Montana State University

Student Services

Dean of Students' Office

The purposes of the Dean of Students Office are to act as an advocate for students, to consult and work with individual students and student groups, and to work with other campus offices in creating a sense of community at MSU. Assistance is available on a "drop-in" basis or by appointment. A few of the services available are:

  • Processing withdrawals from the university
  • Consulting with or troubleshooting for students
  • Coordinating fraternities and sororities
  • Coordinating conduct/discipline actions
  • Hearing student grievances and appeals
  • Providing general information or assistance
  • Administering and interpreting the Student Conduct Code

The Dean of Students Office is located in SUB room 174. Call 406-994-2826 for more information.

New Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend an Orientation/Registration session. Summer Orientation Programs are offered to new freshmen and transfer students. Programs for freshmen, transfers, and graduates are offered prior to each semester. Orientation assists students in course selection and registration, and location and use of campus facilities and services. It also highlights University academic assistance and special service programs as well as recreational and social programs. We believe that Orientation assists all new students in their transition to MSU and increases their chances for academic success. Upon acceptance to MSU, all students receive information on the Orientation Program. All new students pay a one-time New Student Fee of $65. All new transfer students pay a one-time New Transfer Student Fee of $50. This fee is included on the fee statement of the first semester in which a student attends MSU. Contact the Orientation Office at 406-994-2827 or visit for more information.

First Year Initiative (FYI) Program

The First Year Initiative (FYI) Program is a retention initiative for both students and families. FYI strives to make contact with all first year students through orientation info sessions, one-on-one advising meetings, in-class workshops, residence hall programs, and several grand scale campus events. The program is housed in two locations on campus, the SUB and South Hedges, making it easy for students to visit with our advisors at their convenience. We have also expanded our hours in South Hedges to include several late nights to accommodate busy student schedules. Our office will meet with any MSU student or prospective MSU students regardless of age or year in school.

FYI has four primary vehicles for helping students achieve success:

The College Student Inventory (CSI). This survey, taken at Orientation, is interpreted by our advisors on an individual basis. The CSI is a way for a student to further understand his or her personal strengths, weakenesses, opportunities and obstacles that may come into play during a career in higher education. Our advisors will sit down with each student on a one-on-one basis to consider which resources on campus would be most effective to a student, based on his or her concerns or questions. This meeting is recommended for all first-year students.

D and F Meetings. FYI works with faculty on campus to create an early warning system if a student is in danger of receiving a D or a F in a course. Our advisors will provide students with options and help formulate a success plan for the semester. Advisors can also answer questions about how academic performance may affect financial aid, living arrangements, and academic standing.

Mid-year Retention Intervention (MRI). The MRI meeting is a great option for students on academic probation. FYI advisors can create an personalized strategy for students based on current class load, work or activity schedules, learning styles, and personal motivations. FYI guides students throught the probationary process by explaining not only what probation is, but what performance is required to return to good academic standing.

Academic Workshops. The FYI program hosts one-on-one, small group, in-class, and residence hall workshops. Our advisors will create a customized meeting for a students or faculty requesting a new workshop or may select one from our established collection of workshops. These workshops include:

  • College Expectations
  • Test Taking
  • Overview of Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • How to Take Better Notes
  • Test Anxiety
  • How to Read Textbooks More Efficiently

Events. FYI wants students to excel both in and out of the classroom. As a result, FYI coordinates Catapalooza and Study Breaks. Catapalooza is our multi-day welcome event at the beginning of each fall semester, bringing hundreds of businesses and groups to campus. It is a unique opportunity to score freebies and find out about available student opportunities. Meanwhile, our study breaks provide a venue for stress relief, free entertainment, activities, and free food at the close of fall semester.

FYI Helpline. Questions? FYI also hosts the Helpline, making MSU's best resource for student success only a phone call away. Parents, family members, and students are welcome to call (406) 994 - 7359 for questions about courses, living options, curriculums, programs, resources, and any of the other confusing logistics of college!

Students and parents are also invited to email, chat, or instant message our advisors. Please email or visit for more information. Our parent site is available at .

Cat Card

The Cat Card is your MSU Student ID, an optional on-campus debit card, and after hour access card to the residence halls. The Cat Card also serves as a meal pass card and is used to gain entrance to Marga Hosaeus H&PE Center and student functions such as athletic events.

The magnetic strip on the back of the Cat Card contains information about the student's current status. When swiped at various locations on campus, this information determines, if the student is permitted to participate in the services or activities at a specific location.

