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Monmouth’s Timeline

Since 1933, Monmouth has transformed from a junior college that offered night classes at Long Branch High School to a nationally ranked university boasting doctoral programs, Division I athletics, and state-of-the art facilities. Despite this growth, one thing remains the same: Monmouth’s Hawk Pride. Explore our rich history and learn about the students, alumni, and visionaries who have and continue to make Monmouth soar.

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In 1933, Monmouth officially opens as a junior college, offering classes at the Long Branch Senior High school under Dean Edward G. Schlaefer.


The state of New Jersey Board of Education awards the college full accreditation and, according to “The Ballad of Monmouth Junior College,” gives it “life anew.” In 1948, the first associate degrees are awarded to 100 students—the largest class in the college’s history.


After acquiring the property deed from Dr. Eugene H. Lehman for $350,000, Monmouth relocates to the Shadow Lawn estate in 1956. That same year, the school is renamed Monmouth College, and awards its first bachelor’s degrees. Learn more about the Shadow Lawn estate and the historic Great Hall.


School spirit soars to new heights in the ’60s with a burgeoning athletics program, Greek life, clubs, and more. Campus life and traditions begin to take shape as the first residence halls open and social events rise in popularity. Throughout the decade, Monmouth campus attracts nationally recognized speakers, musicians, athletes, and more, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Hope, and Ray Charles.


Monmouth continues to grow, working to establish itself as a leader in education and athletics. And as political and social unrest grips the country, Monmouth students organize protests and sit-ins across campus.


The steps of Great Hall become immortalized by Hollywood as Monmouth serves as the backdrop for the 1982 film, “Annie.” And as Monmouth celebrates its 50th anniversary in 1983, the school’s athletics program officially joins Division I.


In 1995, Monmouth College officially becomes Monmouth University, and, according to then-president Rebecca Stafford, is “on the move.”


Monmouth’s campus expands to welcome a new millennium as construction is completed on the pedestrian underpass and the MAC, known today as the OceanFirst Bank Center.

You have the ability to help us soar to greater heights.


Monmouth commits to a number of bold initiatives in the coming years that will propel the institution forward, making it a national leader at integrating excellence and access.