MSU Points of Excellence

Number 1

Montana State University is tied for 10th nationally for number of Goldwater Scholarship recipients. As of 2017, 68 MSU students have received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. MSU's rank puts it just above Yale.  Other schools on the top of the list include: Stanford, Harvard and MIT.

Number 2

Yellowstone National Park offers one-of-a-kind research opportunities. MSU projects account for one-fourth of the research permits issued and range from microbes to mammals.

Number 3

MSU has "ONE OF A KIND" research activity. Montana State University is in a class of its own. MSU is among the top 3% of colleges and universities for research expenditures, and is also classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a high undergraduate profile. This means that undergraduates at MSU get research opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at other schools. Plus, MSU’s location at the crossroads between Yellowstone National Park and some of the biggest skiing in America offers students a classroom, lab and playground unlike any in the world.

Number 4

MSU has nationally recognized programs in filmmaking, graphic design, equine science, business and engineering, to name a few.

Number 5

Renewable and clean energy research thrives at MSU. Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in biofuels, carbon sequestration, fuel cells and wind energy.

Number 6

MSU is the leader in Cold Regions Science. The Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility is one of only a few in the world where researchers can experiment in extreme temperatures.