The University’s 170-acre campus, considered to be one of the most beautiful in New Jersey, includes among its seventy-five buildings a harmonious blending of historic and traditional architectural styles.
The centerpiece building—and the University’s identifying landmark—is the Great Hall at Shadow Lawn, the administrative center. Completed in 1931, the 130-room mansion—originally known as Shadow Lawn—began as the private residence of Hubert T. Parson, a former president of F.W. Woolworth Company. The mansion has been described in newspapers throughout the world, is featured in many books on architecture and art, and has been used as a backdrop for innumerable print ads and television commercials. In 1981, it served as the setting for the film version of Annie. In 1978, along with the University’s Guggenheim Memorial Library, another architectural treasure that was the summer home of Murray and Leonie Guggenheim, it was entered in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1985, The Great Hall at Shadow Lawn was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Monmouth University Graduate Center is located at 185 State Highway 36, West Long Branch, NJ. This center is approximately two miles from the main campus and currently houses Athletic Training, the Department of Professional Counseling, the Physician Assistant Program, the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, and the Center for Speech and Language Disorders. The Center provides rehabilitation services to the neighboring community on a free-service basis with a one-time per semester registration fee. Please call 732-923-4547 or e-mail the center with further questions.
The OceanFirst Bank Center is a 153,200-square-foot facility that seats approximately 4,000 people. The building, which is located in the center of the campus, includes a multipurpose arena; a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track; the University store; Leon Hess Champions’ Hall, locker rooms for nineteen athletic teams; box office; fitness center; and the University’s Blue/White Club.
The Lauren K. Woods Theatre, a former carriage house that retains many of its original architectural features, is just one of the many gracious older buildings that lend distinctive balance to the modern additions to the campus. Prominent among these newer buildings is the Rebecca Stafford Student Center that houses an open computer lab, dining room and food court, student offices, lounges, and a large combination banquet/performance hall. In a first-floor suite is the Disability Services and Tutoring Center. On the lower level is the Center for Student Success that includes Career Services, First-Year Advising (which provides advising support to freshmen students), the Writing Center, and a graduate student lounge. Other buildings include: the Magill Commons, a student dining hall and conference center; the Thomas A. Edison Science Building (with nearby greenhouse); Howard Hall, housing the Pollak Theatre and many academic computing labs, as well as a twenty-four-hour open lab; Bey Hall, the Leon Hess Business School building, which contains case study classrooms, seminar rooms, and a computer laboratory; McAllan Hall, which houses the School of Education, the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Social Work; the new state-of-the-art Jules Plangere Center, which houses the department of Communication, World Languages and Cultures, and a Faculty Resource Center; Pozycki Hall, provides several classrooms including a 150-person lecture hall, a lab and conference rooms, and Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall, which houses the department of Art and Design and the Rechnitz Gallery. William T. Boylan Gymnasium; eleven traditional and suite-style, on-campus residence halls: Beechwood, Cedar, Elmwood, Hesse, Laurel, Mullaney, Oakwood, Pinewood, Redwood, Spruce, and Willow Hall; and three apartment-style facilities: the Great Lawn Apartments, the Garden Apartments, and Maplewood Hall. Additional off-campus housing is the University Bluffs, a six-apartment-building complex located on 2.7 acres on the ocean in Long Branch.