Quick Facts: 2015-2016

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 56 fields, and doctoral degrees in 33 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
  • Society for Range Management (SRM)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2015 was 15,688 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 949 194 1,143
Arts & Architecture 1,093  93 1,186
Business 1,349 32 1,381
Education & HHD 1,409 411 1,820
Engineering 3,404 207 3,611
Graduate School 0 313 313
Letters & Science 3,155 501 3,656
Nursing 897 82  979
Gallatin College 450 0 450
University College 1,001 0 1,001
Other 0 148 148
Total 13,707 1,981 15,688

Summer school of 2015 was attended by 3,788 students.

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2015 had a total enrollment of 15,688 students. Of these, 12,196 (78%) attended full time and 3,492 (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 75 58 0 8 9 1 83 67 1 151
First-Time Freshmen 1443 1101 2 267 204 7 1710 1305 9 3024
Continuing Freshmen 589 393 4 189 187 2 778 580 6 1364
Sophomores 1399 1072 3 194 189 3 1593 1261 6 2860
Juniors 1232 1034 5 110 105 0 1342 1139 5 2486
Seniors 1619 1378 1 246 196 0 1865 1574 1 3440
Second Degree 101 160 2 49 70 0 150 230 2 382
Subtotal 6458 5196 17 1063 960 13 7521 6156 30 13707
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 27 38 0 67 184 1 94 222 1 317
Master's Candidates 159 142 0 365 442 1 524 584 1 1109
Doctoral Candidates 84 75 0 191 202 3 275 277 3 555
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 270 255 0 623 828 5 893 1083 5 1981
Total 6728 5451 17 1686 1788 18 8414 7239 35 15688

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2015 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 7521  893  8414  54%
Female 6156  1083  7239  46%
Other/No Response 30  5  35  0%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 494 49 543 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 219 30 249 2%
Asian 116 17 133 1%
Black/African American 87 13 100 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 23 3 26 0%
White 11645 1600 13245 84%
Two or more races 424 61 485 3%
International 563 154 717 5%
Unknown 136 54 190 1%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average  22  33 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident  8683  1110  9793  62%
WUE  940  N/A 940 6%
Nonresident  4084  871  4955  32%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
FY 2013 4008 0 4008 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana  7760  891  8651  55%
Other US  5392  949  6341  40%
Foreign  555  141  696  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 2015 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 2015 had 3024 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.4 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 21.3 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 3.45 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 69th 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.4 22.0
Total SAT 1722 1540

Fifty percent (1515) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 50 percent were from other states (1447) or foreign countries (62). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 221 7%
Arts & Architecture 253 8%
Business 277 9%
Education & HHD 185 6%
Engineering 818 27%
University College 433 14%
Letters & Science 594 20%
Nursing 150 5%
Gallatin College 93 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:

  2015-16
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $6,849 $22,081
Room/Board** 8,650 8,650
Books/Supplies 1,250 1,250
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,350 3,350
TOTAL $20,099 $35,331

*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 2014-15, the University awarded 3,035 degrees and certificates:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 66
  • Certificate Graduate:  59
  • Associate degrees:  57
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2,239
  • Master's degrees: 535
  • Specialist degrees: 0
  • Doctoral degrees: 79

MSU has granted 113,989 certificates and degrees in its 122 year history (1893-2015). MSU has awarded 86 non degree certificates, 201  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 147 Associates of Applied Science, 25 Associate's, 95,215 Bachelor's, 16,162 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,104 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 2013 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 113,989 certificates and degrees in its 122 year history (1893-2015). MSU has awarded 86 non degree certificates, 201  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 147 Associates of Applied Science, 25 Associate's, 95,215 Bachelor's, 16,162 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,104 Doctorates. The database contains current, active addresses for 87,237 individual alumni, 46% of whom reside in Montana.

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 Creative Activity

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 $106.9 million in work for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. That includes $87.8 million in competitively won federal funds, as well as $1.5 million in gift funds for research. It also includes $14.6 million in state and $3.0 million in federal funding both largely for agricultural research through the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

MSU currently (2014-15) holds 90 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 67 additional patents pending, and has 264 license and option agreements with private firms, 78 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 2014-15 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 133,414,214 70%
State Allocations 55,384,931 29%
Other Revenues 722,009 0%
Transfers 91,807 1%
Total $189,612,961 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $90,327,173 47%
Research 2,357,668 1%
Public Service 2,328,757 1%
Academic Support 24,732,763 13%
Student Services 14,468,333 8%
Institutional Support 14,358,413 8%
Physical Plant 19,914,354 11%
Scholarships 20,922,752 11%
Total 189,410,213 100%

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

  Employees

Based on a fall 2015 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 3,087 permanent faculty and staff, and 682 graduate teaching and research assistants. Of the 3,087 permanent employees, 2,334 are full time and 753 are part time; 1,373 are men and 1,713 are women. Total faculty number is 1,222, which includes 790 full-time and 432 part-time faculty and department heads, (includes 984 instructional faculty and 238 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions). Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,865.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 63 62 1 62.80 35 28
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Heads/Directors 29 28 1 28.75 19 10
Tenurable Instructional 472 460 12 468.87 283 189
Adjunct Instructional 483 93 390 253.43 210 273
Research 43 24 19 33.99 27 16
Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 116 108  8 112.20 50 66
Library 16 15 1 15.20 5 11
Subtotal 1222 790 432 974.64 629 593
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 777 626 151 709.00 322 454
Classified Professional 301 253 48 282.44 100 201
Secretarial/Clerical 192 139 53 168.72 12 180
Technical/Paraprofessional 256 213 43 234.87 100 256
Skilled Crafts 57 56 1 56.75 56 1
Service/Maintenance 282 257 25 269.35 154 128
Subtotal 1865 1544 321 1721.13 744 1220
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching/Research 682 0 682 n/a 253 279
Subtotal 682 0 682 n/a 253 279
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 3769 2334 1435 n/a 1626 2092
Without Grad Assistants 3087 2334 753 2695.77 1373 1813

  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.