Become an MSU student in 5 easy steps

If you are unsure where to start or what to do next, get started with the Cat Check checklist!

Step 1 - Apply for Admission

(406) 994-2452 / (888) MSU-CATS (678-2287)

New 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.

  • Apply online at:
  • Request that your official ACT or SAT test scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from ACT (MSU school code is 2420) or SAT (MSU school code is 4488) testing company (required for freshman applicants).
  • Request ACT scores at:
  • Request SAT scores at:
  • Request that your final, official transcript posting final grades and graduation date be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the high school (high school transcripts are not required for transfer students).
  • Request that all of your final, official college transcript(s), Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate be sent directly to the Office of Admissions, if applicable.
  • Before or after you have applied for admission, MSU encourages you to visit the Montana State University campus or attend an MSU Friday (open to all students and family members).
  • NEW! After you have applied, track your admissions status online at MyInfo. Enter the Secure Area using either your MSU Student ID or your Social Security Number and click on “Admissions Checklist”. If you need help signing into MyInfo, please see our instruction page.

Step 2 - Apply for Financial Aid

(406) 994-2845
  • As soon as possible after October 1, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at Include MSU in Bozeman as one of your college choices on the FAFSA. MSU's FAFSA Federal school code is 002532. See the scholarship and financial aid section in your Viewbook for more information about applying for financial aid. If you do not have a Viewbook, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Montana State University awards millions of dollars in scholarships and waiver awards to new students who enter in the fall of each year. You might qualify for some of this money based on your academic record, financial need, group affiliation, or a combination of the three. If you qualify, some scholarships and awards are automatically awarded when you are offered admission to Montana State University.

    Check out all the details at:

  • Inquire about College and Departmental New Freshman and Transfers Scholarships Applications within each MSU College and Department.
  • If eligible, apply for VA educational benefits by contacting the Veteran's Affairs Office at (406) 994-3661 or at

Step 3 - Apply for Student Housing

(406) 994-2661
  • Housing applications can be submitted online If you do not know your MSU Student ID you can leave that field blank.
  • If you have less than 30 semester credits and will be attending Montana State as a full-time student, you are required to live in the residence halls, unless you are a single parent, a married student or complete the exemption process for another reason.
  • Graduates, single parents, and married students can find out about Family and Graduate Housing opportunities at or (406) 994-3730.

Step 4 - Submit Immunization Records

(406) 994-2311
  • A list of required immunizations, the Health History Form, and the Tuberculosis Screening form can be found and printed at
  • For students entering in fall 2017 and beyond, please submit your required immunization data by logging onto  Or email them to:
  • You must send proof of required immunizations and the Tuberculosis Screening Form to the MSU Student Health Service at least three weeks before your Orientation session. Proof of immunization is required to register for classes.

Step 5 - Submit Orientation/Registration Materials

(406) 994-2827


  • Information on orientation/registration is sent to students who are accepted for admission. Students entering in the fall will receive orientation information in April or shortly after they are admitted. Register online though the MyInfo student information system. Students entering in Spring or Summer terms will receive orientation information a couple of months prior to the start of the term or shortly after they are admitted.
  • Attend New Student Orientation. Information and the session dates can be found at
  • Once you have attended Orientation and registered for classes you will need to confirm your attendance. Log into the MyInfo website to confirm your attendance.


406) 994-2824
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