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Quick Facts, 2001-02

Facts & Stats

Quick Facts provides an overview of MSU's enrollment, employment, and programs for the current year. Historical figures for many topics are available through the Office of Planning and Analysis, and MSU posts the Common Data Set online. If you have questions or suggestions for facts you would like to see included, please send e-mail to facts@montana.edu.

 
Organization
Affiliated Campuses
University Administration
Term Calendar
Accreditation

Enrollment
Enrollment by College
Full and Part Time Enrollment  
Student Demographics
Entering Freshmen
Degrees Awarded

Expenses
Student Expenses
Financial Aid
Programs
Academic Programs
Athletics
Alumni

Research/Outreach
Research and Creative Activity
Montana Agricultural Experiment Station
Montana Extension Service

Miscellaneous
Peer Institutions
General Operations Funding
Employees
Information Contacts

 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:

Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education.


 Academic Programs

MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 40 fields, and doctoral degrees in 13 fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. For more information on specific programs, see:


 Accreditation

MSU has been accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges since 1932. Eligible professional programs within the University are accredited by the following agencies:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business and Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Dietetics Association
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • International Association for Management Education (AACSB)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

 Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2001 was 11,745 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 698 131 829
Arts & Architecture 1,414 85 1,499
Business 1,072 37 1,109
Education & HHD 1,296 195 1,491
Engineering 2,114 155 2,269
Letters & Science 2,076 354 2,430
Nursing 564 19 583
General Studies/Other 1,303 232 1,535
Total 10,537 1,208 11,745

Summer school of 2001 was attended by 3052 students.


 Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2001 had a total enrollment of 11,745 students. Of these, 9580 (82%) attended full time and 2165 (18%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 25 28 10 20 35 48 83
First-Time Freshmen 1076 781 128 89 1204 870 2074
Continuing Freshmen 644 517 119 110 763 627 1390
Sophomores 945 838 108 127 1053 965 2018
Juniors 992 807 118 115 1110 922 2032
Seniors 1224 1049 228 180 1452 1229 2681
Second Degree 70 95 46 48 116 143 259
       Subtotal 4976 4115 757 689 5733 4804 10537
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 21 19 83 131 104 150 254
Master's Candidates 206 157 164 186 370 343 713
Doctoral Candidates 62 24 94 61 156 85 241
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
       Subtotal 289 200 341 378 630 578 1208
Total 5265 4315 1098 1067 6363 5382 11745

Historical enrollments by class are also available.


 Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2001 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5733 630 6363 54%
   Female 4804 578 5382 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 31 3 34 <1%
   Asian American 78 9 87 1%
   Hispanic American 118 10 128 1%
   Native American 202 23 225 2%
   White 9133 946 10079 86%
   Other 44 17 61 <1%
   Unknown 727 89 816 7%
   International 204 111 315 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.2 32.1 23.3  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7913 917 8830 75%
  WUE 457 0 457 4%
   Nonresident 2167 291 2458 21%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7421 805 8226 70%
   Other US 2912 292 3204 27%
   Foreign 204 111 315 3%

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 2001 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 57 foreign countries. For further information on the distribution of students by geographic origin, see:

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


 Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2001 had 1894 students--1801 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 93 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.5 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.5 years.

The following averages were achieved by the traditional freshmen. Historical averages are also available.

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.28 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.39 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 22.9 22.0
Total SAT 1105 1030

Sixty-nine percent (1310) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 31 percent were from other states (569) or foreign countries (15). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 92 5%
Arts & Architecture 263 14%
Business 168 9%
Education & HHD 119 6%
Engineering 391 21%
General Studies 568 30%
Letters & Science 233 12%
Nursing 60 3%

Thirty percent of the freshmen entered as General Studies majors, a program which gives them up to two years to take core curriculum courses and explore career alternatives before declaring a major.

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:

  2001-02 2002-03
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Room/Board** 5,050 5,050 5,120 5,120
Books/Supplies 750 750 850 850
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,300 2,300 2,350 2,350
Total $11,481 $18,247 $12,127
$19,764

*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 ($512/semester for 2001-02, $582 for 2002-2003). 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 for Fall 2001 and Spring 2002:

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


 Financial Aid

PLEASE NOTE: 2000-01 financial aid data will be published soon.

