Table of Contents
- Adult Students (Non-Traditional Age)
- Box Office
- Bursar and Cashier
- Campus Technology
- Career Development
- Career Search Course (LC300)
- Center for Student Success (CSS)
- Central Scheduling
- Clubs and Organizations
- Counseling and Prevention Services
- Monmouth Dining Services
- Disability Services
- Educational Opportunity Fund
- Emergency Student Loan Fund
- Equity and Diversity
- Experiential Education
- Financial Aid
- First Year Advising
- Fitness Centers
- Grade Reports
- Graduate Studies
- Guggenheim Memorial Library
- Health Insurance
- Health Services
- Identification Cards
- The Information Desk
- International Student and Faculty Services
- Intercultural Center
- Intramural and Recreational Activities
- Leadership Programs
- Lost and Found
- Mathematics Learning Center
- Meeting Facilities
- Monmouth University Police Department
- OceanFirst Bank Center
- Rebecca Stafford Student Center
- Religious Services
- Residential Life
- Student Activities
- Student Conduct
- Student Employment
- Student Life
- Substance Awareness (University Resources and Programs)
- Summer Sessions
- Tax Credits
- Transitions and Leadership Programs
- Tutoring and Writing Services
- University Store
- Veteran Services
- WebStudent and E-Forms
Adult Students (Non-Traditional Age)
The Office of Undergraduate Admission is open Monday through Friday and is available to help non-traditional students. Admission information is available for those adults making an initial inquiry about returning to school, and personal, academic, and career counseling is available for those adults who are already enrolled at Monmouth.
Counselors in the Center for Student Success are available to assist adult/ non-traditional students in strengthening the link from their admission to registration and on to the connection with their academic department.
Credit By Examination
Undergraduate students may earn college credit for prior learning through the Monmouth University Credit by Examination Program. An examination is administered by a member of the Monmouth University faculty. Details on procedures and fees are available from the Registrar.
Prior Learning Assessment Program
Another credit option is the Prior Learning Assessment Program. Undergraduate students who have been working, volunteering in the community, traveling, serving in the military, or studying independently may have acquired some college-level learning from these experiences.
It is possible to have this learning evaluated and receive credit for it. Credit is granted for learning rather than the experience itself. Students who wish to earn credit for learning from work and life experience will be asked to prepare a portfolio that describes and documents that learning.
Monmouth University is committed to Athletics as an integral part of higher education. Athletics provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop their highest level of athletic ability, while safeguarding their welfare, on and off the field of competition, in a diverse environment that promotes high academic standards and personal development.
All Monmouth students are invited to open tryouts for any of our 24 varsity sports. Dates and times for these tryouts are available in late August on the MonmouthHawks.com website or by calling the athletics office at 732-571-3415.
Monmouth University is a member of the NCAA Division I (FCS – Football Championship Subdivision), the CAA (Coastal Athletic Conference), and the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, golf, and rowing. The men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, tennis, and golf. All competitions are free to student spectators. Scheduling information is available by calling 732-571-3415, or go to the Athletics website.
The University athletics and recreation facilities include the OceanFirst Bank Center, which consists of a basketball court, a state of the art fitness center, and a six-lane competitive indoor track. Boylan Gymnasium consists of two full-size basketball courts, a four-lane bowling alley, and a swimming pool. Outdoor fields include three all-weather turf fields, an eight-lane competitive track, soccer fields, a baseball and softball complex, and a large intramural field. Six tennis courts are on the north campus.
The Central Box Office is located in the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tickets are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends and evenings of events at the venue. Monmouth University students are eligible for free and/or discounted tickets. Full-time Monmouth University students are eligible for one free ticket to two Performing Arts Series events per semester. Additional events carry a $5 charge. Full-time students can also purchase one additional guest ticket per event at $5*.
Part-time Monmouth University students are eligible for one free ticket to one Performing Arts Series event per semester. Additional events carry a $5 charge. Part-time students can purchase one additional guest ticket per event at $5*.
*Additional guest tickets revert back to regular prices.
Certain restrictions do apply. There are limited number of student tickets available per event. For additional information contact the Box Office at 732-263-6889 prompt #1.
Bursar and Cashier
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for all aspects of a student’s financial account, including billing of tuition, fees, and room and board. The office also coordinates posting of financial aid, tuition credits, and refunds. Staff members assist students and parents in making payment arrangements.
The Office of the Cashier handles all payments for student tuition, fees, and miscellaneous charges, such as traffic citations and transcripts. All deposits from various departments are processed through the cashier’s office. For further information and to view your account, visit us on the web at monmouth.edu/bursar and choose “Student Bill & Payment Center.” Bursar and Cashier business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please check our web page for changes to this schedule.
Every student enrolled at Monmouth University is provided with an email account for use while a student and after graduation. Students have full access to the campus-wide network as well as to the Internet. They also have access to the online Monmouth University Library resources.
There are a number of state-of-the-art computer labs on campus, each fully equipped with access to the Internet. Labs contain workstations operating Windows or Mac OS. Typical operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The library has extended hours. Check the library homepage for current hours. There is also 24-hour access to computers in the Student Center. Laboratories are supported by lab assistants dedicated to providing help to users who are either unfamiliar with the software or have other related questions.
Monmouth also has discipline-specific computing labs to accommodate special curriculum needs. These include labs used specifically by the Art Department, Communication Department, and also a Linux Lab to accommodate the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department.
Monmouth University provides network connections in the residence halls, both wired and wireless. Each residence hall room is equipped with a network connection for each student (students are responsible for damage to equipment).
Information Management (IM) staff are available during regular business hours to provide assistance with network communications, account set-up, and for general troubleshooting.
Technology on Campus
At Monmouth University we recognize the importance of integrating technology into the campus environment to strengthen and extend the classroom experience by providing more flexible student access to faculty, course and library resources, preparing students for confident, resourceful, responsible use of technology, and expanding the boundaries of our classrooms to enhance teaching, learning, research, communication and professional development.
While the classroom experience and the quality of personalized faculty instruction remain the cornerstone of our programs, technology can significantly heighten the academic experience. Our goal is to prepare students with a well-rounded, professional education of quality accompanied by the ability to effectively use technology as a tool for success. Research shows that using these technologies makes learning more meaningful for students, more fun, increases student communication with others, and improves critical thinking.
All of our courses have been augmented with our learning management system, eCampus, to enhance student learning in a variety of ways. These courses utilize eCampus to facilitate communication through email, chat, and threaded discussion. Syllabi, bibliographies, assignments, course notes, and links to research material are also posted for student use. Online graduate courses can be asynchronous and thus provide flexibility and convenience for our graduate students.
Technology has been shown to involve students actively in the learning process, broaden ways for students to receive and present information, enable students to integrate and organize knowledge in personally meaningful ways, contribute to higher-level thinking among students, and allow students to engage in learner-centered projects and activities that promote student choices and responsibility.
Campus-wide expansion of Wi-Fi allows students to access the University’s computer network from every building on campus including in the Resident Dining Hall, the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, the Monmouth University Library, The Great Hall, Howard Hall, and the residence halls.
Whether you choose to bring a tablet, laptop or desktop computer to campus, or if you intend to experience technology through our computing labs, its use will enrich your academic life at Monmouth. Because we understand the importance of the role of computers and information technology, we continually invest in campus-wide technology looking toward the future to anticipate the emergent resource demand. These initiatives benefit Monmouth students by providing them with current technology in the classroom and enabling the development of technology skills necessary for workplace success.
