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The Class of 2027 is Record-Breaking in Size, Diversity and Quality

Montclair State University welcomes largest incoming class, total enrollment, and returning student population in its history

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Montclair State University is continuing its historic growth by not only welcoming incoming students in record numbers, but also by ensuring they return each year, succeed and graduate.

For the third consecutive year, the University has welcomed its largest-ever incoming class. The Class of 2027 joins the biggest returning student population to make up the highest total enrollment in the University’s history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking student body.

As of the first day of classes, the institution has welcomed 4,186 first-year students to its Montclair campus for the start of the fall 2023 semester, which pushes the total University enrollment to more than 22,200 students. All students will also have access to $32 million in institutional financial aid, the largest total in Montclair’s 115-year history.

In addition to these record numbers, the University also welcomed more than 900 students enrolled at Bloomfield College of Montclair State University, which became part of the University on July 1.

“Our commitment to both accessibility and excellence is drawing students and families to us in record numbers,” says Montclair State University President Jonathan Koppell. “In a time when college enrollment is declining nationally, they understand the value of the opportunities we offer and our commitment to student success.

“It is particularly gratifying that our largest-ever enrollment is a result not just of new students coming to Montclair but record numbers of students returning to campus to continue their education and complete their degree. Growth does not matter if we are not achieving it in ways that benefit our students first and foremost, and we will continue to challenge ourselves each day to raise the bar for them.”

Facts About The Class of 2027

  • Students hail from 31 states and 12 countries
  • The class boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.3 for the third straight year.
  • 45% of students identify as Hispanic, further solidifying Montclair’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • 44% are first-generation college students

Montclair’s critical mission serves a truly diverse student body reflective of the State of New Jersey. More than 50% of the undergraduate student population identify as minority group members.

The University also serves the entire socioeconomic spectrum, with nearly half of Montclair’s students receiving federal Pell Grants because they come from lower-income families.

Montclair has maintained its commitment to accessible educational excellence for all by remaining one of the most affordable higher education institutions in New Jersey.

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