As Montana's largest and fastest-growing university, Montana State is constantly striving to improve the quality of the student experience on campus. From research and academic projects to new academic and student facilities, check out some of the exciting progress we're making below.



 - MSU at a Glance -

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Academic Excellence Montana's Premier University

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Sarah Coldiron, Fulbright Scholar from Boise, Idaho.

MSU prepares students to graduate equipped for careers and to further their education. MSU’s low student to faculty ratio means accessible professors and hands-on learning opportunities. Working alongside world-class faculty mentors, students discover new knowledge that helps to improve quality of life around the globe. This supportive and collaborative learning environment helps students succeed in competing for national and international scholarships and awards. In the past seven years, MSU students have received prestigious awards including:

  • 21 Goldwater scholarships
  • 14 Fulbright Grants
  • 6 Udall Scholarships
  • 6 Boren Scholarships
  • 3 Rhodes Scholarships
  • 2 Gates-Cambridge Scholarships
  • 1 Marshall Scholarship
  • 1 Mitchell Scholarship
  • 1 Schwarzman Scholarship
  • 1 Pearson Prize for Higher Education
Montana State University is tied for 10th nationally for number of Goldwater Scholarship recipients. As of 2017, 68 MSU students have received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering. MSU's rank puts us just above Yale. Other schools on the top of the list include Standford, Harvard, and MIT.

- Recent Accomplishments -

  • MSU's research expenditures totaled $130.8 for the fiscal year, a $12 million increase over the previous year and setting a new record.
  • MSU scientists were part of an international team that contributed to the first detection of gravitational waves, a discovery that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • The Eclipse Ballooning Project brought together 55 teams from across the US to capture the 2017 solar eclipse and provide live-stream footage for NASA.
  • School of Music professor Greg Young published "Undergraduate Research in Music: a Guide for Students," filling a void in higher education literature about undergraduate research in the arts.

Campus Construction Expanding Our Horizons

Students having lunch in Miller Dining Commons

Miller Dining Commons opened in 2015 after a $15 million renovation.

In the past decade, MSU has added over 4,000 students to campus. Along the way, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new and improved infrastructure to help improve the student experience. Residence hall renovations, classroom upgrades, additional parking spaces, and new academic buildings have all occurred within the past five years, raising the bar for quality of life on our Bozeman campus.

Along the way, MSU has dedicated itself to a sustainable future, with each new major building project since 2011 receiving at least LEED silver status, an international standard focusing on leadership in energy and environmental design.  MSU plans for each new building built on campus to meet this standard moving forward.

Check out some of our most recent projects below, as well as what's slated for the future!

- Milestones & Achievements -


New residence hall concept art
A new 480-bed residence hall opens on campus, increasing living options for incoming students.
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Asbjornson Hall concept art
Asbjornson Hall opens, adding a new $50 million building to MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering.
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Dining pavilion concept art
A new 700-seat dining pavilion opens on the northeast side of campus, bringing new eating options to students.
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New parking garage
MSU's first parking garage opens, adding 150 parking spaces to campus in anticipation of future growth.
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Yellowstone Hall grand opening
Yellowstone Hall, MSU's newest residence hall, opens and adds 400 beds to campus.
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Jabs Hall under construction
Jabs Hall opens, a new $18 million home for the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship.
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Cheever Hall TEAL classroom
Major upgrades to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and several MSU learning spaces are completed.
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Gallatin Hall
Gallatin Hall, a 70-bed suite-style living option opens, increasing space for sophomore-and-above students.
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Department info Increasing Opportunities

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MSU researchers Jerry Johnson and Jordy Hendrix research why people take excessive risks in avalanche terrain. Learn more>>

MSU currently offers over 225 academic options to students, spanning eight major colleges. Ranging from Agriculture to Nursing, these programs are designed to prep students with fundamental knowledge, and allow them to test their strengths through hands-on learning opportunities.

As MSU continues to grow, our commitment to offering quality academic experiences remains a top priority. We have added several major and minor program options within the past few years, with more opportunities ahead.

Click on the college headers below to learn more about each program, and to see what's new!

We are among the top 4 colleges in the nation for agriculture majors, accorind to Campus Explorer  
  • 7 experimental stations state-wide offer hands-on experience in Bozeman and around Montana
  • Coursework is community-focused and prepares students through internships, networking socials and conferences
  • Over 70% of graduates are employed full-time in a related field of study
  • Awards more distinct scholarships than any other academic college at MSU
  • Reported its 9th straight semester with increased enrollment in Fall of 2017

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Grad's pass rate on Architectural Registration Exam averaged 10% above the national pass rate
  • Programs are designed to prepare students with practical and critical skill sets
  • Studio experiences begin in the first year of the program
  • MSU recently established a Memorandum of Understanding with Havana, Cuba, to allow students and faculty to participate in visitation and study abroad opportunities - the first public university in the U.S. to do so
  • A new publication titled "The Artists" highlights female students in the arts and architecture fields

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MSU business students scored in the 94th percentile on the Major Field Test-Business
  • The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship is one of only 5% of business schools globally to earn AACSB accreditation
  • 100% of courses in the college are taught by faculty
  • Focuses heavily on interdisciplinary educational opportunities, utilizing MSU's various academic colleges
  • In the last year, College of Business graduates have found employment with companies such as Boeing, Google, and Blackstone
  • Jabs Hall, an $18 million building made possible by an alumni donation, opened in 2015 providing a new home for the college
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The nutrition program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Students gain exposure to coursework in their major immediately, including field experiences via teaching or research labs
96% of MSU engineeering grads are employed or continuing their education.
  • Boasting world-renowned faculty and alumni, the College of Engineering is one of MSU's most popular academic options
    • Students are reporting 96% job placement upon graduation – among the highest of any field on campus
  • MSU's pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is over 90% - 15% higher than the national average
  • Named in February of 2018 in honor of alumnus Norm Asbjornson whose generosity made possible a new $50 million building opening in January of 2019

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10 MSU psychology research labs study issues ranging brom neurobiology to memory and aging
  • This college offers the largest number of programs on campus, with over 50 majors and 25 minors
    • Receives over $20 million annually in research grants for faculty and student projects
  • A team of students from the Model United Nations Club won top awards at the MUNFW conference in San Francisco
  • Houses multiple professional and honorary student organizations on campus providing ample opportunities for community outreach
  • Recently received a $570,000 donation for writing support for students and faculty
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96% of nursing grads are employed or continuing their education
    • Students are well-prepared with a STEM-heavy curriculum and report nearly 100% job placement after graduation
    • Program includes an extensive clinical component where students are placed at one of five hospital locations across the state
  • Nursing students are among the highest-paid graduates at MSU
  • Now offers a one-year Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) program for post-baccalaureate candidates
  • Students are competitive nationally on the NCLEX

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Honors College enrollment is 1,437. Average number of students in honors classes is 16.
    • The Honors College provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment
    • Students have access to the amenities of a larger research university and the benefits of a small, liberal arts college, including smaller class sizes and seminar-based learning experiences
  • All academic programs on campus can be paired with an Honors College degree
  • Living Learning Communities for Honors students are available in multiple residence halls across campus
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