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Montclair State University (MSU) is a public research university in Montclair, New Jersey, with parts of the campus extending into Little Falls, New Jersey. It is the second largest university in New Jersey. As of October 2018, there were 21,115 total enrolled students: 16,988 undergraduate students and 4,127 graduate students. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities - High research activity". The campus covers approximately 252 acres (1.02 km2). The university offers more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations.
Plans for the State Normal school were initiated in 1903, and required a year for the State of New Jersey to grant permission to build the school. It was then established as New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair, a normal school, in 1908 approximately 5 years after the initial planning of the school. At the time, Governor John Franklin Fort attended the dedication of the school in 1908, and the school was to have its first principal Charles Sumner Chapin that same year. The first building constructed was College Hall, and it still stands today. At the time, the campus was around 25 acres (100,000 m2), had 8 faculty members and 187 students. The first graduating class, which numbered at 45 students, contained William O. Trapp, who would then go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1929. The first dormitory was then built five years later, in 1915, and is known as Russ Hall.
In 1924, Dr. Harry Sprague was the first president of Montclair, and shortly afterwards the school began being more inclusive of extracurricular activities such as athletics. In 1927, however, after studies had emerged concerning the number of high school teachers in the state of New Jersey (only 10% of all high school teachers received their degrees from New Jersey), the institution became Montclair State Teachers College and developed a four-year (Bachelor of Arts) program in pedagogy, becoming the first US institute to do so. In 1937 it became the first teachers college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
In 1943, during World War II, several students, with permission from the president, Harry Sprague, joined the US Navy as volunteers to train for the war. It was also a time when students and faculty sold war bonds to support US American troops.
In 1958 the school merged with the Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene to become Montclair State College. The school became a comprehensive multi-purpose institution in 1966. The Board of Higher Education designated the school a teaching university on April 27, 1994, and in the same year the school became Montclair State University. It has offered Master of Arts programs since 1932, Master of Business Administration since 1981, Master of Education since 1985, Master of Science since 1992, Master of Fine Arts since 1998, Doctor of Education since 1999, and Doctor of Environmental Management in 2003 (now the PhD in Environmental Science and Management). PhD degrees were added in Teacher Education and Teacher Development in 2008, Counselor Education, Family Studies, Mathematics Education, and most recently, Communications Sciences and Disorders (2014). In 2018, Montclair State University graduated more than 30 doctoral students.
In 2004, NJ Transit opened the Montclair State University station, which links the university to New York City. The building of the MSU Station cost $26 million to complete, including a 1,500-space parking deck. In 2015, the university established the School of Communication and Media and added two new buildings to its campus; the Feliciano School of Business and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS). Partridge Hall was fully renovated and in 2016, became the new School of Nursing, which welcomed its inaugural class of students that fall. The new state-of-the-art home for the School of Communication and Media opened in fall 2017, followed in 2018 by the opening of the Center for Computing and Information Science in the former Mallory Hall, which underwent a complete renovation and expansion. In 2016, the university's classification was changed from a Masters to a Doctoral Research University, and in 2019, was changed to R2: Doctoral University - High Research Activity.
Principal of New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair. Chapin Hall is named for him.
Harry A. Sprague
Principal, then first president of the College. Harry A. Sprague Library and Sprague field named for him.
E. DeAlton Partridge
Partridge Hall is dedicated to him.
Thomas H. Richardson
Acting President from 1964-1966. Namesake of Richardson Hall.
David W.D. Dickson
First African American president of the College. Dickson Hall is dedicated to him.
Donald E. Walters
Initiated an honors program, an international studies program and seminars on ethics and values.
Richard A. Lynde
Irvin D. Reid
"...Spearheaded a successful effort to upgrade Montclair State from a college to a university..."
Gregory L. Waters
Susan A. Cole
First female and current president of the university.
