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 2008 was 12,369 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 616 123 739
Arts & Architecture 1,364 178 1,542
Business 1,139 50 1,189
Education & HHD 1,106 333 1,439
Engineering 1,898 167 2,065
Letters & Science 2,118 452 2,570
Nursing 773 54 827
University College 1,505 0 1,505
Other 0 493 493
Total 10,519 1,850 12,369

Summer school of 2008 was attended by 3,318 students.

 


 

  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2008 had a total enrollment of 12,369 students. Of these, 9,490 (77%) attended full time and 2,879 (23%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Non-degree 39 46 15 13 54 59 113
First-Time Freshmen 1041 767 112 150 1153 917 2070
Continuing Freshmen 606 355 123 91 729 446 1175
Sophomores 996 799 119 95 1115 894 2009
Juniors 941 843 108 113 1049 956 2005
Seniors 1261 1131 231 193 1492 1324 2816
Second Degree 62 109 54 106 116 215 331
       Subtotal 4946 4050 762 761 5708 4811 10519
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates 20 25 87 183 107 208 315
Master's Candidates 173 191 371 414 544 605 1149
Doctoral Candidates 54 31 177 121 231 152 383
Specialist Candidates 0 0 0 3 0 3 3
       Subtotal 247 247 635 721 882 968 1850
Total 5193 4297 1397 1482 6590 5779 12369

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

  Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2008 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5708 882 6590 53%
   Female 4811 968 5779 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 51 3 54  
   Asian American 137 19 156 1%
   Hispanic American 152 13 165 2%
   Native American 282 80 362 3%
   White 9283 1171 10454 85%
   Other 27 10 37  
   Unknown 313 421 734 6%
   International 274 133 407 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22 33 23.63 N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7757 1197 8954 72%
  WUE 327 0 327 3%
   Nonresident 2435 653 3088 25%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Full Time 2119 0 2119 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 6913 887 7800 63%
   Other US 3315 809 4124 33%
   Foreign 268 131 399 3%
   Unknown 23 23 46 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 2008 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 67 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 2008 had 2070 students--2003 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 67 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 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 3.28 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 63.60 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 24 22.0
Total SAT 1121.74 1030

Sixty-one percent (1260) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 39 percent were from other states (796) or foreign countries (14). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 119 6%
Arts & Architecture 311 15%
Business 170 8%
Education & HHD 119 6%
Engineering 391 19%
University College 541 26%
Letters & Science 316 15%
Nursing 103 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:

 

  2008-09
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $5,798 $16,997
Room/Board** 7,070 7,070
Books/Supplies 1,090 1,090
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,850 2,850
TOTAL $16,808 $28,007

*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 ($795 per semester for 2008-09). 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 2007-08, the University awarded 2296 degrees:

  • 1809 bachelor's degrees
  • 0 specialist degree
  • 434 master's degrees
  • 53 doctoral degrees

MSU has granted 95,968 degrees in its 115 year history (1893-2008). MSU has awarded 81,502 bachelor's, 12,700 master's, 1,721 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 2007-08 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $96,150,553 in research expenditures --85.2% from federal agencies, 10.3% from private corporations and foundations, and 4.5% from state sources. MSU currently holds 93 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 134 additional patents pending, and has 163 license and option agreements with private firms, 94 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 2007-08 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $65,599,162 61%
     Miscellaneous 1,518,406 1%
     General Fund 35,260,599 33%
     Millage 4,799,696 5%
Total $107,177,863 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $62,734,122 50%
     Research 1,169,281 1%
     Public Service 1,398,391 1%
    Academic Support 16,743,396 13%
     Student Services 8,558,484 7%
     Institutional Support               9,787,781 8%
     Physical Plant 15,742,592 13%
     Revenue (transfer to MSU Northern) 343,500  
     Scholarships 10,007,619 8%
Total $126,485,166 100%

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

 


 

  Employees

Based on a fall 2008 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,992 permanent faculty and staff, 569 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,992 permanent employees, 2,355 are full time and 637 are part time; 1,378 are men and 1,614 are women. Total faculty number 1,057, which includes 770 full-time and 287 part-time faculty and department heads, which includes 813 instructional faculty and 244 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions. Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,935.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 62 58 4 60.00 34 28
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 37 35 2 36.25 31 6
   Tenurable Instructional 432 419 13 426.39 294 138
   Adjunct Instructional 344 111 233 211.88 148 196
   Research 52 29 23 39.42 35 17
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 115 103 12 109.68 58 57
   Library 15 15 0 15.00 8 7
Subtotal 1057 770 287 898.62 608 449
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 782 620 162 707.27 336 446
   Classified Professional 221 187 34 208.10 88 133
   Secretarial/Clerical 284 205 79 250.60 12 272
   Technical/Paraprofessional 295 237 58 269.86 110 185
   Skilled Crafts 56 55 1 55.75 54 2
   Service/Maintenance 297 281 16 289.61 170 127
Subtotal 1935 1585 350 1781.19 770 1165
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 300 0 300 n/a 167 133
   Research 269 0 269 n/a 170 99
Subtotal 569 0 569 n/a 337 232
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 3561 2355 1206 n/a 1715 1846
   Without Grad Assistants 2992 2355 637 2679.81 1378 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

Please see our online directories for phone numbers and e-mail addresses for individual faculty, staff, and students.

Terry Dysart, facts@montana.edu