Montclair State University
Motto in English
|Seize the Day|
|Endowment||$56.4 million (2013)|
|President||Susan Cole, PhD|
|Location||Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
500 acre (202.34 ha) campus, including NJ School of Conservation
|Colors||Red and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
|Mascot||Rocky the Red Hawk
(formerly, the Indians)
Montclair State University (MSU) is a public research university located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, at the intersection of the Great Notch area of Little Falls, and the Montclair Heights section of Clifton, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Montclair State University is the second largest University in New Jersey. As of October 2015, there were 20,465 total enrolled students: 16,336 undergraduate students and 4,129 graduate students. The campus covers approximately 500 acres (2.0 km2), inclusive of the New Jersey School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest. The University attracts students from within the state, from many other states in the Northeast and elsewhere, and many foreign countries. More than 250 majors, minors and concentrations are offered.
The university is a member of professional organizations such as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Graduate Schools.
The university has consistently ranked among the top 100 public universities in the United States in the past few years. In 2017, the university was designated as a R3 Doctoral Research University.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus life
- 3 Colleges and Schools
- 3.1 College of the Arts
- 3.2 College of Education and Human Services
- 3.3 College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- 3.4 College of Science and Mathematics
- 3.5 Feliciano School of Business
- 3.6 School of Nursing
- 3.7 The Graduate School
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Growth
- 6 Residence Facilities
- 7 Crime
- 8 Presidents
- 9 Alumni and people associated with MSU
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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, however, the school only offered two year programs which were meant to train and develop school teachers. 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 dormitories were 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 sports, which are still an important sect in the culture of the school. 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. From 2008 onwards, the University started offering PhD degrees, first in Teacher Education and Teacher Development, then Environmental Management, Counselor Education, Family Studies, and most recently, Communications Sciences and Disorders (2014). In 2014, Montclair State University graduated more than 30 doctoral students.
In 2004, New Jersey Transit opened Montclair State University Station at Little Falls, 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, the former site of the School of Business (SBUS), is currently being renovated and is set to reopen in Spring 2016 as the site of the new Montclair State University School of Nursing, which will offer RN to BSN as well as graduate-level nursing programs. In 2016, Montclair State University was upgraded from a Masters to a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Undergraduate enrollment for Fall 2015 recorded 6,287 male students and 10,049 female students.
|Race||Full Time||Part Time||Total|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||6||3||9|
|Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander||30||1||31|
|Two or More Races||470||50||520|
- Non-Resident Aliens are excluded from other racial designations.
Colleges and Schools
Montclair State University comprises four colleges and three schools, each led by a Dean. 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. MSU will add the School of Nursing in 2017.
College of the Arts
A wide range of majors is available in the College of the Arts including Music, Music Therapy, Fine Arts, Communication and Media Arts, Journalism, Fashion Studies, Animation, Illustration, Filmmaking, Theater, Production and Design, Dance, Television, and Digital Media. Montclair State is nationally ranked in many of these fields.
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 to approximately 400 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. These include undergraduate and graduate concentrations and minors, 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, which was founded on July 1, 2012. The school unites the former departments of Communication Studies, Broadcasting, Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Media and Filmmaking to create a program of studies that better prepares its graduates for careers in communication and media. Focused coursework, hands-on internships, and mentoring by a top-tier faculty are designed to equip students with the skills to make them more appealing to organizations and industries. In August 2012, Merrill Brown became the school’s first director. A new facility for the School of Communication opened for the Fall 2017 semester. The new facility houses studios and academic facilities and connects existing Life Hall and Morehead Hall.
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. Other majors housed within the College of Education and Human Services include counseling and educational leadership, public health, nutrition and food studies, exercise science, athletic training, and Family Science & Human Development.
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 in fields including Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Spanish, Italian, Classics and General Humanities, English, History, Justice Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Political Science. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the larger units within MSU, with numerous distinguished faculty.
College of Science and Mathematics
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) offers a wide variety of programs delivered by a world-class faculty who engage in research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Institute of Health, among many other agencies. Located in Richardson Hall are the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Science Hall houses the Department of Biology. Degrees available in these departments include mathematics with concentrations in discrete and applied mathematics, statistics, finance, and physics, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, and marine biology and coastal sciences. Each degree has teaching certification options. The Department of Mathematical Sciences also offers a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. The Department of Computer Science is scheduled to move to its new home in Mallory Hall in Summer 2018. The renovated building will support degree programs in computer science, information technology, data science, and cybersecurity.
The Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) houses the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, which offers degrees in Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, and Sustainability Science, and certificate programs in Water Resource Management, Geographic Information Science and Environmental Forensics. CELS is also the home of the Passaic River Institute, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, and the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Environmental Management.
The College of Science and Mathematics also prepares students to pursue either a Doctor of Medicine (MD), PhD, or Doctor of Physical Therapy through joint degree programs with Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Students earn a bachelor's degree form MSU, and proceed to the MD, PhD, or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
New Jersey School of Conservation
Included in the College of Science and Mathematics is the New Jersey School of Conservation located in Stokes State Forest. The school is the University's environmental education site, the first of its kind in the United States.
Feliciano School of Business
The Feliciano School of Business has several majors available for study. The school 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. The Bachelor of Science degree offerings include Marketing, Retail Merchandising & Management, Sports, Events and Tourism Marketing, Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Real Estate and other concentrations. The MBA program has been recently redesigned and offers concentrations in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, International Business, and Management. 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 new School of Nursing. It initially consists of a RN-to-BSN program, with full BSN, Masters, and Doctoral programs to be rolled out gradually. Partridge Hall, an aging campus building, has been renovated to house the new program.
The Graduate School
All of the colleges at Montclair offer masters and/or doctoral degrees in numerous fields.
The College of Education and Human Services boasts nationally ranked programs in teacher education. In its 2017 ranking year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the University's graduate education programs 93rd nationally. In addition to the College’s overall education program ranking, the University’s graduate programs in secondary teacher education and elementary teacher education were each ranked No. 14 in the national results. Other programs include Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, Teaching (Elementary, Middle, and High School), and Counseling. There are also four doctoral degrees within the teaching field, and those are in Audiology, Counselor Education, Mathematics Education, and Teacher Education and Development. Montclair State University is the only New Jersey institution to be ranked in the top 20 in these fields. The College also hosts a Master of Public Health (MPH) program with concentrations in Health Systems Administration and Community Health Education, both fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers graduate programs in English, History, and Spanish and Italian. Increasing numbers of degree candidates complete master's degrees in preparation for doctoral study.
The College of Arts offers graduate degree programs in Art and Music., and collaborates with the College of Education and Human Services to offer Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in these fields.
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) offers master's degrees in Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Sustainability Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. CSAM houses two PhD programs, the interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental Management, founded in 2003, and the PhD in Mathematics Education.
The Feliciano School of Business offers a Masters of Business Administration and graduate programs in Accounting, Management, and International Business. Partridge Hall is the new home of the Graduate School and the School of Nursing.
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.
Division III sports
- Men's Ice Hockey (ACHA Division II)
- Men's Rugby (MetNY RFU Division II)
- Men's Volleyball (Middle Atlantic Collegiate Volleyball Conference)
- Baseball (National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Division II Central)
- Quidditch (Unofficial with the International Quidditch Association as of Spring 2015)
Sports fields and facilities
- Sprague Field
- The 6,000-seat field is home to the MSU football team, men's and women's lacrosse and field hockey teams.
- Panzer Athletic Center Gymnasium
- The 1,200-seat arena is home to the MSU men's and women's basketball teams and volleyball team.
- Panzer Athletic Center Pool
- The 500-seat Panzer Pool is home to the Red Hawk men's and women's swimming and diving teams.
- MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field
- Yogi Berra Stadium
- MSU Softball Stadium
- 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 New Jersey Transit Rail Station & Parking Deck was opened October 20, 2004. It provide direct access to and from New York Penn Station, the city's main public transportation hub. This is also a major parking and transfer point on the Montclair-Boonton Line.
- 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 (2013–2017)
MSU's current master plan contains $650 million in capital construction and improvements. The major projects under this new program are:
- Completed projects
- Two new 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.
- A 107,500 square feet (9,990 m2) science 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 Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, the Passaic River Institute, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, and the interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental 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 will connect the building with Life Hall and the DuMont TV center to form the Communication and Media Studies Center, which is scheduled to open in 2016.
- Various expansions, improvements and renovations of current residential buildings and athletic facilities including College Hall, Partridge Hall, Mallory Hall, Life Hall, the Bond House, Student Center, and the New Jersey School of Conservation (240 acre campus, the site of major environmental education and research facilities in Stokes state forest, Sussex County) are all planned for this period as well.
