The Conference Center at Montclair State University

The Conference Center at Montclair State University

Unique Venue Features

  • Runner-Up: Scenic Backdrop
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Montclair State University’s beautiful, suburban campus is located in Montclair, NJ. The Conference Center is only 15 miles from the vibrancy of New York City, making it an ideal location for your next meeting, seminar or special event in the area.

Set on the seventh floor of University Hall, The Conference Center offers up to 6300 square feet of event space and boasts a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. The center’s flexible meeting and event spaces can accommodate up to 500 guests or can be arranged for smaller, more intimate gatherings. Flexibility is one of the Conference Center’s specialties, and the ballroom within the center comes complete with movable walls that can create up to 6 separate rooms.

The Conference Center’s Catering Department provides a meeting and dining environment that is specialized to exceed you and your guests’ expectations and is committed to providing service and menu flexibility for your personalized event on campus. During summer months, guests have the option to lodge on campus in suite-style residence halls with access to a service desk and staff that can assist with check ins and check outs, general information, and other services. Please contact the Conference Center staff directly at 973-834-6636 to book your next meeting, conference, or social event at Montclair State University.

A feature in The New York Times about the versatility of our North Jersey event space:

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 200
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1000
President's Board/Dining Room
Presidential Board Room with a view of New York City and built-in AV equipment. Technology available in the dining room includes: wireless internet, LCD projection, audio and video conferencing.
  • 750 Sq. Ft.
  • 30 Banquet Style
  • 30 Conference Style
  • 30 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
The ballroom can be configured to handle groups from 500 to more intimate events.
  • 6,300 Sq. Ft.
  • 400 Banquet Style
  • 230 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
  • 100 Conference Style
  • 100 Hollow Square Space Style
6-Breakout Rooms
Each breakout room has built-in AV technology
  • 1,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 32 Classroom Style
  • 60 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
  • 36 Hollow Square Space Style
Conference Center Lobby
The lobby can be used for registration or an intimate cocktail space with panoramic views of the area.
Lecture Halls
Six 100-seat lecture halls and one 200-seat lecture hall. Built-in AV and SMART technology.
  • 200 Classroom Style
Conference Center Classrooms
30 state-of-the art classrooms, all with built-in AV technology.
  • 40 Classroom Style
Memorial Auditorium
The largest space on campus accommodates up to 1,000 people.
  • 1000 Theatre Style
Kasser Theater
Kasser Theater hosts world class events throughout the year and accommodates up to 500 people.
  • 500 Theatre Style
Student Center
Additional ballroom and breakout space is available at our student center, just across the street from University Hall.

Food & Beverage Options

Campus Locations
The Conference Center is the ideal location to host your catered breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are a variety of choices within walking distance on campus. Including the Red Hawk Diner, an authentic 50's style 120 seat diner next to the Conference Center.
Montclair Restaurants
Arguably the top dining city in the entire state of New Jersey, Montclair offers an incredible variety of the finest cuisine around. With over 25 Zagat-Rated restaurants, you're sure to find an ideal location for your lunch or dinner if you decide to venture off campus.

Catering options

Gourmet Dining
Since the Summer of 2023, EATS by Gourmet Dining has joined the Red Hawk Family and they have and are continuing to renovate spaces on campus! There is something for everyone now in terms of food and their mission is to provide an exemplary and unique dining experience for each client built on strong professional and personal relationships. Contact our Catering Department directly at 973-655-3375.
On Campus Brands
Our 18 campus dining concepts run the gamut from fresh salads, smoothies and bowls to Korean BBQ to and from late night burgers, jumbo wings, subs and milkshakes, to elevated plant forward and allergen friendly made to order meals! You’ll also find some of your favorite brands here, like Starbucks, Panera Bread, Panda Express, Jersey Mike’s, Java Love, Dunkin’ Donuts and more!


Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available


On-Campus Accomodations

Summer guests are housed in Residence Halls. Montclair State University is home to 22 residence halls, capable of housing 5,200 individuals. Halls range from traditional facilities to suites and apartments.
Important Note: While most of our facilities are ADA compliant, please arrange for accessible housing prior to arrival.


