Quick Facts: 2016-2017

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 2016 was 16,440 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 1,038 209 1,247
Arts & Architecture 1,072  106 1,178
Business 1,436 37 1,473
Education & HHD 1,475 398 1,873
Engineering 3,673 212 3,885
Graduate School 0 319 319
Letters & Science 3,318 658 3,976
Nursing 1,005 98  1,103
Gallatin College 514 0 514
University College 867 3 870
Honors 2 0 2
Total 14,400 2,040 16,440

Summer school of 2016 was attended by 3,959 students.

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2016 had a total enrollment of 16,440 students. Of these, 12,814 (78%) attended full time and 3,626 (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 49 42 0 50 53 1 99 95 1 195
First-Time Freshmen 1629 1297 3 317 253 4 1946 1550 7 3503
Continuing Freshmen 577 423 11 182 131 3 759 554 14 1327
Sophomores 1391 1100 6 191 165 3 1582 1265 9 2856
Juniors 1344 1030 10 106 104 2 1450 1134 12 2596
Seniors 1641 1439 3 248 186 2 1889 1625 5 3519
Second Degree 103 143 7 65 84 2 168 227 9 404
Subtotal 6734 5474 40 1159 976 17 7893 6450 57 14400
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 39 56 0 91 193 0 130 249 0 379
Master's Candidates 142 163 0 378 385 0 520 548 0 1068
Doctoral Candidates 92 73 1 198 229 0 290 302 1 593
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 273 292 1 667 807 0 940 1099 1 2040
Total 7007 5766 41 1826 1783 17 8833 7549 58 16440

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2016 had the following characteristics:


Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 7893  1099  8992  55%
Female 6450  940  7390  45%
Other/No Response 57  1  58  0%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 556 53 609 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 215 36 251 2%
Asian 136 25 161 1%
Black/African American 96 8 104 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 18 3 21 0%
White 12059 1634 13693 83%
Two or more races 535 73 608 4%
International 555 167 722 4%
Unknown 230 41 271 2%
Total 14400 2040 16440 100%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average  22  32 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident  8983  1139  10122  62%
WUE  1108  N/A 1108 6%
Nonresident  4309  901  5210  32%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
Fall 2016 5442 0 5442 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana  7940 920  8860  54%
Other US  5905  953  6858  42%
Foreign  555  167  722  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 2016 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 2016 had 3503 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.5 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 3.48 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 69th 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.3 22.0
Total SAT 1716 1540

Fifty percent (1745) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 49 percent were from other states (1719) or foreign countries (39), 1 percent. Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 273 8%
Arts & Architecture 281 8%
Business 326 9%
Education & HHD 239 7%
Engineering 902 26%
University College 421 12%
Letters & Science 734 21%
Nursing 198 6%
Gallatin College 129 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:

  2016-17
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $6,887 $23,185
Room/Board** 8,900 8,900
Books/Supplies 1,300 1,300
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,380 3,380
TOTAL $20,467 $36,765

*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 2015-16, the University awarded 3,005 degrees and certificates:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 65
  • Certificate Graduate:  61
  • Associate degrees: 60
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2,282
  • Master's degrees: 477
  • Specialist degrees: 0
  • Doctoral degrees: 60

MSU has granted 116,994 certificates and degrees in its 123 year history (1893-2016). MSU has awarded 147 non degree certificates, 266  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 169 Associates of Applied Science, 63 Associate's, 97,497 Bachelor's, 16,639 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,164 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

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

or visit Bobcat Athletics online.

  Alumni

MSU has granted 116,994 certificates and degrees in its 123 year history (1893-2016). MSU has awarded 147 non degree certificates, 266  Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 169 Associates of Applied Science, 63 Associate's, 97,497 Bachelor's, 16,639 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 2,164 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 $118.3 million in work for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. That includes $90.9 million in competitively won federal funds, as well as $1.5 million in gift funds for research. It also includes $14.1 million in state and $3.0 million in federal funding both largely for agricultural research through the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.  In addition, $3.3 million was expended from the Montana Research and Economic Development Initiative (MREDI) funding, which is a first time award/investment from the state of Montana.

MSU currently (2015-16) holds 92 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 58 additional patents pending, and has 273 license and option agreements 75 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 2015-16 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 138,847,401 66%
State Allocations 69,667,819 33%
Other Revenues 803,876 0%
Transfers 1,230,646 1%
Total $210,549,742 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $98,189,218 48%
Research 4,280,864 2%
Public Service 2,557,202 1%
Academic Support 25,431,430 12%
Student Services 15,114,404 7%
Institutional Support 15,032,691 7%
Physical Plant 23,063,607 11%
Scholarships 21,162,454 10%
Total 204,831,870 100%

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

  Employees -- current employee data will be posted soon.

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.