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Very High Research
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About Bozeman
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Enrollment 15294, Avg HS GPA 3.41


Montana residents: 56%
Nonresident students: 44%
Top 10 Student Home States
Montana 8,846
Washington 939
California 774
Colorado 695
Minnesota 443
Idaho 316
Oregon 274
Alaska 223
Wyoming 183
Illinois 181

All MSU Students Fall 2014 (Top 10 States)

Established 1893 - MSU Bobcats NCAA DIV 1
Estimated Cost of Attendance (per year)
2014 / 2015 Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees $6,800 $21,390
Room/Board $8,380 $8,380
Books/Supplies $1,250 $1,250
Total Estimated Cost $16,430 $31,020


President Waded Cruzado


Dr. Waded Cruzado took office as Montana State University's 12th president in 2010.

"At MSU, we believe in transforming lives through education and empowerment."

MSU Mission

Montana State University, the state's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement.

MSU Vision

Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world's greatest challenges. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people toengage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.

Brain with gears icon Academic Excellence

MSU prepares students to graduate equipped for careers and further education. MSU’s low student to faculty ratio means accessible professors and hands-on learning opportunities. Working alongside world-class faculty mentors, students discover new knowledge that helps to improve quality of life around the globe. This supportive and collaborativelearning environment helps students succeed in competing for national and international scholarships and awards. In the past year alone, MSU students have received prestigious awards including:

  • Goldwater scholarships (math, science & engineering)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (to study at Oxford University)
  • Marshall Scholarship (grad school in the United Kingdom)
  • Udall Scholarship (to pursue careers in the environment)
  • Newman Civic Fellow (public leadership)

One of a kind - MSU is in a class of its ownThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies MSU as one of only 108 colleges and universities in the nation (out of more than 4,600) that maintain “very high research activity.” Of those 108 institutions, only 51 are also classified as having “significant commitment to community engagement.” This means that MSU undergraduate students have unique access to cutting-edge research and creative opportunities — and to an engaging educational experience that fully integrates learning, discovery and service.

Students learning in a classroom
Students working in a lab


MSU maintains and exceeds a variety of accreditation requirements that were designed to ensure high quality educational standards. MSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. During its most recent re-accreditation, MSU was commended for an "extremely high level of productivity and effectiveness." In addition to national accreditation, many of MSU’s colleges, departments and programs also maintain rigorous accreditation credentials through discipline specific agencies.

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Microscope icon MSU is recognized nationally for its prominence in research among leading public research universities.  It is among only 108 institutions in the nation, out of more than 4,600, that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies as having “very high research activity”—the highest level in the classification. This prolific research has led to many significant discoveries that are changing the world. MSU holds more than 200 active technology licenses. In addition, 87 patents and 14 plant variety certificates have been issued for MSU discoveries with many more pending.

$100 Million Research expenditures at MSU typically exceed $100 million annually and top research departments include immunology, chemistry and biochemistry, transportation,physics, and land resources and environmental sciences; while much of the research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Departments of Energy, Defense and Agriculture, and private sources.

Lightbulb icon MSU is the largest research university in Montana and the largest research and development entity of any kind in the state, which translates into many opportunities for students toconduct meaningful hands-on research and creative projects as well as economic prosperity for the area. MSU research has led to significant discoveries that are changing the world. MSU holds nearly 230 active technology licenses. In addition, 86 patents and 31 plant variety certificates have been issued for MSU discoveries with many more pending.

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Students, professors and staff at MSU work together with community partners to exchange and apply knowledge and resources that improve the world. MSU recently earned The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's engagement classification. Thedesignation recognizes commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and spreading of knowledge that benefits the public. In addition, through courses, clubs and organized events, students participate in many local, national and international service-learning projects that enable them to apply their education while strengthening communities.

Community Engagement

Following a rigorous application and evaluation process, MSU was awarded the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s community engagement classification. This designation recognizes MSU’s commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and spreading of knowledge that benefits the public. Service and outreach projects are embedded in MSU’s coursework, research and extracurricular activities to enhance learning and improve lives around the world.

MSU’s Statewide Impact - MSU Extension

MSU Extension's impact reaches every county of Montana, click to learn more

Mountain Icon About Bozeman

Bozeman is a small town with big energy. Perhaps best known for outdoor recreation, Bozeman also has the cultural amenities of a much larger city include a symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as many locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries that make Downtown vibrant. Skiing, hiking, camping, biking, climbing, and fishing options are endless because Bozeman is surrounded by five mountain ranges including the Bridger, Tobacco Root, Big Belt, Gallatin and Madison ranges; and the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers are all within a half hour of campus. There is plenty of National Forest land to explore, and Yellowstone National Park is just 90 miles away.

Two Great Ski Areas Nearby: Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort
Bozeman welcome sign

Best Town Ranking

Outside magazine included Bozeman on its list of “Best Towns 2013,” highlighting “17 towns that redefine living well.” The article pointed to Bozeman’s unique restaurant options, access to trails in town and proximity to skiing.