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What are Western Region Bobcat Student Days?

Are you #BozemanBound, or still considering if MSU is the right University for you? Join us during our virtual Bobcat Student Day for students in the Western Region. This includes Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii

Bobcat Student Days provide you with an opportunity to talk with current MSU students, connect with other students coming to MSU from your part of the country, and hear from our Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions Counselors. Come get a behind-the-scenes look into what sets MSU apart, and get excited to be a part of MSU's Class of 2025!

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Schedule of Virtual Events

Western Region Bobcat Student Day

April 21st, 2021 | 6:00 pm MDT

Welcome/Countdown to First Day of Classes - 6:00 - 6:15
Join Anders Groseth, Associate Director of Recruitment, for a welcome into MSU and a countdown to the first day of classes!

Becoming a Bobcat: Next Steps - 6:15 - 6:30 
Hear from Admissions Counselors about next steps for you to successfully enroll in the fall of 2021.

Current MSU Student Panel - 6:30 – 7:00
Ask current MSU students your questions and hear about their personal experiences at MSU!

Q&A with Admissions Counselors - 7:00 - 7:15
Wrap up with any final questions you may have as you finalize your college decision.



Meet Our Western Region Students

Montana State University has students from all 50 states and over 60 different countries. Meet the bobcats who come from the same communities as you and see why they chose to make MSU their new home away from home!




gigiGigi Conway| Vancouver, Washington

Major: Psychology


Navs, Orientation Leader, TeleCat, Student Worker at Miller Dining Hall

What was your first impression of MSU?

It felt like a place that wanted me. Unlike the other colleges I had toured, I felt like I could actually see myself walking on campus and making this place my home for 4+ years.

Why did you choose to attend MSU?

On top of the feeling of MSU being home, I also was really attracted to the mass amount of resources MSU offered from physical and mental health resources to studying and academic help. In every way, it was and has continued to be the perfect place for me to enter this new phase of life.

What was the best way for you to make friends?

Trying new things!! MSU offers a lot of welcome events and events in general! I am pretty introverted so it was tough to force myself out of the dorm but it was the BEST way to meet people. Also, just being willing to say “hi” to someone you see on your floor or in your class a lot could and most likely will spark a great friendship!!

What advice would you give your freshman self?

Take a deep breath. Things will come together. Take care of yourself but also put yourself out there. You can do this.

What did you do when you were homesick?

Talk to my friends both on campus and at home. I put a countdown on my phone until the day that I got to go home and used it to motivate myself. I always do better when I have something to look forward to. When I would talk to my friends, we would talk about all the stuff we would do when we got home which made me more excited than sad. Finally, knowing my friends were as excited to see me when I got home as I was to see them was really helpful, too.

What is your favorite memory from your first year at MSU?

My favorite memory is probably getting to go to the hot springs and hang out with all my friends in a natural hot tub and finally take a break from school work! 

What advice do you have for a student coming from your state and out-of-state in general?

College is definitely daunting but remember that everyone is feeling how you feel and it’s okay to feel homesick, lonely, nervous, excited, and happy all at the same time!! Never put a time limit on your life. I thought there was a certain time in the first semester that I would have to make all the friends I could and then the window would close and I would never have the opportunity to find my people. I ended up finding my best friend at the beginning of second semester!! There is no time limit!! It will happen when it happens! 



Next Steps: Becoming a Bobcat

The college search is never easy, but ask any current student and they will say it is worth it! As you start to narrow down your search or get ready for the Fall semester keep the items below on your radar. 

Apply for Admission (it's not too late!)

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

Apply for Housing

Register for Orientation/Submit Class Registration Materials

Submit Final High School Transcripts

Submit AP/IB/Dual Enrollment for College Credit

Submit Immunization Records

To see what steps you have left make sure to login to your Undergraduate Admissions Checklist. If any questions come up never hestiate to contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 406-994-2452. 



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