From the School

Monmouth University is a first-tier, private university that empowers students to reach their full potential as leaders able to make significant contributions to their community and society.

Monmouth offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degree programs in areas that are in demand in the workplace. Through small classes geared toward individual attention and led by an innovative faculty, students are afforded a challenging learning environment on a campus that blends classic beauty with the latest technology.

A comprehensive selection of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in subject areas that are in demand in the workplace are offered. Small classes geared toward individual attention, and led by an innovative faculty, provide a transformative learning environment where students are active participants in their education.

Monmouth's academics—including majors like political science, communications, homeland security, business, and more-can easily be linked with world-class learning experiences in New York City and other nearby major urban areas. Students interested in coastal environmental studies can focus on biological, chemical, and physical sciences, together with environmental policy and natural resource conservation and management.

The University is also close to many technology firms, financial institutions, and a business-industrial sector that provides both employment possibilities for graduates and opportunities for undergraduates to gain experience.

Our location and network provide tremendous academic opportunities to students. For example, students in Monmouth’s music industry program interface with industry professionals in and beyond the classroom, managing their own record label, Blue Hawk Records. There is a real spirit of entrepreneurship on campus that comes to life through student activities like the student-managed investment fund Hawk Capital. Marine and environmental biology and policy students benefit from the University’s proximity to coastal waterways.

While preparing students for successful careers in leadership roles, Monmouth University believes that a major goal of higher education is to help students develop values. These include senses of citizenship and social responsibility that enable graduates to contribute actively to the societies in which they live. Academic programs and personal development opportunities at Monmouth prepare students to take the lead in an increasingly complex, multicultural world. These opportunities--combined with the myriad of art exhibits, concerts, lectures, and sightseeing trips planned each year--provide students with shared experiences outside the classroom to match the ones they receive inside.


From The School

The early action deadline for first-time, full-time students is December 1, and for regular decision it is March 1.

Students applying to the spring semester must do so by December 1.

If you're applying as a part-time student, applications for the fall semester are due by July 15, and for the spring semester they are due by December 1.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program should submit their applications by December 1 for the fall start term only.

A complete application includes the application form, a non-refundable $50 application fee, all official transcripts, standardized test scores, at least one letter of recommendation, and a personal essay of 250 to 500 words.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 550

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 590

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — December 1

Regular — March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate students interested in the sciences, if qualified, can be involved in hands-on original research projects with faculty. These students are presenting award-winning research at regional, national, and international conferences along with earning faculty co-authorship in peer-reviewed publications.

At Monmouth, about ten percent of first-year students enroll in one of the University's five-year baccalaureate/master’s programs. Subject areas for five-year programs are offered in computer science, business, criminal justice, education (select programs), English, history, social work, and software engineering.

Additionally, Graduate Studies at Monmouth University provides high-quality master's degree and certificate programs to students seeking to increase their professional skills and enhance their intellectual development. Monmouth also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Every program curriculum aims to improve students' leadership qualities and prepare them for career advancement, career changes, or further study.

Graduate students have chances to advance their knowledge and engage in scholarly research with faculty members who are not only impassioned teachers and mentors, but also leaders in their chosen fields. Those enrolled benefit from Monmouth's commitment to personalized attention and a strong bond between students and faculty members.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Art*: optional concentration in Photography*
Biology*: optional concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology
Business Administration*: concentrations in Accounting*, Economics*, Economics and Finance, Finance*, Finance and Real Estate, International Business, Management and Decision Sciences, Marketing*, Marketing, Management, and Decision Sciences, or Real Estate Chemistry*: optional concentrations in Advanced Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemical Physics
Clinical Laboratory Sciences: concentration in Medical Laboratory Science
Communication*: Communication Studies, Public Relations/Journalism, or Radio/TV
Computer Science*: concentrations in Advanced Computing or Applied Computing
Criminal Justice*
Education: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, English as a Second Language, Teacher of Students with Disabilities
English*: optional concentration in Creative Writing*
Fine Arts: concentrations in Animation or Graphic and Interactive Design
Foreign Language: concentrations in Spanish, Spanish and Communication/Journalism, or Spanish and Communication/Radio and TV
Health and Physical Education (teaching and non-teaching options)
Health Studies*
History and Political Science Homeland Security*
Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy
Mathematics*: optional concentration in Statistics*
Medical Laboratory Science
Music: optional concentration in Music Industry
Nursing (BSN) (direct admit program, freshmen only)
Nursing (RN to BSN) (transfer students with RN license only)
Political Science*: optional concentration in International Relations or Legal Studies*
Social Work
Software Engineering
Spanish and International Business

