Montana State University

Quick Facts: 2014-2015

Please visit Admissions for undergraduate admission information and the Graduate School for admission for graduates.


 Affiliated Campuses

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:

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.


 Academic Programs

MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 60 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 45 fields, and doctoral degrees in 23 fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. The College of Nursing also offers 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.


Accreditation

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)

Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2014 was 15,421 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 878 177 1,055
Arts & Architecture 1,070 117 1,187
Business 1,291 36 1,327
Education & HHD 1,439 477 1,916
Engineering 3,106 204 3,310
Graduate School 0 281 281
Letters & Science 3,052 521 3573
Nursing 932 73 1,005
Gallatin College 440 0 440
University College 1,163 0 1,163
Other 0 164 164
Total 13,371 2,050 15,421

Summer school of 2014 was attended by 3,851 students.


 Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2014 had a total enrollment of 15,421 students. Of these, 11,785 (76%) attended full time and 3,636 (24%) attended part time.

Undergraduates Full Time Part Time Total TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 74 90 10 16 84 106 190
First-Time Freshmen 1371 1057 280 235 1651 1292 2943
Continuing Freshmen 600 392 229 198 829 590 1419
Sophomores 1272 1054 176 180 1448 1234 2682
Juniors 1199 959 123 110 1322 1069 2391
Seniors 1511 1384 227 204 1738 1588 3326
Second Degree 102 171 65 82 167 253 420
Subtotal 6129 5107 1110 1025 7239 6132 13371
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 30 43 73 159 103 202 305
Master's Candidates 185 158 405 459 590 617 1207
Doctoral Candidates 67 65 203 202 270 267 537
Specialist Candidates 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Subtotal 282 267 681 820 963 1087 2050
Total 6411 5374 1791 1845 8202 7219 15421

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.


Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2014 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 7239 963 8202 53%
Female 6132 1087 7219 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 429 43 472 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 170 38 208 1%
Asian 120 19 139 1%
Black/African American 86 8 94 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 17 2 19 0%
White 11232 1551 12783 83%
Two or more races 395 72 467 3%
International 521 152 673 4%
Unknown 401 165 566 4%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average 22 32 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 8653 1231 9884 64%
WUE 786 N/A 786 5%
Nonresident 3932 819 4751 31%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
FY 2013 4008 0 4008 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana 7876 970 8846 58%
Other US 4953 941 5894 38%
Foreign 542 139 681 4%
Unknown 0 0 0 0%

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 2014 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 72 foreign countries.

Past distributions of the student population by ethnicity are also available under Trend Data.


Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2014 had 2943 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.4 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 21.5 years.

The following averages were achieved by the full-time, bachelor-degree-seeking, entering freshmen that submitted scores. Historical averages are also available.

Actual Required
High School GPA 3.43 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 69.5 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.3 22.0
Total SAT 1720 1540

Fifty two percent (1540) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 48 percent were from other states (1360) or foreign countries (43). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

Count Percentage
Agriculture 210 7%
Arts & Architecture 252 9%
Business 265 9%
Education & HHD 171 6%
Engineering 729 25%
University College 501 17%
Letters & Science 567 19%
Nursing 153 5%
Gallatin College 95 3%

Retention and graduation rates for recent entering freshmen classes are also available.


 Student Expenses

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:

2014-15
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $6,801 $21,390
Room/Board** 8,380 8,380
Books/Supplies 1,250
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,330 3,330
TOTAL $19,761 $34,350

*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:

Historical charges for tuition and fees, insurance, and room and board are also available.


Financial Aid

Please visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU.

 


Degrees Awarded

In 2013-14, the University awarded 2873 degrees:

  • Non degree Certificate: 10
  • Certificate: 55
  • Associate of Applied Science: 47
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2223
  • Master's degrees: 482
  • Specialist degrees: 0
  • Doctoral degrees: 56

MSU has granted 110,954 certificates and degrees in its 121 year history (1893-2014). MSU has awarded 27 non degree certificates, 135  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 115 Associates of Applied Science, 92,976 Bachelor's, 15,627 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,025 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 2012 Graduating Class Career Destinations survey are now available.

