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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.

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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.

For Undergraduate admission requirements, choose the category below that best describes you.


Admission as an Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate students are first-time college students, or have attempted college level credits during high school and/or after graduating high school, or have not been awarded a bachelor's degree.

Applications for admission to undergraduate programs are processed by the Office of Admissions. The requirements for admission are described in the following sections. There are several options for obtaining application forms to MSU.

Applications are accepted from resident, non-resident, and international students. Eligible undergraduate students may attend full-time or part-time. Montana State University retains the right to establish requirements which will ensure successful scholastic performance.

General Admission Information

Applicants are responsible for submitting applications for admission, financial aid and housing, must provide verification of immunizations, and must register for the New Student Orientation/Registration program. Applicants should be aware of the following:

  1. Applicants are requested to voluntarily provide their social security number, which permits the school to distinguish between individuals with the same or similar names.

  2. Students intending to apply for financial aid may obtain appropriate forms from their high school guidance office, on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by contacting Financial Aid Services, (406) 994-2845. MSU's FAFSA school code is 002532.

  3. Students with less than 30 credits of college level coursework are required to live in the residence halls. Additional information about residence life and family housing may be obtained by calling the Residence Life Office, (406) 994-2661.

  4. Students must submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website and clicking on the "On-line Student Health" link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration for classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, (406) 994-2311.

  5. Students with a health condition or a disability which should be brought to MSU's attention may submit a confidential letter of need to the Disability, Re-entry & Veterans Services. Contact the Office of Disability, Re-entry & Veterans Services, and (406) 994-2824 with any questions for disabiled students.

  6. All admitted students must attend a New Student Orientation and Registration session prior to the beginning of the semester. Information about Orientation dates will be sent from the Orientation Office after admission has been determined. Questions should be referred to the Orientation Office, (406) 994-2827.

When to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six to eight months prior to the first semester of attendance. This will allow adequate time for the student to request any academic credentials needed to complete the application file, make housing arrangements, process financial aid materials, and participate in New Student Orientation and Registration.

Applications should be on file in the Office of Admissions according to the following priority dates:

Fall semester - July 1
Spring semester - December 1
Summer session - May 1

Applicants will be notified of their admission status as soon as possible after all necessary credentials to determine a student's admissions status have been received by the Office of Admissions.

NOTE: All applications are kept on file at MSU for one full academic year from the original application term (e.g. an application for Fall 2012 may be updated through Fall 2013). A student may defer their term or update their application file during this one year period without have to re-apply. After this one year time period has passed, a new application, application fee and any/all required academic documents must be re-submitted by the student.

**To defer or update an application within a year from the original application term, contact the Office of Admissions at (406)994-2452 or 1-888-MSU-CATS or email: admissions@montana.edu.


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Freshmen (First-time Undergraduates)

Freshmen students are those who have completed high school or its equivalent and have never attended a college or university. Students that have attempted less than 12 quarter or semester college-level credits at another regionally accredited college or university after high school graduation are considered an incoming freshman. Students who have earned college-level course credit, Advance Placement, or International Baccalaureate credits while still attending high school are also considered incoming freshmen.

Academic Eligibility

Students who do not meet all freshman admission requirements listed below are still encouraged to apply for admissions and submit the necessary credentials. Montana State is allowed a number of exemptions to the stated requirements and will examine each student's credentials on a case-by-case basis for admissibility. Some students who do not meet the requirements below may be admitted regularly and can enroll full time. Others may be admitted as a Pre-University Studies student. Under this admission status, students may take up to 7 credits at Montana State University in Bozeman and up to an additional 7 credits through a partnership with the Gallatin College while on the Bozeman campus. Students who take a combination of at least 12 credits will qualify for federal financial aid as a full-time student. Once the student has earned 7 MSU credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, he/she will be admitted as a regular full-time student.

Admission Requirements (Resident and Non-Resident):

  1. 1. Graduation from a high school accredited by the state accrediting agency or a passing score on a General Educational Development (GED) exam. Students who complete their secondary education through home schooling or at unaccredited secondary schools may be admitted as long as they have met satisfactory performance on the ACT or SAT tests.