Computer Network Services for Resident Students
Resident students have the ability to connect from their residence hall rooms. The network connection allows students to access the Internet, email, the myMU portal, Library resources and all University systems.
Computer Network Service for All Students
All students are provided user accounts for network resources, such as access to the myMU portal, email, Internet web browsing and authoring tools, and electronic access to the Library’s catalog.
We strongly recommend the investment in a laptop to students who are planning to purchase a computer for use at Monmouth. Students who are registered in courses that require computers are encouraged to call or visit the Office of Financial Aid so that additional student loan eligibility may be determined if needed. For those students who do not have personal computers, network access is available through computer labs located throughout campus, including residence halls.
Student Network Frequently Asked Questions
Resident and commuter students at Monmouth University have access to our computer network. Each residence hall room is equipped with one data port per student. All data ports stay active so that arriving students can immediately connect their computers to the University network.
The University network allows students who own computers to access campus and worldwide electronic resources from their residence hall rooms and other campus locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How To: FAQs about Student Network
What services are provided?
For the academic year, the student network provides subscribers with the following:
- Campus-wide network connectivity (TCP/IP, Telnet, FTP, WWW)
- Controlled Internet access
- Access to your student (Office 365) email account on campus
- Access to any campus network server that you are authorized to use
Is there a monthly fee for the student network service?
No. This service is included in your tuition.
What services will not be provided?
- Monmouth University will not install or configure hardware or software on any student’s personal computer.
- The University does not provide insurance or cover losses for the theft or damage of personal computers.
- The University will not provide hardware or software maintenance services for any student’s computer. We strongly recommend that students purchase a maintenance plan from a provider of their choice.
- The University does not allow any commercial use of the network, peer-to-peer file sharing, or the storage of copyrighted material.
- The University will not provide static IP addresses. All IP addresses are dynamically assigned using DHCP.
Do I have to use my student email account?
University offices have been advised to respond only to requests that come from official student accounts. If you do not routinely check your student email account, you will miss important announcements, information, offerings, and programs.
Does Monmouth University offer a PC maintenance agreement?
No. Each student is fully responsible for all software and hardware maintenance of his or her personal computer. We strongly recommend a hardware maintenance agreement with a vendor of your choice.
Do I have unlimited access to everything on the Internet?
No. Some high bandwidth applications have been blocked to prevent oversubscription of our Internet connection. The primary use of the Internet connection is to support the various academic and administrative programs offered by Monmouth University. Applications such as Voice Over IP (VOIP), streaming video, and media sharing can adversely affect our business and academic operations.
Do I need my own personal computer system while attending Monmouth University?
No. Students who do not have personal computers can take advantage of networked computer labs located throughout the campus.
Are there other places where I can connect to the student network around campus?
The University has deployed wireless access throughout the campus. View the directions on how to connect to the student network via a wireless device.
You must have a valid University account. To access our network using a wireless device, you must be able to “authenticate” with the network. Not all wireless devices are capable of authenticating. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact the Help Desk at 732-923-4357 (HELP). We support 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n.
Can I set up my own server, on campus, to share files with other users?
Setting up your own network is prohibited. Private networks require bandwidth which may slow the normal operations of the University. You also should be aware that sharing copyrighted material is illegal. Such activity may constitute copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code 106(3). Furthermore, such activity would violate our Acceptable Internet Use Policy. Illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted material will cause your network access to be suspended. View further information on internet downloads from the Office of the General Counsel.
How long will my information (data) be stored on the University’s servers?
The University takes reasonable precautions to preserve all data stored by students. Unfortunately, we are not always able to retrieve lost data. Each student is responsible for properly archiving their data on personal media. All information stored on the University’s servers under a student’s account will be maintained (within the limits of the assigned quota) for the period of time the student is registered. If you graduate, drop out, or do not attend classes for six months, your account will be deleted and all data destroyed.
What hardware and software is recommended for my computer?
Students are not required to bring a computer or printer to campus as there are many computer labs around campus.
The University recommends minimum requirements when bringing a computer to campus. This will ensure that students’ technology is compatible with the software used at the University.
Minimum Specifications Issued March, 2019
- 8th generation Intel i-Series processor (or equivalent AMD offerings)
- 8 GB RAM (more recommended)
- 1 TB hard drive or 250GB solid state drive
- Internal/External DVD drive
- Ethernet port or adapter
- Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac
- A backup device (External hard drive, CD/DVD burner) is essential. This will allow for the copy and protection of important files. Also, a USB Flash Drive (8GB or greater) is useful for backup and transferring data. You may also consider a cloud-based data storage solution (such as Dropbox)
Please Note: One’s program of study may have specifications which may supersede these recommendations.
The recommended software on your personal computer should include
- Operating System (minimum recommended)
- Windows: Windows 10, or newer
- Apple: Mac OS X 10.10, or newer
- Productivity Suite:
- Microsoft Office 2016 for PC or Mac
- Please note that all students are entitled to a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite through their Office 365 accounts. Information on how to install Office 365 is located on the myMU Portal>For Your Information>More …>Install Office on Home Computer
- Web Browser:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, or Edge
Malware protection software is critical! Keep it current and any license active. Fully scan the contents of your drives. We find that procuring the extended warranty or AppleCare to be valuable, and highly recommended. Third-party options, such as Squaretrade.com are available for extending recently purchased systems.
How do I contact the Help Desk?
Attn: Help Desk
Edison Science Building
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
I don’t own a computer—can I succeed at Monmouth?
You don’t have to own a computer to experience technology at Monmouth. We maintain workstations specifically dedicated to student use in our instructional and open-use laboratories. We have more than 37 labs and 500 PCs.
I have a wireless device—can I connect to any services on campus?
To connect to the University network via a wireless device, you can obtain specific instructions from the myMU portal >For Your Information> More … >Configuring Your Mobile Device. You must have a valid Monmouth University account. Accessing our network using a wireless device requires you to “authenticate” with the network. Not all wireless devices are capable of authentication. If you are in doubt, please contact the Help Desk.
Please be aware that Wi-Fi hot spots and printers may interfere with the Monmouth wireless network. As a result, please disable tethering on your phone and turn off wireless on your printer (if applicable). Cellular “hot spots” are not permitted.
It seems as though technology is pervasive at Monmouth. Will I still receive personal instruction from my professors?
Yes. Although we recognize the importance of technology for academic and professional achievement, we believe that it cannot replace our personalized faculty instruction.
I’m planning to take a course that uses the Web. What kinds of technological features can I expect?
Web course features range from electronic postings of assignments, syllabi, and bibliographies, to electronic dialogue with instructors and fellow students. New features are constantly under development and can even include interactive model projects and assignments.
Making the Connection
It’s clear that computers can enrich your college experience. At Monmouth, we believe in using technology creatively in the classroom to educate your mind and augment your skills in preparation for a world increasingly dominated by evolving technology. If you have questions about our technology resources, or would like more information about choosing the right computer to use at Monmouth, please feel free to contact the Information Management Help Desk at 732-923-4357 (HELP), the Student Help Desk at ext. 3490, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will do everything possible to help you get ready for an exciting year at Monmouth.
Monmouth Career Development helps students effectively prepare for careers of their choice. Individualized career coaching with professional staff members is central to our student services. Through our career management system, Handshake, students can search and apply for positions, upload resumes, research companies, and register for career events and programs.
Career Development starts during the first year at Monmouth, with students learning about and identifying early career goals and getting involved with activities outside of the classroom. As students develop transferable skills, we help them write and talk about these skills using specific examples when applying for positions. Students of all class years and majors are strongly encouraged to participate in the annual fall Career & Internship Fair to build their professional network. In addition to the Fair, Career Development offers several programs to connect students with Monmouth alums and recruiters to help secure internships and full-time positions.
