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Admission as an Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate students are first-time college students, or have attempted college level credits during high school and/or after graduating high school, or have not been awarded a bachelor’s degree.

Applications for admission to undergraduate programs are processed by the Office of Admissions. The requirements for admission are described in the following sections. There are several options for obtaining application forms to MSU.

Applications are accepted from resident, non-resident, and international students. Eligible undergraduate students may attend full-time or part-time. Montana State University retains the right to establish requirements which will ensure successful scholastic performance.

General Admission Information

Applicants are responsible for submitting applications for admission, financial aid, and housing, must provide verification of immunizations, and must register for the New Student Orientation/Registration program. Applicants should be aware of the following:

  1. Applicants are requested to voluntarily provide their social security number, which permits the school to distinguish between individuals with the same or similar names.

  2. Students intending to apply for financial aid may obtain appropriate forms from their high school guidance office, online at or by contacting Financial Aid Services, 406-994-2845. MSU's FAFSA school code is 002532.

  3. Students with less than 30 credits of college level coursework are required to live in the residence halls. Additional information about residence life and family housing should be referred to the Residence Life Office, (406) 994-2661.

  4. Students must submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website, and clicking on the “On-line Student Health” link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration of classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, 406-994-2311.

  5. Students with a health condition or a disability which should be brought to MSU's attention may submit a confidential letter of need to Disability/ Re-Entry & Veterans Services. Questions about services for disabled students should be referred to the Office of Disability, Re-Entry & Veterans Services, 406-994-2824.

  6. All admitted students must attend a New Student Orientation and Registration session prior to the beginning of the semester. Information about Orientation dates will be sent from the Orientation Office after admission has been determined. Questions should be referred to the Orientation Office, 406-994-2827.

When to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six to eight months prior to the first semester of attendance. This will allow adequate time for the student to request any academic credentials needed to complete the application file, make housing arrangements, process financial aid materials, and participate in New Student Orientation and Registration.

Applications should be on file in the Office of Admissions according to the following priority dates:

Fall semester - July 1
Spring semester - December 1
Summer session - May 1

Applicants will be notified of their admission status as soon as possible after all necessary credentials to determine a student’s admissions status have been received by the Office of Admissions.

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