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 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 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 2004 was 12,003 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 719 145 864
Arts & Architecture 1,493 135 1,628
Business 1,062 43 1,105
Education & HHD 1,140 207 1,347
Engineering 1,874 174 2,048
Letters & Science 2,193 393 2,586
Nursing 781 23 804
General Studies/Other 1,406 215 1,621
Total 10,668 1,335 12,003

Summer school of 2004 was attended by 2,705 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2004 had a total enrollment of 12,003 students. Of these, 9,658 (80%) attended full time and 2,345 (20%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 30 35 18 21 48 56 104
First-Time Freshmen 1164 836 109 75 1273 911 2184
Continuing Freshmen 748 520 150 136 898 656 1554
Sophomores 978 819 111 109 1089 928 2017
Juniors 872 719 82 143 954 862 1816
Seniors 1154 1099 208 179 1362 1278 2640
Second Degree 85 108 66 94 151 202 353
       Subtotal 5031 4136 744 757 5775 4893 10668
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 17 12 78 108 95 120 215
Master's Candidates 192 194 213 217 405 411 816
Doctoral Candidates 51 25 139 87 190 112 302
Specialist Candidates 0 0 1 1 1 1 2
       Subtotal 260 231 431 413 691 644 1335
Total 5291 4367 1175 1170 6466 5537 12003

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2004 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5775 691 6466 54%
   Female 4893 644 5537 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 57 3 60 <1%
   Asian American 130 10 140 1%
   Hispanic American 130 11 141 1%
   Native American 226 18 244 2%
   White 9506 1044 10550 88%
   Other 46 8 54 <1%
   Unknown 413 111 524 5%
   International 160 130 290 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.1 31.6 23.2  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 8091 958 9049 75%
  WUE 397 0 397 4%
   Nonresident 2180 377 2557 21%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2786 0 2786 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7361 739 8100 68%
   Other US 3134 478 3612 30%
   Foreign 173 118 291 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 2004 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 2004 had 2184 students--2075 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 109 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.32 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.66 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 64.00 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.23 22.0
Total SAT 1111.46 1030

Sixty-seven percent (1453) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (718) or foreign countries (13). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 103 5%
Arts & Architecture 335 15%
Business 185 9%
Education & HHD 124 6%
Engineering 401 18%
University Studies 624 29%
Letters & Science 316 14%
Nursing 96 4%

Begining Fall of 2004, the General Studies program was renamed University Studies. Twenty-nine percent of the freshmen entered as University 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:

 

  2004-05
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $4,577 $14,177
Room/Board** 5,500 5,500
Books/Supplies 930 930
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,470 2,470
TOTAL $13,477 $23,077

*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 ($627 per semester for 2004-05). 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 $38 million in financial aid during 2003-04:

  • 61% as loans
  • 38% as grants and scholarships
  • 1% 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 2003-04, the University awarded 2238 degrees:

  • 1821 bachelor's degrees
  • 375 master's degrees
  • 42 doctoral degrees

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 2004 Graduate Survey 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 86,723 degrees in its 111 year history (1893-2004). MSU has awarded 74,230 bachelor's, 10,918 master's, 1532 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 67,425 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 2003-04, the University attracted $87,964,958 in grants and contracts--84.3% from federal agencies, 9.2% from private corporations and foundations, and 6.5% from state sources. MSU currently holds 107 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 38 additional patents pending, and has 87 license and option agreements with private firms, 33 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 53 counties and seven 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 2003-04 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $57,083,994 58%
     Miscellaneous 638,253 1%
     General Fund 36,069,457 37%
     Millage 4,329,961 4%
Total $98,121,665 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $50.646,099 52%
     Research 414,278 1%
     Public Service 839,734 1%
    Academic Support 12,745,379 13%
     Student Services 6,905,250 7%
     Institutional Support               7,454,809 8%
     Physical Plant 12,106,134 12%
     Scholarships 5,700,281 6%
     Transfers to Other Campuses 333,999 <1%
Total $97,145,963 100%

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2004 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,934 permanent faculty and staff, 546 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,934 permanent employees, 2,281 are full time and 653 are part time; 1,365 are men and 1,569 are women. Total faculty number 997, which includes 694 full-time and 303 part-time faculty and department heads, which includes 801 instructional faculty and 196 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,872.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 65 61 4 63.32 38 27
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 46 45 1 45.67 39 7
   Tenurable Instructional 418 405 13 412.06 296 122
   Adjunct Instructional 353 91 262 192.27 139 214
   Research 52 39 13 44.75 41 11
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 113 99 14 106.56 64 49
   Library 15 15 0 15.00 5 10
Subtotal 997 694 303 816.31 584 413
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 714 546 168 633.54 337 377
   Classified Professional 195 168 27 185.28 94 101
   Secretarial/Clerical 364 278 86 328.33 21 343
   Technical/Paraprofessional 252 202 50 233.01 76 176
   Skilled Crafts 51 51 0 51.00 50 1
   Service/Maintenance 296 281 15 289.93 165 131
Subtotal 1872 1526 346 1721.09 743 1129
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 234 0 234 n/a 134 100
   Research 312 0 312 n/a 184 128
Subtotal 546 0 546 n/a 318 228
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3480 2281 1199 n/a 1683 1797
   Without Grad Assistants 2934 2281 653 2600.72 1365 1569

 


 

  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