And we provide career development services to Monmouth University alums for a lifetime; once a Hawk, always a Hawk!
Students are encouraged to visit our office on the first floor of the Student Center to discuss all career-related questions or concerns. Email us at email@example.com or call us at 732-571-3471 for more information.
Career Search Course (LC300)
A one-credit course, Career Search, is offered every semester and provides students instruction in various elements of the career search. Topics include organizing and researching the job hunt, developing the résumé and cover letter, and interviewing techniques. This course is recommended during junior
or senior year.
Center for Student Success (CSS)
Services include academic and career counseling for full-time and part-time students. Located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, the CSS was awarded national recognition for helping students make the vital connections between academic, career, and life choices.
First-year students are advised through the Office of First Year Advising. Academic advising for sophomores through seniors takes place in the departments. Undeclared sophomores are advised in the CSS and are provided additional resources in order to decide on a major/career. All students on probation, as well as those changing majors and seeking career information, can receive special counseling in the CSS.
Our staff assist incoming transfer students with their transition into the University, their educational planning, and any personal concerns that might arise. The CSS also provides administrative support for transfer programs and articulation agreements with two-year community colleges.
Academic Skills Workshops
Academic skills workshops such as organization and time management, test taking strategies, textbook reading strategies, and many other topics are offered throughout the academic year in the Center for Student Success (CSS).
Monmouth’s Early Warning System (MEWS)
MEWS is an electronic checklist that faculty members use to notify academic advisors that their advisees in the MEWS population are experiencing academic difficulty. Currently, the populations being monitored include all first-year students and other select populations.
The goal of MEWS is to identify students experiencing academic difficulties and to provide them available academic support services to assist them in surmounting their challenges before they become major problems.
Students receive specific information about possible academic issues. They are advised to contact their Faculty Advisor to discuss and plan a strategy to overcome those difficulties. In addition, students are informed about academic resources available through the Center for Student Success and other academic resource areas on campus.
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL)
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a peer-facilitated academic assistance program designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. PAL sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions that involve collaborative learning activities through which students can clarify course concepts and practice the types of study strategies that will help them truly master the information and skills required by the target course. For more information about PAL, please call 732-263-5530 or visit the PAL website.
Students who have not yet selected their majors have the option of remaining “undeclared” until the end of their sophomore year. Advisors use several resources to help students explore career options and discuss their interests. The Undeclared Advising office is located on the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in the CSS. Students may contact the office at 732-571-3588.
Our staff assist incoming transfer students with their transition into the University, their educational planning, and any personal concerns that might arise. The CSS also provides administrative support for transfer programs and articulation agreements with two-year community colleges.
Transfer Services is dedicated to assisting transfer students to prepare for fulfilling academic experiences, guiding their transition into Monmouth University, and encouraging their progress toward graduation and life after Monmouth. In addition to their assigned faculty academic advisors, our office acts as another level of support for transfer students. We are always available to assist transfer students with questions and challenges they may encounter.
Transfer Services works closely with all students who transfer 18 or more credits. Our office assists with the transferability and applicability of credits, academic requirements and degree completion plans, course registration, and post-graduation planning. Transfer Services plans numerous workshops and events to aid in the successful transition of transfer students. Chiefly, our fall and spring Transfer Orientations help incoming transfers acclimate to life at Monmouth University.
Located in the Office of Conference Services and Special Events on the first floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Central Scheduling coordinates reservations of facilities for meetings and/or events. Whether needed for a club, academic department, or other organization, a number of meeting rooms are available at Monmouth University to suit a variety of needs. Information on reservations for these and most campus facilities can be obtained in this office.
Scheduling an event
- All student club general meetings taking place in the student center, as well as all other campus facilities, must be registered with the Central Scheduling office at 732-571-3473 or ext. 2199, on forms provided for that purpose. Each semester, clubs are limited to booking (2) general meetings until their roster is submitted. Once the roster is on file, the remainder of the semester’s general meetings can be scheduled.
- Meetings that are not general club meetings are considered special events. The Office of Student Activities must be consulted for approval for non-general meetings, events, and activities. Contact the Office of Student Activities (OSA) for an appointment. After the meeting, OSA staff will enter the room reservation, if the event is approved. It is the responsibility of the student club to coordinate and order the food service, audio-visual, or special setup needed for their event; at least two weeks advance notice is required. See Student Events Regulations in the Policies section for further information.
- Students wishing to reserve a table in the Student Center foyer or in the Resident Dining Hall (Magill Commons) should reserve one through the Office of Student Activities.
- The fully detailed policy for scheduling campus facilities is available from the Central Scheduling office or on the Conference Services and Special Events at Monmouth University website.
- If a room is reserved and is no longer needed, due to low attendance or another reason for cancellation, please contact the Office of Central Scheduling and the Office of Student Activities immediately to notify them of the cancellation, since another student club may be in need of space.
Clubs and Organizations
If you are a student at Monmouth, there is a club, organization, or honor society for you. All of our clubs and organizations are student-run. If you do not see something to spark your interest, consider starting your own club. The Office of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association can guide you through the process. Please see the section dedicated to our clubs and organizations for more details about the opportunities
Counseling and Prevention Services
Counseling and Prevention Services (CPS) at Monmouth University strives to be the comprehensive mental health resource for the University community and is one component of the University’s integrative team of health professionals providing holistic care for students’ well-being. CPS offers brief, episodic counseling to reduce symptoms and support students in addressing mild to moderate general mental health and substance use concerns. By facilitating emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual development through confidential psychological counseling, crisis management, and educational outreach initiatives, CPS supports the University’s efforts to create a safe and healing environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all students and reflective of the University’s educational values.
Counseling and Prevention Services offers free and confidential psychological counseling services to all Monmouth University students who are currently enrolled and actively attending classes during the academic session; engaged in University sanctioned pre/post-season athletics; and/or working as a student employee for the University during Winter Recess or Summer Session and registered for classes for the current or following academic cycle. Counseling services are provided by licensed counseling professionals or graduate-level trainees, supervised by licensed professionals.
CPS is located on the 3rd Floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Students may walk into the office or call 732-571-7517 to schedule an appointment for personal counseling. Additional information can be found by emailing CPS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email should not be used to convey urgent, time-sensitive information. If there is a crisis and CPS is closed, students and staff can consult with MUPD at 732-571-4444 for immediate support.
In addition to direct clinical services, CPS offers a variety of psychoeducational programs each semester that are open to all students. Programs topics vary based on current trends, concerns, and requests.
Monmouth Dining Services
Gourmet Dining is pleased to offer a number of dining locations to Monmouth University’s campus community. Magill Commons Dining Hall, The Student Center Food Court, and our full service Dunkin Donuts are just a few of the many culinary options available around campus. Quick service kiosks located in Bey Hall, Plangere Center, and Monmouth Park Corporate Center are great places to grab a snack on the run or in between classes. On the residential side of campus, Shadow’s is a popular late night eatery and the C-Store located in Hesse Hall offers a large selection of food, snacks, drinks, household, and personal care items. Gourmet Dining also offers catering services for anyone hosting an on campus event. In addition to meal swipes and declining dollars, all of our dining locations accept cash or credit. Please note that meal plans are non-transferable.
For any questions regarding dining or meal plans, please contact Gourmet Dining at 732-263-5608.
