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

 


back to top button  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.


back to top button  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.


back to top button 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 Association for Ambulatory Health Care (for Student Health Service)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling and Psychological Services) (APA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (for Intercollegiate Athletics) (NCAA)
  • Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

back to top button Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 2011 was 14,153 students.

  Undergrad Graduate Total
Agriculture 819 136 955
Arts & Architecture 1,299 144 1,443
Business 1,096 45 1,141
Education & HHD 1,340 387 1,727
Engineering 2,324 162 2,486
Letters & Science 2,705 477 3,182
Nursing 917 91 1,008
University College 1,472 9 1,481
Gallatin College 199 0 199
Other 17 514 531
Total 12,188 1,965 14,153

Summer school of 2011 was attended by 3,753 students.

 


back to top button  Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 2011 had a total enrollment of 14,153 students. Of these, 10,575 (75%) attended full time and 3,578 (25%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
  Male Female   Male Female   Male Female  
Non-degree   46 43   21 24   67 67   134
First-Time Freshmen   1224 917   270 258   1494 1175   2669
Continuing Freshmen   649 454   207 179   856 633   1489
Sophomores   1177 920   157 162   1334 1082   2416
Juniors   1036 856   103 110   1139 966   2105
Seniors   1307 1171   218 218   1525 1389   2914
Second Degree   98 135   87 141   185 276   461
Subtotal   5537 4496   1063 1092   6600 5588   12188
Graduates   Male Female   Male Female   Male Female   TOTAL
Non-Degree Graduates   18 30   93 186   111 216   327
Master's Candidates   215 227   335 464   550 691   1241
Doctoral Candidates   29 23   201 144   230 167   397
Specialist Candidates   0 0   0 0   0 0   0
Subtotal   262 280   629 794   891 1074   1965
Total   5799 4776   1692 1886   7491 6662   14153

Historical enrollments 1893-present are also available.


back to top button Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 2011 had the following characteristics:


Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
Male 6600 891 7491 53%
Female 5588 1074 6662 47%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
Hispanic/Latino 322 35 357 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 235 48 283 2%
Asian 99 16 115 1%
Black/African American 82 7 89 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 5 2 7 0%
White 10542 1678 12220 86%
Two or more races 350 29 379 3%
International 441 109 550 4%
Unknown 112 41 153 1%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
Average 22 33 N/A N/A
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
Resident 8586 1304 9890 70%
WUE 484 N/A 484 3%
Nonresident 3118 661 3779 27%
Pell Recipients Undergrad Graduate Total %
FY 2011 3794 0 3794 N/A
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
Montana 7833 979 8812 62%
Other US 3992 885 4877 35%
Foreign 363 101 464 3%
Unknown o 0 o 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 2011 originally came from all 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 70 foreign countries.

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


back to top button Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 2011 had 2669 students. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.6 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 22 years.

The following averages were achieved by the full-time, bachelor-degree-seeking, entering freshmen that submitted scores. Historical averages are also available.

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.40 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 69.9 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 25.2 22.0
Total SAT 1707 1540

Sixty percent (1595) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 40 percent were from other states (1031) or foreign countries (43). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 172 6%
Arts & Architecture 266 10%
Business 188 7%
Education & HHD 185 7%
Engineering 576 22%
University College 584 22%
Letters & Science 519 19%
Nursing 134 5%
Gallatin College 45 2%

Retention and graduation rates for recent entering freshmen classes are also available.


back to top button  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:



Description 
2011-12
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $6,428 $19,153
Room/Board** 7,840 7,840
Books/Supplies 1,150 1,150
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,130 3,130
TOTAL $18,548 $31,273

*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 ($852 per semester for 2011-12). 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.


back to top button 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.


back to top button Degrees Awarded

In 2010-11, the University awarded 2379 degrees:

  • Certificate of Applied Science: 13
  • Associate of Applied Science: 9
  • Bachelor's degrees: 1809
  • Master's degrees: 491
  • Specialist degrees: 1
  • Doctoral degrees: 56

MSU has granted 103,075 certificates and degrees in its 118 year history (1893-2011). MSU has awarded 13 Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 9 Associates of Applied Science, 87,035 Bachelor's, 14,102 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 1,867 Doctorates.

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.


back to top button 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.


back to top button Alumni

MSU has granted 103,075 certificates and degrees in its 118 year history (1893-2011). MSU has awarded 13 Certificates of Applied Science, 41 Professional degrees, 9 Associates of Applied Science, 87,035 Bachelor's, 14,102 Master's, 8 Specialist degrees, and 1,867 Doctorates. The database contains current, active addresses for 84,203 individual alumni, 48% of whom reside in Montana.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Jaynee Groseth
President and CEO, Alumni Association
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or visit the Alumni Association online.


back to top button Research and Creative Activity

As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. During 2010-11 the University, through competitively awarded grants and contracts, had $102,767,291 in research expenditures – 87.5% from federal agencies, 9.8% from private corporations and foundations, and 2.7% from state sources. MSU currently holds 81 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 81 additional patents pending, and has 200 license and option agreements with private firms, 98 of which are with Montana companies. Visit Research, Creativity & Technology Transfer online for more information about MSU's research programs.


back to top button 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.


back to top button 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.


back to top button General Operations Funding

MSU's legislative appropriation for 2010-11 was collected and spent as follows ("Unrestricted Operating Account", Reports Bud300):

Revenue Amount %
Tuition & Fees 97,615,066 66%
State Allocations 49,508,449 33%
Other Revenues 1,125,880 1%
Transfers 308,305 0%
Total $148,557,700 100%
Expenditures Amount %
Instruction $66,517,438 45%
Research 1,142,372 1%
Public Service 1,809,300 1%
Academic Support 18,208,926 12%
Student Services 10,322,808 7%
Institutional Support 11,027,759 7%
Physical Plant 14,706,303 10%
Scholarships 14,613,829 7%
Transfers 10,240,169 10%
Total $148,588,904 100%

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


back to top button Employees

Based on a fall 2011 snapshot of the personnel file, MSU employs 3,012 permanent faculty and staff, and 567 graduate teaching and research assistants. Of the 3,012 permanent employees, 2,301 are full time and 711 are part time; 1,359 are men and 1,653 are women. Total faculty number is 1,122, which includes 775 full-time and 347 part-time faculty and department heads, (includes 896 instructional faculty and 226 faculty in administrative/managerial, research and service positions). Classified, professional, and service staff number 1,890.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 59 56 3 57.82 30 29
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Heads/Directors 43 41 2 42.50 31 12
Tenurable Instructional 446 426 20 439.12 302 144
Adjunct Instructional 407 116 291 230.55 169 238
Research 49 30 19 38.44 35 14
Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 103 91 12 97.32 45 58
Library 15 15 0 15.00 7 8
Subtotal 1122 775 347 920.75 619 503
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Contract Professional 787 594 193 696.13 319 468
Classified Professional 233 200 33 220.83 88 145
Secretarial/Clerical 258 176 82 220.76 16 242
Technical/Paraprofessional 274 234 40 256.98 101 173
Skilled Crafts 50 49 1 49.75 50 0
Service/Maintenance 288 273 15 281.43 166 122
Subtotal 1890 1526 364 1725.88 740 1150
Graduate Assistant Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
Teaching 308 0 308 n/a 173 135
Research 259 0 259 n/a 165 94
Subtotal 567 0 567 n/a 338 229
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
With Grad Assistants 3579 2301 1278 n/a 1697 1882
Without Grad Assistants 3012 2301 711 2646.63 1359 1653

back to top button 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.