Prospective Student Checklist

Become a part of Montana's premier university! Are you unsure of how to get started? Follow the steps below in the Prospective Student Checklist!

Want to see a personalized version of your admissions checklist?  Visit our MyInfo login instructions page to learn how to log in to your MyInfo dashboard.

1. Apply for Admission

New students may apply for admission at any time without all the necessary required materials. Applicants will be notified of missing or incomplete documents needed to complete the admissions process.

  • Apply online.
  • The Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education have suspended the requirement that students provide ACT or SAT test scores for admission to its four-year campuses. 
  • Optional: request that your official ACT or SAT test scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from ACT (MSU school code is 2420) or SAT (MSU school code is 4488) testing company
  • Request that all of your final, official college/dual enrollment transcript(s), Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate be sent directly to the Office of Admissions, if applicable.
  • Before or after you have applied for admission, MSU encourages you to visit the Montana State University campus or attend an MSU Friday (open to all students and family members).
  • After you have applied, track your admissions status online at MyInfo. Log in using either your MSU Student ID or your Social Security Number and click on “Admissions Checklist”. If you need help signing into MyInfo, please see our MyInfo login instruction page.

2. Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • As soon as possible after December 1st, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Include MSU in Bozeman as one of your college choices on the FAFSA. MSU's FAFSA Federal school code is 002532. Visit our Financial Aid website for more information. Please note: The FAFSA is currently being reworked for the 2024-2025 academic year, so the December 1st opening date is a prediction. We will provide more information when available.
  • Montana State University awards millions of dollars in scholarships and waiver awards to new students who enter in the fall of each year. You might qualify for some of this money based on your academic record, financial need, group affiliation, or a combination of the three. If you qualify, some scholarships and awards are automatically awarded when you are offered admission to Montana State University. Visit our scholarships website for more information
  • Explore College and Departmental scholarships through the CatScholarships application. CatScholarships opens November 1st year year, with a priority deadline of February 1st.
  • If eligible, apply for VA educational benefits by contacting the Veteran's Services Office at (406) 994-3661.
  • If eligible, explore opportunities available to Native American students, including tuition waivers and scholarships.

3. Apply for Housing

  • Submit your housing application. The housing application opens October 1st each year, and placement is on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • If you have less than 30 semester credits (post-high school graduation) and will be attending Montana State as a full-time student, you are required to live in the residence halls, unless you are a single parent, a married student or complete the exemption process for another reason.
  • Graduates, single parents, and married students can find out about Family and Graduate Housing opportunities by visiting our Family and Graduate Student Housing website or call (406) 994-2661.

4. Submit Orientation/Class Registration Materials

  • Information on orientation/registration is sent to students who are accepted for admission. Students entering in the fall will receive orientation information in spring shortly after they are admitted. Register online though the MyInfo student information system. Students entering in spring or summer terms will receive orientation information a couple of months prior to the start of the term or shortly after they are admitted.
  • Attend New Student Orientation. Information and the session dates can be found online at the Orientation and Class Registration website.


5. Submit Immunization Records

  • A list of required immunizations, the Immunization Form, and the Tuberculosis Screening form can be found on the Student Health Partners website.
  • Students can submit required immunization data by logging into their Student Health Partners portal, or by emailing them to:  [email protected]
  • You must send proof of required immunizations and the Tuberculosis Screening Form to the MSU Student Health Service at least three weeks before your Orientation session. Proof of immunization is required to register for classes.


6. Submit Final High School Transcript

MSU requires that each incoming freshman student submits a final, official high school transcript for evaluation. Transfer students do not need to submit a high school transcript.

  • Request that your final, official transcript posting final grades and graduation date be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the high school.
  • Your official transcript must be sent directly from your high school to our office via mail or a secure online submission service. Unofficial mailed, faxed, or emailed copies from students or parents cannot be accepted.
  • There is no need for freshman applicants to have partial transcripts sent to MSU. Please wait and request your final transcript after you graduate from high school.  

Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 172190
Bozeman, Montana 59717-2190



Disability Services
(406) 994-2824

Information on accommodation options and support resources can be found at the Disability Services website.