Art History
Asian Studies
Business of Healthcare
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Forensic Investigation
Gender Studies
General Management
Geographic Information Systems
Global Sustainability
Graphic Design/Computer Graphics
Information Technology
Interactive Media
Irish Studies
Leadership Communication
Media Production
Musical Theatre
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Popular Music
Professional Writing
Public Policy
Public Relations
Religious Studies
Screen Studies
Social Justice
Social Services
Spanish for Business
Sports Communication

Business Administration
Computer Science

Criminal Justice
Education (certain programs)
Social Work
Software Engineering

*Major and minor available

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Computer Software Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Homeland Security

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music, General

Students Say

With its "beautiful campus" and proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia (not to mention the Jersey Shore), it's easy to understand Monmouth University's popularity. Students are also drawn to the school's "small" size which allows for a more "intimate" educational experience. And they love the fact that Monmouth makes providing "academic support" a priority. Indeed, students can easily take advantage of "free tutoring and writing services." Academically, Monmouth offers a number of fantastic programs. Undergrads here are especially quick to highlight the "phenomenal" math and communication departments as well as the "excellent nursing" and "good business" programs. Of course, the university's "greatest asset" may just be the professors. They continually prove to be "reliable, helpful, understanding, and passionate about what they teach." One grateful undergrad chimes in, "They bring their own personal experiences into the classroom to help students better understand concepts within my major." It's also quite evident that they want to see their students succeed. "Not only do they impart wisdom in the classroom, but they extend their connections to students and they truly exhibit compassion [and] concern for students beyond their courses." This incredulous undergrad agrees:, "I am given access to them by phone, email or office hours. Each and every professor has made sure I am on the right track no matter what department they're from."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Linda Deutsch
Legal affairs correspondent & leading A.P. courtroom reporter

Christie Pearce Rampone
Olympic Gold Medal in soccer 2008, 2004; Olympic Silver Medal 2000, captain

Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton
Medical Doctor, Author, 1st black woman certified in High Risk obstetrics

Noel L. Hillman
Chief of Public Integrity Section, US Dept. of Jus

Steven J Pozycki
President SJP Properties, real estate developer

Herbert Butler
Space-age pioneer, TIROS 1 first televised weather satellite

Robert Santelli
Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum In Los Angeles

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

$36,733 (Commuter)
$50,184 (Resident)

Financial Aid

Approximately 99% of our incoming students receive some form of financial aid. Those packages typically include scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study that may be applied toward tuition and fees, room and board or living expenses, books, and other personal expenses.

Here are some facts to consider about the financial aid packages created for Monmouth's undergraduates last year:

99% received some form of financial aid.
The average scholarship/grant package was $22,521.
The average financial aid package, including student loans and work-study, was approximately $26,900.
More than $59 million in University grants and scholarships was awarded; this places Monmouth among the more affordable private universities in New Jersey.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The University is proud to host a successful NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program that fields 23 teams for men and women. The University’s basketball and track and field teams compete in the 153,200-square-foot OceanFirst Bank Center—a 4,200-seat venue that opened in 2009. All Monmouth students have access to the arena, which also houses a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track; fitness center; conference space; the University Store; and luxury suites. The University’s football, men’s/women’s lacrosse and outdoor track and field programs open their new home in Fall 2017, with the debut of Monmouth Stadium. The new stadium, adjacent to the OceanFirst Bank Center, will accommodate 4,200 fans and feature state-of-the-art media facilities and end zone to end zone seating.

Beyond athletics, students have an assortment of extracurricular activities to choose from, including more than 110 student-run clubs and organizations, as well as sororities and fraternities that engage in service work on behalf of the University and the community. Students can also get involved with the Student Government Association, the campus newspaper (The Outlook), the student-run online news portal (The Verge), the FM radio station (WMCX), the television station (Hawk TV), the yearbook (Shadows), and the literary magazine (Monmouth Review).

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
14% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

Though undergrads at Monmouth admit that their student body "is not the most diverse" they readily assert that it is among "the most welcoming." Indeed, "everybody is so very friendly, you can't go anywhere on campus without saying hi [to] at least three peers." Just as important, undergrads describe their fellow students as "collaborative." As one pleased individual explains, "Everyone is willing to help each other with assignments, understanding important concepts in classes, and answer general questions." Hence, it's not surprising to discover that Monmouth students are also "goal oriented" and "eager to learn." We should mention that since many undergrads hail from New Jersey, there is a sizable "population of commuter students." Fortunately, no matter whether they live on campus or not, "There is a real sense of community at Monmouth. Though everyone is here to complete their own individual goals, everyone is always looking out for one another." As this amazed student concludes, "It feels like we are a family. If you're going through something, everyone is going through it with you. We all know, love and support each other and it is a great feeling."


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Located in the town of West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth is situated on a beautiful, coastal campus that is one mile from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and also about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia. The 156-acre campus is home to a diverse student body comprising some 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Students come to Monmouth from 32 states and 34 countries to participate in the University's academic programs.

