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Type  Private
Endowment  $77.8 million
Undergraduate tuition and fees  32,310 USD (2015)
Total enrollment  6,371 (2016)
Established  1933
Provost  Laura Moriarty
Acceptance rate  74.2% (2014)
Mascot  Shadow
Monmouth University

Former names  Monmouth Junior College (1933–1956) Monmouth College (1956–1995)
President  Grey J. Dimenna (interim)
Address  400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764, USA

Monmouth university aerial overview

Monmouth University is a private university located in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States.


Founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, it became Monmouth College in 1956, and later Monmouth University in 1995 after receiving its charter.

There are about 4,400 full-time and 260 part-time undergraduate and 1,750 graduate students, as well as 302 full-time faculty members. About 80% of faculty members hold Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their field of study. The university's student-to-faculty ratio is about 14:1. Because of the university's relatively small student population, class sizes are capped between 20 and 35 and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Forty-four percent of students live on-campus. Most of Monmouth's student body is drawn from the northeastern United States, although students from 29 states and 28 foreign countries add to the school's diversity.


Monmouth College was founded in 1933 as a junior college. On January 18, 1956, Monmouth received accreditation to grant four-year Bachelor's degrees, and in March 1995, it received its university charter from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

Woodrow Wilson Hall

The centerpiece of the Monmouth University campus is Wilson Hall. Originally, it was the site of the Shadow Lawn mansion, constructed in 1903 and housed 52 rooms. United States President Woodrow Wilson stayed in the mansion during his campaign in summer of 1916.

After Shadow Lawn was destroyed by a fire in 1927, the building that would become Wilson Hall was built as a residence for Mr & Mrs. Hubert Templeton Parson. Mr. Parson was the former head of F.W. Woolworth Company. The building was designed by Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele. Abele is regarded as the first professional African American architect.

Wilson Hall became municipal property during the Great Depression and until Monmouth University acquired ownership, it was home to Highland Manor Junior College, a private girls' school. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark. Some classrooms and the administrative offices are inside of the building. In 1980, Wilson Hall was used as Daddy Warbucks' mansion in the film version of Annie.

Wilson Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1978 under the name Shadow Lawn. It was named a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1985.

Wilson Hall has also been a host of the classic movie Annie, starring Aileen Quinn in 1982. Some of the scenes in this movie were filmed inside and outside of the building along with the rest of the Monmouth University Campus.

Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library

In 1903, Murry Guggenheim (1858–1939), son of Meyer Guggenheim, bought property in West Long Branch to build a summer residence for himself and his wife, Leonie. The original structure of the Beaux-Arts mansion, designed by Carrère and Hastings is now the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim wing of the Monmouth University Library.

It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1978.

Lauren K. Woods Theater

The Guggenheim estate also included a stable and carriage house across the road on Cedar Avenue. This has been converted into the Lauren K. Woods Theatre.


Monmouth University is organized into seven schools:

  • 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
  • The Honors School
  • Undergraduate programs

  • Anthropology (BS)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (BS)
  • Communication (BA)
  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Criminal Justice (BA)
  • Education (BA, BS)
  • English (BA)
  • Foreign Language (BA)
  • Health and Physical Education (BS)
  • Health Studies (BS)
  • History (BA)
  • History/Political Science Interdisciplinary (BA)
  • Homeland Security (BS)
  • Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (BS)
  • Mathematics (BS)
  • Medical Technology (BS)
  • Music (BA)
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Software Engineering (BS)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities (BA)
  • Theatre Arts (BA)
  • Graduate programs

  • Anthropology (MA)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Corporate and Public Communication (MA)
  • Criminal Justice (MA)
  • Education (MAT, MEd, MSEd)
  • English (MA)
  • History (MA)
  • Homeland Security (MS)
  • Information Systems (MS)
  • Mental Health Counseling (MS)
  • Nursing (MSN, DNP)
  • Physician Assistant (MS)
  • Psychological Counseling (MA)
  • Public Policy (MA)
  • School Counseling (MSEd)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Software Engineering (MS)
  • Speech Language Pathology (MSEd)
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling (MSEd)
  • Centers of Distinction

  • Center for the Arts
  • Monmouth University Polling Institute
  • Kislak Real Estate Institute
  • Institute for Global Understanding
  • Urban Coast Institute
  • Activities

    Monmouth University has a variety of on-campus clubs and organizations, including the campus television station HawkTV, the college radio station WMCX-FM, one of the last media outlets to interview Bob Marley, and the first media outlet in America to announce his death, and the student-run newspaper The Outlook, which has been published since 1933.

