MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair State University has been ranked #6 among 367 colleges nationwide in Most Popular for Family, Consumer and Human Sciences by College Factual (, a resource that uses customizable tools and outcomes-based rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process.

A number of factors were used to determine the rankings, including how well the institution retains and graduates students, the average loan debt per student, the boost in expected earnings, the percentage of full-time teachers, and the average student loan default rate.

In addition to Montclair State University's placement in Most Popular for Family, Consumer and Human Sciences, the institution also scored well in Most Popular for Visual and Performing Arts, earning a #28 spot out of 1556. Both of these are in comparison to other higher education institutions on the list, which includes both research universities and liberal arts colleges.

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"We publish a variety of college rankings to get students and parents focused on key factors they need to consider when choosing a school," says Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual. "How long it will it take you to graduate? 4 or 6 years? What will your expected earnings be, and how does that compare? What's the risk of student loan default? These are tough questions any prospective student should be asking and we highlight these factors throughout our ranking process."

College Factual's ranking system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education, nationally mandated data reporting for institutions, and Payscale.

For more information about College Factual's rankings, visit