Quick Facts provides an overview of MSU's enrollment, employment, and programs for the current year. Historical figures for many topics are available through the Office of Planning and Analysis, 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
General Operations Funding
Employees
Information Contacts

Please visit Admissions and New Student Service's Quick Facts, a site containing much of the information here.

 


 

  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 51 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 40 fields, and doctoral degrees in 14 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 Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business and Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Dietetics Association
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • 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

 


 

  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2002 was 11,934 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 718 143 861
Arts & Architecture 1,474 109 1,583
Business 1,101 34 1,135
Education & HHD 1,251 208 1,459
Engineering 1,991 154 2,145
Letters & Science 2,160 374 2,534
Nursing 639 21 660
General Studies/Other 1,355 202 1,557
Total 10,689 1,245 11,934

Summer school of 2002 was attended by 3081 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2002 had a total enrollment of 11,934 students. Of these, 9751 (82%) attended full time and 2183 (18%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 30 37 22 22 52 59 111
First-Time Freshmen 1119 846 129 96 1248 942 2190
Continuing Freshmen 636 468 129 107 765 575 1340
Sophomores 969 822 110 114 1079 936 2015
Juniors 916 849 102 122 1018 971 1989
Seniors 1245 1098 229 179 1474 1277 2751
Second Degree 79 96 46 72 125 168 293
       Subtotal 4994 4216 767 712 5761 4928 10689
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 16 19 89 103 105 122 227
Master's Candidates 204 189 186 170 390 359 749
Doctoral Candidates 87 26 83 71 170 97 267
Specialist Candidates 0 0 1 1 1 1 2
       Subtotal 307 234 359 345 666 579 1245
Total 5301 4450 1126 1057 6427 5507 11934

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2002 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5761 666 6427 54%
   Female 4928 579 5507 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 46 3 49 <1%
   Asian American 97 5 102 1%
   Hispanic American 124 11 135 1%
   Native American 210 19 229 2%
   White 9393 937 10330 87%
   Other 50 5 55 <1%
   Unknown 593 143 736 6%
   International 176 122 298 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.2 31.6 23.2  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 8036 925 8961 75%
  WUE 457 0 457 4%
   Nonresident 2196 320 2516 21%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2797 0 2797 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7462 787 8249 69%
   Other US 3051 336 3387 28%
   Foreign 176 122 298 3%
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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 2002 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 60 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 2002 had 2120 students--2031 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 89 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.4 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.4 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.29 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.51 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.1 22.0
Total SAT 1107* 1030

* The total SAT score was corrected 8/7/03.

Sixty-nine percent (1426) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (679) or foreign countries (15). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 90 4%
Arts & Architecture 309 15%
Business 162 8%
Education & HHD 119 6%
Engineering 414 19%
General Studies 641 30%
Letters & Science 295 14%
Nursing 90 4%

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:

 

  2002-03 2003-04
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $3,807 $11,444 $4,145 $12,707
Room/Board** 5,120 5,120 5,370 5,370
Books/Supplies 850 850 890 890
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,350 2,350 2,420 2,420
Total $12,127 $19,764 $12,825 $21,387

*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 ($582 for 2002-2003; $572 for 2003-04). 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 2001 and Spring 2002:

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

 


 

  Financial Aid

MSU distributed over $46 million in financial aid during 2001-02:

  • 62% as loans
  • 36% as grants and scholarships
  • 2% as work study

Approximately 56% of undergraduates received aid, with an average total award of over $3,300 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 2001-02, the University awarded 2184 degrees:

  • 1828 bachelor's degrees
  • 320 master's degrees
  • 36 doctoral degrees

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. Results from the 2000-2001 graduate survey are now available.

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

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

 


 

  Alumni

MSU has granted 82,305 degrees in its 109 year history--70,578 bachelor's, 10,236 master's, 1449 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 55,820 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 2001-02, the University attracted $66,299,425 in grants and contracts--66% from federal agencies, 22% from private corporations and foundations, and 11% from state sources. MSU currently holds 29 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 99 additional patents pending, and has 42 license and option agreements with private firms, 24 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.

Visit the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station online for more information.

 


 

  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.

 


 

 


 

  General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2001-02 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $40,453,816 48%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 3,862,116 5%
     Miscellaneous 1,018,067 1%
     General Fund 35,049,435 41%
     Millage 4,192,316 5%
Total $84,575,750 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $45,044,704 54%
     Research 617,307 1%
     Public Service 766,280 1%
    Academic Support 9,483,095 11%
     Student Services 6,364,136 8%
     Institutional Support               6,045,053 7%
     Physical Plant 10,459,624 13%
     Scholarships 3,862,116 5%
Total $82,642,315 100%

A fund balance of $25,701 was carried forward to 2000-01.

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2002 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,815 permanent faculty and staff, 511 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,815 permanent employees, 2,231 are full time and 584 are part time; 1,358 are men and 1,457 are women. Total faculty number 982, which includes 715 full-time and 267 part-time instructional faculty and department heads, including 179 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,774.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 59 56 3 57.43 37 22
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 50 48 2 48.91 40 10
   Tenurable Instructional 418 409 9 413.62 305 113
   Adjunct Instructional 335 106 229 179.59 148 187
   Research 45 31 14 37.92 34 11
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 120 108 12 114.32 71 49
   Library 14 13 1 13.30 6 8
Subtotal 982 715 267 807.66 604 378
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 597 464 133 527.13 297 300
   Classified Professional 219 187 32 207.42 99 120
   Secretarial/Clerical 353 258 95 314.23 19 334
   Technical/Paraprofessional 248 206 42 229.49 78 170
   Skilled Crafts 53 53 0 53.00 52 1
   Service/Maintenance 304 292 12 299.05 172 132
Subtotal 1774 1460 314 1630.32 717 1057
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 222 0 222 n/a 139 83
   Research 289 0 289 n/a 173 116
Subtotal 511 0 511 n/a 312 199
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3326 2231 1095 n/a 1670 1656
   Without Grad Assistants 2815 2231 584 2495.41 1358 1457

 


 

  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
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