I am a sophomore, soon to be junior, at Montclair State University and enjoyed my experiences here as well as been disappointed with some of them.
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This is definitely mainly a commuter school. I'd say a good 3/4 of this school is probably commuters. Due to this the residents have suffered in terms of parking. There is a parking lot down by the apartments (Lot 28) that takes about 15 minutes to walk to from Bohn/Blanton Hall and sometimes even longer to wait for the shuttle bus. The reason residents are to park down there during the week are is because the school is made up of mainly commuter students and they feel that they have had trouble getting to classes because they had to park in Lot 28 and hop a shuttle bus. That doesn't mean that we don't have to get to our cars on time. Some of us residents do have work and don't have time to wait for a shuttle bus that, even though it has a schedule, never comes on time. I agree that the commuters shouldn't always have to park down in 28, but they should leave a little open area closer to the dorms for residents to get to their cars.
I live on campus in Bohn Hall. I luckily decided against moving to Blanton Hall for this year, thank god. This year alone Blanton has had many, many, many fire drills, flooding, and an electrical fire leaving students out of their rooms for a week. (They were given back $80 for the inconvenience.) I have a lot of friends that are both commuters and residents and I would still choose to be a resident despite these problems. A lot of my commuter friends come to their classes and go home. That's it. They rarely take in any extra-curricular activities and therefore say the campus life sucks. They campus life does not suck, they are just not a part of it. If I wanted to go to school then go home I would have just stayed in high school. THIS IS COLLEGE!!!
What I do like about this school is the size. Small campus and small classes. Sometimes you only have 10 minutes in-between classes and if they are on opposite ends of the campus you can make it down there in time. I also like how the classes are smaller, so I feel more comfortable and not just being lectured for 14 hours a week.
There are no fraternity houses or sorority houses on campus, but that is ok. The houses are all near by and not hard to get to. The weekends are pretty bare on campus, but you make the most of it. The view of the city is great and the people up here are even better. A very friendly/diverse environment. The dorms could use some renovating on the outside, but inside they have made some changes. The lounges in Bohn Hall have all been equipped with bolted down couches and tables with a TV (with built-in VCR). They are now putting up TV's in the cafeteria's so people could enjoy the news or Jerry Springer even while they eat. Sure Montclair has had it's share of problems, but they are trying to make improvements.
We may not have a whole lot of majors, but we do excel in the majors we do have. Yes, the education program here is very good, but hard to get into. This used to be an all teaching school, so we advance in that program. The distance from us to NYC is also an advantage offering many job opportunities and internships with companies in the city.