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.

 


 

UP  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. Some data vary, according to when they were generated. MSU's websites generally use Fall semester 15th class day snapshot files for our reporting.

 


 

UP  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:

 


 

UP  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 (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)

 


 

UP  Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2005 was 12,250 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 693 133 826
Arts & Architecture 1,478 166 1,644
Business 1,155 42 1,197
Education & HHD 1,189 208 1,397
Engineering 1,834 156 1,990
Letters & Science 2,235 428 2,663
Nursing 800 27 827
University College 1,433 0 1,433
Other 25 248 273
Total 10,842 1,408 12,250

Summer school of 2005 was attended by 2,805 students.

 


 

UP  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
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 28 25 9 9 37 34 71
First-Time Freshmen 1141 844 133 118 1274 962 2236
Continuing Freshmen 672 499 158 127 830 626 1456
Sophomores 1009 826 120 110 1129 936 2065
Juniors 957 841 100 128 1057 969 2026
Seniors 1140 1096 204 201 1344 1297 2641
Second Degree 76 131 44 96 120 227 347
       Subtotal 5023 4262 768 789 5791 5051 10842
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 19 16 84 116 103 132 235
Master's Candidates 189 167 250 223 439 390 829
Doctoral Candidates 51 25 146 120 197 145 342
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 2 0 2 2
       Subtotal 259 208 480 461 739 669 1408
Total 5282 4470 1248 1250 6530 5720 12250

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

UP  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2005 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5791 739 6530 53%
   Female 5051 669 5720 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 51 3 54 <1%
   Asian American 141 14 155 1%
   Hispanic American 138 10 148 1%
   Native American 248 20 268 2%
   White 9717 987 10704 88%
   Other 51 8 59 <1%
   Unknown 327 251 578 5%
   International 169 115 284 2%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.06 31.28 23.12  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 8247 982 9229 75%
  WUE 422 0 422 4%
  Nonresident 2173 426 2599 21%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2540 0 2540 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7465 744 8209 67%
   Other US 3208 549 3757 31%
   Foreign 169 115 284 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 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.

 


 

UP  Entering Freshmen

 

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.

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.31 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.00 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.19 22.0
Total SAT 1115.40 1030

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:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 93 4%
Arts & Architecture 384 17%
Business 225 10%
Education & HHD 137 6%
Engineering 353 16%
University Studies 607 27%
Letters & Science 338 15%
Nursing 99 5%

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.

 


 

UP  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:

 

  2005-06
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $5,221 $14,945
Room/Board** 6,150 6,150
Books/Supplies 980 980
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,550 2,550
TOTAL $14,901 $24,625
  2006-07
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $5,673 $15,522
Room/Board** 6,450 6,450
Books/Supplies 1,000 1,000
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,670 2,670
TOTAL $15,793 $25,642

*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.

 


 

UP  Financial Aid

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.

 


 

UP  Degrees Awarded

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.

 


 

UP  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.

 


 

UP  Alumni

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

Jaynee Groseth
Director, Alumni Relations
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or visit the Alumni Association online.

 


 

UP  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.

 


 

UP  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.

 


 

UP  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.

 


 

 

 

UP  General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2004-05 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $64,161,166 64%
     Miscellaneous 1,410,166 1%
     General Fund 31,232,653 31%
     Millage 4,375,259 4%
Total $101,179,244 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $52,019,673 51%
     Research 396,543  
     Public Service 840,008 1%
    Academic Support 13,968,687 14%
     Student Services 6,824,202 7%
     Institutional Support               7,949,515 8%
     Physical Plant 13,376,996 13%
     Scholarships 6,662,035 6%
     Transfers to Other Campuses 5,119 <1%
Total $102,042,778 100%

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

 


 

UP  Employees

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
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 68 64 4 66.32 39 29
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 47 46 1 46.75 42 5
   Tenurable Instructional 431 410 21 420.89 300 131
   Adjunct Instructional 348 102 246 195.82 153 195
   Research 49 37 12 43.08 37 12
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 111 96 15 104.16 60 51
   Library 13 13 0 13.00 6 7
Subtotal 1067 768 299 890.02 637 430
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 753 588 165 665.04 335 418
   Classified Professional 190 166 24 181.43 95 95
   Secretarial/Clerical 349 260 89 312.12 18 331
   Technical/Paraprofessional 246 191 55 223.11 72 174
   Skilled Crafts 51 51 0 51.00 50 1
   Service/Maintenance 282 269 13 276.83 163 119
Subtotal 1871 1525 346 1709.53 733 1138
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 305 0 305 n/a 171 134
   Research 244 0 244 n/a 150 94
Subtotal 549 0 549 n/a 321 228
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3487 2293 1194 n/a 1691 1796
   Without Grad Assistants 2938 2293 645 2599.55 1370 1568

 


 

UP  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