Located along New Jersey’s northern coastline in West Long Branch, Monmouth University is a top-tier, private liberal arts institution that is home to innovative academic programs, expert faculty, and nationally ranked Division I athletics. The University enrolls approximately 6,300 students in nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including two doctoral programs.
Approximately one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, Monmouth University sits at the heart of a vibrant culture rich in history, the arts, technology and entrepreneurship. The University’s 168-acre coastal campus has been named one of the most beautiful in the world, and blends the classic elegance of National Historic Landmarks with state-of-the-art facilities. Recent updates include a $47 million renovation to the Edison Science Building and construction of a $16 million stadium, which hosts more than half of the University’s student-athletes. A multitude of unique cultural experiences is available just outside the campus gates—including Asbury Park’s legendary music scene and growing LGBTQ community, Red Bank’s theater and dining hub, and Long Branch’s redeveloped waterfront with recreational and upscale shopping offerings.
Founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, the institution became Monmouth College in 1956 and received its university charter in 1995. Today, Monmouth University is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” The Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges,” and Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money.”
Every one of Monmouth University’s 100+ clubs and organizations were founded by students themselves. The arts, athletics, social justice, and so many more areas of interest are all represented through student-led activities. Whatever their passion, Monmouth students can join or create a club and thrive with like-minded friends.
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“The greatest thing about going to college is being able to explore your interests and find your niche. At Monmouth there are so many different clubs and organizations that you’ll definitely find something to be a part of.” – Monali Patel, 2015
Small classes geared toward individual guidance and immersive learning, which extends beyond the classroom, define the student experience at Monmouth. The University’s dynamic learning environment empowers students to become active participants in their education while fully preparing them for life after graduation. Monmouth’s faculty, experts in their respective disciplines and industries, foster student growth by collaborating with undergraduates and graduates in their research and scholarship.
The First-Year Seminar is specifically designed to help freshmen succeed in all aspects of their transition from high school to college. In one course, students address the academic demands of college, the effective tactics for time management and organization, and the ethics of a charitable life. Full-time faculty teach small classes with the help of a peer-learning assistant, meaning that new students start off their college career getting to know people who are already deeply invested in the Monmouth community. From the beginning, they work collaboratively to bond, learn, and grow together as peers.
Every Monmouth student completes Experiential Education to get hands-on exposure to their field of study. This can take the form of an internship, co-op, service-learning experience, study abroad, research project, clinical assignment, or practicum. Students can also get help from Career Services and the Hawk Career Link to browse a listing of over 3,000 internships and other experiential opportunities.
CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) serves as a professional development resource for all of Monmouth’s faculty members throughout their careers. CETL encourages faculty to adapt to innovative and impactful, research-based pedagogies, helping them strengthen and expand scholarship, develop their skills as mentors and leaders, connect with colleagues for interdisciplinary collaboration, and advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) through access to research.
“My professors were always willing to take the time and go out of their way to afford me different opportunities that not only enhanced my skills as a student, but were just generally interesting to be a part of. For example, I served as a research assistant to Dr. Johanna Foster (Sociology) on a project she was working on related to the privatization of prisons, which is really important and engaging work. That project essentially taught me how to code data, something I routinely deal with as a Ph.D. student.” – Sam Maynard, 2014
“The mission of Career Services is to be a comprehensive resource center for students and alumni, providing the appropriate services and information that will assist them in successfully meeting their career objectives.”
Through Career Services, all Monmouth students are guided to success with the help of a clear, easy-to-follow four-year plan. This plan is mapped out with different checkpoints that not only make sure students stay on track toward their degree, but also prepare them for their future. Resume assistance, online profile building, networking events, job fairs, and more are all integrated into the Monmouth experience.
In addition to all the tools provided through the four-year plan, students can also choose to take LT300, a single-credit course that includes more in-depth resume work, interview preparation, networking tips, and other important guidance.
Beyond students’ individual four-year plans, the office of Career Services also hosts four major career fairs each year as well as dozens of smaller events like workshops, speakers’ panels, and class presentations to provide consistent support for career preparation. The office also manages Hawks Career Link, a web-based job board that annually posts hundreds of internship opportunities as well as full- and part-time jobs.
Designed to help students connect their major to prospective career options, the Transformative Ten (T10) is a series of 10 events that prepare students for life after Monmouth. Available to all students, this initiative is a direct response to student demand for exploring majors and career opportunities. The events include activities to develop student leadership, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, digital literacy, and networking.
Learn more about student outcomes here.