Colleges and Schools
Montclair State University comprises five colleges and six schools, each led by a Dean or Director. The colleges and schools organize and conduct academic programs within their units (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral and Certificate Programs), and work cooperatively to offer interdisciplinary programs.
College of the Arts
John J. Cali School of Music
The John J. Cali School of Music is part of the College of the Arts. The Cali School of Music provides a wide range of study and performance opportunities for its undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional certification programs in Music Education and Music Therapy, and the Artist's Diploma and Performer's Certificate degrees in classical and jazz performance. In addition, the noted string quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, has been in residence at MSU since 2002.
School of Communication and Media
Included in the College of the Arts is the School of Communication and Media.
The school opened a well-equipped, modern facility in fall 2017. It features a 187-seat Sony Digital Cinema Presentation Hall, four broadcast-ready HD + 4K studio and control rooms, motion picture stage for digital filmmaking, and an Audio Production Center featuring a Foley stage, a performance stage and audio sound labs.
College of Education and Human Services
The College of Education and Human Services houses the Center of Pedagogy, with oversees the Teacher Education program. Majors across the university earning teacher credentials are administered jointly by the Center of Pedagogy and the department that houses the student's major.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State offers 20 undergraduate majors and more than 40 minors. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college by enrollment within Montclair State.
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) offers programs in the natural, physical, and computational sciences. Located in Richardson Hall are the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Student Success Center and Career Services. Science Hall houses the Department of Biology. The Department of Computer Science is housed in the Center for Computing and Information Science, and recently added programs in Cybersecurity and Data Science. Schmitt Hall houses the Department of Applied Math and Statistics.
The Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) houses the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, which includes Earth and Environmental Science, Geographic and Urban Studies, and Sustainability Science. CELS also houses the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology, Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center, Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Lab, Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, and the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Environmental Science and Management.
New Jersey School of Conservation
The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) was located in Stokes State Forest. The School was an environmental education site managed by the University between 1981-2020. The NJSOC closed in June 2020.
Feliciano School of Business
The Feliciano School of Business offers undergraduate as well as MBA programs. Students may opt to choose the Bachelor of Arts approach or the Bachelor of Science. The school offers a BA degree program culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 2016, the MBA program became available in a fully online format. The School of Business also offers post-MBA certificate programs. In 2015 a brand new building for the Feliciano School of Business opened, dedicated to Mimi and Edwin Feliciano.
School of Nursing
In 2016, Montclair State University launched a School of Nursing. It offers RN-to-BSN and four-year BSN programs. The school is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that includes mediated classrooms, computer study areas, a nursing skills laboratory, anatomy laboratory, and high-fidelity and home care simulation rooms.
The Graduate School
Montclair State began offering master's degree programs in 1932, beginning with the Master of Fine Arts degree; the university began to grant doctoral degrees in 1998, after receiving state approval to establish a Doctor of Education degree in pedagogy. In the fall of 2019, the university had about 300 doctoral students in eight programs.
University College is an academic home for students to pursue interests that will lead them to their eventual academic concentration. University College admits about one-third of incoming freshman, as well as approximately 1,400 returning and transfer students who have yet to declare a major. Once University College students have been admitted to their chosen majors, they will transition onto the college or school of that academic program.
Montclair State University's athletic teams have played under many names in the school's history. From the late 1920s to '30s, the school played as the "Big Red" and featured a large scarlet "M" on its uniforms. Next, Montclair State Teacher's College competed as the Indians, using a logo with a Native American chief's profile with the initials "MSTC" emblazoned on the caricature's headdress. The initials were changed to "MSC" when the school became Montclair State College in 1958. In response to the growing concerns voiced by Native Americans, the school changed its nickname to the Red Hawks, named after the Red-tailed Hawks that are indigenous to the area.
The 300-seat stadium opened its doors in 2004 and is home to the MSU softball team, and also hosted the 2009 NCAA Division III Women's College World Series.
