Montclair State University is a public university located in the Upper Montclair section of Montclair, the Great Notch area of Little Falls, and the Montclair Heights section of Clifton, in the U.S. state of New Jersey
As of October 2014, there were 20,002 total enrolled students: 15,885 undergraduate students and 4,137 graduate students. Montclair State University is New Jersey’s second largest school, with Rutgers University being the first. It is also the state’s fastest growing school and currently sizes at 500 acres (2.0 km2), inclusive of the New Jersey School of Conservation, which attracts students statewide. More than 250 majors, minors and concentrations are offered.
The university is a member of such professional organizations 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. It is also the only university in the United States to offer a doctorate program in pedagogy.
Rankings of Montclair State University are mixed depending on the rating criteria and scope. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Montclair State University #54 for “Regional Universities North Rankings.” According to Forbes Magazine ‘s annual list of “Americas Best Colleges”, Montclair State is ranked as the number one public institution in the state of New Jersey and third overall. In addition, the university was also added as a “Best Buy” university compiled by CCAP and Forbes. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks Montclair State University’s graduate programs in secondary teacher education and elementary teacher education in the top 20 in the nation while the School of Business consistently earns its placement on the Princeton Review’s annual list of “Best Business Schools”. The university’s Department of Fire Safety received a perfect score on the Princeton Review, one of only twenty-two other schools in the Nation to receive this honor.