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Montclair State University
Montclair state crest logo color.svg
Motto Carpe Futura
Motto in English Seize the future
Established 1908
Type Public University
Endowment $42.120 million (2007) [1]
President Susan Cole, Ph.D
Staff 4,500
Students 18,171
Undergraduates 14,139
Postgraduates 4,032
Location Montclair, New Jersey, United States
40°51′32.78″N 74°11′55.27″W / 40.8591056°N 74.1986861°W / 40.8591056; -74.1986861Coordinates: 40°51′32.78″N 74°11′55.27″W / 40.8591056°N 74.1986861°W / 40.8591056; -74.1986861
Campus Suburban
480 acre (194.25 ha) campus, including NJ School of Conservation
Sports Red Hawk Athletics
Colors Red and White
Mascot Rocky the Red Hawk

Montclair State University is a public university located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, the Great Notch area of Little Falls, and Clifton, New Jersey. As of October 2009, there were 18,171 total enrolled students: 14,139 undergraduate students and 4,032 graduate students.[1] Montclair State University is New Jersey's second largest school[2] , with Rutgers being the first.[3] It is also the state's quickest growing school and currently sizes at 480 acres, inclusive of the New Jersey School of Conservation, which attracts students statewide[4]. More than 250 majors, minors and concentrations are offered.[5].

Montclair State University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as many specialized academic organizations.[6] Montclair University, along with NJIT and Rutgers University, offers opportunities to pursue a Phd in biomedicine with its joint degree program with UMDNJ.[7] The university also offers articulation agreements with UMDNJ's Medical[8], Dental[9] and Physical Therapy[10] programs.[11] The school also offers such articulation agreements with Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, combining a Bachelors degree from Montclair with a Pharmacy Degree from the school.[12]

The University is also a member of some of the more prominent professional organizations[13] including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities[14], American Council on Education[15], Association of American Colleges and Universities[16] and the Council of Graduate Schools.[17] It is also the only University in the US to offer a doctorate program in pedagogy[18]. The University is also regarded a Tier 1 level University by US News & World Report. [19] In 2009, Forbes Magazine awarded the University "Best Public University in New Jersey"[20] and third best University overall in the state.[21] Currently, is also ranked #54 on the Forbes list for America’s Best Public Colleges.[22] Additionally, the university is consistently ranked amongst the top schools in New Jersey [23], amongst Princeton, Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology and NJIT.[24]

In 2004, Montclair University opened the Montclair State University Station [25], which directly links the university to New York City [26]. The building of the MSU Station cost $26 million dollars [27] to complete, and also contains a 1,500-space parking deck.[28]



Plans for the building of what was to be a State Normal school was initiated in, 1903[29] and it took a year for permission to be granted for the approval of the state for building the school.[30] It was then established as New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair, a normal school, in 1908[31] approximately 5 years after the initial planning of the school.[32] At the time, Governor John Franklin Fort attended the dedication of the school in 1908[33], and the school was to have its first principal Charles Sumner Chapin that same year.[34] The first building constucted was College Hall, and it still stands today.[35] At the time however, the school only offered two year programs which were meant to train and develop school teachers.[36] At the time, the campus was around 25 acres, had 8 faculty members and 187 students.[37] The first graduating class, which numbered at 45 students,[38] contained William O. Trapp, who would then go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1929.[39] The first dormitories were then built 5 years later, in 1915, and is known as Russ Hall.[40]

In 1924, Dr. Harry Sprague was to become the first president of Montclair,[41] and shortly afterwards the school began being more inclusive of extracurricular activites such as sports, which are still an important sect in the culture of the school.[42] In 1927 however, after studies had emerged concerning the number of High School teachers in the state of New Jersey (only 10% of all high school teachers received their degrees from New Jersey)[43], the institution became Montclair State Teachers College and developed a four-year (Bachelors of Arts) program in pedagogy, becoming the first US institute to do so. [44] In 1937 it became the first teachers college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1943, during World War II, several students, under permission from the president, Harry Sprague, had joined the US Navy as volunteers, to train for the war.[45] It was also a time when students and faculty would sell war bonds to support US American troops.[46]

Then in 1958, the school fused itself with the Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene to become Montclair State College.[47] The school became a comprehensive multi-purpose institution in 1966.[31] The Board of Higher Education designated the school a teaching university on April 27, 1994, andin the same year the school became Montclair State University.[31] It has offered Master of Arts programs since 1932, Master of Business Administration since 1981, Master of Education since 1985, Master of Science since 1992, Master of Fine Arts since 1998, Doctor of Education since 1999, Doctor of Environmental Management since 2003 and Doctor of Science since 2005.