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 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. Taking advantage of the New Jersey 2009 Economic Stimulus Act, it was privately built and operated, with students paying rent directly to the developer, but consistent with the cost of The Village. 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 opened in the early 1980s and 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, Which Wich?, 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.
The frequent crimes are burglary, liquor law violations, and drug abuse violations. The tables below show crime statistics for the locations on-campus (including student housing), student housing, public areas adjacent to the university, and non-campus locations that are owned by the university. From 2004 to 2013, Montclair State University reported 56 rape cases; it had the fourth highest number of rape reports of New Jersey's 43 public and private institutions.
|Year||Type||On Campus||Student Housing||Public||Non Campus||Ref|
|2014||Other Forcible Offenses||1||1||0||0|||
|2013||Other Forcible Offenses||0||0||0||0|||
|2012||Other Forcible Offenses||0||0||0||0|||
|2011||Other Forcible Offense||0||0||0||0|||
|2010||Other Forcible Offenses||0||0||0||0|||
|Year||On Campus||Student Housing||Public||Non Campus||Ref|
|Year||On Campus||Student Housing||Public||Non Campus||Ref|
|Year||On Campus||Student Housing||Public||Non Campus||Ref|
Alumni and people associated with MSU
Politics and government
- Barbara Buono (born 1953), former New Jersey State Senator, and former New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial nominee
- Andrew R. Ciesla (born 1953), former member of the New Jersey Senate who represented the 10th Legislative District.
- Marion Crecco (1930-2015), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2002
- Scott Garrett (born 1959), Congressman who represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district.
- Sharpe James (born 1936), former Mayor of Newark
- Connie Myers (born 1944), politicians who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1996 to 2006, where she represented the 23rd Legislative District.
- Joan Voss (born 1940; B.A. 1962 / M.A. 1971), member of the Bergen County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Business and industry
- Howie Hubler, Morgan Stanley bond trader whose positions on subprime-mortgage-related securities cost Morgan Stanley $9 billion in 2007.
- A. J. Khubani, founder, president and CEO of Telebrands Corp.
Arts and entertainment
- Jay Alders (class of 1996), fine artist, photographer and graphic designer, best known for his original surf art paintings.
- Jason Biggs (born 1978), actor who briefly attended as an English major
- Edna Buchanan (born 1939), reporter and mystery writer.
- Kevin Carolan (born 1968), actor and comedian
- Lesley Choyce (born 1951), author of novels, non-fiction, children's books, and poetry
- Wendy Coakley-Thompson (born 1966, class of 1989), writer, studied broadcasting
- Steve Covino (born 1976), radio personality
- Paula Danziger (1944-2004), children's author who wrote more than 30 books, including her 1974 debut young adult novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.
- Warren Farrell (born 1943), author
- Fernando Fiore (born 1960), television personality, sportscaster, actor, two-time Emmy award winner
- Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet; icon of the Beat Generation, briefly attended before transferring to Columbia University
- Camille Grammer (born 1968), reality television personality
- Brian Jude (born 1971, class of 1995), film director, writer, producer and actor
- Tom Malloy (born 1974, class of 1997), film actor, writer, producer
- Brenda Miller Cooper (1916-2008), operatic soprano
- Melba Moore (born 1945), singer
- Christine Nagy, radio personality, studied broadcasting
- Reggie Noble (born 1970, a.k.a. Redman), rapper
- J. J. North (born 1964), actress
- Chris Opperman (born 1978), composer
- Michael Price (class of 1981), television writer–producer
- Robert M. Price (born 1954, class of 1976), Biblical Scholar known as The Bible Geek and The Human Bible, H. P. Lovecraft Scholar
- Dania Ramirez (born 1979), film and television actress
- Oscar Ravina (1930-2010), professor emeritus, classical violinist, concertmaster
- Lorene Scafaria (born 1978), screenwriter and playwright
- Ray Toro (born 1977), lead guitarist of My Chemical Romance
- Dave White (born 1979), Derringer Award-winning mystery author
- Bruce Willis (born 1955), actor; attended as a theatre major
- Jessica Vosk (born 1983), singer/actress, who has appeared as Elphaba on the national tour of the hit musical Wicked.
