Montclair State University Reviews

  • 19 Reviews
  • Montclair (NJ)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,578
87% of 19 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 19 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Duchana Gille
  • Reviewed: 12/25/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Montclair State University offers many majors among Biological Sciences. I was apart of the Health Careers Program (HCP), an undergraduate program for minority students, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and are highly motivated and academically capable, with expressed interest in becoming health care practitioners.This program develops strong character, discipline, and integrity in their students. If anyone applying to Montclair State University is a minority interested in medical school, dentistry school, osteopathic school, optometry school, and the like I would highly recommended HCP. The staff is highly dedicated to the success of each student. Classroom sizes are generally from 20-40 students in biology or chemistry courses. Generally, professors make themselves available to help students succeed in their courses. Many of my professors were pleasant and committed to helping me do my best at the course at hand. Life on campus is lively. The campus in itself is beautiful and has plenty of opportunities to engage within the community. Clubs are a very big deal on campus and allow students to forge deep friendships with students with similar interests."
Elizabeth
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended Montclair State University and received a bachelor's of arts degree in psychology. Montclair is a wonderful school that offers many opportunities. I entered Montclair as an English major and was actually planning on becoming a teacher, but I decided to change my major after taking an Introduction to Psychology course. The process of changing my major at Montclair was easy and everyone who works in the College of Humanities and Social Services office is helpful and supportive in the process. The professors in the psychology department are knowledgeable and offer as much advice as they can give. If they do not know something about a specific branch of psychology, they will lead you to a professor who does. The psychology professors encourage students to get as much experience as they can, including internships and becoming a research assistance. They offer advice on how to reach out to specific professors in order to work in their lab. The College of Humanities and Social Services at Montclair offers so many career building workshops as well. They offer workshops on how to create a resume/cover letter, how to search for jobs, and how to properly conduct yourself during an interview. Unfortunately I didn't take advantage of these opportunities as much as I should have, so if you decide to go to Montclair I encourage you to attend these workshops. Overall, my time at Montclair has been extremely helpful and has led me to continue my education at Montclair in school psychology this fall."
Sarah Velez
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"In 2015, I began my undergraduate career at Montclair State University located in Montclair, New Jersey. Montclair offers a 5-Year Accounting Program. Essentially, accounting students who choose to apply to this program and are accepted, can obtain their Bachelor's degree in Accounting in four years and in the following year after completing the graduate-level courses, they will obtain their Master's degree in Accounting. I found this to be a great option for me that will allow me to graduate not only with a Master's degree but also with the 150 credits necessary for the CPA requirement. Aside from this, the services offered by the school to all students are extremely helpful and they allow for a smooth transition into the school. There are also many programs and activities that take place on campus that give students the chance to network with other classmates and professors as well as introduce students to a wide range of employers. Overall, I highly recommend this school to students who are seeking a well-rounded college experience."
Thomas Hawryluk
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2018
  • Degree: Physical Education
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I had a unique experience at Montclair State University. During that time I was exposed to the realm of health and physical education ecosystem. I was taught by very knowledgeable professors who not only helped me academically but also were there during my time of emotional need after my Father passed away. The school did an excellent job in understanding and cooperating during the times of my family hardship."
Jonathan Propert
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2018
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Attending Montclair State University helped to shape me into the person I am today. It was a well-rounded education and I was able to take many different classes from various backgrounds. The professors were one of the university's greatest assets."
Jonathan Propert
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2018
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Attending Montclair State University helped to shape me into the person I am today. It was a well-rounded education and I was able to take many different classes from various backgrounds. The professors were one of the university's greatest assets."
alexa robertiello
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2018
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The school was overall great, close to commute to, and impactful professors. The parking situation was not great. You are required to pay for a parking pass, and rarely find parking on campus. Leaving at least an hour before your class was a must, if you wanted any hope to find a parking spot."
Dave Marconi
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2018
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"MSU has a fantastic Acting program. While it may not be the best in the country, the school's affordability along with it's incredible staff make it top notch in my book. The program is rigorous but extremely rewarding. Each year the program grows in both size and prestige producing a number of working professionals which should be the goal of school worth its salt. I highly recommend MSU to any and all who are looking to pursue a career in Theatre."
Lucille Tang
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2017
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Montclair State University is big, but it feels small. Studying Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics, becoming the President of a student organization, and Studying Abroad (twice!), MSU created an inclusive, welcoming environment where I felt at home. There are so many resources if you just reach out and find them!"
Maria Perez
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Montclair State University is filled with caring faculty who want you to succeed. In my major Family and Child Studies, I can say that I am extremely appreciative of all professors I had. They all had a different impact on me that helped me view this field in a different way. They engrained so many principles and experiences that would last a lifetime. Also, the major itself has an internship as part of their curriculum and I can say it is extremely helpful. It has one out in the field gaining experience and networking which is always a great bonus."
Jomar Morales
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • 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."
Andrea Watson
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Exercise Science
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"I enjoyed my time at Montclair State University. I made the most out of my time there. i feel as though if you don't really ask for more from your professors, some will just let you pass on by. Don't get me wrong, I had some challenging courses and professors that really challenged me, but there were a couple of courses that I didn't learn much of anything."
Cindi Muchoki
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
  • 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."
Kathryn
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2016
  • Degree: Law
  • 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."
Amanda Simpson
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2016
  • 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!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2015
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"Great school, with many options for majors. Lacked in individual guidance though."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • 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."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • 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."
Danielle S
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Education
  • 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."