Rebecca Stafford Student Center Food Court
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Located on the first floor of the Student Center, the food court features Jersey Mike’s, Sono’s, Simply Salad, BYOB (Build your own Burger), and Forte’s Pizzeria. There are also many grab and go options if you’re in a rush between classes. Each retail concept offers a meal exchange option available during each meal period.
Breakfast 8 a.m.-10:59 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-3:59 p.m.
Dinner 4 p.m.-Close
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Located near the rear of the food court seating area our store offers a complete Dunkin menu and provides a great place to grab a bite to eat or cup of coffee on campus.
Magill Commons Dining Hall
Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Hawk House Diner
7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Magill Commons Dining Hall is our buffet style dining experience where diners can eat as much as they would like. The Dining Hall has a variety of stations including brick style pizza, grill, deli, salad bar, rotisserie, exhibition, and a make your own pasta wok station. In addition, we have an entrée station and a global/vegan station, which operates on a cycle menu ensuring that there is plenty of variety for our diners. Students with the Carte Blanche meal plan may eat at Magill Commons as many times a day as they would like.
Sunday-Wednesday 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Located at Elmwood Hall, Shadow’s is a fun and exciting place to enjoy a late evening snack or meal. Offering a variety of cuisine, Shadow’s is a great option for guests looking for a meal after our other dining locations have closed. We also hosts events for students like Wednesday Karaoke and Tuesday Game Night!
Gourmet Dining Catering Services
Gourmet Dining’s catering department offers a customizable menu that can fit any size or style event around campus. Our catering office can be reached at extension 5678 or our external line at 732-263-5608 for additional information.
Monmouth Park Corporate Center
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This outlet offers a variety of grab-and-go items as well as sandwiches and salads.
The Plangere Café
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
The Plangere Café offers hot and iced coffees, smoothies, and an assortment of baked items. They also offer cold beverages, sandwiches, and snacks.
The Plangere Center
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
The café in The Plangere Center offers a variety of hot and iced coffee beverages, smoothie and oatmeal bar in addition to cold beverages, sandwiches and snacks.
Bey Hall Express
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Bey Hall offers grab and go items, as well an assortment of sandwiches. Coffee is also available incase you need a caffeine boost in between classes!
C-Store at Hesse Hall
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Located in Hesse Hall, the C-Store is a great place to grab some snacks for you room. Stocked with a variety of brands and products the C-Store is guaranteed to save you a trip to the grocery store!
Support services are available to MU students with learning disabilities, medical/health issues, psychological/psychiatric diagnoses, physical disabilities, and vision or hearing loss through the Department of Disability Services (DDS). Students who register with the DDS office may request accommodations or auxiliary aids that will enable them to fully participate in the University experience. Accommodations are granted on a case-by-case basis in consultation with academic personnel, and in consideration of University policy.
A variety of services are available to students with disabilities. Such services include, but are not limited to: reasonable classroom, testing, and housing accommodations, assistive technology, and a test center that assists faculty in administering exams with accommodations.
In order to request accommodations and services, students must register with Disability Services. The process begins with completion of a Confidential Registration Form (CRF) which can be found on the department’s website (not sure if we can include URL in the student handbook), and includes submission of appropriate documentation as well as a meeting with a Disability Specialist. Documentation must include a specific diagnosis of a disability and support the reasonable accommodations that are being requested. DDS is part of the Center for Student Success (CSS) and is located off the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Students are welcome to call 732-571-3460 to speak with a DDS staff member.
Educational Opportunity Fund
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a state-funded program that provides access and support to motivated scholars from New Jersey who come from an educationally and economically disadvantaged background, and exhibit the potential to achieve an undergraduate and/or graduate education. Our scholars are provided full-time admission, financial support, and comprehensive services necessary to achieve academic success, foster personal growth, and promote career development. Initial scholars are required to participate in a five- week residential summer academy that is designed to strengthen academics and orient to campus resources.
EOF staff is committed to supporting our scholars as they navigate the collegiate experience throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. This is accomplished through individual and small group counseling to discuss personal, career, financial and academic successes and challenges.
Emergency Student Loan Fund
At some point during a student’s academic career at Monmouth University, there may exist a need to access funds on an emergency basis. The establishment of an Emergency Student Loan fund by the University makes these necessary funds available and provides invaluable assistance to students at a time when it is most needed.
The following guidelines prevail when a student utilizes the Emergency Student Loan:
- The fund is administered by the vice president for Student Life and Leadership Engagement or his or her designee. Students should apply for the loan at the Office of Judicial Affairs and Special Projects, which is located on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.
- Funds may be used for the following purposes: emergency travel, purchase of textbooks or supplies before money (personal) is available, medical expenses, etc. Funds requested to pay phone bills, credit card bills, car payments or insurance, or other personal bills and expenses are not acceptable uses of Emergency Student Loan funds and will not be granted. All requests will be reviewed and honored at the discretion of the vice president or his or her designee.
- Loans may be made available for amounts up to $100.
- Students in need of emergency funds must contact the Office of Judicial Affairs and Special Projects and complete the appropriate request form.
- Only one loan may be made to a student each semester unless special permission is granted by the vice president or his or her designee.
- Repayment of the loan must be made to the Judicial Affairs and Special Projects within thirty days of the day the funds are distributed.
- Students must sign a promissory note indicating the amount borrowed and the terms for repayment at the time the funds are disbursed.
- Failure to repay the loan within the prescribed period will result in loss of borrowing privileges, by the student as well as disciplinary action based on the Student Code of Conduct. Students who fail to satisfy their financial obligations may be ineligible to register, graduate, or receive transcripts. In addition, unpaid loans may be sent to collections.
Equity and Diversity
Any member of the Monmouth University community may bring a complaint of alleged discrimination and harassment to the attention of the Office of Equity and Diversity located on the third floor of The Great Hall. A copy of the University-wide policy on discrimination and sexual harassment, which describes the procedure for resolving such complaints, may be obtained from the Office of Student Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity or online at monmouth.edu/equity-and-diversity. For more information, please contact Nina Anderson, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, at email@example.com, 732-571-7577, or visit the office which is located in The Great Hall room 304.
All Monmouth University undergraduate students are required to satisfy the experiential education requirement. This requirement may be fulfilled in a variety of ways and can vary according to major. Through experiential education, students can gain valuable professional experience by successful completion of at least one field experience course, internship, service learning, or study abroad, approved by their department or faculty advisor.
Most students take their experiential coursework during junior or senior year in coordination with the pre-professional practice associated with their major or intended career.
A great deal of support is available to help students make the most of the experiential education requirement. The website (monmouth.edu/exed) is a comprehensive resource offering students detailed information about this requirement.
In rare cases, students with substantial career experience may petition to satisfy the experiential education requirement through the submission of a work-related and employer-supported portfolio.
Interested students must gain permission of their academic department before submitting a portfolio for review.
The Financial Aid Office provides information, applications, and confidential counseling related to federal, state, and Monmouth University aid programs. The University offers academic grants and scholarships, need-based grants, and athletics scholarships. The University also participates in all federal and New Jersey aid programs. For a more complete description of the types of aid available, students should consult the University’s Undergraduate Catalog and/or the Financial Aid Office website. In addition to general information about financial aid, the federal government requires the University to make available to students certain other pieces of information. The required information is available either in the Financial Aid Office or on its website.
The primary application for aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may file the FAFSA on or after October 1 each year in which they wish to be considered for aid. Although there is no University deadline for filing, some resources are limited and priority is given to students who have filed the FAFSA in a timely manner and who are in full-time attendance. (Note: Students who are eligible for the New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) must file their renewal FAFSA by April 15 each year.) Once a completed FAFSA is received and we have begun the packaging cycle, a financial aid package is typically created within 48 hours; students will receive their award letter electronically.
