Monmouth University

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Monmouth University
Monmouth University Seal.png
Seal of Monmouth University
Established 1933 (82 years ago)
Type Private University
Endowment $75.2 million[1]
President Paul R. Brown
Provost Laura Moriarty
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 4,634
Postgraduates 1,761
Location West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban, 159 acres (64 ha)

NCAA Division I

Big South Conference
Southland Conference
Colors Midnight Blue and white          
Nickname Hawks
Affiliations CIC

Monmouth University is a private university located in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States.

Founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, it became Monmouth College in 1956, and later Monmouth University in 1995 after receiving its charter.

There are about 4,400 full-time and 260 part-time undergraduate and 1,750 graduate students, as well as 288 full-time faculty members. About 80% of faculty members hold Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their field of study.[2] The university's student-to-faculty ratio is about 14:1. Because of the university's relatively small student population, class sizes are capped between 20 and 35 and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Forty-four percent of students live on-campus. Most of Monmouth's student body is drawn from the northeastern United States, although students from 29 states and 28 foreign countries add to the school's diversity.[3]


Monmouth College was founded in 1933 as a junior college. On January 18, 1956, Monmouth received accreditation to grant four-year Bachelor's degrees, and in March 1995, it received its university charter from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.[4]


Woodrow Wilson Hall[edit]

Woodrow Wilson Hall, previously known as Shadow Lawn

The centerpiece of the Monmouth University campus is Wilson Hall. Originally, it was the site of the Shadow Lawn mansion, constructed in 1903 and housed 52 rooms. United States President Woodrow Wilson stayed in the mansion during his campaign in summer of 1916.

After Shadow Lawn was destroyed by a fire in 1927, the building that would become Wilson Hall was built as a residence for Mr & Mrs. Hubert Templeton Parson. Mr. Parson was the former head of F.W. Woolworth Company. The building was designed by Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele. Abele is regarded as the first professional African American architect.[5][6]

Wilson Hall became municipal property during the Great Depression and until Monmouth University acquired ownership, it was home to Highland Manor Junior College, a private girls' school. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark. Some classrooms and the administrative offices are inside of the building. In 1980, Wilson Hall was used as Daddy Warbucks' mansion in the film version of Annie.[7]

Wilson Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1978 under the name Shadow Lawn. It was named a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1985.

Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library[edit]

In 1903, Murry Guggenheim (1858–1939), son of Meyer Guggenheim, bought property in West Long Branch to build a summer residence for himself and his wife, Leonie. The original structure of the Beaux-Arts mansion, designed by Carrère and Hastings is now the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim wing of the Monmouth University Library.[8]

It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1978.

Lauren K. Woods Theater[edit]

The Guggenheim estate also include the stable and carriage house, across the road on Cedar Avenue. This has been converted into the Lauren K. Woods Theater.[9]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 1, 1979.


Monmouth University is organized into eight schools:

  • Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Leon Hess Business School
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Science
  • Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • The Graduate School
  • The Honors School

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • Anthropology (BS)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (BS)
  • Communication (BA)
  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Criminal Justice (BA)
  • Education (BA, BS)
  • English (BA)
  • Foreign Language (BA)
  • Health and Physical Education (BS)
  • Health Studies (BS)
  • History (BA)
  • History/Political Science Interdisciplinary (BA)
  • Homeland Security (BS)
  • Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (BS)
  • Mathematics (BS)
  • Medical Technology (BS)
  • Music (BA)
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Software Engineering (BS)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities (BA)
  • Theatre Arts (BA)

Graduate programs[edit]

  • Anthropology (MA)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Corporate and Public Communication (MA)
  • Criminal Justice (MA)
  • Education (MAT, MEd, MSEd)
  • English (MA)
  • History (MA)
  • Homeland Security (MS)
  • Information Science (MSIS)
  • Liberal Arts (MA)
  • Mental Health Counseling (MS)
  • Nursing (MSN, DNP)
  • Physician Assistant (MS)
  • Psychological Counseling (MA)
  • Public Policy (MA)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Software Engineering (MS)

Centers of Distinction[edit]

Student life[edit]


Monmouth University has a variety of on-campus clubs and organizations, including the campus television station HawkTV, the college radio station WMCX-FM, one of the last media outlets to interview Bob Marley, and the first media outlet in America to announce his death,[10][11][12][12][13] and the student-run newspaper The Outlook, which has been published since 1933.

The Department of Art and Design is an active participant in the arts of Monmouth. It maintains multiple galleries for exhibiting creative works of students, faculty, and staff, as well as practicing artists and designers. Information on gallery exhibitions and other events and activities associated with art and design can be found on the Arts of Monmouth website.

Monmouth University also has its own independent, student run record label, Blue Hawk Records. The music organization allows students to learn hands-on, gaining relevant experience and encountering situations that would occur in the Music Industry. Blue Hawk Records allows students to work together, alongside experienced industry professionals, to build their skills in talent scouting, artist promotion and development, live music and record releases, artwork, packaging, sales, marketing, further learning the structure of business and how to mold artists into marketable material. Blue Hawk Records website

Greek Life[edit]



Professional/Academic Fraternities[edit]

Student residences[edit]

  • Beechwood Hall
  • Cedar Hall
  • University Bluffs
  • Elmwood Hall
  • Garden Apartments
  • Great Lawn Apartments
  • Laurel Hall
  • Maplewood Hall
  • Mullaney Hall
  • New Hall
  • Oakwood Hall
  • Pier Village
  • Pinewood Hall
  • Redwood Hall
  • Spruce Hall
  • Willow Hall

Food services[edit]