    The Department of Art and Design is an active participant in the arts of Monmouth. It maintains multiple galleries for exhibiting creative works of students, faculty, and staff, as well as practicing artists and designers. Information on gallery exhibitions and other events and activities associated with art and design can be found on the Arts of Monmouth website.

    Monmouth University also has its own independent, student run record label, Blue Hawk Records. The music organization allows students to learn hands-on, gaining relevant experience and encountering situations that would occur in the Music Industry. Blue Hawk Records allows students to work together, alongside experienced industry professionals, to build their skills in talent scouting, artist promotion and development, live music and record releases, artwork, packaging, sales, marketing, further learning the structure of business and how to mold artists into marketable material. Blue Hawk Records website


  • Delta Tau Delta (Kappa Gamma chapter)
  • Phi Kappa Psi (New Jersey Beta chapter)
  • Sigma Pi (Delta Beta chapter)
  • Sigma Tau Gamma (Epsilon Omicron chapter)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon (Kappa Kappa chapter)
  • Theta Xi (Gamma Xi chapter)
  • Tau Delta Phi (Delta Tau Chapter)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (Pi Chapter)
  • Sororities

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (Tau Eta chapter)
  • Alpha Omicron Pi (Iota Theta chapter)
  • Alpha Sigma Tau (Beta Omega chapter)
  • Alpha Xi Delta (Iota Nu chapter)
  • Delta Phi Epsilon (Delta Omega chapter)
  • Phi Sigma Sigma (Delta Phi chapter)
  • Zeta Tau Alpha (Kappa Nu chapter)
  • Tau ETA Aka (Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter)
  • Professional/academic fraternities

  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Student residences

  • Beechwood Hall
  • Cedar Hall
  • University Bluffs
  • Elmwood Hall
  • Garden Apartments
  • Great Lawn Apartments
  • Laurel Hall
  • Maplewood Hall
  • Mullaney Hall
  • Hesse Hall
  • Oakwood Hall
  • Pier Village
  • Pinewood Hall
  • Redwood Hall
  • Spruce Hall
  • Willow Hall
  • Food services

  • C-Store
  • Java City at Bey Hall
  • Library Cafe
  • Magill Commons
  • Rebecca Stafford Student Center
  • Shadow's (formerly "The Underground")
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • Athletics

    Monmouth's athletic teams are known as the Hawks. The school competes as a Division I (NCAA) school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with football competing as a FCS independent in the 2013 season before joining the Big South Conference in 2014. Monmouth fields the following sports at the Division I level: baseball, basketball (men's and women's), bowling (women's) cross country (men's and women's), field hockey, football, golf (men's and women's), indoor track (men's and women's), lacrosse (women's and men's), soccer (men's and women's), softball, tennis (men's and women's), and track & field (men's and women's). In the fall of 2014, Monmouth announced the reintroduction of swimming programs (women's and men's) at the Division I level in the fall of 2015.

    Monmouth University (then still Monmouth College), added football to the school's ledger of sports teams in 1993. The team's first game was played on September 25 of that year. The first points in school history were scored on a bizarre defensive play by intercepting and returning a two-point conversion.

    A new multipurpose activity center opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 16, 2009. The 153,200-square-foot (14,230 m2) Center currently serves as the primary indoor athletic structure. A partnership agreement with OceanFirst Bank named the facility as the OceanFirst Bank Center in June, 2016. It houses a 4,100 seat competition arena; a 200-meter; six-lane indoor track; locker rooms; educational and conference space; ground-level bookstore; and fitness center. The new facility adjoins the William T. Boylan Gymnasium a 2,500-seat arena built in 1965.

