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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. MSU-Bozeman is the home campus in the Montana State University system, with the following affiliates:

 

  • Montana State University-Billings
  • Montana State University-Northern
  • Montana State University College of Technology-Great Falls

 

Fall headcount enrollments and fiscal year FTE enrollments for the two universities and four four-year colleges in the Montana University System are also available.


Academic Programs

MSU-Bozeman offers baccalaureate degrees in 46 fields, with 122 different undergraduate majors. Graduate programs include master's degrees in 37 fields and doctoral degrees in 12 fields.


Accreditation

MSU-Bozeman has been accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges since 1932. Eligible professional programs within the University are accredited by the following agencies:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Dietetic Association
  • Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • National Accrediting Council for Environmental Health Curricula
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National League for Nursing

Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 1995 was 11,267 students.

  Undergrad Postbac Graduate Total
Agriculture 688 14 119 821
Arts & Architecture 1111 37 15 1163
Business 908 19 14 941
Education & HHD 1299 67 202 1568
Engineering 1801 60 147 2008
Letters & Science 2263 61 372 2696
Nursing 509 47 41 597
General Studies/Other 1285 184 4 1473
Total 9864 489 914 11267

Summer school of 1995 was attended by 2,654 students.


Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 1995 had a total enrollment of 11,267 students. Of these, 9500 (84%) attended full time and 1767 (16%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
First-Time Freshmen (Traditional) 970 665 53 33 1023 698 1721
First-Time Freshmen (Non-Traditional) 73 50 28 21 101 71 172
Continuing Freshmen 595 458 86 66 681 524 1205
Sophomores 1019 788 98 99 1117 887 2004
Juniors 929 785 96 85 1025 870 1895
Seniors 1329 1045 211 171 1540 1216 2756
Student Exchange 31 35 20 25 51 60 111
Postbaccalaureates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Second Degree 78 77 59 67 137 144 281
Non-degree Graduates 34 29 60 85 94 114 208
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Master's Candidates 187 136 135 154 322 290 612
Doctoral Candidates 131 47 77 47 208 94 302
Total 5377 4123 915 852 6292 4975 11267

Historical enrollments by class are also available.


Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 1995 had the following characteristics:

Sex Count %
   Male 6292 56%
   Female 4975 44%
Ethnicity Count %
  African American 36 <1%
   Asian American 86 <1%
   Hispanic American 113 1%
   Native American 231 2%
   White 9184 82%
   Unknown 1337 12%
   International 280 2%
Average Age Count %
   Undergraduates 22.9 88%
   Postbaccalaureates 33.7 4%
   Graduate Students 32.2 8%
   Overall 24.2  
Fee Status Count %
  Resident 8242 73%
  WUE 604 5%
   Nonresident 2421 22%

Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 1995 had 1893 students--1721 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three years, and 172 nontraditional freshmen, who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 19 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 24 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.21 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 64.4 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 22.9 22.0
Total SAT 1101 1030

Seventy percent (1263) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (603) or foreign countries (27). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 115 6%
Arts & Architecture 198 10%
Business 172 9%
Education & HHD 125 7%
Engineering 356 19%
General Studies 557 29%
Letters & Science 316 17%
Nursing 54 3%

Almost a third of the freshmen entered as General 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 estimates the following expenses for a full-time student attending school during fall and spring of 1995-96:

  Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees $2,375 $6,800
Room/Board 3,800 3,800
Books/Supplies 600 600
Personal/Transportation 2,350 2,350
Total $9,125 $13,550

Historical charges for tuition and fees, insurance, and room and board are also available.


Financial Aid

MSU-Bozeman distributed $30 million in financial aid during 1994-95:
  • 75% as loans
  • 22% as grants and scholarships
  • 3% as work study

Approximately 72% of undergraduates received aid, with an average total award of $3,500 from all aid sources. Approximately 450 graduate students received teaching and research assistantships.

 

A breakdown of awards by source is also available.


