Researcher Sreedhar Tummalapalli

A Public Research University Designation

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation in July officially designating Montclair State a public research university. The bill was unanimously supported by both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly. In 2016, the University was designated a research doctoral institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

“Having our home state recognize what has already been acknowledged in the national higher education community is both welcome and appropriate and will further strengthen the University’s ability to contribute to the education of  the state’s workforce, create new knowledge in fields important to the state, nation and the larger world, and help fuel New Jersey’s future economic growth,” says President Susan A. Cole.

Montclair State’s continuously expanding research activity spans a wide range of areas, and the University’s scholars and scientists receive federal funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation; the National Institutes of Health; the departments of Energy, Defense, Agriculture and Education; NASA; and others, as well as from corporations, foundations and state agencies. See related Graduate School story in Spotlight: News Briefs