Monmouth University is a private, residential college located in West Long Branch, New Jersey. It offers 33 undergraduate and 21 graduate degree programs from eight different schools. It is located in a residential area and is about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia. It enrolls more than 6,000 students.
The eight schools at Monmouth College cover a wide variety of areas of study. The schools are the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Education, Leon Hess Business School, School of Social Work, School of Science, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, Graduate School, and the Honors School.
Monmouth University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It’s Leon Hess Business School is accredited by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The chemistry program is on the Approved List of the American Chemical Society.
The software engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The undergraduate and graduate social work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The School Counseling and graduate Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
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Monmouth University uses two main criteria when deciding on an applicant’s admissions application. The incoming class in the fall of 2010 had an average SAT score of about 1650, and a B average in high school. Monmouth University recommends undergraduate students apply by March 1.
Monmouth University offers school-based grants and scholarships to incoming freshman based on GPA, SAT and ACT scores. The college also offers students more than 100 endowed grants and scholarships.
For school-based scholarships, students are eligible to receive $2,000-$15,000 per year. The award can be renewed annually. The Monmouth University Academic Excellence Scholarship students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and be enrolled full time. Those receiving academic grants must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Incentive grant students maintain a GPA of 2.0. Other school-based opportunities include the School of Science Transfer Scholarship to all students who complete an associate’s degree at a New Jersey community college and have earned a 3.25 cumulative GPA. The students must enroll full-time in an academic program within Monmouth’s School of Science. The award is a $5,000 scholarship in addition to a merit award, totalling between $11,000 and $14,000 per year. Monmouth renew the awards each year for students maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and full-time enrollment in the School of Science.
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About 1,800 students live on Monmouth University’s campus. More than 75 student-run organizations are active on campus, including clubs, fraternities, sororities, governments, publications, media and honor societies.
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Monmouth University is known as the Hawks and competes at the Division I level in the Northeast Conference. It fields teams in the following sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis.
Monmouth’s men’s basketball team has participated in the NCAA Men’s Division I tournament in 1996, 2001, 2004 and 2006. Both soccer teams, the baseball team, the women’s lacrosse team and men’s golf team have also reached the NCAA tournament. The men’s soccer team is the only sport at the school to advance to the second round of a NCAA tournament.
The popular traditions on campus include The Big Event, Homecoming, Winterball, Ebony Night, the International Festival, Springfest and Family Weekend Casino Night. There are outdoor movies, festivals, sports, talent shows and concerts on campus every semester.
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Monmouth was founded during the Depression in 1933 to provide a college educational opportunity to students in the New Jersey area. The school was a two-year college, and held its classes at night for students who could not afford to go away for college.
In 1956, New Jersey accredited then-Monmouth College to offer four-year programs leading to the bachelor’s. Later, it was granted accreditation to have master’s degree programs. Finally, in 1995, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education gave the school university status.
One famous building on campus is the Woodrow Wilson Hall, built in 1929 at a cost of $10.5 million. It was the private residence of former F.W. Woolworth Co. president Hubert Templeton Parson and his wife Maysie. The mansion was acquired by the college in 1956 after it fell under municipal ownership in the Depression. It was the site of a private girls’ school. In 1978, the mansion and the Guggenheim Memorial Library were entered in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1985, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark.
The building has more than 130 rooms. The mansion is often mentioned in newspapers, books and has been used as a background for ads in print and television commercials. The film version of the Broadway musical “Annie” was filmed there. Classes are still held in the building.
Monmouth also features a comprehensive study abroad program. Students can study for a semester in London, England, Sidney, Australia, and Florence, Italy. There are also summer programs available in Florence and Cadiz, Spain.
Monmouth University’s Center for Student Success features integrated an advising system that provides academic and career counseling for students. There are workshops, outreach services, and publications to help students . The advising program is structured to help students from orientation through graduation.
Monmouth University’s WMCX-FM was the first media outlet to announce the death of Bob Marley in America.
The Department of Art and Design maintains galleries for exhibiting creative works of students, faculty, staff, practicing artists and designers.
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- Turan, Kenneth. "Annie.” The New York Times. 2 May 1982. 25 July 2011