After filing the FAFSA, students and parents may also be required to submit additional documentation to verify reported information. The Financial Aid Office will provide direction as to what documents are required and how they may be submitted. (Note: Students who are eligible for the New Jersey TAG grant may also be required to submit additional documentation to the state grant agency as well. This process is separate from any document requests made by the University.) Students whose financial aid packages contain loans must complete applications for those loans and first-time borrowers will also be required to complete Entrance Counseling. The Financial Aid Office will provide instructions for completion of both loan applications and loan counseling.
Financial aid is generally awarded for the full academic year and is applicable to University academic programs and University owned or sponsored housing. However, in some cases, financial aid may also available for summer study, for off-campus housing, and for off-campus academic programs such as Study Abroad, the Washington Center, etc. There is a separate application for summer financial aid, and those students who wish to study or live off-campus are encouraged to discuss their particular needs with a financial aid counselor.
Although aid is awarded for the full academic year, it is disbursed or credited to student accounts only one semester at a time; disbursements are typically made after the third week of the term after students’ eligibility for aid is confirmed. For students who have planned for aid in excess of charges to their University account, a refund of the excess occurs within two weeks after disbursement.
To receive federal or state funding, students must initially meet a set of general eligibility requirements. For renewal of all federal and state awards, in addition to continuing to meet the general requirements, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. For federal and state awards, satisfactory progress is defined as a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and completion of 67% of the credits attempted. There are also academic progress requirements for the renewal of Monmouth University grants and scholarships:
- Academic Excellence Scholarship – cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Academic Grant – cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Incentive Grant – cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Great Lawn Grant – cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Shadowlawn Grant (Science) – cumulative GPA greater than 3.50
- Shadowlawn Grant (Out of State) – cumulative GPA greater than 3.0
- Athletics Grant – Refer to the Student Athlete Handbook for specific requirements.
- SOAR Grants – Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Endowed Scholarships – Each award may have a different requirement for renewal. Students should refer to their self-service account for terms and conditions on these awards.
Academic progress for federal, state, and institutional awards is reviewed at the conclusion of each spring semester. In the event that a student does not meet the required standards of progress, the student will be sent a notice of ineligibility and offered the opportunity to appeal. For a more complete description of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and appeals process, students should refer to the University’s Undergraduate Catalog or the Financial Aid Office website.
Students who withdraw, either officially or unofficially, from all courses in a semester may be due partial refund of their tuition and a corresponding reduction in their financial aid. Students who are considering withdrawing from all courses are strongly encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the consequences of doing so. More detailed information on the Refund/Withdrawal Policy is included in the University catalog and on the Financial Aid Office website; information on the University’s Tuition Refund Policy may be obtained from the Bursar’s Office.
The University has implemented a self-service option for financial aid, which may be found on the myMU portal. The Financial Aid Office maintains a page on Facebook and a Twitter feed. We encourage students and parents to take advantage of these information sources. These resources are not intended, though, to be substitutes for personalized counseling. Students and/or parents who have questions or concerns related to financial aid are encouraged to call (732-571-3463), visit (The Great Hall, room 108), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Financial Aid Office or visit our virtual office via Zoom; appointments are not required.
First Year Advising
First Year Advising is a key resource for first-year students at Monmouth University. Overseeing the First Year Advising and First Year Major/Career Choices programs, this office also works in cooperation with various University divisions to ensure that first-year students experience the challenges, opportunities, and support needed to succeed at Monmouth. Students are encouraged to partake in academic and co-curricular activities that are sponsored by this office to promote their growth and learning.
The First Year Advising Office is a hub where students can call, stop by, or email with any college-related questions and concerns. Students will be greeted by a welcoming and well-informed staff that provides clear information about what to expect at Monmouth and what the University expects of its students.
All first-year students receive comprehensive academic advising from specially trained faculty. Although most students tend to think of advising as simply registering for courses, our program strives to build an advising relationship that works holistically to help students develop their academic, career, personal, and social interests. After their first year, students receive academic advising in their academic departments or the Undeclared Advising Office, which is also part of the Center for Student Success (CSS).
It is strongly recommended that students begin their “career work,” whether it involves help in choosing a major, access to career interest resources, internship opportunities, mentoring, or a workshop on résumé writing. First Year Advising offers students a great deal of support with their major and career choices. Students can assess their career interests in a variety of ways, and we strongly encourage all first-year students to begin this exploration as early as possible.
SOAR (Support, Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) is an online community for new students that serves as their connection to important information relevant to their first year and beyond. SOAR provides help in understanding course requirements for majors, building course schedules, and exploring majors and careers.
Our offices are located on the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. We are open from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays (and until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during the academic year).
First Year Advising: 732-263-5868
First Year Advising
Located in the OceanFirst Bank Center, the state-of-the art Fitness Center holds a variety of free weights and fitness machines—and features cable TV. Students must present a valid student ID for daily use.
Monmouth University Fitness Center Guest Policy: A student, employee or member of the Monmouth University fitness center will be allowed to bring a guest to the fitness center for a fee of $10.00. The guest must present to the fitness center staff one form of ID and sign a University waiver form. All guests must be at least 14 years of age and during the duration of their workout the guest must be accompanied by the member. At no time, can a member sign a guest into the facility and then leave the facility without their guest.
Located in Oakwood Hall, a satellite fitness area provides all students with aerobic and strength conditioning machines. This center operates daily and is staffed by students. Known as the “Hawk’s Den,” this area features cable TV. Students must present a valid ID to utilize this area.
Graduate Studies provides the strategic leadership and support for graduate program initiatives on campus through degree and non-degree course work for graduate students. The office also coordinates the Graduate Assistantship (GA) program, and oversees processes related to Graduate Academic Standing. In addition, Graduate Studies organizes Graduate Student Life Programming in the form of events, activities, resources and services designed to enhance the educational experience and quality of life for all students engaged in graduate study at Monmouth. The University provides academic advising at the graduate level with regard to degree requirements, course prerequisites, and course content. These services are readily available through the academic department and school offices, graduate program directors, and on the University website.
Guggenheim Memorial Library
The Guggenheim Memorial Library builds and maintains its collections to support the teaching and scholarship mission of the University, whether online or in our historic library. In collaboration with faculty, our skilled library professionals select a wide range of both print and digital resources to support the University’s curricula. The library provides abundant resources to support and enrich your academic success and experience.
It is hoped that during your Monmouth University education, the library will become a vital and enriching part of your university life. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the library, conveniently located adjacent to the residence halls. The University Library is equipped with more than 110 desktop and laptop computers; individual study areas; group study rooms; a fully equipped classroom; a state of the art computer lab; and, a small dining area. Students and faculty are encouraged to treat the library like a second home, office, or study room.
Housed within the library are over 400,000 monographs, e-Books, print journals, e-Journals, media titles, microfilms, reference materials, and government documents. The library’s special collections include the New Jersey collection, the personal book collection of the prominent architectural critic and urban planner Lewis Mumford. A great deal of university history can be found in our archives. Coupled with Interlibrary Loan and reciprocal borrowing privileges, access to more than 2.1 billion holdings in over 72,000 libraries located in 170 countries around the world is only a request away.
The library is open seven days a week during the Fall and Spring semesters and six days a week during the Summer semester. Please visit the library website for more information on library hours, resources, and services.
