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Service and Outreach

MSU's Commitment

As Montana’s land-grant institution, Montana State University is dedicated to serving the people of Montana. This service is provided primarily through education, research and outreach. Though MSU continues to evolve to meet the state’s most pressing needs, its dedication to service and outreach has remained central to its mission.

Diverse Disciplines, Diverse Geography

Through its diverse academic offerings and statewide geographic presence, MSU provides education, resources and programs that help all Montanans. In addition to the Bozeman campus, MSU encompasses seven Montana Agricultural Experiment Station research centers, and county Extension offices that serve all 56 counties. With academic colleges in agriculture; arts and architecture; business; education, health and human development; engineering; letters and science; nursing; university college; MSU’s expertise spans many disciplines, helping to improve the daily lives of Montanans in rural and urban areas alike.

History of Service Mission

The Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 established land-grant institutions across the nation to meet growing demand for academic opportunities and provide citizens practical education with relevance to their daily lives. Subsequent federal acts, including the Hatch Act of 1887 which established agricultural experiment stations, and the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which created the Extension Service to assist with educational outreach throughout the state, deepened MSU’s responsibility to serve the citizens of Montana.