Now that you're officially a member of the Bobcat family, explore the next steps to becoming an enrolled student at MSU. Learn how to plan a visit to Bozeman, when to sign up for Orientation and housing, how to share your Bobcat pride, and more!




Your next steps What's Next?

While Montana State doesn't have a commitment deadline, we do recommend taking the following steps to confirm your attendance before school starts!

One Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

We encourage incoming students to apply for scholarships and financial aid as soon as possible. Montana State University offers millions of dollars to incoming students every year; these awards are both merit-based and need-based. Many of these programs require separate applications, which include priority submission dates. Visit our financial info pages for more information.


Two Apply for Housing

At Montana State, we require all freshmen to live on-campus in our residence halls to get the most out of their first-year experience. MSU currently offers over 11 different living options to freshmen students. You can learn more about the different living options here.


Three Visit Campus

One of the most important parts of the college decision process is the campus visit. You have the opportunity to tour campus, meet current students, take a sample class, explore the Bozeman area, and more! Campus visit opportunities are available year-round.

Four Sign up for Orientation

We require all incoming students to attend an Orientation session. Sessions are offered throughout the summer, and provide you with the opportunity to meet an academic advisor, select your courses, and register for the fall semester. You'll also get to meet future classmates and officially join the Bobcat family!


Five Send your Paperwork

We'll need a few final details squared away before you start with us. Make sure that you send all pertinent documents, including final high school and college transcripts, AP and/or IB scores, and health records. Learn how to explore your own personalized checklist at the button below!



Bobcat pride Bobcat Pride

Montana State University is Montana's largest and fastest-growing university. MSU is constantly striving to improve the quality of the student experience on campus. From research and academic projects to new academic and student facilities, check out some of the exciting progress we're making and what's new at Montana State University.

Learn more about why it's a great time to be a Bobcat below!



Student Spotlight Student Spotlight

Meet a few of your future classmates below. Tag your posts with #montanastate and #classof2023 and we'll share them here!


Join your Facebook class group and start chatting with your future classmates!

New student resources New Student Resources

Not sure where to find a specific office or information? Use our resource guide below! Have more questions? Email us at admissions@montana.edu, or give us a call at 1-888-MSU-CATS.