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Academic Support

This web page outlines the different Academic Support options available for students including tutoring through the Academic Success Center, academic advising, Undergraduate Admissions information and more! Use the drawers on this page to read a bit about each Academic Support.

Academic Success Center (ASC)

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers learning support programs to assure high quality services to Montclair State University students. The quality learning is centered on the student as an individual. Therefore, ASC continues to construct a body of work focused on the academic needs of a rapidly growing student population.

Tutorial Services

One of the goals of the Academic Success Center is to offer quality tutorial services to Montclair State students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of ASC tutoring which fosters active learning, reasoning and critical thinking. The application of active learning processes and study skills is introduced during a tutoring session in connection with a subject being tutored. Additionally, the tutors working at the Center are well trained in applying learning strategies and tutoring techniques to help students become more confident and competent learners while facing academic challenges and mastering the course content.

The Center advertises the tutoring schedule at the beginning of the semester and invites students seeking academic assistance to come early as well as throughout the semester.

Tutoring Hours and Locations

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m -1 p.m.
  • Location: Webster Hall, Rooms 200A & 300A

In order to best fit your tutoring needs, ASC provides tutorial support in many different forms throughout the campus; in our Academic Success Center Webster Study Rooms, through partnership with Residence Life in the Academic Resource Centers in Bohn, Dinallo and Russ Halls and also online.

Assessment & Testing

The Academic Success Center (ASC) coordinates all assessment and evaluation procedures associated with Placement Testing; students are placed into appropriate courses in English and mathematics after a review of their academic records. All students must demonstrate proficiencies in writing, reading and elementary algebra, which are compatible with the successful performance of college level work. The Montclair State University placement requirement provides for the demonstration of such proficiencies through available SAT/ACT scores, achievement in high school courses, or the assessment of these skills upon entry to the University and, if necessary, enrollment in particular remedial or developmental courses to develop requisite skills. Montclair State University administers the ACCUPLACER for a placement test in reading and mathematics.

ASC also administers the Math Readiness Tests, the Chemistry Readiness Test for incoming freshmen, and coordinates its services with English as a Second Language. Proctoring services for non-MSU students are available through this office.

Admissions
  • Director: Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant
  • Location: 855 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ
  • Telephone: 973-655-5116
  • Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions seeks to provide the University’s faculty with academically prepared students by adhering to our department’s mission.  Undergraduate Admissions at Montclair State University is comprised of a team working together to help prospective students determine how Montclair State can assist them to achieve educational goals, to graduate, and to establish a lifelong relationship with the University.   These values represent the efforts of a team that is committed to meeting the needs of students during all phases of the enrollment process, from initial inquiry to actual enrollment.  During all phases of the Admissions process activities and communication facilitate the student’s transition and preparation for University and academic life.  The ethical responsibility of the Admissions operation is to support this vision by helping prospective students determine if they are an appropriate match for both our curriculum and the career opportunities that await our graduates.

How can the Undergraduate Admissions office help you as a faculty member? 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can assist faculty who wish to play an active role in recruiting students for their programs by collaborating with the Director of Admissions on special programs designed to attract academic talent. Whether helping to facilitate simple touches like “welcome” phone calls to accepted students, or initiating more complex, discipline-specific initiatives, faculty can help to determine the mix of students in their classrooms.  In previous years, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has highlighted specific academic majors at state-wide events for guidance counselors, and has connected our faculty with high school educators to nurture a connection between their very best students and Montclair State.

Advising

Academic advising is a developmental process in which students and academic advisors engage that focuses on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals.

For more information, please visit the Academic Advising website.

Center for Leadership and Development

The Center for Leadership and Engagement oversees a variety of experiences and initiatives that span the lifecycle of a student from enrollment to graduation.

We oversee orientation for all incoming freshmen and transfer students; we provide one-on-one support and/or experiences for students who are part of the following populations: Adult studentsKnowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) studentsVeteran students and Senior Citizen students; and we oversee Leadership Development.

Our Center for Leadership Development recently received a global ranking for the Top Three Educational institutions with a leadership certificate program and gained a LEAD500 Award for the fourth year in a row!

Additionally, our center coordinates unique experiences for identified cohorts of students – this includes a summer bridge program – Red Hawk Advantage, and the recently developed Presidential Scholars for high achieving incoming New Jersey high school graduates. The Center also oversees the Experience Montclair Initiative designed to promote a shared economy of student engagement. This program helps connect experiences for students in an intentional and guided manner.

