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back to top button  Affiliated Campuses

On July 1, 1994, the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education restructured the state's colleges and universities into two umbrella universities, Montana State University and the University of Montana. Bozeman is the home campus for Montana State University, with the following affiliates:

Additional data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the MUS website. Please keep in mind that data may vary from that of our individual websites' reports; depending on when they were generated and what criteria were required, there can be slight differences. MSU's websites generally report data from a snapshot taken each Fall semester on the 15th class day for our reporting throughout the year.

back to top button  Academic Programs

MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 60 fields with many different options, graduate certificates in 12 fields, master's degrees in 68 fields, and doctoral degrees in 35  fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. The College of Nursing also offers a Certificate in Nursing Education option. For more information on specific programs, see:

MSU now offers associate degrees and other programs through the new Gallatin College.

Also, please visit our Academic Technology & Outreach website for online degree and certificate programs.

back to top button  Accreditation

MSU has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1932. Eligible professional academic and service programs within the University are accredited by the following agencies:

  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (for Student Health Service)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling and Psychological Services) (APA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (for Intercollegiate Athletics) (NCAA)
  • Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools
  • Society for Range Management (SRM)

back to top button  Enrollment by College -- FIRST MAJOR COLLEGE

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2020 was 16,249 students.

College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 1009 222 1231
Arts & Architecture 1010 107 1117
Business 1554 29 1583
Education & HHD 1295 396 1691
Engineering 3418 234 3652
Graduate School 0 244 244
Letters & Science 3595 633 4228
Nursing 1046 144 1190
Gallatin College 620 0 620
University College 690 0 690
Honors 3 0 3
Total 14240 2009 16249

Summer school of 2020 was attended by 4,109 students.

back to top button  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2020 had a total enrollment of 16,249 students. Of these, 12,577 (77%) attended full time and 3,672 (23%) attended part time.

   
Undergraduates Full Time Part Time OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-degree 7 8 0 31 58 6 110
First-Time Freshmen 1564 1226 1 232 230 6 3259
Continuing Freshmen 465 339 6 244 160 3 1217
Sophomores 1311 1146 5 234 200 4 2900
Juniors 1207 1148 12 119 128 4 2618
Seniors 1728 1638 15 277 182 6 3846
Second Degree 52 144 4 27 61 2 290
Subtotal 6334 5649 43 1164 1019 31 14240
Graduates Full Time Part Time OVERALL TOTAL
Male Female Other/No Response Male Female Other/No Response
Non-Degree Graduates 23 48 0 71 171 1 314
Master's Candidates 154 178 2 277 416 0 919
Doctoral Candidates 51 93 2 271 250 1 668
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 228 319 4 619 837 2 2009
Total 6562 5968 47 1783 1856 33 16249

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.

back to top button  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2020 had the following characteristics:

 

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 7498 847 8345 51%
Female 6668 1156 7824 48%
Other/No Response 74 6 80 1%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 690 93 783 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 202 35 237 1%
Asian 148 23 171 1%
Black/African American 65 4 69 0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 13 0 13 0%
White 12038 1596 13634 84%
Two or more races 731 73 804 5%
International 190 157 347 2%
Unknown 163 28 191 1%
Total 14240 2009 16249 100%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average  21  32 N/A N/A
Residence Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 8132 1095 9227 57%
WUE 1169  N/A 1169 7%
Nonresident 4939 914 5853 36%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
Fall 2020 2280 0 2280 N/A

 

Students attending MSU in fall of 2020 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 69 foreign countries.

Past distributions of the student population by ethnicity are also available under Trend Data.

back to top button  Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2020 had 3259 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.7 years.

The following averages were achieved by the full-time, bachelor-degree-seeking, entering freshmen that submitted scores. Historical averages are also available.

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.6 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 71st 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 24.9 22.0
Total SAT 1224 1120

Forty two percent (1376) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. Of the remaining, 57 percent were from other states (1859) and one percent were from foreign countries (24). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 217 7%
Arts & Architecture 247 8%
Business 364 11%
Education & HHD 177 5%
Engineering 801 25%
University College 366 11%
Letters & Science 752 23%
Nursing 188 6%
Gallatin College 147 5%

Retention and graduation rates for recent entering freshmen classes are also available.

back to top button  Student Expenses

Financial Aid Services and the Controller's Office estimate the following expenses for a full-time undergraduate student attending school during fall and spring semesters:

 

Description
2020-21
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $7,520 26,950
Room/Board** 10,400 10,400
Books/Supplies 1,450 1,450
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,838 3838
TOTAL $23,208 $42,638

*Tuition and fees listed are based on the average amount charged to full-time students (12 or more credits per semester for an academic year (two semesters). Actual fees paid may vary based on the number of credits carried each semester. All fees are subject to change without notice.

**Food and housing costs will vary depending on a student's living arrangement and lifestyle. These figures are an average of costs incurred by students living on campus in a residence hall and off campus in a shared apartment.

NOTE: All students will also be charged a supplemental health insurance fee every semester. A student who already has adequate insurance and provides proof of coverage may request a refund.

