Starting Out

We recommend taking the following steps to ensure your visit starts off on the right foot!

One Arrive Early

Allow extra time to locate the campus and to park. We recommend parking in the visitor section of the parking garage; please refer to your visit confirmation email for additional information.

Two Get Your Visitor Packet

Stop by the Admissions Office in Strand Union, Room 201, prior to your first scheduled meeting or tour, to check-in and pick up your visitor packet.

Three Watch our Visit Video

Join us about 15 minutes prior to your selected campus tour for an introductory MSU video.

 

 

Visiting Opportunities Tours & Visiting Opportunities

A visit to the MSU campus will provide opportunities to meet faculty, staff and students, and to explore life at Montana State! Because selecting a college is such an important decision, families are always welcome and encouraged to participate. MSU offers group visits during our MSU Friday events, daily campus visits and the option to do a self-guided tour.

Daily Visits

Daily visits are available Monday through Friday, year-round, with the exception of major holidays. Students can attend a campus tour, visit our residence halls, meet with an admissions counselor, and get more information from academic departments of interest.

To schedule your visit, you are encouraged to complete the registration form or call at least two weeks in advance of your planned visit. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Campus Visit Coordinators in the Office of Admissions at campusvisit@montana.edu, (406) 994-1989 or toll free 1-888-MSU-CATS. You are also more than welcome to just "drop in" and go on a campus tour.

  • 8:45am -   Introductory MSU welcome and video presentation
  • 9:00am -   Explore MSU on a campus tour
  • 10:00am - Experience on-campus housing
  • 11:00am - Attend an academic information session
  • 12:00pm - Break for lunch
  • 1:00pm -   Meet with an Admissions Counselor

Academic information sessions are also available at the following times:

  • 11:00am - Architecture Info Session
  • 11:00am - Engineering Info Session
  • 11:00am - Imagine Your Future: Why Humanities Matter
  • 12:00pm - Honors College Info Session
  • 1:10pm - Engineering Info Session
  • 1:10pm - University Studies Info Session (undecided students)

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions listed above, please select them when scheduling your campus visit.
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 Available Sessions

Photo of five admissions counselors at orientation

Meet with an Admissions Counselor

We look forward to answering all of your questions about the admissions process, scholarship opportunities, academic programs, student life, Bozeman life, and everything else that Montana State University has to offer. This is a casual visit (not an interview), so families are encouraged to join in on the fun.

Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions.

Campus tour on the mall in winter.

Campus Tours

Monday - Friday

9 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Campus tours are led by our student AdvoCats and encompass the main areas of campus with a narration of the academics, student life and history of MSU. Tours last 45-60 minutes and depart from SUB 201 at 9am and 2pm Monday-Friday.

Students playing frisbee in front of Yellowstone Hall

Residence Hall Information Session

Monday - Friday

10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

The Residence Life tour provides an overview of every living option on campus and allows visitors to view a residence hall room and tour the dining hall. Tours are led by MSU students and typically last about an hour.
For additional info, contact the Residence Life Department at (406) 994-2661 or via housing@montana.edu

Faculty and students work together on projects.

Visit with a Faculty Member

If you’re interested in a specific academic department, we can help schedule a meeting with a faculty member. These meetings cover the various courses offered, engagement opportunities and career options within a certain major. If you're uncertain about what you want to study, you can visit with a University Studies Advisor who can provide a broad overview of the academic opportunities at MSU.

Two students working in a research lab.

Classroom Visits

By appointment - Fall and Spring semesters only

Please schedule in advance

Join us for a campus visit and you’ll have the opportunity to observe a real class taught by a real professor. Most professors require advanced notice for prospective students to attend class. Please check out our sample class list and let us know if you find a class you are interested in observing!

Students using the climbing wall in the fitness center

Fitness Center Tour

Monday - Friday

Anytime 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We offer a 20-minute tour of MSU’s 14,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art and award-winning fitness facility which includes 3 gymnasiums, a 25-yard 8-lane pool, 20-foot climbing wall, extensive weight lifting area, and so much more. You don’t need to sign up in advance, just stop by the front desk of the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. (And don’t forget to check out our Outdoor Recreation Center!)

 Group Visits

MSU Friday
MSU Fridays are a fun way to check out the campus! Our preview days offer tours, meetings with faculty members, advice from current students, sample classes and much more. For more info and to register, visit our MSU Friday page.

 

School & Community Visits
We welcome larger group visits every year, including middle/junior high schools, TRiO programs, and more! We can accommodate these visits Monday-Friday, year-round. Please email or call our Campus Visit Coordinators to discuss what options are available.

 

 

Maps, directions, and parking Maps, Directions & Parking

Bozeman area map

Directions to Campus

Bozeman, Montana is located on I-90. Two interstate exits will bring you to the MSU campus in Bozeman.

Please park in the Hourly Pay Parking area located in the parking garage accessible from South 7th Ave, just south of Grant St.  The Office of Admissions will provide complimentary parking on the day of your visit.  Please refer to your visit confirmation email for instructions on obtaining your parking pass.

The Admissions Office is located across Grant St. from the parking garage in the Strand Union Building (SUB) Room 201. Go through the South entrance and up the stairs. The Admissions Office is located right across the hall from the SRO Coffee Shop - first door on your right.

Many of our visitors prefer to use GoogleMaps to locate campus. Although the Admissions office does not have an actual physical address, you can use the intersection outside of the Strand Union Building to generate good turn instructions. The intersection is: South 7th Ave and West Grant St, Bozeman, MT 59715.

