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 MUS website. 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 51 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 2007 was 12,170 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 589 123 712
Arts & Architecture 1,340 127 1,467
Business 1,151 48 1,199
Education & HHD 1,082 267 1,349
Engineering 1,905 167 2,072
Letters & Science 2,201 424 2,625
Nursing 759 45 804
University College 1,543 0 1,543
Other 2 397 399
Total 10,572 1,598 12,170

Summer school of 2007 was attended by 3,189 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2007 had a total enrollment of 12,170 students. Of these, 9,518 (78%) attended full time and 2,652 (22%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 33 36 17 25 50 61 111
First-Time Freshmen 1063 792 116 129 1179 921 2100
Continuing Freshmen 625 366 133 101 758 467 1225
Sophomores 966 819 145 113 1111 932 2043
Juniors 957 848 115 130 1072 978 2050
Seniors 1246 1091 211 178 1457 1269 2726
Second Degree 71 98 57 91 128 189 317
       Subtotal 4961 4050 794 767 5755 4817 10572
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 27 20 87 137 114 157 271
Master's Candidates 199 188 273 327 472 515 987
Doctoral Candidates 43 30 155 112 198 142 340
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
       Subtotal 269 238 515 576 784 814 1598
Total 5230 4288 1309 1343 6539 5631 12170

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2007 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5755 784 6539 54%
   Female 4817 814 5631 46%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 50 4 54  
   Asian American 123 13 136 1%
   Hispanic American 144 11 155 2%
   Native American 254 51 305 3%
   White 9408 854 10262 84%
   Other 39 12 51  
   Unknown 310 520 830 7%
   International 244 133 377 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22 32 23.29 N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7897 1098 8995 74%
  WUE 304 0 304 2%
   Nonresident 2371 500 2871 24%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2240 0 2240 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7021 798 7819 64%
   Other US 3280 645 3925 32%
   Foreign 232 125 357 3%
   Unknown 39 30 69 1%
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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 2007 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 65 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 2007 had 2100 students--2052 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 48 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 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.29 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 63.16 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 24 22.0
Total SAT 1107.44 1030

Sixty-three percent (1322) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 37 percent were from other states (763) or foreign countries (15). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 91 4%
Arts & Architecture 280 13%
Business 182 9%
Education & HHD 112 5%
Engineering 365 17%
University College 685 33%
Letters & Science 286 14%
Nursing 99 5%

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

*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). 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

 

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 2006-07, the University awarded 2360 degrees:

  • 1837 bachelor's degrees
  • 1 specialist degree
  • 466 master's degrees
  • 56 doctoral degrees

MSU has granted 93,672 degrees in its 114 year history (1893-2007). MSU has awarded 79,693 bachelor's, 12,266 master's, 1,668 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and 4 specialist 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 2006 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 93,672 degrees in its 114 year history (1893-2007). MSU has awarded 79,693 bachelor's, 12,266 master's, 1,668 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and 4 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 2006-07 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $102,116,323 in research expenditures --87% from federal agencies, 9% from private corporations and foundations, and 4% from state sources. MSU currently holds 90 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 140 additional patents pending, and has 132 license and option agreements with private firms, 76 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 2006-07 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $76,768,840 65%
     Miscellaneous 1,518,406 1%
     General Fund 35,260,599 30%
     Millage 4,799,696 4%
Total $118,347,541 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $58,846,258 50%
     Research 371,468  
     Public Service 1,276,011 1%
    Academic Support 15,363,132 13%
     Student Services 8,055,896 7%
     Institutional Support               9,730,692 8%
     Physical Plant 15,799,982 13%
     Revenue (transfer to MSU Northern) 322,784  
     Scholarships 9,547,376 8%
Total $119,313,599 100%

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2007 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 3,504 permanent faculty and staff, 558 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 3,504 permanent employees, 2,351 are full time and 595 are part time; 1,377 are men and 1,569 are women. Total faculty number 1,048, which includes 777 full-time and 271 part-time faculty and department heads, which includes 802 instructional faculty and 246 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,898.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 64 59 5 61.37 34 30
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 37 36 1 36.75 32 5
   Tenurable Instructional 420 404 16 411.82 290 130
   Adjunct Instructional 345 123 222 215.49 146 199
   Research 50 35 15 42.24 35 15
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 117 106 11 112.08 63 54
   Library 15 14 1 14.40 7 8
Subtotal 1048 777 271 894.15 607 441
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 766 623 143 700.49 336 430
   Classified Professional 197 172 25 186.43 89 108
   Secretarial/Clerical 305 224 81 270.57 15 290
   Technical/Paraprofessional 287 223 64 258.51 106 181
   Skilled Crafts 55 55 0 55.00 54 1
   Service/Maintenance 288 277 11 282.96 170 118
Subtotal 1898 1574 324 1753.96 770 1128
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 286 0 286 n/a 167 119
   Research 272 0 272 n/a 169 103
Subtotal 558 0 558 n/a 336 222
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3504 2351 1153 n/a 1713 1791
   Without Grad Assistants 2946 2351 595 2648.11 1377 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