Living It Up

Montclair State life beyond the classroom

Montclair State’s scenic campus is a vibrant place to learn, and, increasingly, to live. With the construction of new residence halls and apartments in recent years, nearly 5,000 students now live on campus. Students have the option of living in a variety of residence halls from new high-rises such as Frank Sinatra Hall and The Heights with views of New York City to apartments that include kitchens in the Village or Hawk Crossings on Clove Road. The Fiscal Times listed Montclair State as one of the 10 Public Colleges with the Most Luxurious Dorms. But there is much more to life on the Montclair State campus than its award-winning facilities.

“There’s this real vibrancy on campus and whether you’re working here or living here, you feel that,” says Executive Director of Residential Education and Services John Delate. “It’s motivating and uplifting and you want to be part of it.”

While commuter students have the same opportunities for educational and cultural growth through social and academic experiences, those living in the University’s learning communities, and other residence halls, share an experience that extends far beyond the classroom.

Living and Learning Communities

First-year students with declared majors have the option of joining College Themed Living and Learning Communities. Each of the five colleges within the University is represented in these Living Communities, which aim to “develop and support the interests of students and assist them in taking advantage of the vast resources Montclair State has to offer,” according to Residential Education and Services living communities webpage. Many special interest living communities are also available to students including the Emerging Leaders living community, LGBT special living, Global Living and Sophomore Year Success.

“They really try to build communication among students,” says student Jessica Moy, a resident of the Hawk Crossings Apartments.

Each community has its own vibe. “I like the community feel of Sinatra Hall,” says resident James Myricks.

Beyond the Classroom

Living on campus can also provide less obvious benefits. “I’ve learned to manage my time living on campus and I really feel like I’m part of a community in Dinallo Heights,” says sophomore Teddi Hayes.

Montclair State residents are also offered services to help them succeed in and out of the classroom such as conflict resolution, resume workshops for juniors and seniors and transition services for first-year and transfer students. “We want our students to leave here able succeed in a variety of ways. We want them to have the life skills that they need to successful,” says Assistant Director for Residential Education Tara Mellor. “A lot of our programming relates to those life skills.”

Read more about life on campus at Beyond the Classroom.