Floyd Hall Arena
The ice skating arena opened in March 1998 with two NHL size rinks, an off-ice training area, meeting rooms, concession stand, pro shop, and facilities for birthday parties. Floyd Hall Arena now attracts over 500,000 visits per year and has become the home to many groups including The MSU Hockey Club, the Montclair Hockey Club, The North Jersey Figure Skating Club, the Clifton HS Mustangs and Nutley and Passaic Valley High School Hockey Teams.
Student Recreation Center
The 77,000-square-foot facility is home to two fitness floors, a six-lane swimming pool, two racquetball courts, a full-size basketball court with an overhead track, and two multi-purpose rooms. Montclair State University's Student Recreation Center hosts 13 intramural sports, a variety of fitness classes, and many special events throughout each year.
The original Montclair State University campus consisted of College Hall, Russ Hall, Chapin Hall and Morehead Hall, all built between 1908 and 1928. Housing for students returning from World War II was added near the end of the war. Between 1950 and 1980, Montclair State gradually acquired land from a former traprock quarry and expanded its facilities with an additional 23 buildings. Montclair State University began its next phase of growth in the late 1990s to accommodate New Jersey's growing student population. Dickson Hall was dedicated in 1995. The building is named for David W.D. Dickson, the first African American president of Montclair State University. The Floyd Hall Arena, an ice skating rink, was built in 1998. Science Hall, the home of the Department of Biology, opened in 1999. The Red Hawk Diner was built in 2001, making it the first diner on a university campus in the United States.
Other additions (2002-2011)
The Red Hawk Deck, MSU's first parking garage, opened in spring 2003
The Village Apartments at Little Falls, an apartment complex accommodating 850 students, opened in fall 2003.
The Women's Softball Stadium opened in 2004.
The 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theater opened in fall 2004.
The Children's Center, Montclair State University's daycare facility for children of students and faculty, opened in fall 2005.
University Hall, the largest building on campus at the time and home of the College of Education and Human Services, opened in spring 2006.
The George Segal Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Red Hawk Deck, opened in spring 2006.
Cafe Diem, a cafe attached to Sprague Library, opened in January 2007.
Chapin Hall, nearly 100 years old, was completely renovated and expanded to house the new John J. Cali School of Music.
A 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) Student Recreation Center opened in spring 2008.
Sinatra Hall, a new suite style residence hall near the Village, housing 300 undergraduate and graduate students, opened in August 2010.
CarParc Diem, the largest parking structure at MSU with approximately 1,600 spaces, opened in August 2010.
The Heights, two new housing complexes and a dining facility accommodating 2,000 students, opened August 2011.
Capital master plan (2013-2018)
MSU's most recent master plan contained $650 million in capital construction and improvements. The major projects under this new program were:
Two student housing and dining complexes, The Heights, are adjacent to the Student Recreation Center and CarParc Diem Garage. Opened in August 2011, they house approximately 2,000 students, increasing the on-campus housing capacity to 5,500, the second largest college residential population in New Jersey after Rutgers University in New Brunswick. They have also increased dining capacity at MSU by 25,000 gross square feet.
A 143,000 square feet (13,300 m2) building to house the Feliciano School of Business, adjacent to University Hall. It opened in Fall 2015.
The 107,500 square feet (9,990 m2) Center for Environmental and Life Sciences building, located adjacent to Richardson Hall, opened in 2015. CELS houses the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies and all of its research facilities, the Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, the New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, and the interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental Science and Management. The majority of the funding for this facility came from a bond issue passed by statewide referendum on November 6, 2012.
A 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) expansion of Morehead Hall, which connects the building with Life Hall and the DuMont TV center to form the Communication and Media Studies Center.
Various expansions, improvements and renovations of current residential buildings, athletic facilities, and academic facilities including College Hall, Partridge Hall, Mallory Hall (now the Center for Computing and Information Science), Life Hall, the Bond House, and Richardson Hall.
