Montclair State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Montclair State University Admissions Overview:

Montclair State University has an acceptance rate of 66%, making it a generally accessible school. It is test-optional, so students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application. Students will need to submit, however, a letter of recommendation, a writing sample, and high school transcripts. For more information, be sure to visit the school's website.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Montclair State University Description:

Established in 1908, Montclair State University is a public university located on a 264-acre campus in Montclair, New Jersey, just 14 miles from New York City. The university's six schools and colleges offer students close to 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Among undergraduates, Business Administration and Psychology are the most popular majors. The university has been growing significantly in recent years, and it often ranks highly among New Jersey colleges.

On the athletic front, the MCU Red Hawks compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 20,987 (16,810 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,116 (in-state); $20,007 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,094
  • Other Expenses: $2,310
  • Total Cost: $29,820 (in-state); $37,711 (out-of-state)

Montclair State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54%
    • Loans: 63%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,035
    • Loans: $7,903

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Health Teacher Education, English, Family and Child Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology

            Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

            • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
            • Transfer Out Rate: 23%
            • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
            • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

            Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

            • Men's Sports: Swimming, Track, Football, Lacrosse, Basketball
            • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball

            Data Source:

            National Center for Educational Statistics

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            Montclair State University Mission Statement:

            see the complete mission statement at

            "Montclair State University is committed to serving the educational needs of New Jersey with programs characterized by academic rigor and currency in the development of knowledge and its applications. The University will offer a comprehensive range of baccalaureate, master's, and certificate programs and a focused portfolio of doctoral programs that are closely aligned with the University's academic strengths and the needs of the state."

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