Monmouth University is on the Jersey Shore – literally minutes away from the beach. Marine biology is a very strong discipline here; there is a winter research program in the Bahamas to enhance students’ access to marine biology technology. The marine science program includes options in both marine biology and marine policy.
Monmouth also has an incredibly strong music industry program, which includes a completely student-run and student-produced record label! The university is currently working on developing a full recording studio on campus. The arts are strong here, with a photography concentration within the art major. More information on the extensive communications program is here.
Monmouth’s business program is also strong – with a full stock trading room – and Monmouth is the only college in New Jersey with its own real estate license! Students can choose several different concentrations, including management, marketing, real estate, finance, accounting and international business within the business major.
First-year students are required to live on campus and new dorms were opened in 2011. Just over 10% of students join Greek fraternities and sororities, and Wednesday afternoons are reserved for extra-curricular club meetings so there are no classes.
Monmouth is in a great location – about an hour away from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia. Many of the facilities are historic – the library used to be the Guggenheim family’s summer cottage, and Wilson Hall, the main administrative building on campus was Woodrow Wilson’s summer home.
You can see all of my photos from my visit to Monmouth University here.