Increased enrollment along with new construction and limited expansion options have caused a parking crunch at Montclair State University. The school has responded to the parking demands by constructing three garages: The Red Hawk Deck, the NJ Transit Deck (located at the Montclair State University NJ Transit train station), and CarParc Diem.
The current residence hall facilities at Montclair State University are:
The newest residential complex on campus, the Heights consists of two H-shaped buildings named John Victor Machuga Heights and Anthony M. Dinallo Heights, which house about 2,000 students combined. The Heights opened in August 2011 near the Student Recreation Center and greatly expanded the campus' residential capacity. Dinallo Heights consists of Basilone, Whitman, Einstein, and Parker Halls; while Machuga Heights consists of Mills, Gordon, Gibson and Barton Halls. Both Heights complexes have suite-style rooms with two residents sharing a bathroom in a suite with one large bedroom or two smaller single bedrooms. The buildings also have large lounge areas to be shared with the four Halls within them. Machuga Heights also contains a large dining hall called Sam's Place.
This five-story coed complex houses 640 residents in double and triple rooms connected by a bathroom. Between four and five residents share each "suite" bathroom. Blanton Hall also contains a central food court containing a Chili's, Dunkin' Donuts, Jersey Mike's Subs, and a convenience store.
The tallest building at MSU, Bohn Hall opened in 1972 and houses approximately 700 co-ed first year residents in double, triple, and quadruple rooms. Floors are divided into one, two, or three wings with each wing having its own community bathroom facility. Bohn Hall also contains classrooms, offices, and student/academic support resources including a Mediation Resource Center, Academic Resource Center, and a Center for Writing Excellence.
These co-ed garden apartment units house 350 upperclassmen. The apartments are broken up into three buildings, called Accipiter, Falco, and Buteo. Each apartment has two bedrooms, houses four residents, and has a kitchen and bathroom. Previously known as Clove Road Apartments, this complex was renamed Hawk Crossings in Fall 2010.
Housing approximately 235 co-ed residents, Grace M. Freeman Hall opened in 1963 and is home to mainly students of music or athletic training. Residents live in a "suite" style double or triple rooms, in which two rooms share a bathroom. The building also contains a dining hall for students, Balance Kitchen at Freeman Hall.
Edward Russ Hall is a coed upperclassmen community and houses the international community, housing 91 residents in a "suite" style community. Russ Hall, the second building to open on campus in 1915, was converted from an administrative building into a residential facility in the late 1990s.
The Village at Little Falls
The Village at Little Falls consists of four separate residential apartment buildings: William Carlos Williams Hall, Count Basie Hall, Millicent Fenwick Hall, and Alice Paul Hall. The complex also contains a fifth building, the Abbott & Costello Center which contains complex offices and a police sub-station. The four buildings house a total of 848 students. Each apartment consists of a kitchen, living room, dining area, two full bathrooms, and either two double bedrooms, two single and one double bedroom, or four single bedrooms. The complex also has basketball courts and an outdoor pool open seasonally. The Village houses junior, senior, and graduate students. Basie Hall and Paul Hall were renovated in the Summer of 2017 to replace flooring and furniture.
Francis A. Sinatra Hall is a 6-floor suite-style residence hall located on Clove Rd between Hawk Crossings Apartments and The Village at Little Falls. It opened in the Fall of 2010. The hall is set up suite style with a single, a double, and a triple all sharing a bathroom, powder room, and a common area.
Stone Hall was originally built in 1955 as a residence hall, but was eventually converted into an office building. For the Fall 2016 semester, the building received a total renovation and was repurposed to its original use as a residence facility. The renovated Stone Hall houses approximately 150 first year students in double rooms with community bathroom facilities.
Science and Technology
Dr. Barbara Brummer, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey since 2004. Prior to this she served in leadership roles in industry, including President of Johnson &Johnson Canada Inc., and Worldwide Vice President of the Women's Health and Wellness Franchise. Dr. Brummer earned her BA in Biology at MSU in 1968.
