Montana State University

Fall Headcount and FTE Enrollment by Level

Figures in the table below come from Report C and Report G, which are submitted by the Registrar's office to the Commissioner of Higher Education. Headcount enrollment is presented below in four categories:

  • First Degree Undergraduates (1st Deg Under) - Students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.

  • Second Degree Undergraduates (2nd Deg Under) - Students who have earned at least one bachelor's degree and are working toward another.

  • Nondegree Graduates (Nondeg Grad) - Students who have earned a bachelor's degree and are taking additional course but are not enrolled in an MSU degree program (includes WAMI medical students, teacher certification students, graduate applicants not yet admitted to a degree program, and students taking MPA courses in Helena).

  • Degree-Seeking Graduates (Degree Grad) - Students who are working toward a master's or doctoral degree.

The second degree undergraduates and nondegree graduates are frequently referred to as "postbaccalaureate students." This group of students complicates answering the question "How many undergraduate and graduate students do you have?" There are three possible answers to this question. Some consider graduate students to be only those working toward graduate degrees, and group the postbaccalaureates with undergraduates. Some consider undergraduates to be only those working toward a first degree and group the postbaccalaureates with undergraduates. Finally, some consider undergraduates to be those working toward baccalaureate degrees and group nondegree graduates and degree-seeking graduates as graduate students.

Full-time equivalent students are based on credit hours of courses taken by students regardless of the student's class level. Undergraduate courses are those numbered below 500, and graduate courses are numbered 500 and above. Note: The Commissioner of Higher Education approved including 400-level courses taken by graduate students for graduate credit the graduate FTE calculation, beginning in fall 1999.

FALL HEADCOUNT ENROLLMENT FTE ENROLLMENT
1st Deg
Under
2nd Deg
Under
Nondeg
Grad
Degree
Grad
TOTAL Undergrad Graduate TOTAL
2014 12951 420 305 1745 15421 12502.00 954.08 13456.08
2013 12812 452 352 1678 15294 12365.53 936.67 13302.20
2012 12334 438 280 1608 14660 11845.87 908.25 12754.12
2011 11727 461 327 1638 14153 11173.07 918.25 12091.32
2010 11162 417 329 1651 13559 10626.53 901.59 11528.12
2009 10461 379 343 1581 12764 9727.80 898.33 10626.13
2008 10188 331 315 1535 12369 9508.40 824.17 10332.57
2007 10255 317 271 1327 12170 9494.40 798.33 10292.73
2006 10508 324 279 1227 12338 9688.60 753.42 10442.02
2005 10495 347 235 1173 12250 9822.86 791.92 10614.78
2004 10315 353 215 1120 12003 9674.40 782.75 10457.15
2003 10419 331 247 1138 12135 9825.53 757.50 10583.03
2002 10396 293 227 1018 11934 9756.27 738.25 10494.52
2001 10278 259 254 954 11745 9532.67 685.42 10218.09
2000 10268 261 294 938 11761 9521.73 701.92 10223.65
1999 10307 235 288 923 11753 9564.87 688.66 10253.53
1998 10254 254 306 932 11746 9607.87 561.25 10169.12
1997 10178 263 320 901 11662 9513.27 517.58 10030.85
1996 10177 287 223 924 11611 9592.47 541.42 10133.88
1995 9864 286 203 914 11267 9444.33 562.92 10007.25
1994 9533 270 263 896 10962 9158.27 549.67 9707.93
1993 9430 237 247 884 10798 9143.87 538.42 9682.28
1992 9249 201 247 843 10540 9011.00 480.00 9491.00
1991 8851 202 261 797 10111 8557.00 495.17 9052.17
1990 9154 226 248 764 10392 9197.87 456.33 9654.20
1989 9016 224 249 762 10251 9062.27 509.75 9572.02
1988 8777 246 248 753 100024 8811.13 477.58 9288.71
1987 8625 241 275 737 9878 8662.73 490.08 9152.81
1986 8942 260 308 723 10233 8765.49 492.75 9258.21
1985 9375 288 302 745 10710 9571.27 487.33 10058.60
1984 9734 333 265 703 11035 9821.73 466.00 10287.73
1983 10049 337 304 757 11447 10242.93 496.17 10739.10
1982 9905 304 287 737 11233 10141.14 444.42 10585.56
1981 9963 282 262 680 11187 10253.80 405.92 10659.72
1980 9654 216 217 658 10745 9870.94 423.42 10294.36