the semester, your student may experience both excitement and frustration as they transition to their new environment. Suggest campus resources (listed on the bottom of this page) and encourage your student to reach out to our office for support. As the weather gets colder, students may feel cooped up; remind your student to eat healthy and get plenty of sleep. When the weather starts warming up, students may have a hard time focusing; remind your student to prioritize their academics. Once students are acclimated to campus, encourage them to meet new people, get more involved on campus, and set academic goals. View the Academic Calendar to see what your student’s semester(s) will look like.
Encourage your student to get involved.
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) hosts a variety of student activities daily and there is plenty of fun to be had! Encourage your student to check out Engage to see what is happening around campus so they can make friends, expand their interests, and be a part of our community. Learn about Student Development and Campus Life.
Explore our campus.
Sign up for a campus tour with your student! Want to just explore campus on your own time? Your student can download the “Montclair State NEST Mobile App” on their compatible smartphone via the iOS App Store on their iPhone or the Google Play Store on their 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!
We have a mutual goal.
We are committed to supporting your student and we are here to prepare them for this next stage.
- Safety: Safety is our number one priority at Montclair State University.
- Wellness: The university is committed to promoting wellness on campus and is proud to be a stigma-free campus. Your student will regularly receive Wellness News to their Montclair State email address with important tips, reminders, and wellness events.
- Academics: Students taking college-level courses will spend fewer hours each day in the actual classroom than they would in high school. Because of this, students have additional responsibility outside the classroom and should plan their time accordingly. Each professor offers office hours in which a student can drop by to meet with their professor. This information can be found in the syllabus, which is provided in each course. The syllabus lists the course modality, meeting specifics, professor information, course description, goals, learning objectives, assignments, and due dates. We also have an Academic Success Coach to provide guidance to our Early College Program students by maintaining regular communication to ensure students meet their goals by tracking their course progress, identifying obstacles to success, and making referrals as needed to campus resources, advising, tutoring, etc.
Is your child looking to become a Red Hawk soon? Check out our parent webinars to learn all about the university!