Traditional Housing
• In traditional residence halls, bedrooms are situated along a hall and share common floor bathroom facilities.
• Most traditional housing is not air-conditioned.
• Traditional halls have recreation rooms and common floor lounges.
• Our traditional hall is available is Bohn Hall.
Suite-Style Housing
• Suite units have a combination of single and double rooms sharing a common bathroom.
• Most suites are air-conditioned.
• Suites house 2-8 people.
• Our suite-style halls are Freeman Hall, Russ Hall, Sinatra Hall, The Heights, and Blanton Hall.

Apartment-Style Housing
• Apartments have a combination of single and double rooms sharing common bathroom and living space as well as fully-functioning kitchens (microwaves are not included).
• All apartments are air-conditioned.
• Apartments house 4 people.
• Apartments are located on Clove Road and are Hawk Crossings and The Village Apartments.
What to Expect in Your Room When You Arrive
• Each bedroom is equipped with a twin extra-long bed, wardrobe, desk, and chair for each participant assigned to the room.
• Standard linen service is an option for a fee. (Sorry, we don't make beds.) We provide 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet and 1 bed pad, 1 blanket, and 1 face towel, 1 hand towel, and 1 full body towel (There are free laundry facilities in every residence hall to wash bedding and towels).
• Daily housekeeping service is not provided. (Rooms are cleaned prior to a group's arrival.) Common areas (bathrooms, lounges) in traditional halls are cleaned daily.

Laundry Facilities
Every residence hall has a laundry room with washing machines and dryers available at no charge.

Service Desk
Each residence hall that has summer guests has a service desk operating from 8 am to 10 pm. At the service desk, our friendly staff help guests:

o Check in and check out.
o Obtain general information about campus.
o Pick up and return room keys/access cards.
o Pick up parking passes.
o Report maintenance and other inconveniences.
o Provide free wireless log in information.

• Phone numbers for each primary service desk can obtained during check-in.

Area Hotels
Dozens of hotels are within 15 minutes of campus. Some offer shuttle service to and from the Conference Center. Call us for more details! 973-655-3431

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1 Normal Ave,
University Hall, 7th Floor,
Montclair, New Jersey 07043


  • BusBus
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain

Nearby Airport

  • Newark Liberty International - 15 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Newark Liberty International - 15 minutes

Nearby Cities

New York – 14 miles

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


High-speed Wireless Internet; LCD, Video and Document Projectors; Lapel Microphones; Audio Conferencing; Wireless Microphones; Video Conferencing with Pan, Tilt and Zoom remote cameras and DVD recording ability.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • ADA Accessible: Yes


"The Conference Center staff at Montclair State University is Professional with a capital P! They pay attention to every detail, large and small, and they aim to please. Events are stressful, but working with them, I feel as if I have partners."
Joanne Lombardi, CMP Director of Convention and Meeting Management Public Strategies Impact L.L.C
"The Conference Center at Montclair State University was a perfect venue for our Administrative Retreat held in August, 2006. Our staff indicated that this was the best retreat we have ever had! The Conference Center staff were extremely courteous, attended to every detail, and responded to requests for assistance quickly."
Dr. Jeanne P. Pryor, Assistant Superintendent, Montclair Public Schools
"In over three decades at Montclair State University, I have never experienced such great service. A class act from catering to the AV technology. The Conference Center made our national conference a resounding success."
Robert McCormick, Ph.D., Montclair State University, Director of the Center for Child Advocacy


Event Planners and Managers
From the moment you contact the Conference Center at Montclair State University you'll be working with dedicated planners for your room setup, audio visual and catering needs. On the day of the event we have an Audio Visual Technician on site and a Manager to oversee all aspects of your meeting or special event. Contact us directly to book your next event! 973-834-6636


High-Speed Wireless Internet Access
Complimentary in the conference center for all attendees.
LCD, Video and Document Projectors
Projectors drop down form the ceiling for a clean, professional look.
Wireless Handheld Microphones
Wireless Lavalier Microphones
Video and Audio Conferencing
Remote Pan, Tilt, and Zoom cameras for DVD recording
In-house technical support staff available