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Centers of Distinction

At Monmouth University, there are five unique organizations, known as Centers of Distinction, that work to promote awareness of specific issues and meet the needs of local and global communities.

Our Centers, run by top experts and professors, provide important services in areas such as the environment, global affairs, and public policy. Whether their goal is to educate others, solve a problem, or bring important events to campus, the work being done by these Centers is what truly makes them distinct.

Students at Monmouth also have great opportunities to learn from and assist these Centers. Because they are located right on campus, these organizations can offer students valuable hands-on experience outside the classroom and the chance to work directly with influential leaders.

It is all part of the personalized education that separates Monmouth from other institutions and prepares students for the next chapter in their professional lives.

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music

Photo of Bruce Springsteen performing on stage

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University serves as the official archival repository for Bruce Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The Center will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others.
 

Center for the Arts

Concert in The OceanFirst Bank Center


The Center for the Arts hosts a variety of concerts, shows, lectures, and exhibits for the Monmouth community and public audiences. From musicians to ghost hunters, films to operas, these events provide education and enjoyment for those in attendance.

Institute for Global Understanding

institute for global understanding

The Institute for Global Understanding promotes understanding of global affairs and brings awareness of worldwide issues and challenges. To meet the goals of IGU, students, faculty, and the community actively engage in a series of programs, partnerships, fundraising initiatives, field experiences, and service learning opportunities.

Monmouth University Polling Institute

Patrick Murray, Director of the Polling Institute


The Polling Institute is a leading center for the study of public opinion on critical national and state issues. It provides research to assist policymakers with planning and assessment, while collaborating with Monmouth faculty and students to enhance research and training opportunities.
 

Kislak Real Estate Institute

kislak real estate institute


The Kislak Real Estate Institute, part of the Leon Hess Business School, is a leading research center on real estate and economic development. The Institute also offers programs of study that provide students and professionals with the skills needed for a productive career in commercial real estate.
 

Urban Coast Institute

urban coast institute


The Urban Coast Institute, part of the School of Science, is a forum for research, education, and collaboration supporting the stewardship of coastal ecosystems. Expanding on the University’s marine and environmental biology and policy program, the UCI allows students to study important environmental issues, both on campus and at the beach only a mile away.