  2. MSU Academic Requirements: *

    ONE of the following:

    • A 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), OR
    • ACT Enhanced Composite score of 22, OR
    • SAT combined critical reading/mathematics/writing score of 1540 OR
    • Rank in the upper half of the graduating class

    AND

    • Minimum Math score of 22 on ACT or 520 SAT, OR
    • Minimum Math score between 18-21 on ACT or 440-510 SAT (students must enroll in and pass a math course within the first 3 semesters at MSU), OR
    • Score of 3 or above on Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC exam, OR
    • Score of 4 or above on International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus exam, OR
    • Four years of high school Math courses (which include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and courses beyond Algebra II,) and three years of science courses with grades of C or better in all courses.

    AND
           (If you plan on taking the ACT, be sure to sign up for the optional writing section)

    • Minimum Writing score of a 18 on the Combined English/Writing section or 7 on the Writing Subscore of the ACT Optional Writing Test, OR
    • Minimum Writing score of a 440 on SAT or a 7 on the Essay, OR
    • Score of 3 or above on the AP English Language or English Literature Exam, OR
    • Score of 4 or above on the IB English A1 Higher Level Exam, OR
    • Score of a 3.5 or above on the Montana University System Writing Assessment, OR
    • Students who do not meet the writing options listed above, must enroll in and pass a writing course within the first 3 semesters at MSU.

    * If you plan to apply only to Gallatin College (as a freshman), you do not need to submit ACT and/or SAT test scores.
  3. Successful completion of a state 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 in their home state and certified by the high school.

    • 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 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; computer science; visual and performing arts; or approved vocational education unit

  4. The following categories of students are exempt from the admissions requirements above:

Application Procedures

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the high school, the registrar's office at the college/university, or agency. Credentials must be sent directly from the school to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial, working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html. The application may also be obtained from a high school counselor or from the Office of Admissions.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.
  3. Student Self-Report Form: (included in the Admissions Application) This form, required of all first-time, full-time applicants who have been out of high school less than three years, will be used to determine admission status prior to the receipt of the final high school transcript sent after graduation.
  4. High school transcript: A complete and official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions after graduation. Courses completed, GPA (on a 4.0 scale), rank in class, and date of graduation must be posted.
  5. GED transcript: A complete official General Educational Development (GED) score report/transcript must be sent directly from the Department of Education from the state in which the exam was given to the Office of Admissions.
  6. ACT/SAT scores: All first-time incoming freshmen are required to take either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Reasoning Test. MSU does not accept the SAT Subject Tests (formally SAT II Subject Test) for admissions purposes. The test results are used in determining admission status, awarding certain scholarships, and in assisting with academic planning. Applicants who have graduated three or more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results.
  7. College/university transcripts: Applicants who have attended another college or university, whether credit was earned or not, MUST have an official transcript sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions after all final grades have been posted. For more information on how college/university courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the Evaluation of Transfer Credit section.
  8. Advanced Placement (AP): Applicants who have completed an Advanced Placement Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies website.
  9. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website.

Transfer Students

A transfer student has graduated high school or its equivalent and completed 12 or more quarter or semester credits in college-level courses at a regionally accredited institution after high school graduation. Students who have previously been awarded a baccalaureate degree who wish to apply as a Second Bachelor's Degree student (Post-Baccalaureate) are also considered a transfer student. College-level work means those courses that are applicable towards at least an associate degree and does not include remedial or developmental courses. Students who previously attended MSU and are returning after attending another institution should refer to the Former MSU Students section.

Academic Eligibility

Applicants will be considered for admission based on transferable credits from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended. As determined by the Office of Admissions, a 2.0 (or C) cumulative transferable GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required in order to be accepted for admission in good academic standing. Transfer students start with a new GPA upon enrolling at MSU.

Students who do not meet the 2.0 cumulative transferable GPA are still encouraged to apply for admissions and submit the necessary credentials. Montana State will examine each student's credentials on a case-by-case basis for admissibility. Some students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted on University Probation and will need to earn a 2.0 or higher GPA during the first term attended at MSU to be placed in good academic standing.