Typically, the university has a selectivity ratio of around 50% for freshmen, although it is more selective when dealing with transfer applicants.

Freshman Admission Standards Montclair State University considers a number of factors during the admission process. These factors include the rigor of high school curriculum, the overall grade point average (GPA), standardized test scores, and additional factors that contribute to successful degree attainment. These standards are subject to change depending on the demand for programs and the number of students that can be accommodated.

In preparation for the academic rigor of Montclair State University, you should have followed a challenging high school curriculum. As a Freshman Applicant, you are required to have completed the following high school courses with satisfactory grades: 4 units of English 3 units of math (in the Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II sequence) 2 units of the same foreign language 2 units of lab sciences 2 units of social sciences 3 units of academic electives (which may include additional units of math, languages, sciences or social sciences.)

We review each application individually; however, when considering an applicant for Freshman Admission, certain minimum standards are followed. Strong candidates for admission generally meet the following criteria:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or greater in the required curriculum
  • A combined SAT score of 1425 (Math, Critical Reading, and Writing) or ACT composite score of 20

Colleges and Schools

Montclair State University contains six colleges and/or schools, each with its own Dean. For the most part these schools organize and conduct academic programs individually (i.e. Bachelor's Degree Programs, Master's Degree Programs, Certificate Programs, etc ...), but occasionally work cooperatively to offer interdisciplinary programs. For example, a student may pursue a degree in Psychology with Teacher Certification in Social Studies - a program that is offered jointly by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Psychology) and the College of Education and Human Services (Teacher Certification).[48]


The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS)


The College of Education and Human Services also houses the Teacher Education program. Majors in other colleges with a teacher certification component are administered jointly by the Teacher Education program and the college or school responsible for the major's subject matter.[49]

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)


The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM)


The College of the Arts (CART)


The John J. Cali School of Music, part of the College of the Arts, houses the unique instruments of the late American composer and instrument builder Harry Partch.[50] In addition, the noted string quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, has been in residence at MSU since 2002.[51]

The School of Business (SBUS)


Graduate School

Doctoral Degrees
Masters Degrees
  • Reading
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art (MFA)
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Teaching (MAT) - Elementary and Early Childhood
  • Teaching (MAT) - Content Areas
  • Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics
  • Theatre
    • Theatre Studies
    • Arts Management
    • Production/Stage Management)
Teacher Certification
Additional Certifications
  • Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
  • Principal
  • Reading Specialist
  • Associate School Library Media Specialist
  • School Counseling
  • Speech Language Specialist
  • Substance Awareness Coordinator
  • Supervisor
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities


Montclair State Red Hawk's logo, introduced in Jan. 2005

Montclair State University's athletic teams have played under many names in the school's history. From the late 1920s-30s, the school played as the "Big Red," and featured a large scarlet "M" on its uniforms. Next, Montclair State Teacher’s College competed as the Indians, using a logo with a Native American chief's profile with the initials "MSTC" emblazoned on the caricature's headdress. The initials were changed to "MSC" when the school became Montclair State College in 1958. At one point in the 1980s, the school's baseball team used the cartoon Native American used by the Cleveland Indians. Finally, in 1989, in response to the growing concerns voiced by many Native Americans, the school changed its nickname to the Red Hawks, named after the Red-tailed Hawks that are indigenous to the area.

Division III Sports

Montclair State University athletics are in the NCAA Division III. The university currently offers the following sports:

Fall Sports
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Women's Volleyball                
Winter Sports
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Rugby
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Swimming and Diving
  • Women's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's Indoor Track and Field
  • Women's Indoor Track and Field                
Spring Sports
  • Men's Baseball
  • Women's Softball
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Sports Fields and Facilities

  • Sprague Field
    • The 6,000-seat field is home to the MSU football team, women's soccer and field hockey teams.
  • Panzer Gymnasium
    • The 1,200-seat arena is home to the MSU men's and women's basketball teams and volleyball team.
  • Panzer Pool
    • The 500-seat Panzer Pool is home to the Red Hawk men's and women's swimming and diving teams.
  • MSU Soccer Park
    • The 1,100-seat natural grass field, which opened in 1998, is the main home for both the men's and women's soccer teams.
  • Yogi Berra Stadium
  • MSU Softball Stadium
    • The 300-seat stadium opened its doors in 2004 and is home to the MSU softball team, and also hosted the 2009 NCAA Division III Women's College World Series.
  • Floyd Hall Arena
    • The ice skating arena opened in March 1998 with two NHL size rinks, an off-ice training area, meeting rooms, concession stand, pro shop, and facilities for birthday parties. Floyd Hall Arena now attracts over 500,000 visits per year and has become the home to many groups including The MSU Hockey Club, the Montclair Hockey Club, The North Jersey Figure Skating Club, the Clifton HS Mustangs and Nutley and Passaic Valley High School Hockey Teams.

