Montana State University

Fall Headcount Enrollment History, 1893-Present

Student Data

Fall Headcount Enrollment History, 1893-Present

On February 16, 1893, the Montana legislature passed an act creating the Agricultural College of the State of Montana, to be located at Bozeman. The newly established college began instruction on April 17 for a 10 week summer term. Eight students, five men and three women, enrolled for the first session. During the first year, 46 students were enrolled in the college--15 in agriculture, 14 in household economy, 5 in applied science, and 12 undeclared.

Growth was slow in the college's early years. Enrollment exceeded 100 in 1905, with 110 students. Growth later in the decade was slowed by US participation in World War I and the influenza epidemic, but the college grew at a fairly steadyf pace from 1919 to 1931. The dust bowl and depression slowed growth only slightly; students came to school because they could not find jobs. However, the college suffered severe budget cuts during that period, in part because there were few jobs for college graduates.

Enrollment peaked again in 1941 at 1,732, only to drop sharply when the US entered World War II. By 1943, enrollment was down to 938. The end of the war saw a dramatic increase in enrollment, with 3,121 students entering the college in 1946. Enrollment returned to levels just under 2,000 during the years of the Korean conflict, but growth began at a rapid pace in 1954. By 1965 the college had become a university, and baby boomers flocked to campus. After a slight enrollment dip in the early 1970s, growth continued until enrollment peaked at 11,447 in fall of 1983. Enrollment dropped for four years, to 9,878 in fall of 1987 and then began to rise. By fall of 2014, 15,421 students were enrolled at Montana State University in Bozeman--a new headcount enrollment record for the campus.

Fall Count
2014 15,421
2013 15,294
2012 14,660
2011 14,153
2010 13,559
2009 12,764
2008 12,369
2007 12,170
2006 12,338
2005 12,250
2004 12,003
2003 12,135
2002 11,934
2001 11,745
2000 11,761
1999 11,753
1998 11,746
1997 11,662
1996 11,611
1995 11,267
1994 10,962
1993 10,798
1992 10,540
1991 10,111
1990 10,392
1989 10,251
1988 10,024
1987 9,878
1986 10,233
1985 10,710
1984 11,035
1983 11,447
1982 11,233
1981 11,187
1980 10,745
1979 10,109
1978 9,920
1977 9,802
1976 9,340
1975 8,971
1974 8,425
1973 8,025
1972 7,898
1971 8,113
1970 8,187
1969 7,718
1968 7,274
1967 6,819
1966 6,320
1965 5,935
1964 5,255
1963 4,779
1962 4,649
1961 4,320
1960 3,935
1959 3,866
1958 3,843
1957 3,568
1956 3,175
1955 2,799
1954 2,316
1953 1,993
1952 1,951
1951 1,970
1950 2,315
1949 2,771
1948 3,030
1947 3,165
1946 3,121
1945 1,260
1944 971
1943 938
1942 1,480
1941 1,732
1940 1,709
1939 1,706
1938 1,567
1937 1,243
1936 1,268
1935 1,186
1934 1,085
1933 969
1932 988
1931 1,131
1930 1,116
1929 1,104
1928 1,000
1927 909
1926 845
1925 850
1924 814
1923 728
1922 747
1921 717
1920 607
1919 519
1918 330
1917 347
1916 354
1915 297
1914 259
1913 206
1912 196
1911 208
1910 167
1909 196
1908 183
1907 164
1906 136
1905 110
1904 76
1903 69
1902 57
1901 72
1900 77
1899 53
1898 46
1897 36
1896 50
1895 43
1894 44
1893 46