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Montclair State University + Other NJ Schools Make List of Best US Colleges

by Sarah Boyle
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Every year, U.S. News ranks the best national colleges and universities in the United States. This year’s ranking was released on Monday, September 12th — and it had some good news for students and alumni of Montclair State University. The list assessed 1,500 higher-education schools in the US across 17 measures of academic quality. Out of 440 national universities, Montclair State University was awarded 7th place for graduation rate performance and 21st for top performers on social mobility, confirmed by Montclair State University. It also received an overall ranking of 182 on the list of the best national universities. 10 universities in New Jersey made the list as well — with Princeton University coming in as the #1 best national university for the 12th year in a row, per NJ.com. Other schools that ranked are Rutgers-New Brunswick, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Seton Hall. Read on to learn more about U.S. News’ best colleges in the United States. 

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Montclair State University’s Recognition

Montclair State University’s official website shared the good news on Monday that it received some impressive accolades from U.S. News

While the school placed 182nd overall, it particularly excelled in a list ranking graduation rate performance as well as top performers on social mobility.

The Ivy at Chatham

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“The University ranks seventh in the nation among all 440 national universities in graduation rate performance — the rate at which students out-perform the anticipated graduation rate of those with similar backgrounds at other schools,” the website reads. In other words, though the school is predicted to have a 49% graduation rate, it exceeds it with a 67% six-year graduation rate. Montclair also ranked 21st for top performers on social mobility, which “highlights the extent to which schools enroll and graduate low-income students and bring them closer to achieving the American Dream.”

The school celebrated this recognition with a reminder that Montclair State University just welcomed its biggest incoming class ever — boasting an enrollment size of over 21,600 students total.

“These results are a testament to the strong work ethic and talent of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff who support them to ensure they persist, earn a degree, and go on to well-paying jobs,” President Jonathan Koppell said.

Other NJ Universities That Performed Well

Per NJ.com, 10 New Jersey universities cracked the top 200 — with Princeton coming it at number 1 for the 12th year in a row.

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Here is the list of New Jersey schools (excluding Montclair) that performed well, and an asterisk means the school tied with another school:

  • Princeton
  • Rutgers New-Brunswick: 55*
  • Stevens Institute of Technology: 83*
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology: 97*
  • Rutgers-Newark: 115*
  • Rutgers-Camden: 127*
  • Seton Hall University: 137*
  • Stockton University: 182*
  • Rowan University: 194*

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