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Degree: Dance Therapy/Therapist
Graduation Year: 2012

MSU is one of the best universities in the USA. The curriculum is quite versatile and allows ample room to take two minors. When I attended MSU, I felt that I was challenged, both physically and mentally, the dance program is renowned and has had the distinction of being nominated for gala concert for regional college dance conferences. The professors are nurturing and want to see you succeed.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science and Government, General
Graduation Year: 2013

The Political Science program at Montclair State University is not designed to be career focused but one of a general interest. I learned a great deal about urban politics, ethnic politics, comparative politics, globalization and security, women in politics but had little to no real world exposure. In other words, there were no internships offered within the program, students had to go outside of the program to find their own internships or jobs. I never met with my adviser because she was always busy and there are no sponsored events within the program for network opportunities. All in all, the quality of education within the program is good but the lack of guidance and institutional support for obtaining internships, jobs or even providing networking opportunities is what hinders the overall experience.

2 out of 5
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Degree: American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Graduation Year: 2014

I double majored in Jurisprudence and Political Science. The jurisprudence program at MSU includes research based courses and a final interdisciplinary thesis. Students tackle the philosophy behind our legal system, legal writing, and navigating legal databases. It is a relatively small group of students and is a great program.

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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2009

I truly loved my time at Montclair State University. I attended and lived at the university from 2004-2009 which was an interesting time. My freshman year most of the students were commuters and most of the residents went home on the weekends. However, there was an increase of residents that created "triple" rooms out of double rooms and they even rented out hotel rooms. The university was expanding, they opened up College Hall which is a huge, beautiful building for lectures, classes and a computer lab. They also opened the Rec Center which has an indoor pool, gym and courts. By my last few semesters I noticed a change in the social and recreation scene on campus. There are now several new dorms and the university continues to expand. As far as the location Montclair is great! It is very close to NYC and there is train station on campus, only drawback is the train does not run on nights and weekends. Montclair is also an awesome town there is tons of delicious, trendy, healthy "foodie" restaurants and a hip downtown; not to mention parks and other activities. I still frequent the town to this day. As far as the education, I went to Montclair because at the time I wanted to be a teacher and is known as the best college for education in the state and one of the best nationwide. I majored in Psychology and received my teaching certificate for 6-12 grade Social Studies. I found the classes to be informative and interesting. Thankfully I have always been a good student, I did not find the classes overly challenging. However, I had friends who majored in the sciences and they had a different experiences. The most challenging part was learning how to be self-disciplined and independent. I think that would the same any where you go. Montclair has a great amount of clubs to join and greek life as well. I met some amazing people who are still my best friends after a decade. I lived in several dorms and ended up in the Village apartments for the last year and half. That was great because it was more private and allowed us to feel more grown up. I worked as a desk assistant and an office assistant and it was a convenient way to earn some spending cash. Overall I really loved Montclair State University. I think it is a quality, affordable education. One note on affordability, I think it is wise to live at home if you can, you have tons of time to grow up. Also consider getting an associates from a community college first. This is cost effective and can help you decide if college really is for you. I found that the freshman and sophomore classes were huge and narrowed out in the latter years. If you do not complete a 4 year school you don't receive a degree and you still have the bill/loans. Making a shorter, cheaper commitment makes sense. This will also allow you to get your "gen -eds" out of the way and discover if there is another subject that you might want to major in. One of my best friends did this and earned the same degree as me. Good luck, good learning and have fun!

4 out of 5
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2007

Great school, with many options for majors. Lacked in individual guidance though.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2006

I enjoyed my undergraduate experience but there were not nearly enough research opportunities for a serious student of biology. If you have plans to go into research, go elsewhere.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2006

I enjoyed my undergraduate experience but there were not nearly enough research opportunities for a serious student of biology. If you have plans to go into research, go elsewhere.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2014

I went back to school so that I would be more marketable to employers since I was having difficulty finding a full time position and I did just that! Montclair is known for the practices in teacher preparation. I was able to quickly finish this program and all the classes were at night so I could continue working part time and take classes. The only draw back I found to this program was that there were not many teachers and I had a few teachers numerous times. The teachers were wonderful, but I felt like I was not learning anything new after I took the professor a few times. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to strengthen their skill set in inclusive education.

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