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MSU recognized as one of the country’s most popular universities

December 5, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University was recently recognized as one of the 25 most popular colleges and universities by Mic, an online media outlet designed for young people.

MSU was ranked No. 20 in the nation for experiencing the highest growth in applications since 2003. According to the publication, MSU has experienced 209 percent growth in applications since 2003. Mic used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to determine the rankings. It limited its findings to schools that attracted at least 3,000 applicants in 2003.

Founded in 1893, MSU is Montana’s land-grant university, with a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. In addition, associate degrees and professional certificates are offered through Gallatin College MSU, a comprehensive two-year college.

In recent years MSU has set records for enrollment, with more than 15,400 students signed up for classes for the fall semester. Since 1994, MSU has added to its enrollment by more than 40 percent. MSU offers more than 125 major options within its colleges and programs. The university is also designated as one of 108 universities – out of 4,600 institutions – with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Of those 108, Carnegie classifies only 51 – including MSU – as having significant commitment to community engagement.

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