Plans for the building of what was to be a State Normal school was initiated in 1903, and it took a year for permission to be granted for the approval of the state for building the school. It was then established as New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair in 1908. In 1958, the school merged with the Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene to become Montclair State College.
Montclair State University contains eight colleges and/or schools, each with its own Dean or Director. For the most part these schools organize and conduct academic programs individually (i.e. Bachelor's Degree Programs, Master's Degree Programs, Certificate Programs, etc.), but occasionally work cooperatively to offer interdisciplinary programs. For example, a student may pursue a degree in Psychology with Teacher Certification in Social Studies - a program that is offered jointly by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Psychology) and the College of Education and Human Services (Teacher Certification).
Montclair State’s Residence Life is committed to making on-campus living a meaningful part of the educational experience. From structured activities sponsored by residence hall staff and councils to impromptu informal gatherings, we encourage personal growth, responsibility and a sense of community.
The University Health Center (UHC) offers a variety of healthcare services for Montclair State University. Our primary role is to provide comprehensive healthcare for students and health related information to the University community.
Montclair State offers students a beautiful suburban campus where they can enjoy the ambience of walking to class on tree-lined paths and meet their friends to study on the lawn. The campus also boasts excellent academic, residential and recreational facilities.
The Student Recreation Center opened in 2008, and serves as the campus's hub for health, wellness, fitness, and community service. The Student Recreation Center is free of charge to all Montclair State Students as long as they have a valid Montclair State University ID.