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the registrar's office at the college, university, or agency previously attended. Credentials must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial, working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Application materials and fees will be retained for one year from the original application term. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.
  3. Official college/university transcripts: An official transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from each regionally accredited college or university attended. This academic information will be used to determine admission status as well as transfer credit. Applicants who are enrolled at a transfer school while applying to MSU will be considered for admission based on an incomplete official transcript showing all academic work completed and posted to date. A final official transcript must be received in the Office of Admissions by the 15th class day of the first term of attendance. Academic eligibility will be reviewed again upon receipt of that final transcript. For more information on how college/university courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the Evaluation of Transfer Credit section.
  4. Transfer students follow the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment at MSU. Transfer students from feeder institutions such as the community colleges in Montana and Wyoming as well as the four year colleges in Montana may elect to follow the MSU catalog that was in effect when they began their freshman year at the feeder institution.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP): Applicants who have completed an Advanced Placement Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies website.
  6. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website
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International Undergraduate Students

Students who are citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply to MSU as International first-time freshmen or transfer students. Those who have completed secondary school are considered freshmen; those who have completed an equivalent to 12 credits or more (a semester of study) of post-secondary university-level course work after secondary graduation are considered transfer students.

Academic Eligibility

Freshmen

Freshmen students will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525, Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or who successfully complete A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525, Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or who successfully complete A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or C on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Application Procedures

All application materials must bear the official school seal and signature and be sent directly from the institution or agency to the Office of International Programs. Transcripts and test scores received from students are unofficial and not acceptable. To provide time for evaluation and for notice of acceptance to reach the applicant in a timely manner, the application and required credentials must be received by the Office of International Programs according to the following deadlines:

Fall Semester - May 15
Spring Semester - October 15
Summer Session - March 1

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of International Program constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of International Programs as soon as possible.

Office of International Programs
PO Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717 USA
Phone: +1-406-994-4031
Fax: +1-406-994-1619
Email: international@montana.edu

Be sure to submit the following items:

  1. International Undergraduate Application for Admissions: A paper application can be downloaded and printed at: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/docs/InternationalApplication.pdf. An on-line application may be submitted at: https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/.

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 application fee (online application); $30 application fee (paper application): The fee must be in U.S. currency. The on-line application fee must be paid by credit card. Checks submitted with paper applications should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

  3. English Language Proficiency: An English TOEFL score of 525 Paper/71 Internet, or IELTS score 6, or completion of Level 6 at the A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU is required to qualify for admission. Only official score/grade reports sent directly from the language testing center will be accepted. Certificates of completion with official grade reports and the instructor's recommendation from alternative English as a Second Language programs may be considered. Those students who are citizens of countries where English is the native languages do not need to submit proof of English language proficiency, unless English is not the student's native language. For a list of other options to prove English proficiency, please use this link: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/englishproficiency.htm

  4. Evidence of Financial Support: Montana State University requires certification of financial support from students with non-immigrant visas. A financial documentation form is included on the international application. Admission will not be considered until an International Student Financial Certificate, complete with a signed statement of support is submitted and on file in the Office of Admissions. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum amount of money, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the academic year. A bank statement is also required.

  5. Secondary school academic records: Complete and official secondary school transcripts listing all courses and grades/marks earned is required of all students applying as first-time freshmen or those who have earned fewer than 12 college/university credits (a semester of study). The record must be sent directly from the secondary school to the Office of International Programs. Alternatively, the student may obtain an official copy from the school, leave it in the school's sealed envelope and mail it to MSU. Additional official certificates may be required to show completion of secondary school.

  6. College/university transcripts: Official transcripts from each international and U.S. college/university attended are required. The transcript must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of International Programs and must list all courses taken and grades/marks earned.

  7. Translation of academic records: An English translation must be received for all non-English academic credentials.

  8. Evaluation of foreign credentials: MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the language of instruction) unless MSU has a formal agreement with the postsecondary institution.

  9. Submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website and clicking on the "On-line Student Health" link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration for classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.

  10. Foreign Student Eligibility to Transfer Form: This form must be submitted by all international students transferring from a U.S. college or university. This form should be sent to the Office of International Programs, Montana State University, P.O. Box 172260, Bozeman, MT 59717-2260 (+1-406-994-4031, email: international@montana.edu).

