Applying to Montana State University
Thank you for your interest!
We are very excited about welcoming you to the MSU community and helping you achieve your academic goals. You'll find MSU to be a vibrant and growing institution where students, faculty and staff enjoy a challenging and collaborative environment allowing you to discover, create, and excel in a spectacular Rocky Mountain setting.
Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure a smooth transition to MSU. If you have questions about the admission requirements or application process, please contact the Office of Admissions. Check out the online Cat Checklist to determine what other steps you still need to complete to become an MSU Student.
Students may apply for admission at any time without all the necessary required materials.
Applicants will be notified of missing or incomplete documents needed to complete
the admissions process.
Check out our other options for obtaining application forms. To request an application for admission or a catalog,
please submit our on-line Information Request Form.
If you have already applied to MSU but still need to submit your application fee, you can pay your fee now below.
Undergraduate Freshman Admission Requirements
Please note: The requirements listed below apply to first-time freshman undergraduate students. If you are a transfer or non-traditional student, please reference the links below.
- Graduation from a high school accredited by the state accrediting agency, or a passing score on an approved high school equivalency exam such as HiSET or GED. Students who complete their secondary education through home schooling or at unaccredited secondary schools may be admitted as long as they have satisfactorily performed on the ACT or SAT test.
- MSU Academic Requirements:
- A 2.5 cumulative high school grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), OR
- ACT Composite score of 22, OR
- SAT Combined Critical Reading/Mathematics/Writing score of 1540, (prior to March 2016), OR
- SAT Total Score of 1120 (after March 2016), OR
- Rank in the upper half of the graduating class
- Successful completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum. Non-resident applicants
who have not completed the college preparatory requirements stated below may satisfy
the requirements by providing evidence that they have completed a similar college
preparatory program required by their home state.
- Four years of English: courses should emphasize the development of written and oral communication skills and literature.
- Three years of Mathematics: courses should include algebra I, geometry, and algebra II (or the sequential content equivalent of these courses). Students are encouraged to take a math course in their senior year.
- Three years of Social Studies: courses should include one year of global studies (such as world history or world geography), American history, government, economics, Indian history, psychology, sociology, or other third-year courses.
- Two years of Laboratory Science: one year should be earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics, and the other year can be one of the above sciences or another approved college preparatory science.
- Two years of elective courses: foreign language (preferably two years), computer science, visual and performing arts, or approved vocational education units.
The following categories of students are exempt from the admissions requirements above:
- Non-Traditional age students (out of high school more than 3 years from graduation date or expected graduation date)
- Non-Degree undergraduate students
In order to begin a University Academic Plan at Montana State University, students must demonstrate readiness in areas of mathematics and writing. Typically, students demonstrate their readiness through scores earned on standardized examinations:
Math: ACT Math of 22+ or SAT Math of 520+ (prior to March 2016) or SAT Math Test of 27.5+ (after March 2016).
Writing: ACT English/Writing or ELA of 18+ or a minimum score of 7 on the Writing Subscore (prior to September 2015) or 19+ on the Writing Subject Score (effective September 2015). SAT Writing of 440+ or 7 on the Essay Subscore (prior to March 2016) or SAT Writing/Language Test of 25+ (after March 2016).
If a student does not demonstrate full readiness prior to his/her New Student Orientation, academic advisors will help the student register during orientation for the appropriate courses needed to move forward in his/her degree path.
- Undergraduate Admissions Information
- Undergraduate Admissions Forms
- Campus Visit Opportunities
- Freshman Student Information
- Transfer Student Information
- Credit Transfer Information
- International Undergraduate Information
- Canadian Undergraduate Information
- Early Admission Information
- Dual Enrollment Programs
- Non-Degree Seeking Undergraduates
- Information for former MSU students
- Appeal of Admission Decision
- Leader's Edge Application
- Return to Learn (R2L) Program
- Camus Safety Report
- Withdrawing an Application
- MSU Course Catalog
Several application alternatives are available to students interested in applying for undergraduate admission to MSU-Bozeman.
Online Application Form
Freshmen, Transfer, International, Non-Degree, and Second-Degree (post-baccalaureate) students may complete the online application form which is electronically submitted directly to MSU.
Printable Application Form
This is a large pdf file (1.45 MB) which can be download and printed. A pdf file of instructions for completing the form is also available.
International Undergraduate Application Form
This undergraduate application should be completed by applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S.
MSU Transfer Application Form
Complete this form if you are transferring from MSU-Billings, MSU-Northern, or Great Falls College MSU.
Information Request Form
Use this online form to request a mailed catalog, information about financial aid, housing, and student services.
For assistance with any of the applications, please contact the Office of Admissions; if doing so by mail or email, be sure to include name, address, and phone number. For information on applying to graduate programs, please visit The Graduate School's website.
The "Leader's Edge" application is an application that is very similar to our regular
MSU application for admission. The only difference is that we will "pre populate"
all the information on the Leader's Edge application so it is easier for the student
to fill out as much of their information is already filled out for them. This application
is sent to students who we feel would make great additions to Montana State University,
have expressed an interest in Montana State University, and also an interest in an
environment similar to what Bozeman has to offer through our outdoor recreation and
town atmosphere. There is no cost difference between the Leader's Edge Application
and our normal on-line application, which can be found online here, as both require a $38 application fee. Once students apply with either application
and have their test scores sent to MSU, we can proceed with the consideration of scholarships.
Montana State University's annual security report is available online here. This is a report required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime
statistics for the university. The policy statements address the school's policies,
procedures and programs concerning safety and security, including crime prevention,
fire safety, university police authority, crime reporting policies, sexual assault
policies and other matters of importance related to safety and security. IF you would
like to receive the combined Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, you may
request a printed copy be mailed to you by sending a request to Office of Legal Counsel,
Room 211 Montana Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717 or calling
The Return to Learn (R2L) Program is designed to help former students navigate the re-enrollment process and offers intensive academic advising. For program and scholarship information please visit the Return to Learn website.
We're sorry you won't be joining us at Montana State! If you would like to withdraw your application online, just log into MyInfo, select your Admissions Checklist and click on the withdraw button at the bottom of the page.
Alternatively, you may withdraw your application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and date of birth along with a message that you would like us to withdraw your application for admission.
If there is ever anything we can do for you, please contact us. Good luck with your future endeavors.
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If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our
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