A fully wireless campus and a wide array of digital resources along with new academic facilities allows students to actively participate in learning opportunities with innovative faculty members. A ratio of 14 students to each professor enables a personalized learning environment along with mentoring opportunities.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Monmouth University Library holds approximately 360,000 print and electronic monographs, 74,000 print and electronic periodicals, 180 databases, and 1,200 media assets including CDs and DVDs. All academic programs are amply supported by state-of-the-art computer hardware and software and classroom/laboratory facilities. The major components supporting Monmouth academic programs include Windows, Mac OS, and Unix systems connected via an expansive wired and wireless network, which spans all campus buildings and encompasses more than 2,400 workstations in general and specialty labs and classrooms.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Putting learning into action is what makes education come alive. Experiential education, which includes internships, study abroad, select service learning projects, dedicated experiential coursework, or cooperative learning experiences, is a required part of the undergraduate curriculum. By their senior year, seventy-seven percent of Monmouth undergraduate students have completed a practicum, internship, co-op, or similar real world experience; only forty-nine percent of graduating students at comparable institutions have done this according to the latest National Survey of Student Engagement.

At Monmouth, professional-quality experience comes in many forms, from collaborating on original research with faculty that can be presented at national and international conferences to traveling with the mock trial team and engaging in a wide-variety of academic field experiences. Students study abroad in Australia, England, Italy, Spain, and more. Additionally, Monmouth’s alternative break allows students to take part in service projects and community building activities in locales around the globe including Guatemala, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Some undergrads lament that "there is nothing to do at Monmouth" and note that "many students go home on weekends." However, others counter that life at the university is "fun and fulfilling." You simply have to get involved. Thankfully, "there are lots of clubs and organizations that host events." For example, "the Student Activities Board (SAB) does movie nights in one of the residence halls every Saturday, which is always pretty fun." Sporting events are quite popular as well. In fact, "the entire campus can [often] be found at the basketball [arena]" when there's a home game. Undergrads also love to relax at the Student Center, which offers plenty of spots "where you can study, watch TV, or grab a pizza." A handful of students are also active in Greek life, though it doesn't necessarily dominate the campus culture. And most gatherings are relegated to "house parties or bars in [either] Asbury Park or Belmar." Finally, "when it's warm out, students spend as much time at the beach as they can." After all, "there are so many nice beach areas that students will go to hang out, even in the off season."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Hawks)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: ALI-All Lifestyle Included The purpose of All Lifestyles Included is to raise awareness of homosexuality in the community and the Monmouth University campus. The group works to foster an environment that helps people of all sexual orientations to feel comfortable with people from all lifestyles, in an effort to present an understanding Monmouth University campus where no one is made to feel that they have to hide their own sexuality. Safe Zone Program SafeZone is a voluntary program which creates allies, support, and resources for MU lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and employees. The purpose of the SafeZone Program is to create a network of allies for and within the LGBTQ community at Monmouth University. By doing so, we hope to reduce homophobia and heterosexism, making our campus a safe and free environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ



Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

HP, Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Casey Cantaffa
Visitation Coordinator

400 Cedar Ave
West Long Branch, NJ 07764



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rebecca Stafford Student Center
OceanFirst Bank Center
Magill Commons residential restuarant
Pollak Theatre
Dunkin' Donuts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ
Monmouth Mall
Red Bank, NJ
New York City
The Rook

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

accepted student days

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis and buses, train station 1 mile from campus

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Garden State Parkway: Take Exit 105. The Parkway offramp leads directly onto Route 36 East. Continue on Route 36 East approximately three miles to Route 71 South. Go approximately one mile and Route 71 will fork left and become Cedar Avenue. Follow Route 71/Cedar Avenue for approximately one half mile. Turn right into the main entrance of the University, just past Larchwood Avenue. Proceed to the Greeter's Booth. Please park as directed. From the NJ Turnpike: From the South, take Turnpike North to Exit 7A. After the toll plaza, take I-195 East to Shore Points. Approaching Belmar, I-195 becomes NJ Route 138. After crossing the Garden State Parkway, exit right to NJ Route 18 North, marked Eatontown. Take the Deal Road exit and drive east to the intersection at Monmouth Road. Turn left and proceed to the third traffic light, which is Cedar Avenue. Turn right onto Cedar (also labeled NJ Route 71 South). Follow Route 71/Cedar Avenue for approximately one half mile. Turn right into the main entrance of the University, just past Larchwood Avenue. Proceed to the Greeter's Booth. Please park as directed.

Local Accommodations
Sheraton Courtyard by Marriot Ocean Place Resort and Spa Holiday Inn Express Comfort Inn & Suites Staybridge Suites Hotel Sunrise Suites Molly Pitcher Inn Oyster Point Hotel bed & breakfast(s)

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