Notification of Admission

Applicants are reviewed for admission when all required final and official credentials have been received at the Office of International Programs. Successful candidates will promptly be issued a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa. A packet of information regarding orientation, the registration process, and other important information will follow directly in a separate mailing.

International Undergraduate Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Students interested in taking a limited number of courses at MSU without pursuing a degree may apply for non-degree-seeking status by submitting the following:

  1. International Undergraduate Application for Admissions: A paper application can be downloaded and printed at: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/docs/InternationalApplication.pdf. An on-line application may be submitted at: https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/.

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): US$36 online application or US$30 paper application. The fee must be in U.S. currency. Checks submitted with the paper application should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

  3. English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores of 525 Paper/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or who successfully complete A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU). If a student is coming for a limited period of time on another institution's I-20, MSU will accept written permission from the instructor(s) of the MSU course(s) the student intends to take.

  4. Letter of Intent is required from the student outlining educational objectives, purpose of study, and specific terms and dates of attendance at MSU.

  5. Evidence of Financial Support: MSU requires the International Student Financial Certificate from students with non-immigrant visas. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum amount of money, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student for the period of study. A bank statement is also required. Admission will not be considered until the Financial Certificate is completed, with a signed statement of support, and is on file in the Office of International Programs. The Financial Certificate is included with the paper application or it can be downloaded with the online application and submitted separately.

  6. Applicants are reviewed for admission when all required final and official credentials have been received at the Office of International Programs. Successful candidates will promptly be issued a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa. A packet of information regarding orientation, the registration process, and other important information will follow directly in a separate mailing.

  7. Submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website and clicking on the "On-line Student Health" link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration for classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.


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Canadian Undergraduates

Students from Canada who have completed grade twelve or thirteen in secondary school are considered freshmen; those who have completed an equivalent to 12 credits or more of post-secondary university-level course work after secondary graduation are considered transfer students.

Academic Eligibility

Freshman Students

Freshmen students will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and scores taken from the ACT or SAT tests. Applicants who have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or have a 22 ACT score or a 1540 SAT score will qualify for admission. If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 525 Paper/ 71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 will be required. For a list of other options to prove English proficiency, please use this link: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/englishproficiency.htm.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record. A minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or C on a 4.0 scale is required of all Canadian transfer students. If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 525 Paper/ 71 Internet, IELTS 6, or who successfully complete A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 will be required. For a list of other options to prove English proficiency, please use this link: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/englishproficiency.htm.

Application Procedures

All application materials must bear the official school seal and signature and be sent directly from the institution or agency to the Office of International Programs. Transcripts and test scores received from students are unofficial and not acceptable. To provide time for evaluation and for notice of acceptance to reach the applicant in a timely manner, the application and required credentials must be received by the Office of International Programs according to the following deadlines::

Fall Semester - May 15
Spring Semester - October 15
Summer Session - March 1
Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of International Program constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of International Programs as soon as possible.

Office of International Programs
PO Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717 USA
Phone: +1-406-994-4031
Fax: +1-406-994-1619
Email: international@montana.edu

Be sure to submit the following items:

  1. International Undergraduate Application for Admissions: The application form may be downloaded and printed at: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/docs/InternationalApplication.pdf. An on-line application may be submitted at: https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): US$36 online application or US$30 paper application. The fee must be in U.S. currency. The on-line application fee must be paid by credit card. Checks submitted with paper applications should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.
  3. Evidence of Financial Support: MSU requires the International Student Financial Certificate from students with non-immigrant visas. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum amount of money, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the academic term. A bank statement is also required. Admission will not be considered until the Financial Certificate is completed, and is on file in the Office of International Programs. The Financial Certificate is included with the paper application or it can be downloaded with the online application and submitted separately.
  4. Secondary school academic records: Complete and official secondary school transcripts listing all courses and grades/marks earned is required of all students applying as first-time freshmen or those who have earned fewer than 12 college/university credits (a semester of study). . The record must be sent directly from the secondary school to the Office of International Programs. Additional official certificates may be required to show completion of secondary school.
  5. ACT/SAT scores: All first-time incoming freshmen are required to take either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Reasoning Test. MSU does not accept the SAT Subject Tests (formally SAT II Subject Test) for admissions purposes. The test results are used in determining admission status, awarding certain scholarships, and in assisting with academic planning. Applicants who have graduated three or more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results.
  6. College/university transcripts: Official transcripts from each international and U.S. college/university attended are required and must list all courses taken and grades/marks earned. The transcript must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of International Programs.
  7. Translation of academic records: An English translation is required for all non-English academic credentials.
  8. Evaluation of foreign credentials: MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the language of instruction) unless MSU has a formal agreement with the postsecondary institution.
  9. English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores of 525 Paper/195 Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU). If a student is coming for a limited period of time on another institution's I-20, MSU will accept written permission from the instructor(s) of the MSU course(s) the student intends to take.
  10. Submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website and clicking on the "On-line Student Health" link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration for classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.
  11. Foreign Student Eligibility to Transfer form: This form must be submitted to the Office of International Programs by all international students transferring from a U.S. college or university. This form should be sent to the Office of International Programs, Montana State University, PO Box 172260, Bozeman, MT 59717-2260 (+1-406-994-4031, email: international@montana.edu).

