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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJwww.montclair.edu
One of the top public universities in New Jersey, Montclair State exceeds expectations in terms of both graduation rates and graduate salaries. The college was founded as a training school for teachers, and its education programs remain popular and well-regarded. Among the school's approximately 20 majors and 50 minors, its most popular programs are biology, psychology, and business administration. The campus is relatively diverse, except geographically: Almost all of its some 21,000 students are from New Jersey. Montclair State is trying to shake its reputation as a commuter school -- only about 30% of the about 17,000 undergraduates currently live on the 250-acre campus, which students say is beautiful and quiet. But it's also just a 14-mile trip (from a train station on campus) to New York City. During the school's annual college olympics, the students are placed on teams based on their college or school and compete in events like dodgeball and volleyball. Greek life plays a notable role in the Montclair social scene, though students must sustain a GPA of 2.7 or above in order to participate.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$31,100
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,200
Average price for low-income students
$18,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
18,785
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
63%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$5,571
student success
Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$23,000
Average salary within 3 years
$47,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
34%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
March 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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