Dr. William E. Gordon (1918-2010), Physicist and astronomer, known as the "father of the Arecibo Observatory," director of the Arecibo Observatory and later Professor and Dean at Rice University. He earned B.A. and M. A. degrees from Montclair State College in 1939 and 1942 respectively.,
Dr. Paul J. Lioy (1947-2015), Professor, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Anthony Scriffignano, Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist for Worldwide Data and Insight, Dun & Bradstreet. He earned a BS, cum laude, in Computer Science in 1982 and an MS in Computer Science in 1985.
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^"Jay Alders ProfileArchived 2018-02-20 at the Wayback Machine, ResinMag.com, February 2010. Accessed February 19, 2018. "I have a Bachelors in Arts from Montclair State University, but I didn't learn anything about painting there."
^Wendy Coakley-Thompson, Ph.D, Page One, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 20, 2012. Accessed January 5, 2020. "Wendy Coakley-Thompson was born to West Indian parents in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in idyllic Nassau, Bahamas. In 1984, Coakley-Thompson returned stateside to attend Montclair State College (now University), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater (Broadcasting)."
^Woo, Elaine. "Paula Danziger, 59; Wrote Novels for Teens"Archived 2016-06-20 at the Wayback Machine, Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2004. Accessed February 19, 2018. "Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Metuchen, N.J., Danziger was the daughter of a garment worker and a nurse who often told interviewers that she grew up in an unhappy family and turned to books 'to escape all the yelling.'... At Montclair State College in New Jersey, she studied to be a teacher instead."
^Jewell, Zoe. "Five Fast Facts About Real Housewives Star Camille Grammer", Soap Hub, June 4, 2019. Accessed January 15, 2020. "Though Grammer was born in Newport Beach, California, she actually grew up in New Jersey! She attended Montclair State College in New Jersey and also attended NYU and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television."
^"Tom Malloy; A Prominent Figure In The Indie Film Scene", Talker of the Town, April 22, 2017. Accessed February 21, 2020. "I was born in Red Bank, NJ, and grew up in farm country NJ, in Hunterdon County in a little town called Whitehouse Station. I attending Hunterdon Central High School, where my co-star in all the plays and musicals was Very Farmiga. As for college, I went to Montclair State University in NJ and brought the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity to that campus as a founding father."
^Klein, Alvin. "Theater; Melba Moore Traces Her Up-and-Down Journeys", The New York Times, June 27, 1999. Accessed February 21, 2020. "Born Beatrice Melba Smith in Harlem, Ms. Moore, moved to Newark at age 9. Pick your ghetto, she said. There, she went to Waverley Elementary School, Cleveland Junior High School and Arts High School, then Teachers College at Montclair State. But she dropped out and did substitute teaching for a year in a high school in Newark in 1964."
^Redman, Grammy Connect. Accessed February 21, 2020. "In 1987, Redman was expelled from Montclair State University his freshman year due to poor academic performance at age 16."
^Kuperinsky, Amy. "Hustlers, a real-life strip club drama from N.J.'s Lorene Scafaria, sizzles with Oscar potential", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 16, 2019. Accessed February 21, 2020. "Scafaria's first foray into crafting stories arrived when she was a child. In order to get free pizza as part of the Pizza Hut Book It! program, she wrote book reports for books that didn't exist (you know, after she ran out of real books). The alumna of Montclair State University broke through as a writer with her adapted screenplay for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, the 2008 film that starred Kat Dennings and Michael Cera."
^Remo, Jessica. "This Jersey girl bewitches as Wickeds' new leading lady", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 7, 2018. Accessed February 21, 2020. "After high school, Vosk attended the Hart School of Music for a semester, but says she felt "stagnant." She moved back to New Jersey, went to Montclair State and got a job in investor relations at a boutique firm in the city before she even graduated college."