Please visit Admissions for undergraduate admission information and the Graduate School for admission for graduates.

 


  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:

Additional data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the MUS website. Please keep in mind that data may vary from that of our individual websites' reports; depending on when they were generated and what criteria were required, there can be slight differences. MSU's websites generally report data from a snapshot taken each Fall semester on the 15th class day for our reporting throughout the year.


  Academic Programs

MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 60 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 43 fields, and doctoral degrees in 20 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) option. For more information on specific programs, see:

MSU now offers associate degrees and other programs through the new Gallatin College.


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 2010 was 13,559 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 745 121 866
Arts & Architecture 1,351 143 1,494
Business 1,052 48 1,100
Education & HHD 1,231 394 1,625
Engineering 2,112 188 2,300
Letters & Science 2,514 455 2,969
Nursing 872 76 948
University College 1,602 0 1,602
Gallatin College 100 0 100
Other 0 555 555
Total 11,579 1,980 13,559

Summer school of 2010 was attended by 3,476 students.

 


  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2010 had a total enrollment of 13,559 students. Of these, 10,028 (74%) attended full time and 3,531 (26%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
  Male Female   Male Female   Male Female  
Non-degree   44 41   10 16   54 57   111
First-Time Freshmen   1243 879   261 240   1504 1119   2623
Continuing Freshmen   598 409   210 161   808 570   1378
Sophomores   1038 824   155 147   1193 971   2164
Juniors   1006 823   98 143   1104 966   2070
Seniors   1242 1144   237 193   1479 1337   2816
Second Degree   98 126   78 115   176 241   417
Subtotal   5269 4246   1049 1015   6318 5261   11579
Graduates   Male Female   Male Female   Male Female   TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates   16 20   108 185   124 205   329
Master's Candidates   206 236   346 466   552 702   1254
Doctoral Candidates   23 12   212 149   235 161   396
Specialist Candidates   0 0   0 1   0 1   1
Subtotal   245 268   666 801   911 1069   1980
Total   5514 4514   1715 1816   7229 6330   13559

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.


Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2010 had the following characteristics:


Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 6318 911 7229 53%
Female 5261 1069 6330 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 313 35 348 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 210 41 251 2%
Asian 103 21 124 1%
Black/African American 70 6 76 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3 2 5 0%
White 10101 1714 11815 87%
Two or more races 315 36 351 3%
International 356 94 450 3%
Unknown 108 31 139 1%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average 22 33 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 8240 1329 9569 71%
WUE 438 N/A 438 3%
Nonresident 2901 651 3552 26%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
Full Time 2488 0 2488 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana 7481 998 8479 63%
Other US 3747 872 4619 34%
Foreign 347 110 457 3%
Unknown 4 0 4 0%

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 2010 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 72 foreign countries.

Past distributions of the student population by ethnicity are also available under Trend Data.


Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2010 had 2623 students--2392 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 231 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.5 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 64 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 24 22.0
Total SAT 1112.84 1030

Sixty percent (1556) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 40 percent were from other states (1030) or foreign countries (37). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 150 6%
Arts & Architecture 298 11%
Business 176 7%
Education & HHD 162 6%
Engineering 496 19%
University College 654 25%
Letters & Science 513 20%
Nursing 140 5%
Gallatin College 34 1%

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:

  2010-11
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $6,168 $18,291
Room/Board** 7,700 7,700
Books/Supplies 1,130 1,130
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,080 3,080
TOTAL $18,078 $30,201

*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 ($799 per semester for 2010-11). 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 2009-10, the University awarded 2354 degrees:

  • 1835 bachelor's degrees
  • 471 master's degrees
  • 45 doctoral degrees
  • 3 specialist degrees

MSU has granted 100,696 degrees in its 117 year history (1893-2010). MSU has awarded 85,226 bachelor's, 13,611 master's, 1,811 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and 7 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 2008 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 100,696 degrees in its 117 year history (1893-2010). MSU has awarded 85,226 bachelor's, 13,611 master's, 1,811 doctorates, 41 professional degrees and 7 specialist degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University. The database contains current, active addresses for 77,212 individual alumni, 49% 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 2009-10 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $109,481,694 in research expenditures –87.1% from federal agencies, 9.4% from private corporations and foundations, and 3.5% from state sources. MSU currently holds 105 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 91 additional patents pending, and has 191 license and option agreements with private firms, 109 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 2009-10 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports CHE101 and CHE102):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 87,735,087 63%
Miscellaneous 1,557,143 1%
General Fund 50,949,656 36%
Total $140,241,886 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $67,919,549 48%
Research 1,046,911 1%
Public Service 1,841,025 1%
Academic Support 17,894,116 13%
Student Services 9,949,346 7%
Institutional Support 11,374,708 8%
Physical Plant 17,374,773 13%
Scholarships 12,947,408 9%
Total $140,347,836 100%

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


Employees

Based on a fall 2010 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 2,975 permanent faculty and staff, and 551 graduate teaching and research assistants. Of the 2,975 permanent employees, 2,307 are full time and 668 are part time; 1,371 are men and 1,604 are women. Total faculty number is 1,081, which includes 778 full-time and 303 part-time faculty and department heads, (includes 847 instructional faculty and 234 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions). Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,894.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 56 55 1 55.67 29 27
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Heads/Directors 41 41 0 41.00 33 8
Tenurable Instructional 445 429 16 437.57 301 144
Adjunct Instructional 361 109 252 210.53 152 209
Research 57 36 21 44.14 42 15
Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 105 93 12 99.42 48 57
Library 16 15 1 15.33 7 9
Subtotal 1081 778 303 903.65 612 469
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 806 617 189 716.94 347 459
Classified Professional 234 194 40 219.79 93 141
Secretarial/Clerical 264 189 75 230.29 17 247
Technical/Paraprofessional 266 223 43 248.38 101 165
Skilled Crafts 50 49 1 49.75 49 1
Service/Maintenance 274 257 17 265.81 152 122
Subtotal 1894 1529 365 1730.96 759 1135
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching 172 0 172 n/a 91 81
Research 379 0 379 n/a 229 150
Subtotal 551 0 551 n/a 320 231
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 3526 2307 1219 n/a 1691 1835
Without Grad Assistants 2975 2307 668 2634.61 1371 1604

Information Contacts

Campus Operator....................... 406-994-0211
Admissions, Undergraduate......... 406-994-2452
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
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.