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Presidential Scholars Program

Starting with the Fall 2018 entering freshman class, the University’s new Presidential Scholars Program will award high-achieving, New Jersey students with a merit scholarship of a $5,000 for each of their four years of study ($20,000 total), as well as access to special academic and career preparation opportunities such as:

  • Faculty-student research partnerships.
  • Guided career counseling and career development workshops.
  • Access to alumni mentors.
  • Access to internship opportunities.
  • Off-campus activities and retreats.
  • Common academic experiences, like the Common First-Year Book.

To learn more, visit the Presidential Scholars page.

Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State Students

Montclair State University offers merit scholarships of up to $10,000 a year for out-of-state, freshman students. This award is renewable for four years as long as the student maintains the required cumulative GPA at Montclair State each year.

The University also awards select students a residential grant (up to $4,000) to defray the cost of room and board. This award is renewable for four years as long as the student meets all eligibility criteria: demonstrates qualifying financial need, remains in good financial aid standing, maintains full-time enrollment and continues residency in on-campus housing.

Scholarship Review/Requirements

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ scholarship review process considers your high school GPA, the rigor of your academic coursework, standardized test scores (if submitted) and other information already included in your application for admission. No separate application is required.

Though there is no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirement for merit scholarship eligibility at Montclair State, successful recipients typically possess a 3.55 or higher GPA (on an un-weighted 4.0 scale) in an academically rigorous curriculum as evidenced by:

  • Additional years of math, beyond Algebra II.
  • Additional years of science, beyond Chemistry.
  • Additional years of world languages, beyond the two consecutive years of the same foreign language required.
  • Honors courses.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses..
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
  • Courses taken for college credit during high school.

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