Deposits can be made at the Cat Card and Meal Pass Offices to use the card as an on-campus debit card. You can also manage your account and make deposits online at The Cat Card can then be used to make purchases in all food areas, MSU Bookstore, Health Service, Dental Service, Strand Union retail areas, copy machines, laundry machines in the residence halls, various vending machines, parking areas, and other areas on campus that accept Cat Cards.

Your Cat Card is your "key" to the campus. For more information about the Cat Card visit the Cat Card Office in the lower level of the Strand Union Building or call 994-CARD. You may also visit our web site at

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Service (CPS) provides free, confidential counseling to eligible MSU students. CPS see approximately 900 students each year for a variety of concerns, including adjustment difficulties, academic struggles, depression, anxiety, relationships, substance use, eating disorders, current/past trauma or abuse, problematic behaviors, identity concerns or sexual health/sexuality issues and couples/relationship counseling.

In addition to counseling services, CPS staff is available to speak on an array of topics of general interest to the college population, such as time/stress management, wellness, healthy relationships, and awareness/prevention of depression, anxiety, substance use and suicide. They also provide consultation and training to student organizations, faculty and staff.

CPS is staffed by licensed PSYXchologists and counselors, as well as advanced graduate students. On campus for over 20 years, the agency is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Centers and the training program is accredited by the American PSYXchological Association. For more information, see their website at

Career, Internship, and Student Employment Services Office

Career Services, located at 177 Strand Union, offers a full range of career planning and employment services to students, alumni, the campus community, and employers. A primary goal of the office is to help students find satisfying career positions and to gain experience and career skills which will clarify goals and facilitate entry into the job market. Main services include:

  1. Networking opportunities for students and alumni to building relationships with employers, including but not limited to four career fairs annually.

  2. Workshops on career planning, job searching, interviewing, resume writing, and various career options.

  3. Career counseling to assist individuals with choice of major, career, job search preparation, career changes, or return to school (undergraduate or graduate programs).

  4. Career assessment, including career interest inventories, computerized guidance systems, and a personality indicator.

  5. A career library with job listings, an annual career survey of MSU graduates, career information, employer directories, literature and videotapes, and graduate school information. Internet connection to the World Wide Web is an integral source of career information and employment sources.

  6. Internships in a variety of fields and assistance in arranging academic credit for internship experience. Graduate internships for students interested in the career planning field are available in the office.

  7. On-campus interviews for summer, internship, and career positions with a variety of employers in business, industry, government, and education.

  8. A credential file service for teacher and graduate school candidates, in which files containing personal, educational, and employment/experience data and letters of recommendation are maintained.

Students concerned about choice of major or career, or with questions on career options, job search, or graduate school, should visit the Career Services Office in the Strand Union or at or call 406.994.4353.

Disability, Re-entry, and Veteran Services

The following support services for students are located in the Strand Union Building, Room 180.

Disabled Student Services

Disabled Student Services personnel determine eligibility for specific disability accommodations, assure the provision of approved accommodations, and provide direction, advice, and referral services for persons with verified disabilities. Students seeking accommodations for a disability must request services through Disabled Student Services, 155 Strand Union Building. Voice phone - 406-994-2824, TDD - 406-994-6701, fax - 406-994-3943, e-mail - or

Re-entry Student Services

Non-traditional-age students (25 and over) can find direction, support, and assistance in this office. Consumer information is available. Re-entry Student Services is located in 155 Strand Union. Voice phone - 406-994-2824, TDD - 406-994-6701, Fax - 406-994-3943, e-mail - or

Office of Veteran Services

The Office of Veteran Services provides service and assistance for veterans, dependents, and members of the guard and selected reserve who receive educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). DVA educational benefits recipients must have school enrollment certified each term by the MSU's certifying official. Applications for the MUS Honorable Discharged Veteran Fee Waiver (see Special Exemptions for full fee waiver information) are also reviewed by the certifying official for approval. Veteran Services is located in 155 Strand Union Building. Voice phone - 406-994-3661, TDD - 406-994-6701, Fax - 406-994-3943, e-mail - or

Community Involvement

The MSU Office for Community Involvement (OCI) connects campus resources to meet pressing community needs. Thousands of MSU students volunteer with area non-profit and tax-exempt organizations annually to provide valuable human and community services in the Bozeman area and throughout the western United States. In addition to hosting the annual "Into the Streets Community Involvement Fair," the office coordinates immersion service opportunities over spring break and manages the MSU America Reads*America Counts program which works with and supports area children to achieve and succeed academically. The OCI provides over 300 AmeriCorps Service Scholarships each year to students serving in community settings as part of their academic requirements or as extra-curricular activities. These scholarship funds available to MSU students total nearly $500,000 per year!

