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ASRP Is Branching out….

Our department is excited at the idea of reaching you at a multitude of levels. We have looked to make our presence known through our blog…


The Road to Graduation Blog

Through Twitter…



We’ve also dabbled in you tube, check out Paul revere and The Wizard of ASRP…


The Wizard of ASRP

And now…We are proud to present to you…The Road to Graduation Facebook page…


There is much to gain by being able to reach out and provide information to you in a multitude of platforms.  We have constant updates, videos, statuses, and much more about whats happening on YOUR road to YOUR graduation.  Follow us…Subscribe to us….Like us…Visit us… its that simple.

With Registration still looming, don’t think your path to success is paved alone.  Come see us in Webster Hall, Room 321, or call in for an appointment today, 973-655-4162.

Major of the Week: Nutrition and Food Sciences with Concentration in Dietetics (NUFD)

nufdNutrition with concentration in Dietetics

This picture depicts what comes to mind want thinking about nutrition. Although helping others understand nutrition is a huge part of the major, a Nutritionist is not the only path you can take with a bachleor’s degree in nutrition. This 80 credit major has much flexibility.

Students can work in Clinical Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Management, Public Health Nutrition, Education and Research, Consultant/Private Practice, Related Health Professionals (e.g. M.D., PA, etc.), Business and Industry, Media, International Food Organizations, Public Policy or Government.

If you have already decided on a minor but think that this topic is something that interests you. You can declare a minor in Nutrition and Food Science for 19 credits.

Not sure if you want to commit to a minor or major there are various organizations on campus that you can speak to current students pursuing these degrees. For example, Montclair State Dietetic Organization (MSDO) or  Redhawks Enjoying an Authentic Lifestyle (REAL).

Adult Learner? See if you qualify for these scholarships. . .

The Adult Learner Program administers the Ralph P. LaSalle Scholarship, the Helen M. Purcell Scholarship, and the Alicia Pareha Savage Scholarship which are awarded by the Montclair State University Foundation for one academic year (fall/spring). The Montclair State University Foundation supports the activities of the University in many ways. Through its endowments, the Foundation has made funds available for scholarships to adult   students. A limited number of scholarships are offered each year to qualified students admitted through the Adult Learning program.

The Adult Learner Scholarships are available to all currently enrolled and qualified Adult    Learners at Montclair State University. Applications must be submitted directly to the Office for Adult Learning by Friday April 4to be considered for awards for the following academic year. To be eligible to receive the award, students must be accepted and enrolled at Montclair State University. Please refer to the information below for the selection  criteria and award amounts for each scholarship. Recipients must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point   average each semester of the award.

Ralph P. LaSalle Scholarship

Award: $200/ academic year

($100 per semester)
• Part-time student
• 50 years or over
• Enrolled in a degree program

 Helen M. Purcell Scholarship
Award: $500/ academic year

($250 per semester)
• Female, part-time student
• 35 years or over
• Employed at least 25 hours per week*
At least a 3.25 GPA from Montclair State

Alicia Pareha Savage Scholarship
Award: $600/academic year

($300 per semester)
• 25 years or over
• Enrolled in at least 6 semester hours for semester(s) of award
• At least a 2.5 GPA from Montclair State

 You can download the application for the scholarships at

Major of the Week: Theatre Studies (Acting Concentration)



Major of the Week: Biology

sodium_fine_by_ornithogale-d6gyh7gIs Biology the correct major for you? Want to switch to a Biology major?

The Biology Department offers undergraduate Bachleor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biology with a concentration in Education, Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science. Decide Biology after you are almost graduating? Don’t worry there is a one-year certificate program in Molecular Biology!

Some of the many skills Biology majors possess is critical thinking, detail-oriented, analytical, be able to communicate effectively, solve problems, absorb a wealth of newly acquired information, and work well with others on a team, as well as independently.

Want to learn more from students already majoring in Biology? Already a Biology major and want to meet others with similar interest to you? Visit events held by the Biology Club, MAPS – Minority Association of Pre-Health Student, Sigma Xi, and Global Medical Brigade which are advistertised ”In the Loop”.

After obtaining a B.S. degree many students go on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution. Others teach Biology or Science in a school setting. While some go on to medical school to become a doctor. Want to know more about the endless possibilities after graduating with a Biology degree? Visit this website.









Major of the Week: Child Advocacy and Policy

Major of the Week is back!

This Week: Child Advocacy and Policy (CHAD)

The main goal of child advocates is to reduce harm or risk to children. Many students who obtain bachelor’s degree in Child Advocacy and Policy seek employment with DCPP or formally known as DYFS or students work in adoption agencies, foster care facilities, counseling management, rehabilitation, social services, and legislation. There are 33 credits within this restricted major that requires a 3.0 GPA. Child Advocacy and Policy majors learn the important skills of listening to details, negotiating, perceiving scenarios from various points, communicating efficiently, researching to support claims, analyzing large amounts of data, working well under pressure, managing situations well, and maintaining confidentiality all while retaining a professional appearancehappy-kids

Too late to add this Child Advocacy and Policy major, with no minor? Don’t worry you can apply for a Child and Advocacy Post-Bachelor’s Certificate that is only 15 credits here at Montclair State University.

