Montclair State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great school, with many options for majors. Lacked in individual guidance though.