Montclair’s distinctive character includes several attributes that together define its brand.
Montclair defines what it means to be a university with a public purpose – one that not only creates transformational opportunities for students, but also partners with communities to find solutions to pressing problems. We advance the well being of communities with serve by working with them as equal partners.
We believe that no problem is too tough for committed and creative people to solve. Our faculty and students are collaborating with communities to address a wide range of issues, from unequal educational and health outcomes, to environmental and social justice, poverty, human trafficking and the catastrophic effects of climate change.
Montclair is committed to opening pathways to success for our diverse student body. We have been ranked #19 in the nation on social mobility by U.S. News and World Report.
Our warm and welcoming campus community includes people from all backgrounds. Our students come from every corner of New Jersey, as well as many other states and nations. More than half of our students identify as underrepresented minorities, and U.S. News and World Report ranks us as one of the top institutions in the country for the graduation rate performance of our students. We are a Hispanic Serving Institution that every year confers more degrees on Latinx students than any other institution in the state.
Montclair’s faculty are respected leaders in their fields – winners of MacArthur and Carnegie fellowships, Fulbright and Emmy awards, grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institutes of Health, and many other distinctions. Montclair is ranked #7 in the world on a key measure of faculty research impact in the Times Higher Education global rankings.
A Tremendous Value
Montclair delivers outstanding academics and a transformative student experience at a highly affordable price, making the University an outstanding value.
Since its founding in 1908, Montclair has been at the forefront of educational innovation, pioneering new methods and new ways to help students succeed. In the 1940s, we were the first higher education institution to broadcast courses on television, and today, our new Montclair Unbound initiative delivers learning flexibly, so that students everywhere can learn in ways that work best for them, whether in courses that combine online and in-person education and are delivered at convenient times and places.