Living Communities


Montclair State University is committed to the integration of the academic community into the residence halls. One of the ways that this is accomplished is through Living Learning Communities. Participants of Living Learning Communities have opportunities to live together with other students who are taking similar courses or have a common college based major.  This model will help foster social connections with the student cohorts, have close contact with faculty, participate in programs and events that support the theme of the Living Learning Community, and interact with other residents with whom they share a similar interest.

Living and Learning Community Options

For First Year Students

Montclair State University’s College Themed Living and Learning Communities are transforming the way in which undergraduate students experience University life. First-year students who enter Montclair State University with an intended major around one of our five colleges (College of the Arts, College of Science and Mathematics and School of Business)  have the option to indicate interest in living in their themed college living and learning community.  The communities are designed to support and develop the interests of students and assist them in taking advantage of the vast resources Montclair State University has to offer.

About the College Themed Living and Learning Communities

Montclair State University’s College Themed Living and Learning Communities are small but vital communities, offering individualized support while tailoring the first-year experience for students with similar interests. Each incoming freshman may be assigned to one of five Colleges: (College of the ARTS, College of Science and Math and Social Sciences and School of Business).

Our goal is to implement special educational and social programs, and offer opportunities for close interaction with faculty and fellow students around themes of common interest and intended major. First-year resident members of each College are housed together in the same residential floors.

While each College has its own personality, there are many experiences that will be the same for every first-year student:

  • A committed team of faculty and staff to assist with implement social and educational programs.
  • Student involvement and support for inside and outside the classroom support.
  • Benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests.

Students may inquire into areas of personal academic interest in ways that are designed to be helpful in settling on a major and in taking the first steps toward a calling or career.

Returning and Transfer Students

Many residential students make lifelong connections by living in special interest communities.  Returning and transfer students have an opportunity to select and be a part of a living community, which brings students together for social and academic support!  Options such as: an international living community that hosts international students year-round; a sustainability community, a community for men and women, and more.  One of them may be right for you.

Check out all the living community options below:







2016-2017 Current Living Learning Communities


LLC Location

Emerging Leaders

Blanton Hall


Blanton Hall

Exploratory Undeclared Majors

Blanton Hall

Global Education

The Village at Little Falls

Stonewall Suites

Dinallo Heights and Commons

Second Year Connections

Dinallo Heights and Commons


Freeman and Russ Halls


Dinallo Heights and Commons

College of Science and Mathematics

Dinallo Heights and Commons

Family and Child Studies

Machuga Heights

Men of Excellence Communities

Machuga Heights

Women's Special Interest

Machuga Heights