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Rank: 75

Montclair State University

One of the top public universities in New Jersey, Montclair State has an above-average graduation rate of 65%. The college was founded as a training school for teachers, and its education programs remain popular and well-regarded. Among the school's approximately 50 majors, 60 minors, and 60 concentrations, top majors include business administration, psychology, and biology. The campus is relatively diverse, except geographically: Almost all of its roughly 21,000 students are from New Jersey. Montclair State is trying to shake its reputation as a commuter school -- only about 30% of the approximately 17,000 undergraduates currently live on the 252-acre campus, which students say is beautiful and quiet. But it's also only a 14-mile trip (from a train station on campus) to New York City. During the school's annual College Olympics, 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 maintain a GPA of 2.7 or above in order to participate.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$31,700
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,300
Average price for low-income students
$13,230
admissions
Acceptance rate
71%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1070/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
16,673
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
64%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$4,899
student success
Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$23,000
Average salary within 3 years
$49,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
34%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Mar 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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