For more information, please consult the detailed fee schedules:

Historical charges for tuition and fees, insurance, and room and board are also available.

back to top button  Financial Aid

Please visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU.

 

back to top button  Degrees Awarded

In 2019-20, the University awarded 3,472 degrees and certificates:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 56
  • Certificate Graduate:  101
  • Certificate Undgraduate:  10
  • Associate degrees: 69
  • Associate of Applied Science:  51
  • Bachelor's degrees: 2,683
  • Master's degrees: 412
  • Specialist degrees: 2
  • Professional degree:  18
  • Doctoral degrees: 70

MSU has granted 130,241 certificates and degrees in its 127 year history (1893-2020). MSU has awarded 527 non-degree certificates, 530  Certificates of Applied Science, 106 Professional degrees, 340 Associates of Applied Science, 300 Associate's, 107,497 Bachelor's, 18,454 Master's, 24 Specialist degrees, and 2,463 Doctorates.

Each year the Career Services Office at Montana State University conducts a survey to determine placement rates and salary survey information for new MSU graduates. Results from the 2019 Graduating Class Career Destinations survey are now available.

Historical information on degrees awarded by year is also available.

back to top button  Athletics

MSU is a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.

  • Men compete in football (I-AA), basketball, indoor and outdoor track, alpine and nordic skiing, cross country, and tennis.
  • Women compete in basketball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, tennis, alpine and nordic skiing, and golf.
  • Rodeo competition for men and women is conducted through the Big Sky Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The school colors are blue and gold, and teams are nicknamed "The Bobcats."

For more information about Bobcat Athletics, contact

Leon Costello
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or visit Bobcat Athletics online.

back to top button  Alumni

MSU has granted 130,241 certificates and degrees in its 127 year history (1893-2020). MSU has awarded 527 non-degree certificates, 530  Certificates of Applied Science, 106 Professional degrees, 340 Associates of Applied Science, 300 Associate's, 107,497 Bachelor's, 18,454 Master's, 24 Specialist degrees, and 2,463 Doctorates.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Kerry Hanson
Vice President of Alumni Relations
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or visit the Alumni Association online.

back to top button  Research and Economic Development

As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. The university’s overall research enterprise did $148 million in work for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. That includes $138.6 million in competitively won federal, state, and private  funds, as well as $2.7 million in gift and state appropriated funds for research.

MSU currently (2019-20) holds 63 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 66 additional patents pending, and has 298 license and option agreements, 83 of which are with Montana companies. Visit Research and Economic Development online for more information about MSU's research programs.

back to top button  Montana Agricultural Experiment Station

The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station was established at MSU by acts of the Legislature of Montana in 1893 under authorization provided by the Hatch Act of 1887. The research program encompasses several academic departments, service divisions, and laboratories located at MSU and the following seven research centers located around the state:

In addition, the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City is a cooperative program with the US Department of Agriculture.

Visit the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station online for more information.

back to top button  Montana Extension Service

The Extension Service was created by the federal Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Programs of the Extension Service are funded cooperatively through a legal partnership among federal, state, and county governments. Extension offices are located in 53 counties and seven tribal reservations, serving 56 counties. Programs address societal needs in the general areas of agriculture, family living, community and economic development, and youth development. Visit the MSU Extension Service online for more information.

back to top button  General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2019-2020 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 143,994,431 66%
State Allocations 71,668,569 33%
Other Revenues 3,762,862 2%
Total $219,425,862 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $113,841,913 54%
Research 1,094,997 1%
Public Service 2,472,361 1%
Academic Support 27,161,072 13%
Student Services 19,316,354 9%
Institutional Support 18,480,073 9%
Physical Plant 25,352,989 12%
Scholarships 1,394,199 1%
Total 209,113,958 100%

back to top button  Employees

 

    Number of Employees       Gender
Faculty/Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 56 54 2 55.15 34 22
Tenurable Faculty 611 598 13 602.48 343 268
Non Tenurable Faculty 707 215 492 426.55 256 451
Staff 2044 1746 298 1908.58 855 1189
  Subtotal 3418 2613 805 2992.76 1488 1930
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching/Research 814 0 814 n/a 457 357
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 4232 2613 1619 n/a 1945 2287
Without Grad Assistants 3418 2613 805 2992.76 1488 1930

back to top button  Information Contacts

Contact Phone Number
Campus Operator 406-994-0211
Admissions, Undergraduate 406-994-2452
Admissions, Graduate 406-994-4145
Alumni Affairs 406-994-2401
Ask-Us Information Desk 406-994-4636
Bobcat Athletics 406-994-4221
Bobcat Booster Club 406-994-3741
Career Services 406-994-4353
Conference Services 406-994-3333
Financial Aid Services 406-994-2845
MSU Foundation 406-994-2053
Orientation 406-994-2827
Planning and Analysis 406-994-1563
President's Office 406-994-2341
Provost's Office 406-994-4371
Registrar 406-994-2601
Residence Life 406-994-2661
Information Technology Center 406-994-3042
University Relations 406-994-4571

Please see our online directories for phone numbers and e-mail addresses for individual faculty, staff, and students.