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.

MSU At A Glance is a pdf file containing much of the information presented here. The file can be printed, duplexed, and folded to make a brochure. Access requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


 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. MSU is the home campus for Montana State University, with the following affiliates:

Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education.

 

Academic Programs

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:

 Accreditation

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.

 College Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 760 116 876
Arts & Architecture 1,323 51 1,374
Business 1,071 34 1,105
Education & HHD 1,290 242 1,532
Engineering 2,051 165 2,216
Letters & Science 2,206 346 2,552
Nursing 500 28 528
General Studies/Other 1,341 229 1,570
Total 10,542 1,211 11,753

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
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 49 41 21 23 70 64 134
First-Time Freshmen 1003 891 77 54 1080 945 2025
Continuing Freshmen 774 575 113 109 887 684 1571
Sophomores 992 791 124 102 1116 893 2009
Juniors 936 743 106 120 1042 863 1905
Seniors 1207 1011 261 184 1468 1195 2663
Second Degree 72 83 35 45 107 127 235
       Subtotal 5033 4135 737 637 5770 4772 10542
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 42 35 85 126 127 161 288
Master's Candidates 171 162 162 147 333 309 642
Doctoral Candidates 90 41 93 57 183 98 281
       Subtotal 303 238 340 330 643 568 1211
Total 5336 4373 1077 967 6413 5340 11753

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 1999 had the following characteristics

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5770 643 6413 55%
   Female 4772 568 5340 45%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 37 1 38 <1%
   Asian American 86 6 92 1%
   Hispanic American 107 8 115 1%
   Native American 194 22 216 2%
   White 8903 803 9706 83%
   Other 31 10 41 <1%
   Unknown 907 239 1146 10%
   International 277 122 399 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.2 32.7 23.3  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7697 894 8591 73%
  WUE 342 0 342 3%
   Nonresident 2503 317 2820 24%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7659 946 8608 73%
   Other US 2629 173 2764 24%
   Foreign 240 91 381 3%

 

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.

 

Entering Freshmen

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.

 Type Actual Required
High School GPA 3.29 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 66.7 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.1 22.0
Total SAT 1101 1030

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:

 

College  Count Percentage
Agriculture 111 5%
Arts & Architecture 256 13%
Business 177 9%
Education & HHD 128 6%
Engineering 409 20%
General Studies 593 29%
Letters & Science 298 15%
Nursing 53 3%

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.

 


 

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:

 Type 1999-00   2000-01
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $2,965 $8,715 $3,079 $9,075
Room/Board** 4,650 4,650 4,650 4,650
Books/Supplies 750 750 750 750
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,250 2,250 2,300 2,300
Total $10,615 $16,365 $10,779 $16,775

 

*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.

 

Financial Aid

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.

 

Degrees Awarded

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.

 

Athletics

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

Chuck Lindemenn
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717 or visit Bobcat Athletics online.

 

Alumni

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

Jaynee Groseth
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.

 

Peer Institutions

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

Revenue Amount %
     Tuition & Fees $33,699,860 46%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 2,998,435 4%
     Miscellaneous 1,050,885 1%
     General Fund 30,392,814 42%
     Millage 4,983,446 7%
Total $73,125,439 100%

 

Expenditures Amount %
     Instruction $40,244,811 55%
     Research 514,353 1%
     Public Service 680,821 1%
    Academic Support 8,716,823 12%
     Student Services 6,044,558 8%
     Institutional Support               4,562,230 6%
     Physical Plant 8,939,278 12%
     Scholarships 3,005,735 4%
Total $72,708,609 99%

A fund balance of $720,158 was carried forward to 1999-00.

Past data for FTE, revenue, and expenditures are available under Trend Data.

 

Employees

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
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 67 65 2 65.98 43 24
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 44 43 1 43.69 36 8
   Tenurable Instructional 392 380 12 386.94 290 102
   Adjunct Instructional 249 98 151 157.52 114 135
   Research 35 24 11 29.91 28 7
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 150 141 9 145.80 101 49
   Library 16 14 2 14.45 5 11
Subtotal 886 700 186 778.30 574 312
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 475 370 105 428.92 258 217
   Classified Professional 239 208 31 225.01 100 139
   Secretarial/Clerical 402 328 74 375.20 20 382
   Technical/Paraprofessional 190 169 21 181.08 73 117
   Skilled Crafts 52 52 0 52.0 49 3
   Service/Maintenance 230 226 4 227.77 137 93
Subtotal 1588 1353 235 1489.98 637 951
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 233 0 233 n/a 148 85
   Research 223 0 223 n/a 143 80
Subtotal 456 0 456 n/a 291 165
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 2997 2118 879 n/a 1545 1452
   Without Grad Assistants 2541 2118 423 2334.27 1254 1287

 


 Information Contacts

Campus Operator....................... 406-994-0211
Admissions, Undergraduate......... 406-994-6617
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
Institutional Research................... 406-994-4390
MSU Foundation........................ 406-994-2053
New Student Services................. 406-994-2452
Orientation.................................. 406-994-2827
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.


Terry Dysart, facts@montana.edu