    Monmouth has been in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 1996, 2001, 2004, and 2006. Monmouth won their first NCAA men's basketball tournament game in 2006 when they beat Hampton University in that year's play-in game. It was the first time a Northeast Conference school won a game in the NCAA tournament since 1983 when Robert Morris University won in the opening round. Monmouth's men and women's soccer teams as well as baseball and women's lacrosse and men's golf team have also reached the NCAA tournament. The Monmouth Men's Soccer team is the only sport on campus to ever advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. The men's soccer team also hosted three first round NCAA Tournament games on The Great Lawn, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Monmouth's men's soccer team has even been ranked as one of the top teams in the country. In September 2010, Monmouth attained the #4 spot on the NSCAA/ National Rankings and has been ranked in the national top 25 every single week for the past two seasons.


  • 1933 to 1956: Edward G. Schlaefer (Dean)
  • 1956 to 1957: Eugene H. Lehman
  • 1957 to 1962: Edward G. Schlaefer
  • 1962 to 1971: William G. Van Note
  • 1971 to 1979: Richard J. Stonesifer
  • 1980 to 1993: Samuel Hays Magill
  • 1993 to 2003: Rebecca Stafford
  • 2003 to 2013: Paul G. Gaffney II
  • 2013 to 2017: Paul R. Brown
  • 2017 to present: Grey J. Dimenna (interim)
  • Noted alumni

  • Miles Austin, retired football wide receiver who signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and spent 8 years with the team and later played for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Anthony Beltempo, creator of the MTV reality show Jersey Shore (TV show).
  • Wendy Boglioli, Olympic Gold Medal champion swimmer and later swimming coach at Yale University, who later became an executive and motivational speaker.
  • Brad Brach, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Tevrin Brandon, former cornerback for the Denver Broncos and defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
  • Brian Brikowski, Defensive End for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League
  • David J. Burke, American executive producer, screenwriter and film and television director.
  • Jeff DeGrandis, American animation director and producer.
  • Trish Millines Dziko, technology leader, "Microsoft millionaire" philanthropist, 2004 winner of Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA) and co-founder of Technology Access Foundation (TAF).
  • Siggy Flicker (born 1967), cast member on the seventh season of Bravo's reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Jose Gumbs, former American football safety for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League.
  • Ed Halicki, former professional baseball player who pitched a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants against the New York Mets on August 24, 1975.
  • Noel Lawrence Hillman, United States federal judge.
  • Chris Hogan (American football), wide receiver for the New England Patriots.
  • James William Holzapfel, member of the New Jersey Senate and New Jersey General Assembly
  • Henry R. Kranzler, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Stephenie LaGrossa, reality show contestant was featured on Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
  • Ron Lapin (1941–1995) was an Israeli-born American physician, who pioneered "bloodless surgery"
  • Jack Lawless, Attended Monmouth University for a semester and a half before being recruited as the touring drummer for The Jonas Brothers
  • Pat Light, professional baseball player Pitcher in the Boston Red Sox Farm System of Major League Baseball.
  • John Daido Loori, Zen Buddhist priest and founding Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery attended Monmouth in the 1960s, but did not graduate.
  • Patrick Mackaronis, founder and chief executive officer of social network Brabble
  • Amber Marchese, former cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey is a breast cancer survivor and advocate who earned her master's degree at Columbia University.
  • Chuck Martin (basketball), American college basketball coach currently working as an assistant under Tom Crean at Indiana University.
  • East Side Dave McDonald, host of The Davey Mac Sports Program on SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Lee Lozowick, American spiritual teacher and author, and founder of the "Hohm Community".
  • Bryan Meredith, goalkeeper for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
  • Matt Morgan, former professional wrestler with WWE Total Nonstop Action and American Gladiators and TV personality.
  • Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey Assemblyman – 13th legislative district
  • Steven J. Pozycki, founder, chairman, and CEO of SJP Properties, a developer of office buildings and residential condominiums, including 11 Times Square, a 40-story glass tower.
  • Christie Rampone, United States women's national soccer team captain.
  • Robert Santelli, executive director of The Grammy Museum, and former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Mitchell Shivers, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Neal Sterling, American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.
  • Yvonne Thornton, physician, an obstetrician and bestselling author.
  • Hakeem Valles, NFL tight end for the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Heather Vitale, television journalist for the sport of Standardbred horse racing (harness racing)
  • References

    Monmouth University Wikipedia