Montana State University


Montana State University history compiled IN 2001 by Professor Robert Rydell and student researchers with material drawn from the MSU Archives and from professors Rydell, Pierce Mullen, and Jeffery Safford's In the People's Interest and Merrill Burlingame's A History: Montana State University.

Montana State University History


Montana State University in 1893

On February 16, 1893, the Agricultural College of the State of Montana was founded as the state's land-grant college. Renamed The Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the institution was popularly known as Montana Agricultural College, or MAC. By the 1920s, the institution's preferred name was Montana State College and so it remained until July 1, 1965, when, in recognition of the enormous advances in the College's commitment to scientific and humanistic research, the thirty-ninth legislative assembly of the state of Montana changed MSC's name to Montana State University.

...And Now

Montana State University today

Today, Montana State University Bozeman has a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. It is routinely listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's "best buys" for undergraduate education and ranks among the leaders in the number of Goldwater scholarship recipients. It is an institution committed to making history by better positioning today's students for meaningful lives in the globalizing economy of the 21st century.