MSU distributed over $39 million in financial aid during 1999-00:

  • 80% as loans
  • 17% as grants and scholarships
  • 3% as work study

Approximately 73% of undergraduates received aid, with an average total award of over $3,000 from all aid sources. Approximately 450 graduate students received teaching and research assistantships. Visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU.

A historical breakdown of awards by source is also available.


 Degrees Awarded

In 2000-01, the University awarded 2029 degrees:

  • 1672 bachelor's degrees
  • 327 master's degrees
  • 30 doctoral degrees

A survey of 1998-99 graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 77% had found employment and 14% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $31,964 for bachelor's graduates, $35,269 for master's graduates, and $49,965 for doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 51 percent reporting working within Montana. PLEASE NOTE: data from 1999-2000 graduates will be published soon.

Historical information on degrees awarded by major 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, 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 (effective May 1, 2002)
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit Bobcat Athletics online.


 Alumni

MSU has granted 80,121 degrees in its 108 year history--68,750 bachelor's, 9916 master's, 1413 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and one specialist degree. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 54,989 individual alumni, 49% of whom reside in Montana.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Jaynee Groseth
Director, Alumni Affairs
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 2000-01, the University attracted $61,023,165 in grants and contracts--66% from federal agencies, 22% from private corporations and foundations, and 11% from state sources. MSU currently holds 29 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 99 additional patents pending, and has 42 license and option agreements with private firms, 24 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:

  • Northern Agricultural Research Center - Havre
  • Northwestern Agricultural Research Center - Kalispell
  • Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center - Conrad
  • Western Agricultural Research Center - Corvallis
  • Central Agricultural Research Center - Moccasin
  • Eastern Agricultural Research Center - Sidney
  • Southern Agricultural Research Center - Huntley

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 49 counties and four 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.


 Peer Institutions

In January of 1989 the University Funding Study Committee of the Montana State Legislature identified a set of peer campuses for each unit of the Montana University System. Criteria used in selecting peers were public funding, geographic region, role and scope, enrollment profile, and research mission. MSU and UM share the following group of peer campuses:

  • New Mexico State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • Utah State University


 General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2000-01 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $37,069,954 46%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 3,333,228 4%
     Miscellaneous 1,620,376 2%
     General Fund 32,594,277 41%
     Millage 5,378,560 7%
Total $79,996,395 100%

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $43,013,285 54%
     Research 566,950 1%
     Public Service 819,765 1%
    Academic Support 9,394,306 12%
     Student Services 6,289,817 8%
     Institutional Support               5,936,153 8%
     Physical Plant 9,785,775 12%
     Scholarships 3,337,389 4%
Total $79,143,440 100%

A fund balance of -$352,687 was carried forward to 2000-01.

Past data for FTE, revenue, and expenditures are available under Trend Data.


 Employees

Based on a fall 2001 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,691 permanent faculty and staff, 501 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,691 permanent employees, 2,137 are full time and 554 are part time; 1,308 are men and 1,383 are women. Total faculty number 950, which includes 702 full-time and 248 part-time instructional faculty and department heads, and an additional 162 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,681.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 60 59 1 59.95 39 21
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 50 49 1 49.50 38 12
   Tenurable Instructional 431 419 12 426.44 322 109
   Adjunct Instructional 307 101 206 176.39 133 174
   Research 54 37 17 45.41 42 12
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 93 82 11 88.01 52 41
   Library 15 14 1 14.67 6 9
Subtotal 950 702 248 800.42 593 357
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 532 393 139 460.78 271 261
   Classified Professional 248 210 38 233.66 99 149
   Secretarial/Clerical 337 269 68 309.52 16 321
   Technical/Paraprofessional 181 155 26 171.48 61 120
   Skilled Crafts 55 55 0 55.00 54 1
   Service/Maintenance 328 294 34 314.90 175 153
Subtotal 1681 1376 305 1545.34 676 1005
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 224 0 224 n/a 133 91
   Research 278 0 278 n/a 173 105
Subtotal 502 0 502 n/a 306 196
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3193 2137 1056 n/a 1614 1579
   Without Grad Assistants 2691 2137 554 2405.71 1308 1383


 Information Contacts
Campus Operator....................... 406-994-0211
Admissions, Undergraduate......... 406-994-6617
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
New Student Services................. 406-994-2452
Orientation.................................. 406-994-2827
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
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