Find out more about Child Advocacy and Policy by following us on Twitter @MSU_ASRP

So Now What Do I Do?

Post Suspension/Dismissal Appeal Approval

We are hoping by this time that you are excited, but that you are aware of the sensitivity that comes along with readmission.  You’ve leaped the suspension/dismissal hurdle, so now what?!?  You’ve been granted a third chance for whatever reason, so what are you going to do to take advantage of this opportunity? What motivates you? How are you a different student for having gone through the process?

Nine times out of 10, we are here because what we have already attempted didn’t exactly resonate as efficiently as we would have liked (Notice the “we” in there).  So before the next step of what to do (the “now what?”), how about we start with the, “what NOT to do“…


1.) Relax…Yes, you just avoided a year from suspension, so take a breather, this is the first step, but anything longer than the time it takes to retool and reboot is wasteful…You know who you are!  Don’t be that student…


2.) Say: “I need to take everything NOW!!!”.  The simple response here: No, no you don’t.  Of course multiple classes can be beneficial, so by no means does that mean drop everything.  Re-evaluation time: Decide what gives you the best chance to succeed in the present.  Think of your road to graduation as a marathon with consistent academic support and a strategic plan that will ultimately lead to your own finish line.  The concept here is that sprinting or walking rarely suggests effective approaches to academic success. So what path is best for you? (Cough, a good time to see your advisor).


3.)  Think, I am a better student than this, it will just turn around on its own (As a matter of fact, I’m hoping that this statement actually made your cringe).  Yes, you are a better student than that, but failing to avoid broad statements like, “I just have to work harder”, or “I know what I have to do now”, tend to be academic traps.  So what is it that you will do to work harder? What are the things you have to do and how will you do them differently?  There is a pretty serious gap separating hoping for change and creating change.  Besides, isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome?

So, ultimately, this feels pretty negative (if of course you view it that way…But this is much more an opportunity than anything else.  So now what can we do?!?

This is an opportunity, an additional chance to be successful.  Go see somebody and take a step now, your academic advisor, faculty advisor, mentor, tutor, etc.  Your new plan for success is not that far removed from where you read right now.  We CAN be of assistance to you.  You CAN help yourself…but it has to start somewhere…


Happy 2014!!! Now What?!?

Amongst the holiday celebrations, on the back of some people’s minds is creating a resolution or a change for the upcoming New Year. While others have similar thoughts to this Calvin (see picture below):


Resolution or not, set a goal for yourself, whether it is an academic goal of completing your major requirements, speaking with a faculty advisor about internship opportunities or a personal goal of reaching a 3.5 cumulative GPA this upcoming semester. No matter what your thoughts are on traditional new year’s resolutions it is important to reflect on the past year and/or past semester in order to accomplish your goals. Reflection allows you to assess where you stand in achieving your goal.

12 Days before the End of Finals (1 Day)

Of the 12 days of finals, my advisor reminded me. . .

One Road to graduation

(unique to each student)

Meet the entire Academic Success & Retention Programs (ASRP) staff in our first office commercial and first winning commercial. . .

asrpThe end of finals are here. Enjoy your break and rest up for the new semester. We look forward assisting you on your unique road to graduation.

Feel free to stop by Webster Room 321 to ask any lingering questions you may have or just say hello.


12 Dining Options

11 Campus Sports Teams

10 Student Staff Jobs

9 Commuter Car Lots

8 Sleeping Choices

7 Days Exam-ing

6 Peers Ad-vising

5 Common Holds

4 Construction Projects

3 Types of Learners

2 Types of Advisors


The 12 Days Before the End of Finals (2nd Day)

On the 2nd day before the end of finals, my advisor reminded me. . .

Of the two types of advisors .

Montclair State wants their students to be on the right path to success therefor each student is given TWO advisors to ensure that success. Advisors assist students transition into their new learning environment, guide students as they choose a field of study  and offer advice to students as they choose courses to fulfill the requirements of that study ,  and discuss post-graduation plans. However, don’t be fooled. Although they share the same title as an advisor, they assist students in different ways. Each student has a Faculty/Department advisor who is a students primary connection as well as an Academic advisor who is the secondary connection! So what exactly do these awesome advisors do?

Faculty advisors assist with course selection, scheduling, and academic planning for degree completion. They assist with developing, clarifying, and evaluating, educational plans and goals. Faculty advisors have extensive knowledge within their field of study and can provide insight on the trends in the job market. A Faculty advisor serves as a students best network contact! 
Academic advisors can be found within many departments such as the Academic Success and Retention Programs (ASRP), the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) (SAA), and the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF). These advisors help students identify and explore major and minor selections or alternatives. They clarify university policies, and solve academic problems. Academic advisors are knowledgeable campus resources and are constantly assisting students identify and explore all that Montclair State has to offer!  Yet, the most important goal they share together is to serve students like YOU in becoming strong, intelligent individuals leading fulfilling careers in the direction of your choice.
P.S. Remember to reach out to your advisor each semester to make sure that you are on the right path towards your destination. 
Success is a journey, not a destination.” -Ben Sweetland