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Special Interest Housing

Montclair State University is committed to the integration of the academic community into the residence halls. One of the ways that this is accomplished is through Living Learning Communities. Participants of Living Learning Communities have opportunities to live together with other students who are taking similar courses or have a common college based major. This model helps residents foster social connections by assigning them into student cohorts, ensuring residents have close contact with faculty, participate in programs and events that support the theme of the Living Learning Community, and provides opportunities for interaction with other residents across campus who share a similar interest.

Special Interest Housing Options

For First Year Students

Montclair State University’s College Themed Living and Learning Communities are transforming the way in which undergraduate students experience University life. First-year students who enter Montclair State University with an intended major around one of our colleges (University CollegeCollege of the ArtsCollege of Science and Mathematics, College of Education and Human ServicesCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Business)  have the option to indicate interest in living in their themed college living and learning community. The communities are designed to support and develop the interests of students and assist them in taking advantage of the vast resources Montclair State University has to offer.

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College Themed Living and Learning Communities

Montclair State University’s College Themed Living and Learning Communities are small but vital communities, offering individualized support while tailoring the first-year experience for students with similar interests.

Our goal is to implement special educational and social programs, and offer opportunities for close interaction with faculty and fellow students around themes of common interest and intended major. First-year resident members of each College are housed together in the same residential floors.

While each College has its own personality, there are many experiences that will be the same for every first-year student:

  • A committed team of faculty and staff to assist with implementing social and educational programs.
  • Student involvement and support both inside and outside the classroom.
  • The benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests.

Students may inquire into areas of personal academic interest in ways that are designed to be helpful in settling on a major and in taking the first steps toward a calling or career.

Returning and Transfer Students

Many residential students make lifelong connections by living in special interest communities. Returning and transfer students have an opportunity to select and be a part of a living community, which brings students together for social and academic support! If you are interested in applying for any of our special interest housing options for the 2019 – 2020 academic year, visit our HawkSync page for application directions!