From the East
  • Take exit 309 onto Main Street and proceed west to Willson Ave.
  • Turn left on Willson Ave. and travel 18 blocks to Kagy Blvd. (Willson will curve slightly here)
  • Turn right on Kagy Blvd. and continue to South 7th Ave.
  • Turn right on South 7th Ave. and continue to the hourly parking/garage entrance on the left side.
From the West
  • Take exit 305 onto North 19th Ave. and follow it south approximately 3.5 miles to Kagy Blvd.

  • Turn left onto Kagy Blvd. and continue to South 7th Ave.

  • Turn left and continue to the hourly parking/garage entrance on the left side.

 

Campus Maps

Printable Campus Map

Download and print the campus map to take with you while you visit the Montana State University campus.

 

Online Campus Map

Find your way around campus to locate specific buildings and services through the MSU Campus Map powered by Google.

 


Bozeman area info Local Info & Discounts

Bozeman from the air in winter.

Bozeman offers dozens of opportunities in every season.

Whether it's your first time visiting, or you're a seasoned veteran of southwest Montana, Bozeman offers something for everyone. From unparalleld access to outdoor adventure and natural beauty, to a thriving arts and cultural scene, our town is the complete package. While you're here, be sure to explore our historic downtown district. If outdoor adventure is more your speed, take a drive up to Hyalite Canyon, or explore the Bridger Mountains. Don't forget to ask our staff for their recommendations when you visit!

Explore more information on southwest Montana below, including some of our favorite places!

                       

 Visitor Discounts by Category

Element Hotel
25 E. Mendenhall St., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-582-4972

10% off best available rate for MSU visitors.
When booking over the phone, ask for the Montana State University Discount.


Fox Hollow Inn
545 Mary Rd., Bozeman, MT 59718
Website
406-582-8440 | Email

10% discount off of stay.
Use promo code BOBCAT10 at check-out.


Holiday Inn Express - Belgrade
309 W. Madison Ave., Belgrade, MT 59714
Website
406-388-7100

To receive discount, please call 406-388-7100.


Homewood Suites by Hilton
1023 Baxter Ln., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-587-8180

12% discount off of stay.


Royal 7 Budget Inn
310 N. 7th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-587-3103 | Email

10% discount off of stay


Stay Montana
1807 W. Dickerson St. Suit A, Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
888-871-7856

10% discount, based on availablity.


VRBO | Vacation Rentals By Owner
Website

VRBO | Vacation Rentals By Owner
Website

INDIKOI
25 S. Tracy Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-624-6610

10% off Purchase



The Spice & Tea Exchange
18 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-219-2222 | Email


The Salvation Army
32 S. Rouse Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
Contact Information

15% discount off of purchase.

The Round House
1422 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-587-1258 | Email

Discounts vary by season.

Museum of the Rockies
600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-994-2251

2-for-1 passes available
(ask Admissions during your visit)


Bridger Bowl Ski Area
15975 Bridger Canyon Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-587-2111

Discounts available
(ask Admissions during your visit)


Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT 59716
Website
800-548-4486

Discounts available
(ask Admissions during your visit)


 

 Hosaues Fitness Center (MSU)
120 Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center, Bozeman, MT 59715
Website
406-994-5000

Free passes available
(ask Admissions during yoru visit)

 

 

Frequently asked questions Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a few of our most often-asked questions with answers below. If you have a question that is not addressed below, feel free to email us at campusvisit@montana.edu, or call us at 406-994-1989.

We want you to get the most out of your campus visit, so the best time to visit is during the regular academic year. It's best to visit campus when classes are in session and students are on campus - that way you can get a feel for what life is like for a real MSU student. The Admissions Office will be closed on all major holidays. Please see the calendar or contact our office for this year's holidays.

We offer campus tours on some Saturdays during the academic year. These tours are offered at 10am, by appointment only. Please contact the Admissions Office for the Saturday tour schedule.

Unfortunately, we do not offer a housing tour, admissions representative or faculty meetings on the weekends. It's best to visit on a weekday if at all possible.

Yes, of course! We are happy to arrange those meetings. Financial Aid does not schedule meetings, and can handle students on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that requests for ADA accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit. Requests can be submitted to the Campus Visit Coordinators in the Office of Admissions at campusvisit@montana.edu, (406) 994-1989 or toll-free 1-888-MSU-CATS.

It's best if you contact the coach directly to make arrangements to meet during your campus visit. Visit www.msubobcats.com for coach contact information.

Unfortunately, we do not have an option for prospective students to stay on campus during the school year. A list of local lodging options is available online at BozemanCVB.com/Stay. We have a corporate discount available for campus visitors to rent a car at Enterprise Rent–A–Car . Please use the code 63MSU01 and the pin MSU when booking online, www.enterprise.com or calling the Airport location at (406) 388 – 7420 or Main Street location (406) 586 – 8010.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your campus visit, please give us a call at (406) 994-1989 or (888) MSU-CATS or email campusvisit@montana.edu so we can cancel your meetings and tours. We are more than happy to reschedule your visit for a more convenient date.

We have an outstanding Self-Guided Walking Tour Booklet that is easy to follow, full of great historical and fun information about the MSU campus, and even provides suggestions on how to explore the Bozeman area. Also, we are more than happy to mail (if there's enough time) or leave a packet on campus of MSU information for you. The packet will include the self-guided walking tour booklet, campus and Bozeman maps, scholarship information, and other MSU information you would have collected during your visit. Please contact the Admissions Office to make arrangements.