Quick Facts: 2012-2013
On July 1, 1994, the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education restructured the state's colleges and universities into two umbrella universities, Montana State University and the University of Montana. MSU is the home campus for Montana State University, with the following affiliates:
- Montana State University-Billings
- Montana State University-Northern
- Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
Additional data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the MUS website. Please keep in mind that data may vary from that of our individual websites' reports; depending on when they were generated and what criteria were required, there can be slight differences. MSU's websites generally report data from a snapshot taken each Fall semester on the 15th class day for our reporting throughout the year.
MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 60 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 45 fields, and doctoral degrees in 20 fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. The College of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate as well as a Certificate in Nursing Education option. For more information on specific programs, see:
MSU now offers associate degrees and other programs through the new Gallatin College.
Also, please visit our Extended University website for online degree and certificate programs.
MSU has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1932. Eligible professional academic and service programs within the University are accredited by the following agencies:
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (for Student Health Service)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
- American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling and Psychological Services) (APA)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (for Intercollegiate Athletics) (NCAA)
- Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools
- Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
Headcount enrollment in fall of 2012 was 14,660 students.
|Arts & Architecture||1,235||113||1,348|
|Education & HHD||1,437||365||1,802|
|Letters & Science||3,066||483||3,549|
Summer school of 2012 was attended by 3,733 students.
Full and Part Time Enrollment
The fall semester of 2012 had a total enrollment of 14,660 students. Of these, 11,167 (76%) attended full time and 3,493 (24%) attended part time.
|Undergraduates||Full Time||Part Time||Total||TOTAL|
The student body attending fall semester of 2012 had the following characteristics:
|Hispanic/Latino||388||43||431||3%||American Indian/Alaska Native||284||37||321||2%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||5||1||6||0%|
|Two or more races||380||32||412||3%|
Geographic origin is not the same as fee status. Students may come from other states and establish residency in Montana, and students from Montana whose parents are residents of other states may not have resident fee status.
Students attending MSU in fall of 2012 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 66 foreign countries.
Past distributions of the student population by ethnicity are also available under Trend Data.
The entering freshman class of fall 2012 had 2710 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.6 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 22 years.
The following averages were achieved by the full-time, bachelor-degree-seeking, entering freshmen that submitted scores. Historical averages are also available.
|High School GPA||3.41||2.50|
|Graduating Class Percentile||70.1||50.0|
Fifty five percent (1491) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 45 percent were from other states (1176) or foreign countries (35) or unreported (8). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:
|Arts & Architecture||278||10%|
|Education & HHD||184||7%|
|Letters & Science||516||19%|
Retention and graduation rates for recent entering freshmen classes are also available.
Financial Aid Services and the Controller's Office estimate the following expenses for a full-time undergraduate student attending school during fall and spring semesters:
*Tuition and fees listed are based on the average amount charged to full-time students (12 or more credits per semester for an academic year (two semesters). Actual fees paid may vary based on the number of credits carried each semester. All fees are subject to change without notice.
**Food and housing costs will vary depending on a student's living arrangement and lifestyle. These figures are an average of costs incurred by students living on campus in a residence hall and off campus in a shared apartment.
NOTE: All students will also be charged a supplemental health insurance fee every semester. A student who already has adequate insurance and provides proof of coverage may request a refund.
For more information, please consult the detailed fee schedules:
- Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate tuition/fees
- Undergraduate Gallatin College Programs tuition/fees
- Graduate tuition/fees
- Course Fees
- Fee Descriptions
Historical charges for tuition and fees, insurance, and room and board are also available.
Please visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU.
A historical breakdown of awards by source is also available.
In 2011-12, the University awarded 2444 degrees:
- Non degree Certificate: 8
- Certificate of Applied Science: 20
- Associate of Applied Science: 31
- Bachelor's degrees: 1794
- Master's degrees: 538
- Specialist degrees: 0
- Doctoral degrees: 53
MSU has granted 105,519 certificates and degrees in its 119 year history (1893-2012). MSU has awarded 8 non degree certificates, 33 Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 40 Associates of Applied Science, 88,829 Bachelor's, 14,640 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 1,920 Doctorates.
Each year the Career Services Office at Montana State University-Bozeman conducts a survey to determine placement rates and salary survey information for new MSU graduates. Results from the 2010 Graduating Class Career Destinations survey are now available.
Historical information on degrees awarded by major is also available.
MSU is a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.
- Men compete in football (I-AA), basketball, indoor and outdoor track, alpine and nordic skiing, cross country, and tennis.
- Women compete in basketball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, tennis, alpine and nordic skiing, and golf.
- Rodeo competition for men and women is conducted through the Big Sky Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
The school colors are blue and gold, and teams are nicknamed "The Bobcats."
For more information about Bobcat Athletics, contact
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit Bobcat Athletics online.
MSU has granted 105,519 certificates and degrees in its 119 year history (1893-2012). MSU has awarded 8 non degree certificates, 33 Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 40 Associates of Applied Science, 88,829 Bachelor's, 14,640 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 1,920 Doctorates. The database contains current, active addresses for 85,116 individual alumni, 48% of whom reside in Montana.
For more information about the Alumni Association, contact
President and CEO, Alumni Association
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit the Alumni Association online.
As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. During 2011-12 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $112,304,270 in research expenditures – 88.5% from federal agencies, 8.7% from private corporations and foundations, and 2.8% from state sources. MSU currently holds 84 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 65 additional patents pending, and has 205 license and option agreements with private firms, 87 of which are with Montana companies. Visit Research, Creativity & Technology Transfer online for more information about MSU's research programs.
The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station was established at MSU by acts of the Legislature of Montana in 1893 under authorization provided by the Hatch Act of 1887. The research program encompasses several academic departments, service divisions, and laboratories located at MSU and seven research centers located around the state:
- Northern Agricultural Research Center - Havre
- Northwestern Agricultural Research Center - Kalispell
- Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center - Conrad
- Western Agricultural Research Center - Corvallis
- Central Agricultural Research Center - Moccasin
- Eastern Agricultural Research Center - Sidney
- Southern Agricultural Research Center - Huntley
In addition, the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City is a cooperative program with the US Department of Agriculture.
Visit the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station online for more information.
The Extension Service was created by the federal Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Programs of the Extension Service are funded cooperatively through a legal partnership among federal, state, and county governments. Extension offices are located in 53 counties and seven tribal reservations serving 56 counties. Programs address societal needs in the general areas of agriculture, family living, community and economic development, and youth development. Visit the MSU Extension Service online for more information.
MSU's legislative appropriation for 2011-12 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):
|Tuition & Fees||106,356,918||69%|
Please see FTE, revenue, and expenditures for historical data.
Based on a fall 2012 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 3,054 permanent faculty and staff, and 616 graduate teaching and research assistants. Of the 3,054 permanent employees, 2,334 are full time and 720 are part time; 1,374 are men and 1,680 are women. Total faculty number is 1,154, which includes 781 full-time and 373 part-time faculty and department heads, (includes 917 instructional faculty and 237 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions). Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,900.
|Number of Employees||Gender|
|Ag Exp Station/Ext Service||109||99||10||104.31||53||56|
|Graduate Assistant||Total||FullTime||PartTime||Full Time
|With Grad Assistants||3670||2334||1336||n/a||1727||1943|
|Without Grad Assistants||3054||2334||720||2727.18||1374||1680|
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