Growth of Montclair State University

George Segal's Street Crossing (bronze, 1992) is permanently installed outside the Alexander Kasser Theater at MSU. The George Segal Gallery is located nearby.

The old campus of Montclair State consisted of College Hall, Russ Hall, Chapin Hall and Morehead Hall, all built between 1908-1928. Near the end of World War II, housing for returning soldiers was added; one of these buildings still stands today and houses the broadcasting department. Between 1950 and 1980, Montclair acquired a significant amount of land in Little Falls that had previously been a rock quarry, and added at least 23 buildings to its campus during that time.

Additions to the campus slowed after this, with the dormitory Blanton Hall the only major addition to campus before Montclair State began aggressively pushing growth again in the late 1990s.

Dickson Hall was dedicated to David W.D Dickson, the first African American president of Montclair State, in 1995. The Floyd Hall Arena, an ice skating rink, was built in 1998. In 1999, Science Hall was opened. In 2001, the Red Hawk Diner was added to the campus, making it the first diner on a university campus in the United States.

Recent Additions

In recent years, MSU has committed itself to a $250 million capital construction program[2]. Some major projects under this program are:

  • The Red Hawk Deck, MSU's first parking structure, opened in spring 2003
  • The Village Apartments at Little Falls, a new apartment complex accommodating 850 students, opened in fall 2003.
  • The Women's Softball Stadium, opened in 2004.
  • The 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theater, opened in fall of 2004.
  • The New Jersey Transit Rail Station & Parking Deck was opened in Fall 2004.
  • The Children's Center, opened in fall 2005.
  • University Hall, the largest building on campus, opened in spring 2006.
  • The George Segal Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Red Hawk Deck, opened in spring 2006.
  • Cafe Diem, a cyber-cafe attached to Sprague Library, opened in January 2007.
  • Chapin Hall, nearly 100 years old, was complete renovated and added to in order to house the newly created John J. Cali School of Music.
  • A 77,000 square foot Student Recreation Center opened in spring 2008.

By 2008, Montclair State is projected to have 18,000 students.

Parking Problems

Increased enrollment along with new construction and limited expansion options have caused a parking crunch at Montclair State University. The school has responded to the parking demands by constructing two garages, significantly increasing the fees for parking permits, and no longer issuing permits to freshmen or sophomore residents.

In addition to the Red Hawk Deck and the NJ Transit Deck, a third parking garage is currently under construction on the northern half of the campus.

Residence Facilities

Freeman Hall, a residence hall for underclassmen and Honors students
The Village at Little Falls mostly houses juniors and seniors
The center of the Village, showing the pool, basketball court and main administrative building (Abbott & Costello Center)

The current residence facilities at Montclair State University are as follows:

  • Blanton Hall
    • This five-story coed complex houses 640 residents in mostly triple rooms connected by a bathroom. Only four, five or six residents share each "suite" bathroom.
  • Bohn Hall
    • The tallest building at MSU, housing approximately 700 co-ed residents in double and triple rooms. Each wing has its own community bathroom facility. Floor heads such as "RAs" have their own personal room to conduct their business
  • Clove Road Apts (Hawk Crossings)
    • These co-ed apartment units house 350 upperclassmen and the international community of MSU. Each apartment has two bedrooms, housing four or five residents. Each apartment has a kitchen and bathroom. The complex is being renamed to Hawk Crossings as of Fall 2010. [52]
  • Freeman Hall
    • Housing approximately 235 co-ed residents, the Freeman community is home to the honors program. Residents live in a "suite" style double, triple and even quad rooms, in which two rooms share a bathroom.
  • Russ Hall
    • Russ Hall is a coed upperclassmen community, housing 91 residents in a "suite" style community. Russ Hall was converted from an administrative building into a residential facility in the late 1990s.
  • Stone Hall
    • Stone Hall is the oldest continuous residence facility in operation. It houses 109 residents in a traditional residence hall layout.
  • The Village at Little Falls
    • Consists of four separate residential buildings: Williams Hall, Basie Hall, Fenwick Hall, and Alice Paul hall.
    • A fifth building, the Abbott & Costello Center, contains a gym facility and police sub-station.
    • 848-beds in an apartment style (a set of bedrooms that share a common kitchen, living room, and dining area)
  • Webster Hall
    • MSU's only all female residence hall community houses approximately 100 residents. This three floor facility has triple rooms in "suite" style arrangements. Two triple rooms are connected by a bathroom.
  • LaQuinta Inn
    • Due to overcrowding and overbooking of the on-campus housing, MSU has many of the overflow students staying in a local hotel a short car ride from the school. Transportation to and from the hotel is offered on a schedule every hour or so by the school shuttle service. It is also open to the public. Students are also able to commute to the school by car at a small additional cost for parking.