Good health plays an important role in academic success. Unexpected medical bills can threaten a student’s ability to complete their education should they be uninsured. Monmouth University strongly encourages all students to be covered under a health insurance plan with benefits in New Jersey. Students who do not have health insurance or those who have recently been dropped from a plan may be eligible to enroll in a plan through NJ’s Get Covered website. In New Jersey, Open Enrollment for health insurance usually begins November 1st and goes through January 31st. A student may be eligible to enroll in coverage outside open enrollment if they have a major life event. Further information can be found through the NJ’s Get Started webpage from the NJ Get Covered website.
A health insurance plan is not available through the University. To support campus health and wellness, students have the ability to enter and upload their current health insurance information through the Student Health Portal found in myMU web access.
The Health Center is located on the north campus adjacent to Birch Hall, next to the Library, and opposite the residence halls. All registered students are eligible to use the Health Center, which provides urgent care for common, acute illnesses and injuries. Students are seen on a walk-in basis and by appointment. There is no charge to be seen medically at the Health Center. Students are responsible for any costs incurred for prescriptions, laboratory/diagnostic testing and off campus referrals. The Health Center is open Monday to Friday, 8:45am. to 5:00pm. Clinic hours are posted at the Health Center and on the Health Services Web page.
Required health information and documents and are submitted through the private and confidential online Student Health Portal. Submission deadlines and required information are posted on the Health Services website in the Health Requirements section. Failure to comply with university immunization requirements will result in a registration block applied to the student account after the Add/Drop period. Health requirements are as follows:
- All undergraduate students need to complete the online Medical History.
- All matriculating students age 30 years or younger taking on-campus or hybrid courses must show proof of having received two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines after 12 months of age. In lieu of vaccination, students may submit blood titers demonstrating proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
- All undergraduate and graduate students taking 9 or more credits must show proof of having completed the Hepatitis B vaccination series (a series of three injections) or submit blood titers showing proof of a positive (reactive) Hepatitis B surface antibody.
- A dose of the meningitis vaccine (MenACWY) vaccine on or after the 16th birthday is required for all new students < 18 years of age, both residential and commuter and any student regardless of age living in campus-sponsored housing.
- International students are required to submit documentation of recent (within six months) Mantoux testing for tuberculosis. This is to be provided regardless of BCG vaccination status. A Quanteferon Gold blood test may be submitted in lieu of a Mantoux test.
If a student is too ill to attend class, they are responsible for contacting their respective professors concerning the class absence. It is left to the student’s discretion whether to attend class based upon personal symptoms, overall sense of wellness and healthcare provider recommendation. The decision to excuse a student from class rests with the professor. Unless other health protocols prevail, Health Services will notify professors in cases of extended absences involving three or more consecutive days. Extended absences (three or more consecutive days) need to be reported to Health Services. It is the student’s responsibility to contact professors for assignments and to provide Health Services with healthcare provider’s documentation of illness to include beginning date of illness/absence and date of return to campus/academic activities. Injuries occurring on campus or during University-sponsored events are to be reported to Health Services within 24 hours. The staff will assist students with necessary medical care and/or referral and will review insurance procedures.
Each student is required to have an identification card (ID). This card will be issued to each student free of charge upon his or her enrollment. It is not necessary to get a new card each time you register. If your ID card is lost or must be replaced for any reason, a fee of $15 will be charged.
Identification cards may be obtained at the Traffic Office at MUPD. The ID Center hours are available by calling the MUPD at ext. 3467 from on campus or 732-571-3467 from off campus. You may also check the University Police web page for current hours. IDs may also be taken Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Replacement cards can be ordered online to replace a lost or stolen ID.
The misrepresentation of identification card data, and/or altering or forging of a Monmouth University Identification Card, and/or the use of a Monmouth University Identification Card by someone other than the owner will result in disciplinary action.
The card must be presented upon request to any University administrator, faculty member, or University official. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. In the event that a student is suspended or dismissed from the University, he/she must surrender his/her ID card. The ID card is required for admission to facilities, including the Library, the gym, and special events.
The Information Desk
Located in the main lobby of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, the Information Desk serves as a central information area for the campus. Services include: a daily schedule of events held on campus, a fax machine, lost and found, a telephone for on-campus calls, balloons for sale, and, of course, information on everything from phone numbers to office locations.
International Student and Faculty Services
The Global Education Office (GEO) is responsible for the support of international students at Monmouth University and their preparation for academic success on campus. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students holding non-immigrant visas (F-1 or J-1 status) from as many as thirty countries may be enrolled at the University in a given semester, and they make important contributions to the rich diversity of cultures present on campus.
Each semester the GEO staff schedule a series of workshops and activities to assist in the acculturation of our international students to life at Monmouth as well as life in the United States. Such events as International Student Orientation, Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops, career development sessions, and social events sponsored by the GEO and the International Club combine practical information with opportunities to make friends with MU students and become an active member of our University community. The GEO works closely with offices across campus to deliver these programs, help students make a smooth transition to our campus, and achieve their academic and professional goals at the University.
The assistant director of Immigration and Visa Support serves as the University’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and represents the University to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (housed in the United States Department of Homeland Security). The assistant director can answer all questions related to the acquisition of a visa, the maintenance of one’s visa status, and preparation for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as well as OPT, and all international students need to visit the assistant director each semester to remain in compliance with the regulations of the United States federal government.
All international students may access the GEO’s Portal site for an electronic copy of the International Student Handbook and other relevant information. The GEO is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the first floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Please contact the GEO at email@example.com for more information.
All Monmouth students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship during their college career to be competitive in today’s job market. Career Development helps students identify relevant internships, prepare resumes and cover letters, research companies and practice interviewing skills. Monmouth uses Handshake, the premier career management system for college students, to post full-time, part-time, and internship positions for all majors. Students may also obtain academic credit for qualifying internships by working directly with their faculty advisors.
For more information, students can contact Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intramural and Recreational Activities
The purpose of the Monmouth University Intramural and Recreation Program is to provide an opportunity for the campus community to take part in competitive and non-competitive recreational sports and leisure-oriented activities. These include a variety of team sports, individual sports, meets, and tournaments. The program is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the program is to provide safe, fair, and enjoyable opportunities for the participants.
Some of the sports offered through the intramural and recreation program are flag football, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball, and softball.
The Club Sports Program at Monmouth University provides opportunities for students who desire a more in-depth experience of sports participation than is provided in the Intramural, or informal, recreation program. The goal of the Club Sports Program is to blend the aspects of learning new skills, practicing with club members, and possibly competing with other colleges and universities. Some of the Club Sports that are available to all Monmouth University students are Women’s Dance, Sailing, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Surf, Esports, and Track & Field.
Open gym is available to all students, faculty, and staff. Opportunities are available to play pick-up basketball and volleyball. The hours for open gym may vary depending on the season but are usually Sunday through Friday from about 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For use of the Boylan Gymnasium, you must present a valid Monmouth University ID.
All recreational and intramural sport programs are coordinated through the Athletics Department.
For more information regarding intramurals and recreation, refer to the Monmouth Intramurals website.
The Office of Student Engagement coordinate a variety of leadership programs that students can participate in. Leadership workshops ranging in topics from getting involved to conflict management are available for attendance throughout the academic year. Student leaders can also take advantage of a wide variety of leadership resources to assist with the advancement of their student leadership experience. For more information on leadership programs or for leadership resources, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 732-263-5218.