Historical information on degrees awarded by year is also available.


Athletics

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

Peter Fields
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit Bobcat Athletics online.


Alumni

MSU has granted 110,954 certificates and degrees in its 121 year history (1893-2014). MSU has awarded 27 non degree certificates, 135  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 115 Associates of Applied Science, 92,976 Bachelor's, 15,627 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,025 Doctorates. The database contains current, active addresses for 86,014 individual alumni, 49% of whom reside in Montana.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Kerry Hanson
Director of Alumni Relations
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

 

or visit the Alumni Association online.


Research and Creative Activity

As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. During 2012-13 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $93,756,022 in research expenditures 84.8% from federal agencies, 11.4% from private corporations and foundations, and 3.8% from state sources.

MSU currently (2013-14) holds 83 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 53 additional patents pending, and has 255 license and option agreements with private firms, 77 of which are with Montana companies. Visit Research, Creativity & Technology Transfer online for more information about MSU's research programs.


Montana Agricultural Experiment Station

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:

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.


Montana Extension Service

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.


General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2013-14 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 126,103,984 70%
State Allocations 52,394,004 29%
Other Revenues 696,858 0%
Transfers 928,735 1%
Total $180,123,581 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $84,520,386 47%
Research 3,414,126 2%
Public Service 2,182,367 1%
Academic Support 22,555,881 12%
Student Services 13,759,974 8%
Institutional Support 14,021,194 8%
Physical Plant 19,641,138 11%
Scholarships 19,416,146 11%
Total 179,511,212 100%

Please see FTE, revenue, and expenditures for historical data.


Employees

 

PLEASE NOTE: FALL 2014 EMPLOYEE DATA WILL BE POSTED SOON!

Based on a fall 2013 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,993 permanent faculty and staff, and 543 graduate teaching and research assistants. Of the 2,993 permanent employees, 2,251 are full time and 742 are part time; 1,324 are men and 1,669 are women. Total faculty number is 1,154, which includes 743 full-time and 411 part-time faculty and department heads, (includes 924 instructional faculty and 230 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions). Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,839.

  Number of Employees   Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 56 53 3 54.90 28 28
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Heads/Directors 33 33 0 33 24 9
Tenurable Instructional 448 434 14 443.73 283 165
Adjunct Instructional 443 82 361 227.11 174 269
Research 52 30 22 38.54 35 17
Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 111 101 10 106.19 51 60
Library 11 10 1 10.75 3 8
Subtotal 1154 743 411 914.22 598 556
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 746 574 172 668.03 303 443
Classified Professional 270 235 35 258.05 101 169
Secretarial/Clerical 219 155 64 191.35 14 205
Technical/Paraprofessional 257 214 43 238.77 90 167
Skilled Crafts 54 53 1 53.75 54 0
Service/Maintenance 293 277 16 285.69 164 129
Subtotal 1839 1508 331 1695.64 726 1113
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching   0   n/a    
Research   0   n/a    
Subtotal 543 0 543 n/a 323 220
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 3536 2251 1285 n/a 1647 1889
Without Grad Assistants 2993 2251 742 2609.86 1324 1669

Information Contacts

Campus Operator....................... 406-994-0211
Admissions, Undergraduate......... 406-994-2452
Admissions, Graduate................. 406-994-4145
Alumni Affairs............................. 406-994-2401
Ask-Us Information Desk........... 406-994-4636
Bobcat Athletics......................... 406-994-4221
Bobcat Booster Club.................. 406-994-3741
Career Services.......................... 406-994-4353
Conference Services................... 406-994-3333
Financial Aid Services................. 406-994-2845
MSU Foundation........................ 406-994-2053
Orientation.................................. 406-994-2827
Planning and Analysis................. 406-994-2341
President's Office........................ 406-994-2341
Provost's Office.......................... 406-994-4371
Registrar..................................... 406-994-2601
Residence Life............................ 406-994-2661
Information Technology Center.... 406-994-3042
University Relations..................... 406-994-4571

Please see our online directories for phone numbers and e-mail addresses for individual faculty, staff, and students.