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

 


 

  Academic Programs

MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 53 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 42 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 (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 2006 was 12,338 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 631 130 761
Arts & Architecture 1,444 161 1,605
Business 1,128 33 1,161
Education & HHD 1,151 218 1,369
Engineering 1,900 147 2,047
Letters & Science 2,278 425 2,703
Nursing 774 33 807
University College 1,516 0 1,516
Other 10 359 369
Total 10,832 1,506 12,338

Summer school of 2006 was attended by 2,879 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2006 had a total enrollment of 12,338 students. Of these, 9,615 (78%) attended full time and 2,723 (22%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 24 32 15 13 39 45 84
First-Time Freshmen 1128 814 134 140 1262 954 2216
Continuing Freshmen 571 443 143 131 714 574 1288
Sophomores 1024 836 133 119 1157 955 2112
Juniors 992 789 108 130 1100 919 2019
Seniors 1189 1120 253 227 1442 1347 2789
Second Degree 70 121 43 90 113 211 324
       Subtotal 4998 4155 829 850 5827 5005 10832
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 19 22 86 152 105 174 279
Master's Candidates 197 160 260 286 457 446 903
Doctoral Candidates 45 19 143 116 188 135 323
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
       Subtotal 261 201 489 555 750 756 1506
Total 5259 4356 1318 1405 6577 5761 12338

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2006 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5827 750 6577 53%
   Female 5005 756 5761 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 54 5 59 1%
   Asian American 136 15 151 1%
   Hispanic American 141 14 155 1%
   Native American 276 22 298 2%
   White 9683 950 10633 86%
   Other 41 16 57 1%
   Unknown 305 368 673 5%
   International 196 116 312 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22 31.38 23.15  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 8128 1016 9144 74%
  WUE 372 0 372 3%
   Nonresident 2332 490 2822 23%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2274 0 2274 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7306 758 8064 65%
   Other US 3331 615 3946 32%
   Foreign 195 133 328 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 2006 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 69 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 2006 had 2216 students--2144 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 72 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.4 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.31 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.30 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.00 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.47 22.0
Total SAT 1116.46 1030

Sixty-three percent (1394) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 37 percent were from other states (808) or foreign countries (14). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 95 4%
Arts & Architecture 351 16%
Business 168 8%
Education & HHD 115 5%
Engineering 387 18%
University College 672 30%
Letters & Science 316 14%
Nursing 112 5%

Begining Fall of 2004, the General Studies program was renamed University Studies. For Fall 2006, thirty 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:

 

  2007-08
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $5,749 $16,274
Room/Board** 6,780 6,780
Books/Supplies 1,050 1,050
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,750 2,750
TOTAL $16,329 $26,854
  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 ($759 per semester for 2007-08; $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.

 


 

  Financial Aid

MSU distributed over $65 million in financial aid during 2004-05:

  • 75% as loans
  • 24% 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 2005-06, the University awarded 2301 degrees:

  • 1821 bachelor's degrees
  • 440 master's degrees
  • 40 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 2005 Graduating Class Career Destinations 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 91,312 degrees in its 113 year history (1893-2006). MSU has awarded 77,856 bachelor's, 11,800 master's, 1612 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 71,737 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 2005-06, the University attracted $103,048,866 in grants and contracts--87% from federal agencies, 8% from private corporations and foundations, and 5% from state sources. MSU currently holds 94 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 136 additional patents pending, and has 111 license and option agreements with private firms, 70 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 2005-06 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $71,043,540 64%
     Miscellaneous 788,108 1%
     General Fund 34,644,936 31%
     Millage 4,696,538 4%
Total $111,173,122 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $55,098,386 50%
     Research 447,670  
     Public Service 968,189 1%
    Academic Support 14,987,052 14%
     Student Services 7,209,456 7%
     Institutional Support               8,599,167 8%
     Physical Plant 15,178,179 13%
     Scholarships 7,880,745 7%
Total $110,368,844 100%

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2006 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 3,011 permanent faculty and staff, 579 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 3,011 permanent employees, 2,410 are full time and 601 are part time; 1,397 are men and 1,614 are women. Total faculty number 1,038, which includes 757 full-time and 281 part-time faculty and department heads, which includes 823 instructional faculty and 215 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,973.

 
    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 35 34 1 34.10 25 10
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 44 44 0 44 38 6
   Tenurable Instructional 427 402 25 413.05 299 128
   Adjunct Instructional 352 123 229 214.19 150 202
   Research 47 35 12 49.70 35 12
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 118 104 14 111.11 59 59
   Library 15 15 0 15.00 7 8
Subtotal 1038 757 281 881.15 613 425
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 813 659 154 735.98 355 458
   Classified Professional 180 161 19 172.83 80 100
   Secretarial/Clerical 363 281 82 326.27 35 328
   Technical/Paraprofessional 291 240 51 270.03 108 183
   Skilled Crafts 53 53 0 53.00 52 1
   Service/Maintenance 273 259 14 267.31 154 119
Subtotal 1973 1653 320 1825.42 784 1189
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 339 0 339 n/a 202 137
   Research 240 0 240 n/a 144 96
Subtotal 579 0 579 n/a 346 233
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3590 2410 1180 n/a 1743 1847
   Without Grad Assistants 3011 2410 601 2706.57 1397 1614

 


 

  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