Center for Writing Excellence

The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is available to all university students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are committed to developing and improving as writers. Sessions with experienced writing consultants are designed to provide help on every aspect of the writing process, with the goal of enabling writers to achieve long-term improvement, confidence, and independence.

Conferences are generally a maximum of 25 minutes, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We can also schedule appointments in advance, and we are now offering online consultations. There is no charge for these services.

Specifically, we can help you with:

  • Getting started: Understanding the writing task and generating ideas
  • Drafting: Developing a focus and an argument, selecting appropriate evidence, and organizing your ideas
  • Revising: Choosing strategies to improve drafts
  • Polishing: Learning to edit your own writing

To prepare for your session, come with:

  • Assignment or task
  • Text for course (if you are taking one).
  • All work you have done to get started (any freewriting and notes)
  • A draft of your paper or other document (if you have one)
  • Your goal for the conference
  • Most important, specific question or writing problem for which you would like help

What we do not do:

  • Proofread or edit your papers for you, but we will help you learn how to do so
  • Interpret (if you are a student) comments your instructor made on your paper or discuss grades, but we will look at your efforts to revise
  • Review more than 4-5 pages at a time, though you are welcome to return

Hours of Operation

Regular fall and spring semester hours

  • Monday:10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Colleges and Schools

Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s 11 colleges and schools serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs.

Disability Resource Center

The Mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to unite the Montclair State University community in an effort to provide students with disabilities the excellence and equity in education to which they are legally entitled.    Support from faculty is integral to the achievement of this mission.  It is the hope of the DRC that sharing this information will promote collaboration between the DRC and faculty as well as provide you with some strategies, to see that all students are encouraged to meet their full potential.

Although it may seem simpler to just accommodate students directly without the involvement of the DRC, that approach can be risky.  The DRC has the expertise to ascertain whether the request is appropriate and reasonable.  If you provide an accommodation without proper documentation, other students can challenge this treatment as preferential.  Also, by providing an unsubstantiated accommodation, a pattern is set under which a student can claim to be “considered as having a disability” under the law.  Therefore when students approach faculty about disability issues, it is strongly recommended that they are referred to the DRC.

Section 504 and the ADA are very specific regarding confidentiality issues. Students voluntarily affiliate themselves with DRC, and the responsibility to protect their confidentiality is taken seriously.

How can the Disability Resource Center help you as a faculty member?

Although it may seem contradictory to some that the DRC’s goal is to team with the faculty to accommodate the student; that is our true mission. The center advocates for students, but is also available to consult with and assist faculty in meeting the University’s legal responsibilities to students with disabilities.

The law permits dissemination of disability-related information on a “need to know” basis only.  Therefore when faculty is alerted, the center is permitted to disclose only the existence, not the nature, of a disability and what accommodations are necessary to equalize access to learning for that student.  Asking intrusive questions of the student or discussing the student’s disability with others, no matter how well-intentioned, is a violation of federal law.

Education Opportunity Fund Program

Montclair State University’s Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) provides access for motivated state residents from underrepresented populations/areas that meet the income criteria and exhibit the potential for high achievement. The Educational Opportunity Fund Program provides quality academic support, leadership development, financial literacy, career enrichment, intentional counseling/advisement, and need-based financial assistance to maximize the intellectual and social growth of all participants. The EOF community fully engages scholars in curricular and co-curricular experiences ultimately producing active alumni dedicated to lifelong learning and global citizenship.

How can the Educational Opportunity Fund Program help you as a faculty member?

EOF Students are assigned EOF Professional Counselors who can be used as a resource for a student’s academic development (tutoring, writing workshops, etc). Progress reports are sent to faculty members for EOF students and other select special admit populations to ensure students maximize the use of their academic resources.

Experience Montclair

Experience Montclair (EM) is a University-wide initiative designed to provide activities, events and workshops to help students stimulate intellectual curiosity and career readiness through academic and co-curricular programming. This initiative promotes active student engagement starting in the very first semester. As students begin their transition to college life they will be presented with opportunities to explore areas of personal and professional interest in order to gain necessary skills for future employment and/or graduate study. By employing a competency-based approach, student engagement can be translated into competencies to make sense for students, administrators, family members and potential employers.

Important Dates

The Important Dates website includes important upcoming deadlines and dates for our students. Please review this information. Any additions will be announced via Red Hawk News sent to your University email account.