Notification of Admission

Applicants are reviewed for admission when all required final and official credentials have been received at the Office of International Programs. Successful candidates will promptly be issued a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa. A packet of information regarding orientation, the registration process, and other important information will follow directly in a separate mailing.


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Non-Traditional Age Freshman

A Non-Traditional age freshman is one who has been out of high school more than three years and has attempted fewer than 12 college-level credits after graduation from high school. Applicants who have received a GED or Compass in lieu of a high school diploma and are over the age of 21 are also considered a Non-Traditional age freshman.

Academic Eligibility

  1. An official high school transcript posting graduation date, or an official GED, or Compass results
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  3. Applicants who have graduated three or more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results.

Application Procedures

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the high school, the registrar's office at the college/university, or agency. Credentials must be sent directly from the school to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial, working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Application materials and fees will be retained for one year from the original application term. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line at https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/ or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/app.pdf. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.
  3. High school transcript: A complete and official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions. Courses completed, GPA (on a 4.0 scale), rank in class, and date of graduation must be posted.
  4. GED transcript: When applicable, a complete official General Educational Development (GED) score report/transcript must be sent directly from the Department of Education from the state in which the exam was given to the Office of Admissions.
  5. College/university transcripts: Applicants who have attended another college or university, whether credit was earned or not, MUST have an official transcript sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions after all final grades have been posted. For more information on how college/university courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the Evaluation of Transfer Credit section.
  6. Advanced Placement (AP): Applicants who have completed an Advanced Placement Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies website.
  7. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website.

Second Bachelor's Degree (Post-Baccalaureate)

Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree that may be interested in pursuing a second degree in another field are considered a Second Bachelor's Degree or Post-Baccalaureate student.

Academic Eligibility

  1. Bachelor's degree and date awarded posted on an official transcript sent directly from the college/university to the Office of Admission is required.
  2. A Second Bachelor's Degree student will not be required to complete MSU Core 2.0 requirements, with the exception of students who have international degrees.

For additional information Second Bachelor's Degree students should refer to the Transfer Student section.

Application Procedures

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the registrar's office at the college, university, or agency previously attended. Credentials must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial, working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Application materials and fees will be retained for one year from the original application term. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.
  3. Official college/university transcripts: An official transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from each regionally accredited college or university attended.

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Early Admission

Early Admission (concurrent high school/university attendance) allows a high ability student who has not completed high school to take courses for university credit.

Academic Eligibility

  1. Demonstrate ability to do university-level work in at least one academic area.

  2. Demonstrate a strong likelihood of success at university-level work in that area

  3. Meet the course requirements for Early Admission set forth by departments offering the courses to be attended.

  4. Normally such students will have completed the sophomore year in high school and will have a grade-point average of at least 3.25, documented on an official high school transcript.

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the high school, the registrar's office at the college/university or testing agency.

Be sure to submit the following items:

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line at https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/ or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/app.pdf. The application may also be obtained from a high school counselor or from the Office of Admissions.

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.

  3. High School transcript: An official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions. Transcript must post all courses completed and a minimum grade point-average (GPA) of 3.25 and/or test scores listed below.