- Kim Barnes Arico (born 1970), current head women's basketball coach at the University of MichiganWomen's Basketball Halls of Fame; former General Manager and President of the New York Liberty
- Yogi Berra (1925-2015), Hall of Fame baseball player, catcher for the New York Yankees
- Carol Blazejowski (born 1956), basketball player and member of both the Naismith Memorial
- Marco Capozzoli (born 1988), arena football player
- Mark Casale (born 1962), football player
- Kevin Cooney (born 1950), college baseball coach at Montclair State and Florida Atlantic
- Amod Field (born 1967), football player
- Mike Fratello (born 1947), NBA head coach, sports commentator
- Fred Hill (born 1959), Rutgers University basketball coach
- Sam Mills (1959-2005), NFL linebacker, coach, member of College Football Hall of Fame
- Paul J. Lioy (1947-2015), Professor, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- Eugene T. Maleska (1916-1993, class of 1937), crossword editor at The New York Times
- Herman Sokol (1916-1985), co-discoverer of tetracycline and president of Bristol-Myers Company graduated from Montclair State College
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- "Democrat Barbara Buono Enters NJ Governor’s Race To Challenge Christie", WCBS-TV, December 11, 2012. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Buono graduated from Montclair State University and Rutgers Law School."
- SenatorAndrew R. Ciesla (R), New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 23, 2008. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Education: B.A. Montclair State University (Political Science); M.P.A. Syracuse University (Public Administration)"
- Assemblywoman Marion Crecco, New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 25, 1998. Accessed June 2, 2010.
- Garrett, Scott, (1959 - ), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed February 15, 2018. "B.A., Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J., 1981"
- Carter, Barry. "Former Newark mayors share their life and times in the city", The Star-Ledger, May 17, 2016. Accessed February 15, 2018. "James graduated from South Side High School, Montclair State University and earned his master's degree in physical education from Springfield College"
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 275. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC, 1900. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Connie Myers, Rep., Holland - Assemblywoman Myers was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Nov. 14, 1944. She attended public schools in Essex County, and is a 1967 graduate of Montclair State College"
- Freeholder Dr. Joan M. Voss, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed February 15, 2018. "She received a B.A. degree in Social Studies and English from Montclair State University in 1962 and a M.A. degree in 1971."
- Hyman, Vicki. "Notorious 'subprime villain' Howie Hubler unloading Rumson estate for $4.5M", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 10, 2016. Accessed February 19, 2018. "Hubler, a New Jersey native who played football for Montclair State University, resigned from Morgan Stanley in 2007, taking with him with tens of millions in back pay, according to Lewis."
- "Your Name in Stickup Light Bulbs!", New York Magazine. Accessed February 19, 2018. "Khubani inherited his peculiar acumen from his father, an Indian immigrant and serial entrepreneur who made enough money importing Japanese-made pocket radios—an inexpensive, sixties precursor to the Walkman—to move his family from a third-floor walk-up in Union City to a modest house in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. The lesson wasn’t lost on the budding tycoon, who made his own first foray into direct mail in 1983, after graduating from Montclair State University."
- "Jay Alders Profile, 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."
- Staff. "Jason Biggs 'Graduates' to Broadway-Teen hero takes center stage with Kathleen Turner", The Mercury News, April 29, 2002. Accessed February 19, 2018. "After transferring to New Jersey's Montclair State University for three weeks in 1997, Biggs got a role on the sitcom "Total Security" that brought him to Los Angeles. The series collapsed, but Biggs soon won the role of Jim - the pie guy."
- Trillin, Calvin. "Covering the Cops; The world of Miami’s top crime reporter.", The New Yorker, February 17, 1986. Accessed February 19, 2018. "The enormous change in Edna’s life came partly because a clotheshorse friend who wanted to take a course in millinery design persuaded her to come along to evening classes at Montclair State Teachers College."
- Woo, Elaine. "Paula Danziger, 59; Wrote Novels for Teens", 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."
- Hampton, Wilborn (April 6, 1997). "Allen Ginsberg, Master Poet Of Beat Generation, Dies at 70". New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "The Write Stuff: Alumni Authors". Montclair State University. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- Howe, Marvine (June 23, 1985). "Herman Sokol, drug pioneer who led Bristol-Myers, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Moore, Joseph Thomas. Montclair State University: A Century of Triumph Over Circumstance. (Montclair, New Jersey: Montclair State University, 2008). (ISBN 978-0-615-20116-0)
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