Lost and Found
Articles lost or stolen should be reported to the University Police. Items found can be turned in to University Police or the Rebecca Stafford Student Center Information Desk. Claims for lost articles are honored upon reasonable identification. Lost and found articles, other than clothing, are disposed of after six months. Clothing may be disposed of earlier. The University Police is located on the corner of Norwood and Cedar Avenues. It can be reached at 732-571-4444. The Information Desk is located on the first floor of the Student Center and can be reached at 732-571-4419.
Mathematics Learning Center
The Mathematics Learning Center, located in Howard Hall 203, provides students with free, drop-in assistance, as well as appointments, in all levels of mathematics. Peer tutors are available to help students solve problems and review concepts. In addition, students may use the center to do homework assignments or to study for tests while having a student tutor available.
The Rebecca Stafford Student Center has a number of meeting and dining facilities to satisfy campus needs. Anacon Hall is an extremely flexible area and is especially suitable for large social or conference-style gatherings. Available separately or as a unit, this multipurpose area has great potential for creative programming. In addition to Anacon Hall, the Student Center has two, second floor conference style rooms that can accommodate up to 20 people (based on availability). On the third floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, the Carol Afflitto Conference Room seats up to 40 people. Recognized campus organizations and departments can reserve these facilities through Central Scheduling.
Monmouth University Police Department
The Monmouth University Police Department is a professional organization staffed by highly trained police officers. The department consists of commissioned officers and non-sworn safety officers, traffic attendants, around-the-clock dispatchers, and support staff. The style of policing on campus is “community oriented,” with the police as active participants in the campus community. Police officers provide patrol service, criminal and traffic investigations, crowd control, crime prevention, and traffic and parking enforcement. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Although our campus is located in a safe suburban community, your common sense and good judgment can help make the campus more enjoyable for yourselves and others. Keep in mind that even though we are located in a suburban area, crimes sometimes occur here just as they do everywhere else. In most cases these minor crimes could have been easily prevented with minimum precautions. Know your campus community; you live and work here on a daily basis. If something seems suspicious to you, it probably is. Don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity to the police at 732-571-4444. Your concern and involvement can make a difference.
The police department has an active role in your campus life. The Crime Prevention Program assists in providing educational information on a variety of crime prevention and fire safety topics. Security “escorts” are also available 24 hours a day to all members of the University community.
The Chief of Police is available to discuss complaints or concerns with any student. Police Headquarters (building #30 on the official campus map) is located on the corner of Cedar and Norwood Avenues. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; however, as with most offices on campus, our normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Furthermore, the Chief of Police is available to discuss complaints or concerns with any member of the University community. Please call 732-571-4444 to schedule an appointment.
We strongly encourage you to read the Campus Security Act Annual Report and the Guide for a Safe Campus, available at Police Headquarters or online at the MUPD website. under Resources and Downloads. In compliance with federal law, each student is provided with access to, and for their safety should read, this important document. Moreover, additional copies may be obtained at police headquarters or online at MUPD website.
OceanFirst Bank Center
The OceanFirst Bank Center is a state-of-the-art, 155,000-square-foot building that is the home for Monmouth’s 24 NCAA Division I varsity sport athletes, as well as the general student body.
A destination point for all students, the center has a top-tier fitness center, a four lane bowling center, and a 200-meter, six-lane competitive track. All facilities are open for students, faculty, and staff seeking to challenge their everyday wellness!
The building also houses the University’s Hall of Fame and the University Store, as well as providing meeting and lounge space for students, classes, and small group work spaces.
The arena boasts 4,100 first-class seats for basketball games, concerts, and ceremonies. The recently installed center-hung video scoreboard can be viewed from all sides of the arena. The Blue/White Club, which overlooks both the basketball arena and the Monmouth stadium, is a great sightline for alumni, friends, and students.
Students and student organizations can receive news and photographic coverage of their events and advice on pre-event publicity. First, student organizations should clear an event with the director of Student Activities. Any contact with newspapers, television, or radio stations by student groups must be made through the appropriate office on campus. Arrangements should be made for news releases at least three weeks before the date of the event.
For assistance with any of the internal or external publicity matters, please contact the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, second floor, Rebecca Stafford Student Center.
Rebecca Stafford Student Center
The Rebecca Stafford Student Center is a multipurpose gathering facility for members of the campus community and their guests. It is the point at which the cultural, social, educational, and recreational lives of the campus community come together. The Student Center houses many student organization offices, Student Life and Academic Support offices, student lounges/study areas, computer lab, cafeteria and Dunkin Donuts, meeting rooms, event spaces, Veterans Lounge, The Nest food pantry, and an ATM.
Located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, second floor, Anacon Hall is an extremely flexible area and is especially suitable for large social or conference-style gatherings. Available as two rooms or as a unit, this multipurpose area has great potential for creative programming for student organizations. Student organizations must contact the Office of Student Engagement to host an event in Anacon. University departments and outside guests must contact the Office of Conference Services and Special Events for availability.
The Office of the Registrar supports the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Monmouth University in all matters pertaining to academic records, including registration, grade reports, enrollment verifications, transcripts, and academic planning. Our office utilizes a web-based document management system, and much of the business conducted in our office is via electronic forms (e-FORMS) which provides an easy and convenient way to streamline the review and processing of student/advisor requests.
A grade report is e-mailed to each student approximately ten days after the end of each semester. Final grades are recorded on the student’s official academic record. The office of the registrar does not respond to individual requests for grades until after the grade reports have been generated. Undergraduate midterm grades are only provided online.
Our office ensures the adherence to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information on FERPA can be found in the University Policy section of this handbook, as well as in our online Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
The Registrar’s office is located in Room 208, of The Great Hall, and we are open Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m.–5 p.m. Please allow us to assist you by visiting us, or calling 732-571-3477. You may also correspond by email (using your Monmouth email account, please) at email@example.com.
Students wishing to speak with a clergy person from the major religious faiths should contact the Division of Student Life for a referral.
The Office of Residential Life is committed to developing and maintaining a learning environment that fosters academic and personal growth, community responsibility, and individual respect. The staff is committed to developing a residential living community that supports and enhances the educational mission of the University and promotes students’ intellectual and personal development through programs, activities, and services that reflect the highest standard of college housing organizations regionally.
The Residential Life program at Monmouth University is based on the belief that residence hall living provides a unique opportunity for students to gain a variety of experiences that supplement and complement the formal classroom. It is expected that students actively participate in their community. Furthermore, all students are responsible for maintaining expectations set forth by the Office of Residence Life and the residential community as a whole.
The staff of the Office of Residential Life manages all University-sponsored housing. All Residential Life staff members are considered “University Officials.” A description of those who work for Residential Life follows:
- Area Coordinator (AC): Each residence hall is managed by a full-time professional area coordinator who lives in a residence hall. Area coordinators are responsible for supervising the daily operations of the residence halls and assisting students in various capacities. The area coordinators supervise the head residents and resident assistants of their buildings.
- Head Resident Assistant (HRA): The head resident assistant is a student staff member who serves as both resident assistant and administrative assistant to the area coordinator. In addition to developing his/her own floor community, the head resident assistant works closely with his/her supervisor on hall operations.
- Resident Assistant: The student will meet his/her resident assistant (RA) upon arrival to campus. An RA is there to listen and refer students to the appropriate offices if they have special concerns, and to report violations of residence hall rules, in addition to having other responsibilities related to Residential Life. Residents should not hesitate to go to an RA if they have any questions about residential life.
For additional information on the Residential Life program at Monmouth University, contact the Office of Residential Life, Pinewood Hall. For an overview of Residential Life Policies, see the Policies section of this handbook.
