Monmouth University: A Piece of New Jersey History
Monmouth Junior College was founded in 1933 as a two-year institution offering higher education for students facing economic hardship during the Depression era. About two decades later, Monmouth College became accredited to offer four year programs, and within another decade, was offering master’s degree programs.
Monmouth University is now a private institution offering 32 undergraduate and 24 graduate degree programs, as well as many certificate programs.
Monmouth University’s 159 acre campus includes Wilson Hall, a beautiful National Historic Landmark and the setting for the 1982 film version of Annie. The Walt Withey Chapel, located in Wilson Hall, was once part of a 16th century Tudor Abbey and was imported from Europe. Guggenheim Cottage, another iconic and historic building on campus, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library.
Things to Do at Monmouth University in West Long Branch
Whether you are a student, community member, or visitor to NJ, there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy on the West Long Branch campus.
The Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) is the biggest venue on campus for many large concerts, touring shows, and events. A 4,100-seat arena in the MAC provides the perfect space for MU Hawks sporting events and concerts.
Monmouth University is also a hub of artistic activity. In the Pollak Theatre, audiences enjoy plays, musicals, dance productions, and HD broadcasts from National Theatre Live. The Visiting Writers series brings poets and fiction and nonfiction writers to Wilson Hall for readings and discussions. Art galleries on campus offer eye-catching and thought-provoking exhibitions, such as Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, on display now in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery.
To find out events that are currently happening at Monmouth University, visit their Events page.
If you are looking for other opportunities to work and play off-campus, Monmouth University is conveniently located just one mile from the beach, and one hour from Philadelphia and New York City. To learn more about Long Branch, check out our blog post about Winter Rentals in Long Branch, NJ.