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National Student Scholarship

With New York City connections and world-class experiences just 12 miles away, Montclair State scholarships support students’ passions

Montclair State University now awards National Student Scholarships to high-achieving, out-of-state freshman students. The awards guarantee that academically qualified college students pay in-state tuition, a savings of nearly 40%.

Top-tier drama, dance and theatre arts programs, communication and media, business and sustainability, fashion and the arts – in all, more than 300 programs of study – provide real-world professional experiences, including internships and career opportunities on Wall Street and Broadway and throughout the New York City metro area.

Out-of-state students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the annual tuition reduction of $7,960. Students do not need to submit any supplemental information to be considered for in-state tuition; a review of each student’s eligibility will be conducted at the time their application is evaluated.

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Montclair State’s ‘Wow’ Factor

From NYC skyline views to groundbreaking research, a sense of community and diversity, academic excellence, career and internship advantages, provide great value and tremendous opportunities

Take a closer look at Montclair State University. It might not be what you expected.

Our students are winning “Emmys” and huge sums of money to launch their own businesses. They participate in faculty research and discovery, everything from dangerous jellyfish at the Jersey Shore to the mysteries of space. In New Jersey classrooms, Montclair State graduates are closing the racial and ethnic gaps between students of color and their teachers.

We have grown in ways that make us stand out among New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Montclair State is recognized as a Carnegie-designated national research doctoral university with high research activity and state-designated public research institution, and is listed among the nation’s top 80 public schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2020). We’re recognized nationally for providing “more bang for the buck” (Washington Monthly, 2019).

Oh, and located just 12 miles from New York City, our beautiful suburban campus offers some of the best views of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Ways to Experience Montclair State

Come visit us and see for yourself all that Montclair State has to offer. It’s the best way to find out if we’re the right school for you! There are four visit options available for you to experience the Montclair State campus:


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Here, urban meets suburban in the very best ways.

Consistently named among New Jersey’s best cities, Montclair is rich in cultural, recreational and outdoor activities. Our students have access to 175 acres of parks and rivers and a funky, eclectic downtown, complete with a robust arts scene and lots of great food.

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Local Accommodations

Top 5 Programs for Out-of-State Students

  1. Musical Theatre
  2. Dance
  3. Business Administration
  4. Theatre
  5. Biology

SAT/ACT Test Optional

We know you’re driven, but we care the most about your rigor, what you’re motivated by and how you can succeed. Taking a holistic approach to the admissions process, we are able to focus on your actual accomplishments in high school.

More about our SAT/ACT Test Optional Policy

Why Out-of-State Students Are Choosing Montclair State

The generous financial package and the opportunity to study a hard-to-find program in Child Advocacy and Policy led Nicole Hayden, an honors student from Long Island, New York, to become one of the University’s first National Student Scholarship recipients.

“Montclair State stood out to me because of the Animation and Illustration major and its reputation. As someone aspiring to be working in the visual aspect of either the video game or film industries, the close proximity to New York City is an added bonus.”

– Brady Mock, a sophomore from New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Take the next step. Apply to Montclair State University.