Welcome to the Bobcat family

Now that you're officially a member of the Bobcat family, explore the next steps to becoming an enrolled student at MSU. Learn how to plan a visit to Bozeman, when to sign up for Orientation and housing, how to share your Bobcat pride and more!



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Your Next Steps

While Montana State doesn't have a commitment deadline, we do recommend taking the following steps to confirm your attendance before school starts!

1. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

We encourage incoming students to apply for scholarships and financial aid as soon as possible. Montana State University offers millions of dollars to incoming students every year; these awards are both merit-based and need-based. Many of these programs require separate applications, which include priority submission dates. Visit our financial info pages for more information.


2. Apply for Housing

At Montana State, we require all freshmen to live on-campus in our residence halls to get the most out of their first-year experience. MSU currently offers over 12 different living options to freshmen students. You can learn more about the different living options at the University Student Housing website.

3. Visit Campus

One of the most important parts of the college decision process is the campus visit. You have the opportunity to tour campus, meet current students, take a sample class, explore the Bozeman area and more! Campus visit opportunities are available year-round.

4. Send Your Paperwork

We'll need a few final details squared away before you start with us. Make sure that you send all pertinent documents, including final high school and college transcripts, AP and/or IB scores and health records. Learn how to explore your own personalized checklist at the button below!


5. Orientation/Class Registration Information

We require all incoming students to attend an Orientation/Class Registration session. Sessions are offered before the start of your intended entry term, and provide you with the opportunity to meet an academic advisor, select your courses and register for the semester. You'll also get to meet future classmates and officially join the Bobcat family.



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Bobcat Pride

Montana State University is Montana's largest and fastest-growing university. MSU is constantly striving to improve the quality of the student experience on campus. From research and academic projects to new academic and student facilities, check out some of the exciting progress we're making and what's new at Montana State University.

Social Spotlight

Looking to connect? Meet up with your classmates on social media before you get to campus!


Join the official Montana State Class of 2028 group here.


Follow the official Admissions Instagram account here.


Follow the official Admissions Twitter account here.



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If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at [email protected], or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.