Quick Facts 1999-00
Quick Facts provides an overview of MSU's enrollment, employment, and programs for the current year. Quick Facts for 1998-99, 1997-98, 1996-97, and 1995-96 are also available. Historical figures for many topics are available through Trend Data, and MSU posts the Common Data Set online. If you have questions or suggestions for facts you would like to see included, please send e-mail to MSUinfo@montana.edu, or call Institutional Research at 406-994-4390.
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. MSU is the home campus for Montana State University, with the following affiliates:
- Montana State University-Billings
- Montana State University-Northern
- Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education.
MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 39 fields, and doctoral degrees in 13 fields. For more information on specific programs, see:
- Alphabetic List of Programs
- Undergraduate Degrees, Majors, and Options
- Graduate Degrees, Majors, and Options
MSU has been accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges since 1932. Eligible professional programs within the University are accredited by the following agencies:
- AACSB: The International Association for Management Education
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
- American Dietetics Association
- Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- National Architectural Accrediting Board
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- National League for Nursing
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Enrollment by College
Headcount enrollment in fall of 1999 was 11,753 students.
|Arts & Architecture||1,323||51||1,374|
|Education & HHD||1,290||242||1,532|
|Letters & Science||2,206||346||2,552|
Summer school of 1999 was attended by 2620 students.
Full and Part Time Enrollment
The fall semester of 1999 had a total enrollment of 11,753 students. Of these, 9709 (83%) attended full time and 2044 (17%) attended part time.
|Undergraduates||Full Time||Part Time||Total||TOTAL|
Historical enrollments by class are also available.
The student body attending fall semester of 1999 had the following characteristics
Geographic origin is not the same as fee status. Students may come from other states and establish residency in Montana, and students from Montana whose parents are residents of other states may not have resident fee status.
Students attending MSU in fall of 1999 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 49 U.S. states, and 56 foreign countries. For further information on the distribution of students by geographic origin, see:
Past distributions of the student population by ethnicity are also available under Trend Data.
The entering freshman class of fall 1999 had 2025 students--1873 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 152 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 24.9 years.
The following averages were achieved by the traditional freshmen. Historical averages are also available.
|High School GPA||3.29||2.50|
|Graduating Class Percentile||66.7||50.0|
Sixty-nine percent (1394) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining
31 percent were from other states (614) or
foreign countries (17). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:
|Arts & Architecture||256||13%|
|Education & HHD||128||6%|
|Letters & Science||298||15%|
Almost 30 percent of the freshmen entered as General Studies majors, a program which
gives them up to two years to take core curriculum
courses and explore career alternatives before declaring a major.
Retention and graduation rates for recent entering freshmen classes are also available.
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:
*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 ($424/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 for Fall 1999 and Spring 2000:
Historical charges for tuition and fees, insurance, and room and board are also available.
MSU distributed over $40 million in financial aid during 1998-99:
- 80% as loans
- 17% as grants and scholarships
- 3% as work study
Approximately 72% of undergraduates received aid, with an average total award of over $3,000 from all aid sources. Approximately 450 graduate students received teaching and research assistantships. Visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU.
A historical breakdown of awards by source is also available.
In 1998-99, the University awarded 1845 degrees:
- 1555 bachelor's degrees
- 247 master's degrees
- 43 doctoral degrees
A survey of 1997-98 graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 86% had found employment and 7% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $28,681 for bachelor's graduates, $35,865 for master's graduates, and $43,728 for doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 53 percent reporting working within Montana.
Historical information on degrees awarded by major is also available.
MSU is a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.
- Men compete in football (I-AA), basketball, indoor and outdoor track, 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
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717 or visit Bobcat Athletics online.
MSU has granted 75,183 degrees in its 106 year history--64,857 bachelor's, 8977 master's, 1308 doctorates, and 41 professional degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 52,414 individual alumni, 50% of whom reside in Montana.
For more information about the Alumni Association, contact
Director, Alumni Affairs
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit the Alumni Association online.
Research and Creative Activity
As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. During 1998-99, the University attracted $49,741,404 in grants and contracts--66% from federal agencies, 22% from private corporations and foundations, and 11% from state sources. MSU currently holds 28 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 66 additional patents pending, and has 31 license and option agreements with private firms. Visit Research, Creativity & Technology Transfer online for more information about MSU's research programs.
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 seven research centers located around the state:
- Northern Agricultural Research Center - Havre
- Northwestern Agricultural Research Center - Kalispell
- Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center - Conrad
- Western Agricultural Research Center - Corvallis
- Central Agricultural Research Center - Moccasin
- Eastern Agricultural Research Center - Sidney
- Southern Agricultural Research Center - Huntley
In addition, the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City is a cooperative program with the US Department of Agriculture.
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 49 counties and four tribal reservations serving 53 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.
In January of 1989 the University Funding Study Committee of the Montana State Legislature identified a set of peer campuses for each unit of the Montana University System. Criteria used in selecting peers were public funding, geographic region, role and scope, enrollment profile, and research mission. MSU and UM share the following group of peer campuses:
- New Mexico State University
- North Dakota State University
- Northern Arizona University
- University of Idaho
- University of North Dakota
- University of Wyoming
- University of Nevada-Reno
- Utah State University
General Operations Funding
MSU's legislative appropriation for 1998-99 was collected and spent as follows
|Tuition & Fees||$33,699,860||46%|
|Scholarships & Fellowships||2,998,435||4%|
A fund balance of $720,158 was carried forward to 1999-00.
Past data for FTE, revenue, and expenditures are available under Trend Data.
Based on a fall 1999 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,541 permanent faculty and staff, 456 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,541 permanent employees, 2,118 are full time and 423 are part time; 1254 are men and 1287 are women. Total faculty number 886, which includes 522 full-time and 163 part-time instructional faculty and department heads, and an additional 201 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and administrative staff number 1,588.
Because of a change in the required sampling date for federal reports, the totals in this report are higher overall than those reported last year.
|Number of Employees||Gender|
|Ag Exp Station/Ext Service||150||141||9||145.80||101||49|
|Graduate Assistants||Total||FullTime||PartTime||Full Time
|With Grad Assistants||2997||2118||879||n/a||1545||1452|
|Without Grad Assistants||2541||2118||423||2334.27||1254||1287|
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