The Office of Student Engagement, located on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, provides a variety of programs and opportunities that are intended to assist in the social, cultural, and intellectual development of our students. The office is responsible for weekend programming, assisting all student organizations in program planning, producing student club and event resources, human relations programming, and encouraging student participation in and advising of clubs and organizations. The office is also responsible for the management of the Student Center, and for advising the Student Activities Board in providing a variety of entertainment and educational activities for the entire campus community.
The office plays a key role in helping students develop their leadership skills. The department provides workshops for our student groups’ leaders to improve their knowledge and skills.
All student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, are subject to the guidelines and policies of the Office of Student Engagement.
The Dean of Student Office manages the student conduct system that protects the rights of the University community. Student conduct is directly related to community building and educational programming. As a member of the Monmouth University community, you play an integral part in the creation of these standards.
The assistant director of Human Resources for Student Employment oversees all aspects of on-campus and Federal Work Study employment. The Federal Work Study Program comprises on-campus work in University departments and work in non-profit agencies off campus. Monmouth University’s policy on student employment grants preferential hiring status for on-campus employment to students eligible for Federal Work Study awards.
For additional information, you may refer to the Student Employment website. On and off campus Federal work study jobs will be posted on Hawks Career Link.
The Division of Student Life fosters a caring, inclusive community that engages students in the development of personal-wellness, self-efficacy, and integrity. We advance the University’s educational mission through collaborative partnerships, diverse opportunities, and personalized learning experiences to prepare student for future leadership roles.
The vice president for Student Life is the senior student affairs officer at Monmouth and oversees the Division of Student Life.
Departments within the division include: Central Scheduling, Student Center Operations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Judicial Affairs, Off-Campus and Commuter Services, Residential Life, Student Activities, Conference Services and Special Events, Food Service Operations, Substance Awareness, Transition and Leadership Programs, and Veteran Services.
The office also has responsibility for New Student Orientation, parents’ programs, first-year retention in cooperation with the Retention Implementation Team, the disciplinary process, emergency student loans, and Commencement. The Division of Student Life is located on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.
Substance Awareness (University Resources and Programs)
Monmouth University has developed a multifaceted response to meet the needs of students who may be at risk for alcohol and other drug problems. Substance awareness programs are coordinated through the Office of Substance Awareness, in collaboration with the other campus departments.
The Students in Recovery Club has been formed to provide support and socialization to this population. A recovery lounge is available for socialization for students in this population.
Confidential substance abuse assessments, short-term counseling, recommendations, and referrals are available from a licensed clinician. Substance abuse assessments and short-term counseling are provided for violators of the alcohol/drug policy.
The HERO Campaign Club is a group of students who raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and promote the use of designated drivers.
Presentations for student organizations, groups, or classes on alcohol and other drug issues are regularly scheduled, as well as hosting outside national speakers.
The Substance Awareness Office also provides pamphlets, schedules for local 12 Step support groups, brochures, videos, books, etc., that focus on a variety of substance awareness topics.
Support services are available for students who are concerned about a family member or friend’s substance abuse or addiction.
Seeking help for a substance abuse problem can be difficult and frightening. The Office of Substance Awareness and the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services have established a list of resources for anyone in need of counseling, treatment, and referral. Students needing such information are encouraged to contact the Substance Awareness Coordinator at 732-263-5804 or the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services at 732-571-7517. All calls are kept confidential. A 24-hour crisis hotline can be reached at 732-923-6999.
The Health Center staff of physicians and nurse practitioners can also assist with substance abuse concerns, especially if a health problem exists. Visits to the Health Center are confidential. The number is 732-571-3464.
Summer sessions are a great way to maximize opportunities to complete your degree on time or early, reduce course load in a future semester, or create room in your academic planning for electives, internships, and study abroad.
Students work closely with their academic advisor during the spring advising sessions to plan their summer schedule. Five sessions in four-, six-, and twelve-week formats are available to fit in to your busy schedule.
Additionally, if you would like to live on campus during the summer months, housing is available at a discounted rate. For further information on summer programs, please visit the Summer with Monmouth website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 732-571-3456.
Tax payers may be able to claim one or, in some cases, two federal income tax credits for qualified expenses they pay for post-secondary education for themselves and their dependent children. The American Opportunity Tax Credit was enacted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and replaces the Hope tax credit. The amount of the tax credit can be up to $2,500 per student and it is intended to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, course related books, and supplies or equipment in the first four years of undergraduate enrollment. The Lifetime Learning Credit covers a broader time frame and range of educational courses; the amount of the tax credit can be up to $2,000 per tax return. The Tuition and Fees Tax Deduction can reduce the amount of income subject to tax by as much as $4,000. Interest paid on qualified student loans may also reduce the amount of income subject to tax by as much as $2,500. Additional information regarding educational tax benefits is available on the University’s Financial Aid website, however you should speak with a professional tax advisor to determine your eligibility and maximize your tax benefits.
Note that each year, no later than January 31, the University will issue each student a 1098-T statement, which will indicate the amount of tuition and fees that were paid.
Transitions and Leadership Programs
The goal of the Office of Student Engagement is to support the transition needs of first-year students at Monmouth University and to ensure that Monmouth students’ first year of college is both satisfying and exciting. Collaborating with all offices within the Division of Student Life and the Center for Student Success, the Office of Student Engagment programs will focus on these specific goals: providing a new student orientation program that addresses the academic, social, and personal needs of first-year students; creating dynamic and memorable programming experiences during a student’s first year at Monmouth; developing a sense of first-year class unity as well as a connection to the University; addressing the specific needs of special populations throughout the first year; assisting students in their transition to upper-class status; and conducting ongoing assessment of the services provided to first-year students. Specific programs include the First Year Service Project, the SHADOW program, and Farewell to First Year.
Tutoring and Writing Services
Located in the Center for Student Success, Tutoring and Writing Services provides free, personalized academic assistance to all students of the University. Students may be referred by faculty members and advisors or may come voluntarily.
Content-specific tutoring by peer tutors is available in most academic disciplines. Academic coaches offer both one-on-one tutoring sessions and academic skills workshops on strategies for college success, such as organization and time management, note-taking and listening skills, college textbook reading strategies, and test-taking preparation. For more information, please contact Tutoring Services at 732-263-5721 or visit the Tutoring Services website.
Peer, professional, and faculty writing assistants are available to help students with all stages of the writing process, from the initial drafting of the assignment through the final stages of editing. Writing Services also offers workshops for students seeking assistance with grammar and punctuation skills and documentation styles. For more information, please contact Writing Services at 732-571-7542 or visit the Writing Services website.
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a peer-facilitated academic assistance program designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. Peer-Assisted Learning sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions that involve collaborative learning activities through which students can clarify course concepts and practice the types of study strategies that will help them truly master the information and skills required by the target course. For more information about Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL), please call 732-263-5530 or visit the Peer-Assisted Learning website.
The Monmouth University Store located in the OceanFirst Bank Center is a service operation designed to meet the needs of the students, faculty, administrators, and staff. They sell textbooks, school supplies, and other miscellaneous items that are necessary for all classroom activities. In addition, the store sells imprinted clothing and gift items, electronics, stamps, art supplies, snacks, and health and beauty products. The University Store maintains a website, an email account firstname.lastname@example.org or you may reach them by phone at 732-571-3453.
The Office of Veteran Services is responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive program of support and advocacy services for military connected students and serves as the School’s Certifying Official. The office is located on the main floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center and can be reached by telephone number 732-263-5258. Additional information is available at the Monmouth Military Resource website. For more information on veteran’s benefits and the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®, please refer to the Veteran’s Benefits Administration website.
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