A simple way to get involved is by attending the "Into the Streets" event held at the beginning of fall semester, when an array of community service organizations visit campus with opportunities for all interested students. From building houses or assisting in grade schools, to teaching swimming or building local trails, you have a full menu of options. There are part-day and full-day projects so you can savor this opportunity and still have time for school work and other extracurricular activities. These opportunities also include ongoing work-study positions with area non-profit groups and internship opportunities where your service is both rewarding and meeting academic requirements! Check the campus paper and listen for announcements in your residence hall about "Into the Streets."

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to meet other students and to become better acquainted with Montana's communities, involvement in off-campus community service activities is for you! It can also help you explore a career or major option, make off-campus contacts, and apply your classroom knowledge to the "real world." You can combine a commitment to service with an AmeriCorps Service Scholarship and also earn funds to help pay for future higher education expenses!

If you would like more information, you may contact the MSU Office for Community Involvement at 406-994-6902, or via email to or visit the office in room 330 Culbertson Hall.

TRiO/Student Support Services

TRiO/Student Support Services (TRiO/SSS) is a federally funded program designed to increase the retention and graduation rate of eligible students. In order to receive services, a student must qualify under ONE of the following criteria: low income, first generation college student, or an individual with a disability. TRiO/SSS offers tutoring, a Learning Strategies course, math preparation courses, and individual academic support. TRiO/SSS is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. TRiO/SSS is located at 185 Strand Union Building; call 406-994-4541 or fax 406-994-4560.

Women's Center

The Women's Center is open to women and men students, faculty and staff, and community members who are considering returning to school, to assist in meeting academic and personal needs. Located in Strand Union Building, Room 372, the Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, when school is in session. Services and resources include: weekly Sack Lunch Seminars; assistance to re-entry women; a library with books, periodicals, tapes, and other resources addressing women's concerns; career and scholarship information; programs and events celebrating National Women's History month in March; the annual Shannon Weatherly Lecture; a bi-monthly newsletter; and a variety of other services and programs.

Testing Service

The Testing Service coordinates the scheduling and administration of national testing programs such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the ACT, Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), the General Educational Development Program (GED), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The Testing Service proctors correspondence course exams, and exams for professors and resource students with disabilities who qualify for special test considerations.

Strand Union

The Strand Union Building (SUB) is the center of campus activity at MSU. The SUB provides daily services, amenities, and out-of-classroom opportunities for informal interaction among members of the college community. Through student government, organizations, and employment, the SUB provides a cultural, social, and recreational environment to complement classroom and study experiences.

Strand Union Administration, 280 SUB, includes the offices of Director, Building Supervisor, Cashier, and Marketing Manager. Visit or call 406-994-3082 for more information.

Focused on serving the needs of students, staff, faculty, and University guests, the Strand Union has four student-managed, student-staffed service centers. The "ASK US" Information Center/Ticket Office provides campus information, handles lost and found, stamps, student paycheck distribution, and ticket sales. Visit for MSU Events and Schedules, MSU Info and Directories, Community Info, and other helpful sites. Cards 'N' Copies provides a convenient copy service, color copies and output, postal and binding services, class notes, and greeting cards. Strand Union Graphics offers poster, identity and web design services, and scanning and color output. The Recreation Center provides a social gathering place and stress relief with bowling, billiards, foosball, videos, snacks, tournaments, and classes.

The Strand Union offers meeting rooms (seating from 10 to 1700), the MSU Bookstore, full-service banking, student lounges, and ATMs. There are also USPS, Federal Express, and United Parcel Service drop boxes. Strand Union food services include Avogadro's Number, Bobcat Food Court, Catering, S.R.O. Espresso, Sweet Shop, Freshens, and the Union Market.

The SUB is home to the Associated Students of Montana State University (Campus Entertainment, Exit Gallery, Exponent newspaper, Legal Services, KGLT radio), the Mainstage Theatre, Theatre Arts Box Office, Shakespeare in the Parks, and the MSU Cat Card Office. These Student Affairs Division are also in the SUB: Vice President for Student Affairs, TRiO/Student Support Services, Career Services, Conference Services, Dean of Students' Office, Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services, Financial Aid Services, and the Office of Student Activities.

