Monmouth was founded in 1933 to provide opportunity for higher education to area high school graduates who, in those Depression-era days, could not afford to go away to college. It was a two-year institution, holding classes only in the evening. Support from students and the community enabled the fledgling College to persevere and quickly assume its present private status. In 1956, Monmouth College was accredited by the state to offer four-year programs leading to the baccalaureate degree. Less than a decade later, it was authorized to offer master's degree programs. In March 1995, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education granted Monmouth university status. Today Monmouth University offers 33 undergraduate and 21 graduate degree programs and a multitude of certificate programs. The University has been steadfast in its ongoing transformation as a first-choice destination school by progressively raising admission criteria for incoming students and enhancing the quality of its academic programs. Within its student body, 29 states and 28 foreign nations are represented. More than 1,600 undergraduates are resident students who enjoy a challenging learning environment on a campus that blends classic beauty with the latest technology. Monmouth continues to build upon its achievements by providing dynamic, first-tier, personalized education that empowers students to reach their full potential as leaders and make significant contributions to their community and society.