  4. ACT/SAT scores: An ACT score of a 27 or an SAT score of an 1820. Official ACT/SAT scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the ACT/SAT testing agency.

  5. Coursework: Must have completed the majority of the College Preparatory coursework outlined under Freshmen Admission Requirements.

  6. Letter of Recommendation: A letter must be submitted from the high school principal and/or guidance counselor recommending the student for Early Admission.

  7. University Professor recommendation: A letter from a faculty member in the university department in which the course is to be taken must state that the student is apparently prepared to take the course in question and is granted permission to do so.

  8. Interview: The MSU Early Admissions Committee must recommend acceptance in the Early Admission program. Applicants and their parents may be interviewed by the committee. Contact the Assistant Director of Admissions to schedule the interview.

 


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Special University Attendance

Special university attendance allows a student of high school age who will not have graduated from high school to be considered for regular admission where a demonstrated extraordinary academic ability and general maturity warrant such acceptance. Admission will be very selective.

Academic Eligibility

  1. Demonstrate exceptional ability to do university-level work.

  2. Demonstrate a strong likelihood of success at university-level work

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the high school, the registrar's office at the college/university, or testing agency.

Be sure to submit the following items:

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line at https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/ or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/app.pdf. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.

  3. High School transcript: (if available) An official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions. Courses completed and grade point-average (GPA) must be posted.

  4. ACT/SAT scores or Appropriate Documentation: Scores from either the ACT or the SAT (if available) or appropriate documentation confirming student's academic ability must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from ACT/SAT testing agency.

  5. Letters of Recommendation: Letters recommending admittance must be submitted by the student's school principal, guidance counselor, and/or teachers. Letters from teachers who work with gifted and talented students are particularly valued.

  6. Interview: An appointment must be made with the Registrar and Director of Admissions to discuss Special University Attendance.

  7. Evaluation of ability and social maturity: An evaluation of academic ability and social maturity may be requested through the MSU Counseling and Psychological Services.


Non-degree Undergraduate Level

Non-Degree undergraduate students are considered those who have not earned a baccalaureate degree and are wishing to take college courses, but who are not interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree at MSU.

Application Eligibility

  1. Students must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and have not earned a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Students must be in good academic standing at previous or current institution.
  3. Non-Degree students are not eligible for financial aid, family housing, or intercollegiate athletic competition.
  4. Credit earned in Non-Degree status may apply to a future undergraduate degree program. Academic departments determine how or if the credit will meet graduation requirements.

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission.
  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line at https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/ or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/app.pdf. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.


Former MSU Students

Students are considered former/returning students when they have attended MSU in the past but not the immediately preceding term. The Intent to Register Form should be completed and returned to the Registrar's Office a minimum of 30 days prior to the registration period for the term desired. This form is also available at the Registrar's Office or can be mailed/faxed upon request.

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree at MSU, but are interested in taking additional work not applicable toward an advanced degree, should complete and file a Non-Degree Graduate Application with the Division of Graduate Education.

The following items are required of each former/returning student:

  1. A completed Intent to Register Form.
  2. An official transcript from each college or university you have attended since last attending MSU. After registration is complete, a transfer credit equivalency will be provided.
  3. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree at another institution since last attending MSU and are interested in pursing another bachelor's degree should file the Intent to Register Form, to declare a Second Bachelor's Degree.
  4. Returning international students must contact the Office of International Programs to determine if a new I-20 Form must be obtained to renew a student visa.

For questions or to request the Intent to Register Form, contact the Office of the Registrar at (406) 994-6650.


Evaluation of Transfer Credit (freshman and transfer students)

Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the registrar's office at the college, university, or agency previously attended. Credentials must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial, working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

To see how courses may transfer, please visit our Transfer Course Equivalencies website. If a course or institution is not listed it does not necessarily mean the course will not transfer, rather the information is not yet in our database system.