  • C-Store
  • Java City at Bey Hall
  • Library Cafe
  • Magill Commons
  • Rebecca Stafford Student Center
  • Shadow's (formerly "The Underground")
  • Jersey Mike's Subs [14]


Monmouth University Hawks Logo
Main article: Monmouth Hawks

Monmouth's athletic teams are known as the Hawks. The school competes as a Division I (NCAA) school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with football competing as a FCS independent in the 2013 season before joining the Big South Conference in 2014. Monmouth fields the following sports at the Division I level: baseball, basketball (men's and women's), bowling (women's) cross country (men's and women's), field hockey, football, golf (men's and women's), indoor track (men's and women's), lacrosse (women's and men's), soccer (men's and women's), softball, tennis (men's and women's), and track & field (men's and women's). In the fall of 2014, Monmouth announced the reintroduction of swimming programs (women's and men's) at the Division I level in the fall of 2015.[15]

Monmouth University (then still Monmouth College), added football to the school's ledger of sports teams in 1993. The team's first game was played on September 25 of that year. The first points in school history were scored on a bizarre defensive play by intercepting and returning a two-point conversion.

A new Multipurpose Activity Center opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 16, 2009. The 153,200-square-foot (14,230 m2) Center currently serves as the primary indoor athletic structure. It houses a 4,100 seat competition arena; a 200-meter; six-lane indoor track; locker rooms; educational and conference space; ground-level bookstore; and fitness center. The new facility adjoins the William T. Boylan Gymnasium a 2,500-seat arena built in 1965.

Monmouth has been in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 1996, 2001, 2004, and 2006. Monmouth won their first NCAA men's basketball tournament game in 2006 when they beat Hampton University in that year's play-in game. It was the first time a Northeast Conference school won a game in the NCAA tournament since 1983 when Robert Morris University won in the opening round. Monmouth's men and women's soccer teams as well as baseball and women's lacrosse and men's golf team have also reached the NCAA tournament. The Monmouth Men's Soccer team is the only sport on campus to ever advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. The men's soccer team also hosted three first round NCAA Tournament games on The Great Lawn, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Monmouth's men's soccer team has even been ranked as one of the top teams in the country. In September 2010, Monmouth attained the #4 spot on the NSCAA/ National Rankings and has been ranked in the national top 25 every single week for the past two seasons.[16]


  • 1933 to 1956: Edward G. Schlaefer (Dean)
  • 1956 to 1957: Eugene H. Lehman
  • 1957 to 1962: Edward G. Schlaefer
  • 1962 to 1971: William G. Van Note
  • 1971 to 1979: Richard J. Stonesifer
  • 1980 to 1993: Samuel Hays Magill
  • 1993 to 2003: Rebecca Stafford
  • 2003 to 2013: Paul G. Gaffney II
  • 2013 to present: Paul R. Brown

Noted alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2013 to FY2014(Revised February 2015"
  2. ^ College Close-Up" Monmouth University – Faculty, accessed December 21, 2006. "Approximately 73 percent of the full-time instructional faculty members have doctorates or other terminal degrees in their fields."
  3. ^ College Close-up: Monmouth University, Peterson's College Planner
  4. ^ "History of Monmouth University". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ *Abele, Julian (1881–1950)Philadelphia Architects and Buildings biography
  6. ^ The Twilight of Splendor: Chronicles of the Age of American Palaces (1975) by James T. Maher
  7. ^ History of Wilson Hall, Monmouth University
  8. ^ "Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Cottage A Beaux-Arts Summer Residence". Monmouth University Library. 
  9. ^ "The Lauren K. Woods Theatre". Monmouth University. 
  10. ^ "N.J. RADIO BENEFIT WILL MAKE HISTORY". New York Daily News. 
  13. ^ "Making Radio History" (PDF). Monmouth University Magazine. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "MONMOUTH ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES REINTRODUCTION OF SWIMMING PROGRAMS". Monmouth University. November 20, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "MEN’S SOCCER MOVES UP ONE SPOT TO FOURTH IN NSCAA POLL". Monmouth University. September 21, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  17. ^ "University of Washington-Information Technology Leaders"
  18. ^ Seattle Weekly 12/06/2006
  19. ^ 'The American Dream' by Dan Rather, pp. 280–1
  20. ^ "Black Past: Dziko, Trish Millines (1957- "
  21. ^ 'Money Magazine – 25 Women Who are Making it Big'
  22. ^ 'Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology, Community, and Public Policy'
  23. ^ 'Henry R. Kranzler, MD, Named Director of Penn's Center for Studies of Addiction'
  24. ^ 'HR Kranzler et al. (2001). "Efficacy of Naltrexone and Acamprosate for Alcoholism Treatment: A Meta‐Analysis". Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.'
  25. ^ "‘New Jersey Housewife’ Amber Marchese discusses breast cancer awareness Read More: Real Housewife of NJ Amber Marchese Talks Breast Cancer |"[1]
  26. ^ "Amber Marchese"
  27. ^ "Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6: Who Is Rumored Cast Member Amber Marchese?"[2]
  28. ^ "In Memory of Lee Lozowick (1943–2010)" by Tom Huston, EnglighteNext Magazine, November 20, 2010
  29. ^ "Square Feet: The 30-Minute Interview with Steven J. Pozycki"[3],
  30. ^ American Security Project
  31. ^ Testimony to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee
  32. ^ Thornton, Yvonne S. & Coudert, (1995). The Ditchdigger’s Daughters: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story, Kensington Publishing Co. ISBN 1-55972-271-1

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Coordinates: 40°16′48″N 74°00′22″W / 40.280°N 74.006°W / 40.280; -74.006