Montana’s Own Scholars are not your average students. In addition to your dedication to your studies and career development, we know you work, volunteer, and try to relax when you can. We know you are also a parent, a partner, a friend, someone’s child, and an active member of your community. Balance in all your roles and identities is key and the MSU campus and surrounding community can support you as you find and maintain it.


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Three steps to AccessSuccess

FIRST, visit the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success for everything you need to succeed in your classes and future career, including:

Office of Student Success

Career, Internship & Student Employment Services

Office of Financial Education


Gold Standard Student Employment &; Leadership Program

SmartyCats Tutoring

Bobcat TechHub

Make an Appointment with a Success, Career, or Financial Coach



SECOND, visit NAVIGATE MSU to find answers to questions as varied as “How do I get help paying for college?”, “How do I find support with trauma, grief, stress, and other emotional challenges?”, and “How do I connect with people with diverse identities?” NAVIGATE MSU will point you to resources on campus and in the greater Bozeman community that will support your roles and identities, your interests, and help you maintain your mental, emotional, and physical wellness.

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THIRD, check out these additional resources and services, created to assist you in your search for balance, meaning, and purpose.

  • Academic Advising Center
    • Academic advisors are guides, mentors, and educators who encourage personal development and lifelong learning, and who share information about curricula, resources, and engagement opportunities. 
  • American Indian Council of MSU
    • To assist new and continuing Native students in their adjustment to college life, and to promote academic success through group support, advocacy, and leadership.
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Success Services
    • We serve approximately 800 MSU American Indian/Alaska Native students
  • Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU)
    • ASMSU is the voice of the students, dedicated to enhancing the college experience at Montana State University with leadership and employment opportunities, diverse student-oriented programs and services, and responsible fiscal management of student activity fees.
  • Blackstone Launchpad
    • We work with established businesses and fledgling entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life and grow their businesses. 

  • Bounty of the Bridgers
    • The Bounty of the Bridgers Campus Food Pantry provides supplemental and emergency food assistance to students, faculty, staff, and family members at no cost.
  • Break Housing
    • University Student Housing will provide housing for residence hall students during the breaks when classes are not in session during Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break. Please see additional information below regarding each of the break periods.
  • CatsConnect
    • CatsConnect is a useful tool for you to stay up-to-date with all that's going on the MSU campus. Join student organizations, register and manage your own organizations, check out events, save important documents, and stay in touch with your fellow bobcats.

  • Child Development Center
    • The MSU Child Development Center is the laboratory preschool of the Early Childhood Education & Child Services academic program at Montana State University. 
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    • CPS has many free and confidential services available to assist you during your time at MSU. These include: Brief individual counseling,Group counseling,Brief couples counseling,Consultation,Self-help resources,Crisis intervention,Assistance with community referrals,Seminars & presentations on mental health topics

  • Disability Services
    • The Office of Disability Services works collaboratively with those on MSU's campus and the greater community to provide an equitable learning environment to students with disabilities.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons
    • At the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, we are dedicated to establishing a warm and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of their experiences, backgrounds, or identities.
  • Finacial Aid
  • First-Generation Student Services 
    • If your parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university, then you're still a first-generation student!
  • Food Security Scholarship
    • The Food Security Scholarship awards a 25-pass commuter meal plan to eligible students which can be used at the MSU dining halls across campus. If you are a student with barriers to accessing enough nutritious food, please consider applying.
  • Gold Standard Program
    • Gold Standard is Montana State University’s on-campus student employment and leadership program.
  • Grab N’ Go Snack Program
    • The Bounty of the Bridgers Campus Food Pantry and its affiliated programs, including the Grab ‘N Go Snack Program, operate as a nonprofit organization within the university system.
  • Hire a Bobcat
    • MSU's is a FREE online recruiting platform for students and employers. Explore various job postings, including on campus job opportunities and internships.
  • Identity Resources
    • An individual’s social identity indicates who they are in terms of the groups to which they belong. Social identity groups are usually defined by some physical, social, and mental characteristics of individuals. Examples of social identities are race/ethnicity, gender, social class/socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, (dis)abilities, and religion/religious beliefs. 
  • MSU CARE Program
    • The CARE Referral provides a simple way for members of the university community to express concern about a person by submitting an online form and connecting them to resources. Once a CARE Referral is made, it is reviewed and appropriate action is taken, if necessary.

  • MSU Service Opportunities
    • MSU and other sustainability focused entities are often looking for enthusiastic, interested volunteers who want to contribute their time to sustainability on and off-campus.  Check here to find an opportunity that fits your interests and schedule.
  • Math & and Stats Center
    • The MSC is a drop-in tutoring center for students in eligible courses. Students can ask mathematics or statistics questions and our qualified tutoring staff will assist in developing understanding by guiding students through the learning process. 
  • Native American Studies Program
    • MSU is located near a major traditional crossroads for Plains and Plateau Native nations, a meeting place where these nations congregated to trade, celebrate and negotiate.
  • Non-Traditional &; First-Generation Students - Academic &; Non-Academic Support Resources
  • Office of Finacial Education
    • The Office of Financial Education develops responsible, financially independent students with respect to current information, education, and individualized programs and support so they can define and achieve their life goals. 
  • Office of Health Advancement
    • The Office of Health Advancement educatesempowers, and energizes the MSU community to thrive through a balanced lifestyle. We promote generalized well-being by educating on topics such as sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Office of Institutional Equity
    • The Office of Institutional Equity staff is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment to serve faculty, staff, and students of MSU by supporting Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. 
  • Queer-Straight Alliance
    • The Montana State University Queer Straight Alliance is the longest standing student run organization, providing support and programming for LGBTQ+ Students for over 40 years. Please see the Calendar for information on our events and weekly meetings, and check out the side bar on the left for more info on resources for Queer students at MSU
  • Safe Cats App
    • Safe Cats is available for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app features multiple services which can be accessed with a click and the services can differ time to time based on the demand
  • Smarty Cats drop-in center
    • Our program is here to help you manage your learning as you work through the concepts and processes underlying your courses. 
  • Student Health Partners
    • Following an integrated, collaborative model, Student Health Partners unites the components of the health and well-being for MSU students including prevention, health promotion, public health, medical services, dental services, and counseling & psychological services.

  • Students Raising Children
    •  Support for student parents
  • University Police
    • The mission of the Montana State University Police Department is to provide all Montana State University students, faculty, staff, and visitors a safe and secure environment for living and learning. We continuously strive to build and cultivate relationships, foster ongoing education, and provide a visible and welcoming presence for our community.  

  • VOICE center
    • The MSU VOICE Center provides free and confidential services and information for all people impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment; including friends, family, and loved ones of survivors.
  • Veteran Resources
  • Women’s Center
    • The Women's Center works with students, faculty, staff and community members to create an equitable environment through educational programs and support services.

  • Women’s and Gender Studies Program
    • Students in the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program at Montana State are encouraged to engage actively in the innovative and challenging work of interdisciplinary research. Coursework engages with feminism, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ studies and how the above intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality and other categories of difference form identity and society at large.
  • Writing Center
    • The MSU Writing Center supports students across MSU as they develop the written communication skills necessary in their academic, professional, and civic lives.