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Are you Motivated to Achieve?

The following motivational assessment is from the Southern Maine Community College website.

Assess Your Motivation to Achieve
Yes or No?

Are you dissatisfied until you really understand what you are studying?
If you don’t understand something, do you ask the instructor to explain it again?
Do you anticipate what questions will be asked on an exam?
Do you like working on a challenging assignment?
Do you set goals only that you can easily reach?
Do you make an honest effort to get the best grades you can?
If you are bored with an assignment, do you keep working anyway?
Do you usually complete homework assignments on time?
Do you continue to try even when others do better than you?
Is knowing that you are improving enough to give you a sense of achievement?
Do you really try to learn from errors you make on a test?
Do you believe a student must have high grades in order to have a sense of achievement?
Do you prefer to sit in the front of a classroom?
If you don’t understand something, do you just ignore it?
If you have been absent, do you make up the work quickly?

If you responded “No” to most of these questions you may want to speak with an advisor or career counselor.  There are a variety of reasons students may lack motivation and it is paramount that you learn how to motivate yourself in your crucial undergraduate years.

Contact an advisor at…

Academic Success

Morehead Hall – Room 302A

Phone: 973.655.4162

Contact a career counselor at…

My Career Counselor



Transfer Students: Why did you transfer?

  • Can Montclair State University (MSU) offer you a more prestigious degree? Go to the following U.S. News and World Report link to see how MSU ranks among other colleges and universities.
  • Did a specific program peak your interest?  Find your program requirements here.
  • Do you want to live with a current student?  Visit this link to housing assignments which will give you the chance to pick your roommate as you register for housing.  More questions about housing? Try the residential education and services frequently asked questions page.
  • What kind of Clubs and Organizations does MSU offer?  Click here!


Transfer Students: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Montclair State University has great frequently asked questions resources.  Here are four different FAQ pages that may address your transfer student concerns.

Junior and Senior Year: Are you on course for graduation?

Follow these simple steps!

1. Click the link below

MSU Program Link

2. Find your major and click the link for your major.

3. Look at your required coursework. What courses are you missing?

4. Are you missing a pre-requisite course?

5. Still confused? Contact the Academic Success and Retention Programs

Phone: 973-655-4162 or 973-655-4162


Junior and Senior Year: Gen. Eds. How do you pick them wisely?

  • What is General Education?
  • What Gen. Eds. do you need to take? Find Gen. Ed. Requirements for your college or program here!
  • Pre-requisite Coursework for Graduate School – How can Gen. Eds. help you apply?

There are many types of graduate programs. Many schools have prerequisite coursework requirements that you may not expect.

  • History programs may have language requirements which vary based upon your area of interest.
  • Medical programs do not require you to be a biology major, but you often need prerequisite science coursework to be admitted.
  • Need help picking the right Gen. Eds. for your future endeavors? Talk to your advisor!
    • Click on “My Advisor” in WESS. If there is a Professor noted, please contact them directly. If no one is noted in your major, contact your Major Department for further assistance.

Junior and Senior Year: How can your major accommodate your interests?

  • Is your major boring you? Have you found new interests that may differ from your major concentration? Do not be dismayed. Sometimes your dream career involves coursework that can be a nightmare. The question is, “how is your major going to fulfill your career interests?”
  • The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education has great resources to help you find a career that suits your major orientation and interests.  Major Orientation and Interests
  • What career paths apply to your major? Visit these Career Services links below…

What can I do with this major?

Visit this page provided by the University of Delaware to find what careers your major may lead to

The University of North Carolina Wilmington also has a great what can I do with this major resource.

  • Interested in government positions?  Click here to see what federal positions involve your major orientation.

Junior and Senior Year: Do you have a career goal? Yes.

How do you obtain your desired career?

  • Visit the Career Center and speak with a career counselor about how you can obtain your career goals! Visit the following link to set up an appointment.

Do you want to be a teacher?

Interested in Business School?

  • There are many types of MBA programs out there and it can be difficult to pick the one which is right for you. Visit this link to to learn more. Top MBA Programs!
  • is an incredible source for information about business schools, MBA admissions, business school life and financial aid.  Click here for more need to know info on business school.

Also try the business school comparator to help you choose wisely!

Interested in Medical School?

  • Medical School is extremely competitive. Many Medical Schools have their own specific requirements. The Association of American Medical Colleges explains some general Medical School requirements here!
  • How do you select a Medical School? Visit this page from the Association of American Medical Colleges to help you choose wisely… click here!

Interested in nutrition or fitness careers?

  • Visit the American Fitness Professionals and Associates to learn more about certifications in the field. Click here!

Interested in Counseling?

  • The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can help you find the Counseling program that is right for you. Click here!

Interested in a career in the Arts?

  • The College of the Arts at Montclair State University has a career services department with great resources for pursuing your career in the Arts.  Click here!


Junior and Senior Year: Do you have a career goal? No.

  • It is O.K. not to have a career in mind as an undergraduate. Montclair State University has resources to help you discover your true interests and possibly your career goals. Visit the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education and find the career services department for your college here… Your Career Services Department
  • Learn more about the Career Development Process by visiting this link from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education…learn more.
  • Often the best way to find a career that is right for you is to start by discovering who you really are. Visit this link from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education to help you learn more about yourself and careers…Who am I?
  • Could graduate school be on your horizon? Do you have the grades and classes necessary to get into graduate school? Click the following link to learn about graduate program competitiveness.

Junior and Senior Year: What does it mean if a graduate program is accredited?

  • Accredited Programs – Different types of programs gain accreditation from different accrediting agencies. For example, Audiology programs gain accreditation from the American Speech and Hearing Association. For more information about accreditation and information about accredited programs visit this link to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Find out if the graduate program you are interested in is accredited at
  • Medical School – The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the organization which accredits all Medical Programs in the U.S. and Canada. It is crucial that the program you are interested in attending is accredited. Visit the LCME directory of accredited Medical Schools and Programs here!


Junior and Senior Year: Admission Deadlines and Graduate Program Competitiveness

Admission Deadlines

  • Rolling admission versus admission deadlines – If the program you are interested in has rolling admission they will admit new students each fall and spring semester (possibly summer). Programs with rolling admissions are often less competitive because they accept more students every year. Programs which admit only one semester each year will be far more competitive because every year you are competing with a new class of applicants.
  • Why do some programs only once a year? Many programs require practicum and internships. Often schools only have a certain amount of internship time slots to accommodate for a certain number of students.

Graduate Program Competitiveness

  • Grades, grades, grades! Your way of telling a graduate school that you will succeed. Every college has their own GPA requirements, and test score requirements for each graduate program offered. Make sure you know what GPA and test scores are required for you to have a chance to get into graduate school.
  • GRE, MAT, GMAT, the list goes on…There are many types of standardized tests required for admission which depend on the type of program you are interested in. Visit this page developed by the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education to learn more about the test you need to take.
  • The GREs are very difficult, especially if you are not prepared. Practice books, practice tests, and test prep courses are all effective ways to prepare for the GREs. Visit this link from U.S. News and World Report for six great tips towards preparing for the GREs.
  • Prerequisite coursework – Most graduate programs require specific classes or a certain number of credits in different subjects. Visit our page, “Gen. Eds. How do you pick them wisely?” to learn how you can use Gen. Eds. to meet prerequisite coursework requirements for the program you are interested in.