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 19 fields, master's degrees in 62 fields, and doctoral degrees in 34  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)
  • 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 2017 was 16,703 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 1,063 205 1,268
Arts & Architecture 1,020  112 1,132
Business 1,482 40 1,522
Education & HHD 1,434 387 1,821
Engineering 3,723 207 3,930
Graduate School 0 280 280
Letters & Science 3,409 646 4,055
Nursing 1,015 101  1,116
Gallatin College 634 0 634
University College 937 0 937
Honors 8 0 8
Total 14,725 1,978 16,703

Summer school of 2017 was attended by 4,017 students.

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2017 had a total enrollment of 16,703 students. Of these, 12,992 (78%) attended full time and 3,711 (22%) attended part time.

   
Undergraduates Full Time Part Time Total OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-degree 38 64 0 53 115 10 91 179 10 280
First-Time Freshmen 1535 1249 3 298 268 3 1833 1517 6 3356
Continuing Freshmen 567 393 5 212 151 6 779 544 11 1334
Sophomores 1467 1237 5 189 177 4 1656 1414 9 3079
Juniors 1308 1085 12 125 138 3 1433 1223 15 2671
Seniors 1759 1440 5 238 200 3 1997 1640 8 3645
Second Degree 93 131 7 47 81 1 140 212 8 360
Subtotal 6767 5599 37 1162 1130 30 7929 6729 67 14725
Graduates Full Time Part Time Total OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-Degree Graduates 42 55 1 83 193 0 125 248 1 374
Master's Candidates 182 153 0 325 331 0 507 484 0 991
Doctoral Candidates 62 93 1 223 220 0 285 313 1 599
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 5 9 0 5 9 0 14
Subtotal 286 301 2 636 753 0 922 1054 2 1978
Total 7053 5900 39 1798 1883 30 8851 7783 69 16703

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2017 had the following characteristics:


Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 7929 922  8851  53%
Female 6729  1054  7783  47%
Other/No Response 67  2  69  0%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 611 56 667 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 196 64 260 2%
Asian 142 16 158 1%
Black/African American 68 7 75 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 17 1 18 0%
White 12358 1576 13934 83%
Two or more races 626 68 694 4%
International 508 162 670 4%
Unknown 199 28 227 1%
Total 14725 1978 16703 100%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average  21  32 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 9125 1126  10251  61%
WUE  993  N/A 993 6%
Nonresident  4607  852  5459  33%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
Fall 2016 5442 0 5442 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana 7903 918  8821  53%
Other US 6314  898 7212  43%
Foreign  508  162  670  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 2017 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 2017 had 3356 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 3.51 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 70th 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.1 22.0
Total SAT 1141 1120

Fifty percent (1667) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 49 percent were from other states (1665) or foreign countries (24), 1 percent. Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 242 7%
Arts & Architecture 250 7%
Business 332 10%
Education & HHD 209 6%
Engineering 856 26%
University College 397 12%
Letters & Science 740 22%
Nursing 194 6%
Gallatin College 136 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:

  2017-18
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $7,079 $24,071
Room/Board** 9,250 9,250
Books/Supplies 1,350 1,350
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,450 3,450
TOTAL $21,129 $38,121

*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 2016-17, the University awarded 3,180 degrees and certificates:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 82
  • Certificate Graduate:  70
  • Associate degrees: 78
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2,370
  • Master's degrees: 496
  • Specialist degrees: 0
  • Doctoral degrees: 84

MSU has granted 120,174 certificates and degrees in its 124 year history (1893-2017). MSU has awarded 217 non degree certificates, 348  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 200 Associates of Applied Science, 110 Associate's, 99,867 Bachelor's, 17,135 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,248 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 120,174 certificates and degrees in its 124 year history (1893-2017). MSU has awarded 217 non degree certificates, 348  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 200 Associates of Applied Science, 110 Associate's, 99,867 Bachelor's, 17,135 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,248 Doctorates.

 

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 $130 million in work for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. That includes $98 million in competitively won federal funds, as well as $1.67 million in gift funds for research. It also includes $13.8 million in state and $2.8 million in federal funding both largely for agricultural research through the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

MSU currently (2016-17) holds 75 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 45 additional patents pending, and has 264 license and option agreements 78 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 2016-17 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 152,107,621 69%
State Allocations 62,110,246 28%
Other Revenues 1,917,861 1%
Transfers 4,138,693 2%
Total $220,274,421 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $106,513,428 48%
Research 7,067,618 3%
Public Service 2,508,745 1%
Academic Support 27,062,324 12%
Student Services 17,859,598 8%
Institutional Support 17,855,505 8%
Physical Plant 23,450,961 10%
Scholarships 23,507,885 10%
Total 225,826,064 100%

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 64 62 2 63.40 36 28
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Heads/Directors 33 33 0 33.00 22 11
Tenurable Instructional 503 472 31 483.65 296 207
Adjunct Instructional 526 97 429 285.34 213 313
Research 42 22 20 31.85 23 19
Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 144 128  16 135.90 62 82
Library 18 15 3 16.68 5 13
Subtotal 1330 829 501 1049.82 657 673
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 751 602 149 681.62 315 436
Classified Professional 425 333 92 380.90 138 287
Secretarial/Clerical 188 129 59 162.69 14 174
Technical/Paraprofessional 259 214 45 239.44 103 156
Skilled Crafts 58 57 1 57.75 57 1
Service/Maintenance 322 312 10 316.73 188 134
Subtotal 2003 1647 356 1839.12 815 1188
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching/Research 749 0 749 n/a 437 312
Subtotal 749 0 749 n/a 437 312
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 4082 2476 1606 n/a 1909 2173
Without Grad Assistants 3333 2476 857 2888.94 1472 1861

  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.