Montana's Premier University

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Zariah Tolamn, 2019 Truman Scholarship recipient

MSU prepares students to graduate equipped for careers and to further their education. MSU’s low student to faculty ratio means accessible professors and hands-on learning opportunities. Working alongside world-class faculty mentors, students discover new knowledge that helps to improve quality of life around the globe. This supportive and collaborative learning environment helps students succeed in competing for national and international scholarships and awards. In the past ten years, MSU students have received prestigious awards including:

  • 29 Goldwater scholarships
  • 20 Fulbright Grants
  • 8 Udall Scholarships
  • 8 Boren Scholarships
  • 8 Truman Scholarships
  • 3 Rhodes Scholarships
  • 2 Gates-Cambridge Scholarships
  • 1 Marshall Scholarship
  • 1 Mitchell Scholarship
  • 1 Schwarzman Scholarship
Montana State University is 12th nationally for number of Goldwater Scholarship recipients. As of 2019, 78 MSU students have received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering.  Other schools on the top of the list include Standford, Harvard, and MIT.

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Recent Accomplishments


MSU’s research and contract expenditures from state, private and federal funding sources totaled $126.5 million, according to Vice President for Research and Economic Development Renee Reijo Pera. It marks the fifth year in a row that research expenditures at MSU have topped $100 million. Research takes place in 44 research centers and more than 300 on-campus labs around campus.