Monmouth University Visit Report by BmacNJ

Visit to Monmouth University in August 2019 by BmacNJ
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(Member since August 23 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Campus Tour: Yes - Pleasantly surprised. The campus is beautiful. A nice mix of old world charm and modern facilities. The campus is much larger then I imagined, the buildings aren’t spaced to far away from each other


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Campus was busy, students and staff were all friendly. Nice college vibe, student center was busy, gym was busy, cafeteria was busy. Very active campus and cheerful vibe.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Staff was friendly, smiling and welcoming. From security to food services, student employees, several professors. All seemed to be genuinely happy. Really didn’t see any negatives.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautifully manicured. Lots of green open spaces, blooming flowers, trees. Water fountains. Buildings were all clean, well kept. No signs of wear. Many outdoor seating/study space.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Brand new athletic center, several new academic buildings, numerous on campus dining options. WiFi thruout campus, free printing, nice library, many computer labs around campus. Landscaping was nice.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Typical doubles, quads. Nothing special. Not guaranteed 4 years, but no one denied past 5 years. Several apt style options OCEANFRONT. Amazing location can’t be over emphasized. Mall-stores close.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Full time police department comprised of retired police officers. Blue light campus. Underground walkway on campus to avoid vehicle traffic. Nice area, safe and secure. Million dollar homes in area.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Didn’t know what to expect. Was really pleasantly surprised and will take a serious look at MU. It’s probably more of a safety school, but not a bad option at all. Beach 1/2 mile away, NYC 1 hour


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Really nice area, close to beach, NYC. Area is under redevelopment. Million dollar homes, plenty of shopping, stores, malls, supermarkets, bars, restaurants. Jersey shore town.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Long Branch has pockets of rough areas, overall the town is under tremendous redevelopment. Massive townhome developments, new million dollar homes. Only getting better. Location, location, location

Campus Visit Notes for Monmouth University


Visit Description:

Monmouth University was a pleasant surprise. The location is amazing as it is a half mile from the beach and has housing options oceanfront. The campus is well manicured with a nice mix of old world charm and newer modern buildings and facilities. The on campus arena is brand new and houses D1 basketball games, concerts, student gym, indoor track. Many newer academic buildings with state of the art equipment/labs. There are numerous dining options thruout campus. It’s a Dunkin’ Donuts campus, lol. Asked numerous students about social scene as it’s a dry campus. Was assured by all “we are college kids”, plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs in area. Many upperclassman live off campus as there are hundreds of options in area, thus a robust social scene. 85% of first year students live on campus. Sophs live in apt style on campus units. The upper classmen live in school housing in beachfront apartments. Amazing location to say the least. Cars are allowed on campus from freshman year on. Seemed like an abundance of parking. 20+ sports teams all play on campus, 80+ clubs,10% of student body in Greek life. PNC arts center is 15 minutes away. NYC is 1 hour by car, 90 minutes by train ($32 r/t) 57% female to 43% male
MU is $52,000 per year tuition,fees housing. Merit aid ranges from 8-25k, AP classes with scores of 3 or higher get accepted, seemed easy to transfer credits in from other schools/community colleges. Large selection of summer/winter classes available. Seemed easy to double major or major/minor as there’s a minimal core required. Study abroad available to 10+ countries, including shorter summer option. Internship fairs and job fairs on campus Fall/Spring. Career services very active. Bruce Springsteen archives are housed on campus, strong music program, strong nursing, business school was certified, Bloomberg terminals, real estate school.
Acceptance rate is 70%, bulk of student body is from NJ, upstate NY, Long Island but 30 states represented.
Bottom line, Monmouth University has a great location, beautiful campus, 4500 student body, D1 sports, 85% white student body. It deserves a good look from B students with 1000-1200 SATs, is a serious safety school that I’m sure wouldn’t be a disappointment. Only thing we couldn’t figure out is the rigors of academics.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Beautiful oceanfront dining 1/2 mile away, plenty of options in immediate area

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Plenty of parking on campus, local shuttles runs all day from campus to train station, shopping ect...