Student Health Service

The Swingle Student Health Center is located at the east end of the Strand Union Building. The Student Health Service provides a wide range of out-patient medical care and health promotion services for MSU students and spouses. In addition to routine health care, the Student Health Service has a clinical laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, and nutrition services. The Student Health Service is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and is a member of the American College Health Association. All MSU students who carry four or more credits are charged the health fee each semester and are eligible for care at the Student Health Service. Students carrying less than four credits and non-student spouses may also receive care at the Student Health Service if they pay the health fee. For more information call 406-994-2311.


All MSU students are required to show proof of current immunizations against the following vaccine-preventable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (two doses of each unless born before 1/1/57). New students must also complete the Student Health Service's tuberculosis screening form. Students identified by the screening process as high risks for tuberculosis must be tested. Students will not be permitted to register for classes until the Student Health Services receives verification of immunizations, screening, and (if required) testing.

Medical Insurance Plan

Montana State University students who carry four or more credits are required to carry medical/surgical insurance. Medical insurance is available for all MSU students through a health insurance program coordinated by the Student Health Advisory Committee. Students who already have adequate insurance may request a waiver of the insurance fee upon providing proof of other health insurance coverage.

Health Promotion

The student Health Promotion program is a comprehensive set of evidence-based programs, activities and campaigns designed to enhance the academic, social and personal health of MSU students. Health Promotion utilizes a public health approach and works to create a safe, healthy and learning-conducive environment via policy, research, education, marketing and programming that focuses on known health risks among college students. Objectives involve the reduction of harm associated with heavy alcohol, tobacco and drug use, violence, unsafe sexual practices and unhealthy eating. Efforts also involve promoting mental health, protective behaviors and healthy norms within the student population. Health Promotion involves students as paid interns and volunteers, and works collaboratively with other campus and community entities. For more information call 406-994-7337.

The VOICE Center

This program is part of MSU Health Promotion with the goal of providing free confidential support, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Trained student advocates and professional staff work with faculty, other campus professionals, and the Bozeman community to provide campus-wide advocacy and education. Services include walk-in hours as well as a 24-hour crisis line. Students of any age or gender are invited to stop in or call for information: 406-994-7069.

Dental Clinic

The Dental Clinic is located at the south end of the Swingle Student Health Center. The Dental Clinic is a preventive and urgent care facility. Services include: check-ups, cleaning, emergency treatment, consultations, and referrals. Some limited routine services can be provided as time permits. Treatment is by appointment only, except for emergencies which can be seen on a walk-in basis. Students who have paid the Health Service fee are eligible to utilize the clinic. Part-time students taking less than seven credits may pay this fee optionally. For appointments or more information, phone 406-994-2314.

Graphic and Media Services

Several agencies on the University campus provide photography, design, printing, and copying services.

Graphic Services

Complete professional graphic design, typesetting, print production, photography, and darkroom services are available from University Graphic Arts, 321 Culbertson Hall, a branch of the Office of Communications Services. Graphic and web design, scanning, and color output services are also available from Strand Union Graphics.

Copying Service

The Renne Library has a copy service in the basement and coin-operated copiers in lobby areas. Cards 'N' Copy and University Printing Services (see below) also offer complete copy services.

Computer Services

For student use, the Information Technology Center operates microcomputer facilities in Reid, Roberts, and Cheever Halls. A wide variety of software packages are available, including word processing, spreadsheets, database managers, and drawing and design packages.

University Printing Services

Located in the basement of Culbertson Hall, University Printing Services provides copying and a large variety of specialized printing services for all university departments, faculty, staff, students, and university organizations. University Printing Services strives to provide the highest quality printing and copying in a timely fashion at a price below on- or off-campus services.

Audiotape Duplication

The Multimedia Language Center in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures can duplicate audiotape cassettes, provided the requestor has copyright permission to do so and supplies the proper cassette materials. Generally, there is one-day copy service.

Audio Video Listening and Viewing

The Renne Library has facilities for listening to audio cassettes, phonograph records, and compact discs, as well as viewing video cassettes and slides.

Campus Post Office

A full-service post office is located at Culbertson Hall on Harrison Street. All services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stamp sales and a letter drop are available at ASK-US in the Strand Union; weekday pickup is at 8:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A USPS mailbox with 3:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday pickup is located outside the Strand Union south entrance. Priority Mail, stamp sales, and a letter drop are available at Cards 'N' Copies, which has a 2:00 p.m. weekday pickup.

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