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 17 fields. MSU also offers a specialist degree in Education. The College of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) degree. For more information on specific programs, see:

 


 

  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 Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • 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
  • 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
  • American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (for Student Health Service)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (for Intercollegiate Athletics)

 


 

  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2003 was 12,135 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 698 152 850
Arts & Architecture 1,490 118 1,608
Business 1,034 31 1,065
Education & HHD 1,193 216 1,409
Engineering 1,900 190 2,090
Letters & Science 2,266 389 2,655
Nursing 744 20 764
General Studies/Other 1,425 269 1,694
Total 10,750 1,385 12,135

Summer school of 2003 was attended by 2812 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2003 had a total enrollment of 12,135 students. Of these, 9772 (81%) attended full time and 2363 (19%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 38 28 21 24 59 52 111
First-Time Freshmen 1148 824 94 83 1242 907 2149
Continuing Freshmen 717 542 135 123 852 665 1517
Sophomores 967 798 114 109 1081 907 1988
Juniors 901 785 106 125 1007 910 1917
Seniors 1197 1136 224 180 1421 1316 2737
Second Degree 88 115 54 74 142 189 331
       Subtotal 5056 4228 748 718 5804 4946 10750
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 23 18 89 117 112 135 247
Master's Candidates 197 174 255 229 452 403 855
Doctoral Candidates 55 21 124 82 179 103 282
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
       Subtotal 275 213 468 429 743 642 1385
Total 5331 4441 1216 1147 6547 5588 12135

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2003 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5804 743 6547 54%
   Female 4946 642 5588 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 44 3 47 <1%
   Asian American 110 12 122 1%
   Hispanic American 131 6 137 1%
   Native American 197 26 223 2%
   White 9553 994 10547 87%
   Other 42 6 48 <1%
   Unknown 509 204 713 6%
   International 164 134 298 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.2 31.7 23.3  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 8177 981 9158 75%
  WUE 490 0 490 4%
   Nonresident 2083 404 2487 21%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2904 0 2904 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7517 814 8331 69%
   Other US 3066 443 3509 29%
   Foreign 167 128 295 2%
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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 2003 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 59 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 2003 had 2165 students--2076 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 25.8 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.31 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.59 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.07 22.0
Total SAT 1102.48 1030

Sixty-seven percent (1444) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (711) or foreign countries (10). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 105 5%
Arts & Architecture 338 16%
Business 155 7%
Education & HHD 110 5%
Engineering 389 18%
General Studies 670 31%
Letters & Science 284 13%
Nursing 114 5%

Thirty-one 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:

 

  2003-04
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $4,145 $12,707
Room/Board** 5,370 5,370
Books/Supplies 890 890
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,420 2,420
TOTAL $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 ($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:

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

 


 

  Financial Aid

MSU distributed over $48 million in financial aid during 2002-03:

  • 61% as loans
  • 37% as grants and scholarships
  • 2% as work study

Please 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 2002-03, the University awarded 2180 degrees:

  • 1831 bachelor's degrees
  • 307 master's degrees
  • 41 doctoral degrees
  • 1 specialist degree

Each year the Career Services Office at Montana State University-Bozeman conducts a survey to determine placement rates and salary survey information for new MSU graduates. Results from the 2002 Success of Graduates 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, 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

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

 


 

  Alumni

MSU has granted 84,485 degrees in its 110 year history--72,409 bachelor's, 10,543 master's, 1490 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and two specialist degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 66,963 individual alumni, 48% of whom reside in Montana.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Jaynee Groseth
Director, Alumni Relations
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 2002-03, the University attracted $82,353.323 in grants and contracts--80.62% from federal agencies, 11.43% from private corporations and foundations, and 7.94% from state sources. MSU currently holds 69 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 150 additional patents pending, and has 41 license and option agreements with private firms, 30 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:

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 2002-03 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $53,287,963 58%
     Miscellaneous 1,104,674 1%
     General Fund 33,289,664 36%
     Millage 4,264,779 5%
Total $91,947,080 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $48,690,002 53%
     Research 391,646 1%
     Public Service 942,079 1%
    Academic Support 12,032,798 13%
     Student Services 6,700,169 7%
     Institutional Support               7,095,907 8%
     Physical Plant 11,065,865 12%
     Scholarships 5,005,924 5%
Total $91,924,390 100%

A fund balance of -$50,872 was carried forward to 2001-02.

Please see FTE, revenue, and expenditures for historical data.

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2003 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,863 permanent faculty and staff, 553 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,863 permanent employees, 2,262 are full time and 601 are part time; 1,340 are men and 1,523 are women. Total faculty number 973, which includes 692 full-time and 281 part-time instructional faculty and department heads, including 165 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,826.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 64 61 3 62.43 37 27
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 41 41 0 41.00 35 6
   Tenurable Instructional 429 415 14 422.24 310 119
   Adjunct Instructional 331 93 238 177.04 132 199
   Research 38 28 10 32.87 30 8
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 118 99 19 108.54 67 51
   Library 16 16 0 16.00 6 10
Subtotal 973 692 281 797.70 580 393
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 646 512 134 578.39 308 338
   Classified Professional 210 177 33 196.62 101 109
   Secretarial/Clerical 376 282 94 337.93 18 358
   Technical/Paraprofessional 241 200 41 224.17 69 172
   Skilled Crafts 50 50 0 50.00 49 1
   Service/Maintenance 303 288 15 296.57 178 125
Subtotal 1826 1509 317 1683.68 723 1103
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 247 0 247 n/a 151 96
   Research 306 0 306 n/a 181 125
Subtotal 553 0 553 n/a 332 221
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3416 2262 1154 n/a 1672 1744
   Without Grad Assistants 2863 2262 601 2543.81 1340 1523
* The above employee section was revised 1/21/04.

 


 

  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
Planning and Analysis................. 406-994-2341
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