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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%

Montclair State University Admissions

Montclair State University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 91% of applicants get into Montclair State University each year. Out of 21,393 applications received in 2023, 19,535 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Montclair State University, the fee for the application costs $65.

Montclair State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Montclair State University's admissions stats.

Montclair State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Montclair State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Montclair State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15

Want to Apply Early to Montclair State University?

Montclair State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Montclair State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Montclair State University accepts about 88% of early action applicants and 91% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Montclair State University admitted 1,493 of the 11,887 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Montclair State University Admissions

Is Montclair State University Difficult To Get Into?

Getting into Montclair State University is moderately difficult.

In 2022, Montclair State University accepted 91% of students, around 19,535 from the 21,393 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Montclair State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to computer science, business administration, early childhood programs is program very difficult.

Transferring to Montclair State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Montclair State University

Montclair State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Montclair State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Montclair State University

What does Montclair State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Montclair State University for more information on admission factors.

Montclair State University Application Requirements

To apply to Montclair State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Montclair State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Montclair State University?

Students admitted to Montclair State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 37% submitted a class rank. At Montclair State University 9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 29% were in the top 25% and 63% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Montclair State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 7%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 17%
3.00 and 3.24 18%
2.50 and 2.9 22%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Montclair State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Montclair State University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 14% of Montclair State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What is a Good SAT Score for Montclair State University?

To be competitive with other Montclair State University applicants, you should aim to score between 970 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Montclair State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Montclair State University students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Montclair State University students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

More Information on Transferring to Montclair State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Montclair State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Montclair State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Montclair State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Montclair State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Montclair State University.

Does Montclair State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Montclair State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Montclair State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Montclair State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Montclair State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Montclair State University?

❌ No, Montclair State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Montclair State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Montclair State University has an acceptance rate of 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Montclair State University?

❌ Montclair State University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Montclair State University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Montclair State University was 88% in 2021.

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Montclair State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Montclair State University? Montclair State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Montclair State University acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


Montclair State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Montclair State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Montclair State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1200


Math SAT Range

470 - 590


Reading SAT Range

480 - 610

Montclair State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Montclair State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.34. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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