Degrees Awarded

In 1994-95, the University awarded 1810 degrees:

  • 1531 bachelor's degrees
  • 239 master's degrees
  • 40 doctoral degrees

A survey of recent graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 80% had found employment and 13% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $24,271 for bachelor's graduates, $31,825 for master's graduates, and $36,053 for doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 63 percent reporting working within Montana. A more detailed report of the survey results is also available.


Athletics

MSU-Bozeman is a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.

  • Men compete in football (I-AA), basketball, indoor and outdoor track, 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 College National Rodeo Association.

The school colors are blue and gold; men's teams are nicknamed "The Bobcats" and women's teams "The Lady Cats."

For more information about Bobcat Athletics, contact

Chuck Lindemenn
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Alumni

MSU-Bozeman has granted 67,677 degrees in its 102 year history--58,569 bachelor's, 7964 master's, 1103 doctorates, and 41 professional degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University, which contains current addresses for 45,891 individual alumni, 51% of whom reside in Montana.

For more information about the Alumni Association, contact

Jaynee Groseth
Director, Alumni Affairs
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

or send e-mail to alumni@montana.edu.


Research and Creative Activity

As a land-grant university, MSU-Bozeman has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. During 1994-95, the University attracted $36,259,540 in grants and contracts--70% from federal agencies, 18% from private foundations, and 12% from state sources. MSU-Bozeman currently holds 38 patents on 20 technologies for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 12 additional patents pending, and has 22 license and option agreements with private firms.


Montana Agricultural Experiment Station

The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station was established at MSU-Bozeman by acts of the Legislature of Montana in 1893 under authorization provided by the Hatch Act of 1887. The research program encompasses 17 academic departments, service divisions, and laboratories located at MSU-Bozeman and seven research centers located around the state:

  • Northern Agricultural Research Center - Havre
  • Northwestern Agricultural Research Center - Kalispell
  • Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center - Conrad
  • Western Agricultural Research Center - Corvallis
  • Central Agricultural Research Center - Moccasin
  • Eastern Agricultural Research Center - Sidney
  • Southern Agricultural Research Center - Huntley

In addition, the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City is a cooperative program with the US Department of Agriculture.


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 49 counties and four tribal reservations. Programs address societal needs in the general areas of agriculture, family living, community and economic development, and youth development.


Peer Institutions

In January of 1989 the University Funding Study Committee of the Montana State Legislature identified a set of peer campuses for each unit of the Montana University System. Criteria used in selecting peers were public funding, geographic region, role and scope, enrollment profile, and research mission. MSU-Bozeman and UM-Missoula share the following group of peer campuses:

  • New Mexico State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • Utah State University

General Operations Funding

MSU-Bozeman's legislative appropriation of $56,156,505 for 1993-94 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $20,102,848 36%
     Federal Land Grant 50,000 <1%
     Miscellaneous 347,388 <1%
     General Fund 29,561,618 53%
     Millage 6,094,652 11%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $31,889,743 57%
     Research 666,751 1%
     Public Service 469,232 <1%
    Academic Support 6,482,642 12%
     Student Services 4,436,064 8%
     Institutional Support 3,847,123 7%
     Physical Plant 6,546,283 12%
     Scholarships 1,818,667 3%

Employees

MSU-Bozeman employs 500 full-time and 130 part-time instructional faculty. An additional 160 faculty work in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and executive staff number approximately 1,500. Almost 500 students are employed as graduate teaching and research assistants, and another 2,000 students have part-time jobs on campus.


Information Contacts

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
Campus Operator.................................. (406)994-0211
Career Services..................................... (406)994-4353
Conference Services.............................. (406)994-3333
Financial Aid Services............................ (406)994-2845
Institutional Research............................. (406)994-4390
MSU Foundation................................... (406)994-2053
New Student Services............................ (406)994-2452
Orientation............................................. (406)994-2827
President's Office................................... (406)994-2341
Registrar................................................ (406)994-2601
Residence Life....................................... (406)994-2661
Systems and Computing Services........... (406)994-3042
University Relations................................ (406)994-4571