Know Montclair State

Montclair State University Has Evolved: Do You Know How?

Search committees and chairs/directors need to have a very good understanding of Montclair State University today, able to answer a wide range of candidate questions and offer information that will help to engage excellent faculty who can contribute meaningfully to the University’s mission. Often when people have worked at MSU for a long time they become very well informed about a narrow window of the University, while remaining relatively uninformed of changes in the University at large. Maintain appropriate expertise on MSU by reviewing the following resources.

Montclair State University’s Website homepage
Check the web page’s major stories when you are engaging with candidates
About Montclair
Right off the home page, presents top-line information about our major achievements
Office of the President
See recent speeches, mission statement and strategic plan
College/School Web Pages
Department Pages

External Views of Montclair State University

It is valuable for search committees to be familiar with the search engine driven view of MSU, not because this is the best view (it isn’t), but because it’s the view that candidates are most likely to come across. Search committees’ knowledge of the relative value of these sources (for example, US News’ rankings have been pretty thoroughly critiqued by scholars) will no doubt allow for good conversations with candidates.

College Navigator
National Center for Educational Statistics
A popular college review website, Niche provides reviews from students, and comes up high on a basic internet search
U.S. News & World Reports, Rankings (2021)
#176 in National Universities (only entered national rankings recently)
#128 in Best Colleges for Veterans
#20 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
#87 in Top Public Schools

Institutional Research: Facts & Figures

Annual Institutional Profile
A state mandated report, this 30+ page document covers MSU’s student characteristics and outcomes, faculty characteristics, the university’s profile, infrastructure improvements, research, and public service activities.
Montclair State University Student Information
Demographic, graduation and retention, and survey information
Montclair State University Faculty Information
Demographic and survey information

Updated 2.14.21