Quick Facts, 2005-06
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit Admissions and New Student Service's Quick Facts, a site containing much of the information here.
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:
- Montana State University-Billings
- Montana State University-Northern
- Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education. Some data vary, according to when they were generated. MSU's websites generally use Fall semester 15th class day snapshot files for our reporting.
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:
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 (ABET)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
- American Dietetics Association (ADA)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling and Psychological Services) (APA)
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (for Student Health Service)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (for Intercollegiate Athletics) (NCAA)
Enrollment by College
Headcount enrollment in fall of 2005 was 12,250 students.
|Arts & Architecture||1,478||166||1,644|
|Education & HHD||1,189||208||1,397|
|Letters & Science||2,235||428||2,663|
Summer school of 2005 was attended by 2,805 students.
Full and Part Time Enrollment
The fall semester of 2005 had a total enrollment of 12,250 students. Of these, 9,752 (80%) attended full time and 2,498 (20%) attended part time.
|Undergraduates||Full Time||Part Time||Total||TOTAL|
Historical enrollments by class are also available.
The student body attending fall semester of 2005 had the following characteristics:
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 2005 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.
The entering freshman class of fall 2005 had 2236 students--2166 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 70 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.42 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 24.7 years.
The following averages were achieved by the traditional freshmen. Historical averages are also available.
|High School GPA||3.31||2.50|
|Graduating Class Percentile||64.00||50.0|
Sixty-six percent (1468) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 34 percent were from other states (755) or foreign countries (13). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:
|Arts & Architecture||384||17%|
|Education & HHD||137||6%|
|Letters & Science||338||15%|
Begining Fall of 2004, the General Studies program was renamed University Studies. Twenty-seven 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.
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:
*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 ($669 per semester for 2005-06, $702 per semester for 2006-07). 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.
MSU distributed over $40 million in financial aid during 2004-05:
- 64% as loans
- 35% 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.
In 2004-05, the University awarded 2288 degrees:
- 1805 bachelor's degrees
- 442 master's degrees
- 40 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 2005 Graduating Class Career Destinations survey are now available.
Historical information on degrees awarded by major is also available.
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
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
MSU has granted 89,011 degrees in its 112 year history (1893-2005). MSU has awarded 76,035 bachelor's, 11,360 master's, 1572 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and 3 specialist degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 68,765 individual alumni, 48% of whom reside in Montana.
For more information about the Alumni Association, contact
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 2005-06, the University attracted $103,048,866 in grants and contracts. During 2004-05, the University attracted $98,475,261 in grants and contracts--87.1% from federal agencies, 7.4% from private corporations and foundations, and 5.5% from state sources. MSU currently holds 140 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 168 additional patents pending, and has 104 license and option agreements with private firms, 67 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 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 2004-05 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):
|Tuition & Fees||$64,161,166||64%|
|Transfers to Other Campuses||5,119||<1%|
Please see FTE, revenue, and expenditures for historical data.
Based on a fall 2005 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,938 permanent faculty and staff, 549 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,938 permanent employees, 2,293 are full time and 645 are part time; 1,370 are men and 1,568 are women. Total faculty number 1,067, which includes 768 full-time and 299 part-time faculty and department heads, which includes 826 instructional faculty and 241 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,871.
|Number of Employees||Gender|
|Ag Exp Station/Ext Service||111||96||15||104.16||60||51|
|Graduate Assistants||Total||FullTime||PartTime||Full Time
|With Grad Assistants||3487||2293||1194||n/a||1691||1796|
|Without Grad Assistants||2938||2293||645||2599.55||1370||1568|
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