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Montclair State University

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I transferred here thinking I would have aAverageNutrition
I transferred here thinking I would have a worthy new college beginning but was wrong. There are barely ANYYYYY activities here. The clubs meet at VERYYYYYodd hours like 11:30 pm making it almost IMPOSSIBLE for transfer students to feel safe on and off campus or all meet at the same time and day so it gets very hard to get involved. I asked the chairperson of the art department a question on switching majors into one of the art majors and she was not having it. She was so rude, cold and bitchy to me on the phone and was speechless like "how dare I ask such a stupid question...." Anyhow the staff here can be SO rude and DIFFICULT to communicate with. People here need to prepare hard what they are gonna say.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2019
Scholastic Success: B+, University Resource Use/ spending: F
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Transferred here from CCM where I had aQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Transferred here from CCM where I had a much better experience all around. From faculty/advisor accessibility, to financial aid to parking, Montclair State has fallen way below my expectations in every area. To get anything accomplished, you must email 10 different staff members, only to be told at the end that there is nothing that can be done to help you. Financial aid is a JOKE. I came to MSU with a 3.89 GPA and now an averaging a 3.85 and have not received a single cent of merit aid. Overall, I really regret my decision to transfer here. I hope my remaining 3 semesters fly by, because MSU is a disaster.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: B+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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Going to Montclair was essentially a last ditchQuite Bright
Going to Montclair was essentially a last ditch effort for me. I was applying to nursing programs which were highly competitive and I was not accepted into them due to lack of available spots. I also have an interest in geriatrics, which is the area I want to focus on when I become a nurse. The classes I've taken, both GenEd and Major requirements, have been a joke. I've enjoyed some of the classes that I've taken, but most of them have been boring, non-stimulating, and repetitive at times. As of now, before starting my second semester as a sophomore, the most challenging courses I have taken have been my Introduction to Computers course (the professor barely spoke English, he was rude, condescending, unhelpful, and his exam testing style was absurd. "The first person finished the exam in 45 minutes, so on this second exam, you'll all have 45 minutes to complete it and then I'm going to start teaching." He wasn't lying, he did. He also went above and beyond what this course entailed and would then berate or laugh at students when they didn't understand.) The second one was my BIOL 110 lab. (My school's sciences had never been particularly strong, and the lab was more in depth than anything I was taught in high school, but this was an enjoyable challenge.)

There's absolutely NO campus life, spending weekends there is boring and desolate since the campus is essentially abandoned other than a few people. There really isn't anything to do there anyway. It's predominately a commuter campus, but the majority of people walking to and from classes, and around campus are pretty much locked into their phones and headphones. Not many people are interactive, unless they're with friends.

Getting to and from classes is miserable in the winter due to where the campus is situated--on a hill--and the wind is wicked. The shuttles are unreliable as well.

When I needed to go about getting a medical leave of absence for this previous semester, I had to jump through so many hoops, which in the end weren't necessary. Some of the people in the offices are incompetent and don't know the answer to simple questions, let alone more complex ones. I'm horribly disappointed in the experience that I've had at this school so far, I'm hoping that this semester will be more challenging since I'm taking some extra sciences so I'm a more competitive candidate for nursing program.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Friendliness: B, Social Life: F
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