History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Established in 1908 as a two-year Normal School in response to the growing demand for professionally trained teachers, the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair became Montclair State Teachers College in 1927, dedicated to the education of secondary school teachers through a four-year Bachelor of Arts program. Montclair State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has used for self-regulation and to instil public confidence since the early 20th century. MSU ranked #179 in National Universities by US News and World Report, 2021, #88 in Top Public Schools by US News and World Report, 2021, #19 in Top Performers in Social Mobility by US News and World Report, 2021 and #401-500 in US College Rankings, by Times Higher Education, 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Montclair University campus spans a wide area. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and certificate programs across nine colleges and two schools. The highlights of the campus include state-of-the-art Kasser Theater, Chaplin Hall Quad, Student recreation centre, Yogi Berra Stadium, George Segal Gallery, Panzer athletic centre, Book store, gymnasium, and much more. The university hosts more than 120 clubs and organizations to engage the students and build their interests. Apart from the immense campus life, they also offer one of the safest and most secure campuses in New Jersey with state-of-art services for students. The institution offers programs around over 300 majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates. Montclair State University provides courses in the fields of business & economics, science and arts disciplines. Bachelor programs at Montclair include 54 majors, 60 concentrations, and 61 minors, plus dozens of certificate programs and teacher certification programs. The Master’s program at Montclair State University includes more than 130-degree programs and 60 certificates, teacher certifications, administrative, and educational services certifications.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Montclair is the First New Jersey state college to offer master’s degrees it also broadcast the nation’s first educational television programs. Montclair offered the first doctoral program at a senior public institution in New Jersey. It is the first state institution to offer multiple doctoral programs and the first university in New Jersey with an innovative Microgrid that can function independently and generate its own electrical power. Some alumni are Barbara Buono - former New Jersey State Senator, and Andrew R. Ciesla - a former member of the New Jersey Senate who represented the 10th Legislative District, Marion Crecco - a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2002, Scott Garrett - Congressman who represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 2003 to 2016 and Sharpe James- former Mayor of Newark.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The enrolled student population at Montclair State University is 42.7% White, 29.6% Hispanic or Latino, 13.1% Black or African American, 6.45% Asian, 2.88% Two or More Races, 0.181% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.119% American Indian or Alaska Native. After studying at Montclair State University, 93% of graduates find jobs within two years of graduation. The MBA graduates of the university earn around 91,000 USD per year. In comparison, the BSc and BA students earn an average salary of 85,000 and 66,000 USD respectively.