  1. An official evaluation of transfer credits will be completed after final transcripts from each institution have been received. Upon completion, a copy of the credit evaluation will be sent to the student and to the student's academic department.
  2. All college-level courses from colleges or universities in candidacy status or accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies at the time the courses were taken will be accepted for transfer. Courses from non-accredited schools will not be accepted for transfer.
  3. The Office of Admissions determines whether or not the transfer work is college-level, the appropriate grading and credit conversions on transfer work, and the applicability of transfer credit toward the MSU Core 2.0 requirements. The academic department has the authorization to substitute transfer courses for curriculum requirements. Transfer credit will be given for courses in which passing grades were received.
  4. College-level courses which do not have an equivalent at MSU will be accepted as an Elective or as an Elective with Core credit. The academic department will determine if the transfer electives satisfy specific curriculum requirements.
  5. Freshman/sophomore level courses taken at another college or university will not be evaluated as equivalent to junior/senior level courses at MSU. Also, junior/senior level courses will not be evaluated as equivalent to freshman/sophomore courses at MSU. Elective credit will be granted in these cases. If a lower-level elective is substituted for an upper-level course by an academic department, that credit may not be used to fulfill the University upper-level credit requirement.
  6. Transfer credit is accepted from vocational technical institutions if the institution is regionally accredited and the courses taken apply toward an associate degree at the institution. MSU does not accept courses that apply solely to a certificate degree.
  7. Credit is not granted for continuing education, correspondence, or extension courses.
  8. Applicants who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. AP scores of 3 or higher and IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP and IB courses will transfer, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies or the IB Course Equivalencies websites.
  9. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit may be awarded by the academic department for successful performance in certain subject exams. Credit awarded for the CLEP Exams will not count toward University Core requirements. Official results must be sent directly from the CLEP testing center to the MSU Testing Service.
  10. Military experience will be considered for credit upon receipt of official military transcript and will be evaluated as Elective credit only. Contact the Office of Admissions for information on documentation requirements.
  11. International coursework (except from Canadian institutions where English is the language of instruction) must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation company. Contact the Office of International Programs for further information.
  12. Applicants are encouraged to bring personal copies of their transcripts for advising purposes during orientation/registration. Catalogs and course syllabi describing previous coursework may be of assistance to the academic advisor when determining appropriate course placement.

Students who wish to appeal a decision regarding acceptance of transfer credit should address the concern to the Graduation and Admission Requirements Committee (GARC). Students who wish to appeal the assignment of transfer credit to the University Core requirements should address the concern to the Core Equivalency Review Committee (CERC). Students should contact the Office of Admissions to receive information on the appeal process.


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Appeal of Admission Decisions

Applicants who wish to appeal the decision(s) made by the Office of Admissions relating to admission status, acceptance of transfer credit, granting of University Core designation, or Montana residency status are encouraged to contact the appropriate campus resource. Initial questions regarding admission decisions and transfer credit evaluations should be directed to the Office of Admissions. If an appeal is appropriate, information about the appeal process can be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Graduation and Admissions Requirements Committee (GARC)

GARC considers appeals and/or petitions from students seeking waivers of established admission and graduation requirements. For admission appeals, the Committee is composed of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (chairperson), the Registrar, the Director of Admissions, and the Assistant Dean of the College in which the student is enrolled.

Core Equivalency Review Committee (CERC)

CERC considers appeals and/or petitions from students seeking re-evaluation of the assignment of transfer credit to meet University Core requirements. The Committee is composed of MSU faculty and administrators.

Residency Appeals Committee

The Residency Appeals Committee considers appeals from students seeking reconsideration of Montana residency status for fee purposes based upon the Montana Board of Regents Residency Policy.

All incoming students should contact the Office of Admission regarding the appeal process and submission of required documentation. Continuing or returning students who wish to appeal the initial residency classification should contact the Registrar's Office and request a Student Guide to Montana's Residency Policy brochure. The Residency Appeals Committee will review all submitted documentations and determine Montana residency status for fee purposes.


Leaders Edge Application

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 at http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html as both are a $36 application fee. Once students apply with either application and have their test scores sent to MSU, we can proceed with the consideration of scholarships.


Annual Campus Security Report and Crime Statistics

Montana State University's annual security report is available online at http://www2.montana.edu/policy/security_report/. 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 (406) 994-4570.


Withdrawing an Application

To withdraw your application please send an email to admissions@montana.edu with your full name and date of birth.