Montclair State University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Mid-Atlantic
City/State: Montclair, NJ
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 21,000
In-State Tuition: $12,115.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $20,006.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus
Nonresidential Campus
Hispanic Serving Institution

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Montclair State University is committed to creating a campus environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression through education, advocacy, and support for students, faculty, and staff. We focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBTQ students, and strive to enhance these students' learning and engagement in the academic process. Our LGBTQ Center presents educational, cultural, and social opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to challenge intolerance and promote acceptance, thus creating an open and affirming environment void of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism, heterosexism, and gender bias.

Our Synopsis

Montclair State has a dynamic queer and allied community and there are many ways to connect, including residing in our LGBTQ+ Residential Community, Stonewall Suites, and joining our weekly drop in clubs and groups. The LGBTQ Center offers various workshops, programs, and leadership opportunities. Student can pursue academic majors and minors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies. In addition to providing training opportunities for the campus community, like Safe Space, the LGBTQ center also train colleges, universities, and organizations all over the state through our Lavender Leader program.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Montclair State University

The campus and the LGBTQ Center is extremenly supportive and proactive when it comes to advocating for LGBTQ students. I'm proud to be an active part of the community.

— -23 year old straight ally graduate student

Montclair State University is not only an open and accepting school that welcomes all people onto its campus with open arms, but it is a haven for me and others to feel safe, supported, and loved. At Montclair State, queer and LGBT people are not only included, but they are celebrated by the faculty, staff, and the students who truly strive to maintain a positive and friendly campus climate. MSU is more than just an inclusive campus with programming, education, and events made specifically for a broad LGBTQ community, it is a home.

— 22 year old, gay senior

MSU's LGBTQ Center is like a couch. It's always there, it's familiar. It's comfy. It's informal. You can sit or lay or stand or lean or climb on it. You meet your friends and make new friends there. You leave impressions in it and it leaves impressions on you. You find things you forgot about between the cushions and discover new things. It's supportive. Sometimes is just seems like a part of the day, but if it was gone, you'd miss it immensely. It's the center of social interactions. It brings people together. It has so much character. The more people who sit on it, the more you learn from it and enjoy your time there. It's a sign of home.

— 22 year old queer senior

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil


Tie-Dye in the Quad for Celebrate Bisexuality Day


Drag Extravaganza


Coming Out Week


Trans Visibility Week

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Montclair State University Admissions Office

Montclair State University Undergraduate Admission
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
College Hall, Room 100
Montclair, NJ 07043

Phone: 973-655-4444

Admission Application Deadline:
March 1

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Montclair State University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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