Quick Facts provides an overview of MSU's enrollment, employment, and programs for the current year. 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 facts@montana.edu.

 
Organization
Affiliated Campuses
University Administration
Term Calendar
Accreditation

 

Enrollment
Enrollment by College
Full and Part Time Enrollment  
Student Demographics
Entering Freshmen
Degrees Awarded

 

Expenses
Student Expenses
Financial Aid
Programs
Academic Programs
Athletics
Alumni

 

Research/Outreach
Research and Creative Activity
Montana Agricultural Experiment Station
Montana Extension Service

 

Miscellaneous
Peer Institutions
General Operations Funding
Employees
Information Contacts

 


 

  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 40 fields, and doctoral degrees in 13 fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. 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:

  • 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
  • International Association for Management Education (AACSB)
  • 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
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

 


 

  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2000 was 11,761 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 704 122 826
Arts & Architecture 1,376 66 1,442
Business 1,057 35 1,092
Education & HHD 1,249 252 1,501
Engineering 2,088 154 2,242
Letters & Science 2,110 343 2,453
Nursing 515 24 539
General Studies/Other 1,430 236 1,666
Total 10,529 1,232 11,761

Summer school of 2000 was attended by 2675 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2000 had a total enrollment of 11,761 students. Of these, 9418 (80%) attended full time and 2343 (20%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 56 48 24 23 80 71 151
First-Time Freshmen 1387 1186 182 117 1569 1303 2872
Continuing Freshmen 252 183 59 63 311 246 557
Sophomores 1025 798 133 122 1158 920 2078
Juniors 1005 777 113 134 1118 911 2029
Seniors 1147 1013 223 198 1370 1211 2581
Second Degree 79 91 39 52 118 143 261
       Subtotal 4951 4096 773 709 5724 4805 10529
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 0 0 126 168 126 168 294
Master's Candidates 195 172 147 154 342 326 668
Doctoral Candidates 72 35 97 65 169 100 269
Specialist Candidates 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
       Subtotal 268 207 370 387 638 594 1232
Total 5219 4303 1143 1096 6362 5399 11761

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2000 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5724 638 6362 54%
   Female 4805 594 5399 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 36 3 39 <1%
   Asian American 74 8 82 1%
   Hispanic American 127 9 136 1%
   Native American 194 17 211 2%
   White 9040 978 10018 85%
   Other 33 15 48 <1%
   Unknown 786 100 886 8%
   International 239 102 341 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.3 32.5 23.3  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7745 926 8671 74%
  WUE 376 0 376 3%
   Nonresident 2408 306 2714 23%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7483 886 8369 71%
   Other US 2784 239 3023 26%
   Foreign 262 107 369 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 2000 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 49 U.S. states, and 63 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 2000 had 2032 students--1949 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 83 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.4 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 24.5 years.

The following averages were achieved by the traditional freshmen. Historical averages are also available.

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.30 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 65.0 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.1 22.0
Total SAT 1110 1030

Sixty-nine percent (1401) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 31 percent were from other states (613) or foreign countries (18). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 96 5%
Arts & Architecture 267 13%
Business 176 9%
Education & HHD 110 5%
Engineering 379 19%
General Studies 666 32%
Letters & Science 284 14%
Nursing 54 3%

Thirty 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:

  2000-01
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $3,079 $9,075
Room/Board** 4,650 4,650
Books/Supplies 750 750
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,300 2,300
Total $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 ($446/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 2000 and Spring 2001:

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

 


 

  Financial Aid

MSU distributed over $39 million in financial aid during 1999-00:

  • 80% as loans
  • 17% as grants and scholarships
  • 3% as work study

Approximately 73% 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 1999-00, the University awarded 2060 degrees:

  • 1712 bachelor's degrees
  • 315 master's degrees
  • 32 doctoral degrees
  • 1 specialist degree

A survey of 1998-99 graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 77% had found employment and 14% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $31,964 for bachelor's graduates, $35,269 for master's graduates, and $49,965 for doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 51 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 78,092 degrees in its 107 year history--67,078 bachelor's, 9589 master's, 1383 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and one specialist degree. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 54,489 individual alumni, 49% 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 1999-00, the University attracted $61,031,150 in grants and contracts--66% from federal agencies, 22% from private corporations and foundations, and 11% from state sources. MSU currently holds 27 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 85 additional patents pending, and has 29 license and option agreements with private firms, 20 of which are with Montana companies. 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 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.

 


 

  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 1999-00 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $36,232,297 47%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 3,291,075 4%
     Miscellaneous 1,545,439 2%
     General Fund 31,277,741 40%
     Millage 5,212,768 7%
Total $77,559,320 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $42,516,122 55%
     Research 618,467 1%
     Public Service 794,713 1%
    Academic Support 9,015,140 12%
     Student Services 6,392,930 8%
     Institutional Support               5,381,806 6%
     Physical Plant 9,242,579 12%
     Scholarships 3,303,241 4%
Total $77,264,998 99%

A fund balance of $336,861 was carried forward to 1999-00.

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2000 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,610 permanent faculty and staff, 493 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,610 permanent employees, 2,117 are full time and 493 are part time; 1,302 are men and 1,308 are women. Total faculty number 921, which includes 552 full-time and 185 part-time instructional faculty and department heads, and an additional 184 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,626.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 63 63 0 63.00 41 22
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 49 48 1 48.70 38 11
   Tenurable Instructional 417 400 17 409.93 314 103
   Adjunct Instructional 271 104 167 161.98 129 142
   Research 45 32 13 38.43 34 11
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 124 113 11 118.98 73 51
   Library 15 15 0 15.00 5 10
Subtotal 921 712 209 793.02 593 328
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 519 380 139 446.85 273 246
   Classified Professional 253 214 39 236.50 99 154
   Secretarial/Clerical 371 293 78 341.04 17 354
   Technical/Paraprofessional 145 130 15 139.55 59 86
   Skilled Crafts 54 54 0 54.00 53 1
   Service/Maintenance 284 271 13 278.85 167 117
Subtotal 1626 1342 284 1496.79 668 958
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 247 0 247 n/a 142 105
   Research 245 0 245 n/a 151 94
Subtotal 492 0 492 n/a 293 199
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3102 2117 985 n/a 1595 1507
   Without Grad Assistants 2610 2117 493 2352.81 1302 1308

 


 

  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