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, graduate certificates in 12 fields, master's degrees in 68 fields, and doctoral degrees in 35  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 Academic Technology & Outreach 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)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • 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
  • Society for Range Management (SRM)

  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2018 was 16,902 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 1044 198 1242
Arts & Architecture 1014 111 1125
Business 1501 43 1544
Education & HHD 1444 394 1838
Engineering 3691 198 3889
Graduate School 0 292 292
etters & Science 3605 632 4237
Nursing 1044 115 1159
Gallatin College 716 0 716
University College 855 0 855
Honors 5 0 5
Total 14919 1983 16902

Summer school of 2018 was attended by 3,892 students.

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2018 had a total enrollment of 16,902 students. Of these, 13,085 (77%) attended full time and 3,817 (23%) attended part time.

   
Undergraduates Full Time Part Time OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-degree 56 32 1 62 127 10 288
First-Time Freshmen 1558 1244 3 314 267 1 3387
Continuing Freshmen 553 366 3 213 157 2 1294
Sophomores 1398 1175 6 231 201 6 3017
Juniors 1356 1226 12 106 116 3 2819
Seniors 1770 1521 10 262 192 1 3756
Second Degree 83 137 6 47 83 2 358
Subtotal 6774 5701 41 1235 1143 25 14919
Graduates Full Time Part Time OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-Degree Graduates 41 61 0 93 201 0 396
Master's Candidates 165 151 0 294 332 1 943
Doctoral Candidates 62 88 1 258 220 0 629
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 4 11 0 15
Subtotal 268 300 1 649 764 1 1983
Total 7042 6001 42 1884 1907 26 16902

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2018 had the following characteristics:

 

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 8009 917  8926  53%
Female 6844  1064  7908  47%
Other/No Response 66  2 68  0%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 638 65 703 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 199 64 263 2%
Asian 146 17 163 1%
Black/African American 81 9 90 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 19 2 21 0%
White 12484 1561 14045 83%
Two or more races 744 84 828 5%
International 438 152 590 3%
Unknown 170 29 199 1%
Total 14919 1983 16902 100%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average  21  32 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 9032 1145  10177  60%
WUE  1003  N/A 1003 6%
Nonresident  4884  838  5722  34%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
Fall 2018 2941 0 2941 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana 7737 948  8685  51%
Other US 6670  898 7568  45%
Foreign  512  137  649  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 2018 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 73 foreign countries.

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

  Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2018 had 3387 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.4 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 3.54 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 70th 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.2 22.0
Total SAT 1233 1120

Forty seven percent (1598) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 51 percent were from other states (1737) or foreign countries (52), 2 percent. Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 242 7%
Arts & Architecture 256 8%
Business 328 10%
Education & HHD 205 6%
Engineering 820 24%
University College 410 12%
Letters & Science 777 23%
Nursing 203 6%
Gallatin College 146 4%

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:

  2018-19
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $7,277 $24,993
Room/Board** 10,100 10,100
Books/Supplies 1,450 1,450
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,626 3,626
TOTAL $22453 $40,169

*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 2017-18, the University awarded 3,233 degrees and certificates:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 64
  • Certificate Graduate:  82
  • Certificate Undgraduate:  16
  • Associate degrees: 64
  • Associate of Applied Science:  40
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2,396
  • Master's degrees: 480
  • Specialist degrees: 0
  • Professional degree:  20
  • Doctoral degrees: 71

MSU has granted 123,407 certificates and degrees in its 125 year history (1893-2018). MSU has awarded 315 non degree certificates, 412  Certificates of Applied Science, 61 Professional degrees, 240 Associates of Applied Science, 174 Associate's, 102,263 Bachelor's, 17,615 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,319 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 2016 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

Leon Costello
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or visit Bobcat Athletics online.

  Alumni

MSU has granted 123,407 certificates and degrees in its 125 year history (1893-2018). MSU has awarded 315 non degree certificates, 412  Certificates of Applied Science, 61 Professional degrees, 240 Associates of Appl

 

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

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

or visit the Alumni Association online.

  Research and Economic Development

As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. The university’s overall research enterprise did $126 million in work for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. That includes $101 million in competitively won federal, state and private  funds, as well as $3.2 million in gift and state appropriated funds for research. It also includes $16 million in state and federal funding both largely for agricultural research through the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

MSU currently (2017-18) holds 70 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 50 additional patents pending, and has 264 license and option agreements 79 of which are with Montana companies. Visit Research and Economic Development 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 2017-18 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 161,288,278 72%
State Allocations 60,522,177 27%
Other Revenues 3,362,719 1%
Total $225,173,174 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $107,277,536 48%
Research 1,123,115 1%
Public Service 2,874,964 1%
Academic Support 27,137,860 12%
Student Services 18,052,800 8%
Institutional Support 17,540,879 8%
Physical Plant 23,229,457 10%
Scholarships 25,993,777 12%
Total 223,230,388 100%

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

  Employees

 

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 62 59 3 60.85 37 25
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Tenurable Faculty 588 575 13 583.34 342 246
Non Tenurable Faculty 107 66 41 78.34 37 69
Adjunct Instructional 485 95 390 266.35 190 295
Research 42 20 22 31.17 22 21
Library 16 14 2 15.50 4 12
Subtotal 1300 829 471 1035.55 632 668
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 700 574 126 651.27 298 402
Classified Professional 430 343 87 389.03 139 291
Secretarial/Clerical 167 117 50 146.40 10 157
Technical/Paraprofessional 226 187 39 209.40 89 137
Skilled Crafts 54 53 1 53.50 52 2
Service/Maintenance 337 326 11 331.13 204 133
Subtotal 1914 1600 314 1780.73 792 1122
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching/Research 620 0 620 n/a 366 254
Subtotal 620 0 620 n/a 366 254
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 3834 2429 1405 n/a 1790 2044
Without Grad Assistants 3214 2429 785 2816.28 1424 1790

  Information Contacts

Contact Phone Number
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.