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Montclair State University Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in School History

Institution continues ascension with record-breaking Class of 2025

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Montclair State President Jonathan Koppell on stage looking out at the audience in Memorial Auditorium
President Jonathan Koppell welcomes students on Red Hawk Day.

As college enrollment numbers continue to decline nationwide among first-year students during the coronavirus pandemic, Montclair State University is bucking the trend.

The institution welcomed 3,619 first-year students to campus for the fall 2021 semester. It is the largest incoming class in the University’s 113-year history and is 14% larger than the previous record. The total is also a 16% jump from the fall of 2020.

Members of the Class of 2025 represent 32 states and 11 countries. But the class isn’t just bigger; it also boasts an average high school GPA of 3.32, marking the second consecutive year the mark has been above 3.3.

“We are excited to welcome such a large, diverse and talented group of students to Montclair State University,” says President Jonathan Koppell. “They are joining an institution that will empower them to discover their passions and solve our most pressing problems. I cannot wait to see what they achieve.”

Montclair State has maintained its momentum in spite of the pandemic. Evolving from a Carnegie R3 research doctoral institution to R2 high-research activity and New Jersey Public Research University designations in the span of just three years, the institution’s reputation in both the Garden State and abroad has grown exponentially.

One of the only New Jersey universities to welcome students back to live and learn on campus in 2020 (without going entirely remote due to a coronavirus outbreak), the institution’s ability to provide a safe, affordable and high-quality educational experience has students from all corners of the world taking notice – and joining the state’s second-largest university in record numbers.

“Montclair State is increasingly being seen as a highly desirable option for prospective students,” says Vice President for Enrollment Management Wendy Lin-Cook. “Students and their parents are now more aware than ever of the value and return on investment we provide. A Montclair State University degree is a vehicle to a great career, graduate school or anything a student may wish to pursue in the future. And, with new educational programs – such as our pre-med, pre-law and 4+1 MBA programs – students have even more opportunities here.”