Future residence halls:

  • Sinatra Hall
    • A new 6-floor residence hall for upperclassmen is under construction on Clove Rd. between the Clove Rd. Apartments and The Village at Little Falls, containing apartment style suites. [53]
  • Bloomfield Avenue Plans: Cancelled
    • The Newark Star-Ledger reported on April 30, 2009, that MSU is considering a downtown Montclair location for the construction of additional housing for upperclassmen, which would be expected to come on-line as early as Fall 2011. [54] Then on January 26, 2010, the Montclarion reported that the plans were being scrapped. [55]
  • Hillside and Rec Center Sites
    • New construction on campus, one H-shaped building covering two "sites", to house 2,000 students, will be opening in August 2011 in the area of the Rec Center. [56] Taking advantage of recent legislation, it will be privately built and operated, with students paying rent directly to the developer, but consistent with the cost at The Village. The new dorm will be next to the new 1,530-space parking deck that is opening in August 2010.

Clubs and Organizations

Kasser Theater, one of the homes of CART
Dickson Hall (left), home of CHSS, and University Hall (right), home of CEHS, the largest on campus
University Hall and its modern bell tower, an icon of MSU
  • 90.3 WMSC-FM
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • Arabic Student Organization(ASO)
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Chinese Student Association
  • College Life Union Board
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
  • Gotta Be Green
  • Haitian Student Association (HSA)
  • Helping Each Other and Redefining Tomorrow (H.E.A.R.T.)
  • Indian Culture Club (ICC)
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • Japan Club
  • Korean American Student Association (KASA)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Marketing Association
  • The Montclarion
  • MSU Emergency Medical Services (MSU EMS)
  • Montclair State Dietetics Organization
  • MSU Paintball
  • MSU WaterWatch
  • Men's Volleyball Club
  • Montclair State Ice Hockey (D2)
  • The Montclair State University Singers
  • The Montclair State University Opera Workshop
  • School of Music
  • Montclair University Gamers
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • The Normal Review
  • Native African Student Organization (NASO)
  • Non-Traditional Student Organization
  • The Organization of Students for African Unity (OSAU), formerly the Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Players Theater
  • Political Science and Law Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Residential Leadership Council
  • Rhythm Nation
  • Spanish Club
  • SPECTRUMS (Sexuality Pride Education Community Truth Respect Unity at Montclair State)
  • Student Government Association, Inc.
  • Students Against Violence
  • Unified Asian American Student Organization (UAASO)
  • Women Achieving Victory, Equality, and Solidarity (W.A.V.E.S.)
  • Veterans Association/Veteran and Military Student Association
  • VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood

Fraternities and Sororities

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is a student-run non-profit corporation that manages most of the clubs and organizations at Montclair State. The SGA is responsible for disbursing funds to clubs and organizations collected by the bursar's office under the Student Government Association Fee.

2009-2010 SGA Executive Board

  • Jonathan F. Preciado - President
  • Michael S. Morano - Vice President
  • Danielle Fucetola - Secretary
  • Arun Bhambri - Treasurer
  • Chris B. Ruli - Attorney General
  • Ian Honauer - Student Trustee
  • Louis Castano - Student Trustee Alternate

Alumni and associated persons

The unique instruments of Harry Partch are housed in the Harry Partch Institute at Montclair State


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  53. ^ "Sinatra gets own dorm at Montclair State University". 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2010-01-15). 
  54. ^ "MSU considers Montclair Mile for off-campus housing". Star-Ledger, Newark NJ. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-06-19). 
  55. ^ "Bloomfield Off-Campus Housing Plans Scrapped Several Factors Contributed to Plans Being Stopped". The Montclarion (MSU newspaper). 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  56. ^ "2,000 More Beds for MSU". The Montclarion (MSU newspaper). 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
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