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Montclair State

Montclair State University is a public university located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, the Great Notch area of Little Falls, and Clifton, in the U.S. state of New Jersey.


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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, 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 to become 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 (Bachelors 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, under permission from the president, Harry Sprague, had joined the US Navy as volunteers, to train for the war. It was also a time when students and faculty would sell war bonds to support US American troops. Then 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, Doctor of Environmental Management since 2003 and Doctor of Science since 2005. 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

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Montclair State University is committed to serving the educational needs of New Jersey with programs characterized by academic rigor and currency in the development of knowledge and its applications. The University will offer a comprehensive range of baccalaureate, master"s, and certificate programs and a focused portfolio of doctoral programs that are closely aligned with the University"s academic strengths and the needs of the state. The University will recruit faculty with exceptional academic or professional credentials and a deep commitment to the pursuit of their development as teachers and scholars. The University will admit to study with this faculty students who have demonstrated the potential for high achievement, diligence in the pursuit of their education, and high aspirations for using their education. The University will be inexorably committed to the maintenance of a learning community that is deeply and broadly reflective of the diverse population of New Jersey. All University programs will develop in students the ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge in a climate characterized by tolerance and openness in the exploration of ideas. Curricular and co-curricular programs will cultivate the ability to think critically, to act ethically, and to become informed citizen-participants prepared to assume leadership roles in a democracy. Recognizing the increasing connectedness of the world, the University will ensure that all students develop an understanding of global issues and of their responsibilities as citizens of the world. The University will serve as a center for the creation of new knowledge and for the development of innovative applications of existing knowledge and as a center for pedagogical and artistic excellence and creativity. The University seeks to focus the professional activities of its faculty and the educational endeavors of its students on the enduring disciplines that will continue to constitute the knowledge base of an educated citizenry in the 21st century, as well as on the more specific and changing areas of study that have particular relevance to the region served by the University. The University will play a role beyond the campus community, partnering and collaborating at the local, state, national and international levels to make positive contributions to addressing issues of importance to society, to enable students to experience their ability to use knowledge in constructive ways in the world, and to share the rich array of intellectual and cultural resources of the University with the people of New Jersey.



Kim Barnes Arico, current head women"s basketball coach at the University of Michigan Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player, catcher for the New York Yankees Jason Biggs, actor; briefly attended as an English major Carol Blazejowski, basketball player and member of both the Naismith Memorial and Women"s Basketball Halls of Fame; current General Manager and President of the New York Liberty Edna Buchanan, reporter and famed mystery writer Marco Capozzoli, arena football player Kevin Carolan, actor and comedian Andrew R. Ciesla, New Jersey State Senator, 10th District Marion Crecco, member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2002. Lesley Choyce, author of novels, non-fiction, children"s books, and poetry Wendy Coakley-Thompson (Class of 1989), writer, studied broadcasting Steve Covino, radio personality Warren Farrell, author Mike Fratello, NBA head coach, sports commentator Scott Garrett, New Jersey Congressman, 5th District Allen Ginsberg, poet; icon of the Beat Generation Camille Grammer, reality television personality Fred Hill, Rutgers University basketball coach Sharpe James, former mayor of Newark Ajit J. Khubani, founder, president and CEO of Telebrands Corp. Paul J. Lioy, Professor, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Eugene Maleska (Class of 1937), New York Times crossword editor Tom Malloy (Class of 1997), film actor, writer, producer Brenda Miller Cooper, operatic soprano Jay Alders (Class of 1996), fine artist Brian Jude (Class of 1995), film director, writer, producer and actor Sam Mills, NFL linebacker, coach, member of College Football Hall of Fame Connie Myers, New Jersey Assemblywoman, 23rd District Christine Nagy, radio personality, studied broadcasting Reggie Noble a.k.a. Redman, rapper J. J. North, actress Chris Opperman, composer Michael Price (Class of 1981), television writer�producer Dania Ramirez, film and television actress Oscar Ravina, professor emeritus, classical violinist, concertmaster Lorene Scafaria, screenwriter and playwright Herman Sokol, a co-discoverer of tetracycline and president of Bristol-Myers Company Ray Toro, lead guitarist of My Chemical Romance Joan Voss, New Jersey Assemblywoman, 38th District Dave White, Derringer Award-winning mystery author Bruce Willis, actor; attended as a theatre major



Suburban 500 acre (202.34 ha)