Think Outside The Ordinary

The Leader's Edge application is a streamlined program for rising seniors that is quick and simple! This program allows students to complete the admissions application early. The Leader’s Edge application is very similar to our regular MSU application, but we save students’ time and energy by pre-populating the information that we already have in a student’s file.

This opportunity 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 community atmosphere.

The Leader’s Edge application is non-binding. Please note that if a Leader’s Edge student completes the regular online application, they will automatically be given the benefits of the Leader’s Edge program. The advantages of completing the Leader’s Edge application include:

  • No Essay Requirement
  • No Counselor Recommendation
  • A Two-Week Admission Decision (non-binding)
  • Automatic Premier Scholarship Consideration for Montana residents (once we receive your Premier Scholarship Application, official test scores, and self-reported GPA)
  • Automatic Achievement Award Scholarship Consideration for non-resident students (once we receive test scores and self-reported GPA)

There is no cost difference between the Leader's Edge Application and our online application. Leader’s Edge students must submit the $38 application fee for admissions consideration. Once students apply and have their test scores sent to MSU, we can proceed with scholarship consideration.

While we recommend that students submit their Leader’s Edge Application before the priority deadline for early processing, we will accept the application at any point. We operate on a rolling admissions basis so when we do receive your Leader’s Edge Application, you will receive your admission decision within two weeks.

To learn more about incoming admission requirements, please visit our freshman undergraduate admission requirements page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Leader’s Edge application is not binding.

No, Leader’s Edge students are required to submit a $38 application fee for their application to be considered. You may pay your application fee online.

This opportunity is sent to students who we feel would make great additions to Montana State University, have expressed an interest in MSU, and also an interest in an environment similar to what Bozeman has to offer through our outdoor recreation and community atmosphere.

Automatic Premier Scholarship Consideration for Montana residents (once we receive your Premier Scholarship Application, official test scores, and self-reported GPA)

Automatic Achievement Award Scholarship Consideration for non-resident students (once we receive test scores and self-reported GPA)

No, the Leader’s Edge application gives students priority scholarship consideration but it does not guarantee a scholarship offer.

While we recommend that students submit their Leader’s Edge Application before the priority deadline for early processing, we will accept the application at any point. We operate on a rolling admissions basis so students can expect to receive an admission decision within about two weeks of applying.

Once we receive a student’s Leader’s Edge application, self-report GPA, official test scores and the $38 application fee, we can process their application. MSU has a two-week decision process which means students should hear back within 14 business days.

The Leader’s Edge application is very similar to our regular MSU application, but we save students’ time and energy by pre-populating the information that we already have in a student’s file.

If a Leader’s Edge student completes the regular online application, they will automatically be given the benefits of the Leader’s Edge program

Students may send updated ACT or SAT scores to MSU at any time. The highest composite score set on file is always used for scholarship consideration. We encourage students to apply earlier in their senior year, and send new test scores to us as they become available.


Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at admissions@montana.edu, or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.