Montclair State University (MSU)

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MSU can be found in Montclair, NJ, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around 20,000 students are enrolled at Montclair State University.

The majority of students getting into Montclair State University have scored in-between 1310 - 1590 on the SAT exam. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Montclair State University (MSU) average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.18 for accepted students. 65% of all students that apply are accepted to MSU, from which 36% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Montclair State University (MSU) acceptance rate 2015 will be around 58%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Montclair State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Montclair State University was reported as 65.3% in Fall 2013 with over 13,000 applications submitted to Montclair State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MSU SAT Scores: 1310 - 1590
  • MSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Montclair State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into MSU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Montclair State University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 47.0%
  • 2010-2011: 49.7%
  • 2011-2012: 56.7%
  • 2012-2013: 54.5%
  • 2013-2014: 65.3%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 57.8%

How Does Montclair State University (MSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Montclair State University is eighteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
William Paterson University of New Jersey68.1%
New Jersey Institute of Technology65.5%
Rutgers University-Newark54.0%
Seton Hall University79.2%
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus73.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Montclair State University (MSU) (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading430 - 520
Math450 - 540
Writing430 - 530
Total Score1310 - 1590
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