Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the knowledge and confidence of tomorrow's leaders. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University's magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about what makes Monmouth a unique, full-spectrum institution of higher education.
- MU is among the best-value private universities in New Jersey—we're in the bottom third of cost and the top third in academic quality.
- MU is one of the fastest-rising universities in its category (Regional Universities North) of the U.S. News & World Report rankings of "Best Colleges" over the last decade.
- MU has been included in The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" for seven straight years.
- By the time they graduate, 77% of MU students have completed a practicum, internship, co-op, or similar "real-world" experience; only 49% of graduating students at comparable institutions have done this. [2012 National Survey of Student Engagement]
- The University's School of Science faculty members collaborated with students during the 2011-2012 academic year on projects that earned four patents.
- Monmouth was named to the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs magazine, and honored as one of the 2012 Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education.
- Monmouth has developed a Master of Science in Physician Assistant program; it will be one of only three PA programs in New Jersey. Accreditation is pending. The program is expected to begin in Fall 2014.
- Monmouth University is one of only 22 schools in the nation offering a program in software engineering accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- Monmouth University earned Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America for its exceptional Public Relations Program. Monmouth University is one of 30 colleges in the world to earn this distinction.
- Dr. Gary Lewandowski, associate professor and chair of MU's Psychology Department, was selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors (2012).
- The Monmouth University Polling Institute has garnered recognition for its national polls. Institute Director Patrick Murray was ranked number 31 on PolitickerNJ's 2011 Power List of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey politics.
- The University's proximity to New York City has enabled our students to intern at such places as Merrill Lynch, NHL Headquarters, Cosmopolitan magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Hugo Boss, MTV, NBC Sports, Saturday Night Live, and The Colbert Report.
- With Monmouth less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, students majoring in marine and environmental biology and policy have ample opportunities to gain hands-on experience.
- Nearby Asbury Park is well-known for its live music and historic venues like The Stone Pony. Just a few minutes from campus, students can become immersed in the arts and learn even more by taking advantage of music internship opportunities.
- Through the Shadow Lawn Stage, an Actors' Equity theater on campus, students in music and theatre arts can work side-by-side with Equity actors, learn the details of professional production, and earn points toward Equity membership.
- Transworld Surf named Monmouth University among the "Top 10 Surf Colleges in America."
COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION
- "Alternative Spring Break"—a service project in which Monmouth students traveled to Guatemala during their Spring Break to help build a school and educate local children—has been so popular that there is a waiting list to participate.
- Monmouth University has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
- For the thirteenth consecutive year, Monmouth University students voluntarily will "give back" to the community during the "Big Event" on October 6, 2012. It is the single largest student-sponsored community service project organized by the Student Government Association. Each year about 400 students help out at local food pantries, clean beaches, help neighbors move furniture or clean a yard, paint rooms, landscape, and more.
- Monmouth University and Northeast Conference Hall of Famer Christie Rampone '97 captained the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USNT) to its third straight Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London. A member of the USNT since 1997, she became the first American woman to play in four Olympic Games for the United States.
- Monmouth boasts fourteen former Hawks now playing professionally in their respective sports, including All-Pro Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin, Seattle Sounders' goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, and Boston Red Sox first-round draft pick Pat Light.
- Monmouth, a member of the Northeast Conference, boasts 21 Division I athletic teams, recently announcing the addition of Men's Lacrosse which will begin play in the Spring of 2014.
- MU student-athletes routinely excel in the classroom, with 194 earning Dean's List honors and 222 athletes earning NEC Academic Honor Roll distinction in 2011–12.
- In the 2011–12 season, six Monmouth squads captured Northeast Conference titles.
- During the 2011–12 academic year, almost 3,000 male and female students participated in intramural activities.
- Students have developed a series of viable products and services through their involvement in Monmouth's Center for Entrepreneurship. Past projects have included Nanina's pasta sauce, Stiletto perfume, and Soup D'Shore, a local soup kitchen.
- Software engineering students participate in projects at the University's Rapid Response Institute, a Monmouth University Center of Distinction, which aids local, regional, and federal agencies in developing emergency capabilities. The institute has been awarded in more than $10 million in congressional awards and competitive grants.
- Biology students participate in field-based experience in marine and environmental science through the University's Urban Coast Institute, a Center of Distinction, and through Monmouth's affiliation with institutions such as the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas.
- With support from gifts and proceeds from Annual Ocean Champion awards luncheon, UCI supports summer research projects for Monmouth students. The research grants are given in memory of Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe and are awarded based on the students' achievements and research proposals. In 2012, three grants were awarded to students to study environmental impact on coastal dunes and water quality in the Barnegat Bay.