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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, Montana State University and the University of Montana. MSU-Bozeman is the home campus for Montana State University, with the following affiliates:

 

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 Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Dietetics 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 1996 was 11,611 students.

  Undergrad Postbac Graduate Total
Agriculture 703 24 125 852
Arts & Architecture 1167 36 9 1212
Business 962 17 20 999
Education & HHD 1351 71 238 1660
Engineering 1853 42 155 2050
Letters & Science 2350 73 350 2773
Nursing 494 44 19 557
General Studies/Other 1299 203 8 1508
Total 10177 510 924 11611

Summer school of 1996 was attended by 2,823 students.


Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 1996 had a total enrollment of 11,611 students. Of these, 9648 (83%) attended full time and 1963 (17%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
First-Time Freshmen (Traditional) 899 732 69 41 968 773 1741
First-Time Freshmen (Non-Traditional) 75 54 39 24 114 78 192
Continuing Freshmen 602 441 105 74 707 515 1222
Sophomores 1047 783 135 107 1182 890 2072
Juniors 1014 779 80 103 1094 882 1976
Seniors 1344 1118 226 175 1570 1293 2863
Student Exchange 31 35 20 25 51 60 111
Postbaccalaureates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Second Degree 81 85 58 61 139 146 285
Non-degree Graduates 25 31 66 103 91 134 225
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Master's Candidates 169 125 151 145 320 270 590
Doctoral Candidates 119 59 88 68 207 127 334
Total 5406 4242 1037 926 6443 5168 11611

Historical enrollments by class are also available.


Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 1996 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5916 527 6443 55%
   Female 4771 397 5768 45%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 31 2 33 <1%
   Asian American 87 6 93 1%
   Hispanic American 111 7 118 1%
   Native American 212 28 240 2%
   White 8710 587 9297 80%
   Other 8 6 14 <1%
   Unknown 1295 173 1468 13%
   International 233 115 348 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.4 32.7 23.5  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7597 876 8473 73%
  WUE 348 0 348 3%
   Nonresident 2484 306 2790 24%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7194 462 7623 66%
   Other US 3236 339 3575 31%
   Foreign 257 126 413 3%

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 entered MSU-Bozeman in fall of 1996 from all 56 counties in Montana, all states except West Virginia, and 76 foreign countries. For further information on the distribution of students by geographic origin, see Montana students by county, US students by state, and foreign students by country under Historical Trend Data.

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


Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 1996 had 1933 students--1741 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three years, and 192 nontraditional freshmen, who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.6 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.17 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 63.0 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 22.7 22.0
Total SAT 1085 1030

Sixty-seven percent (1303) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (597) or foreign countries (33). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 112 6%
Arts & Architecture 194 10%
Business 167 9%
Education & HHD 135 7%
Engineering 313 16%
General Studies 638 33%
Letters & Science 322 17%
Nursing 52 3%

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 and the Controller's Office estimate the following expenses for a full-time student attending school during fall and spring of 1996-97:

  Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $2,504 $7,225
Room/Board** 4,034 4,034
Books/Supplies 600 600
Personal/Transportation 2,350 2,350
Total $9,488 $14,209

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


Financial Aid

MSU-Bozeman distributed over $35 million in financial aid during 1995-96:

  • 81% as loans
  • 16% as grants and scholarships
  • 3% as work study

 

Approximately 72% of undergraduates received aid, with an average total award of $4,000 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 1995-96, the University awarded 1832 degrees:

  • 1529 bachelor's degrees
  • 259 master's degrees
  • 44 doctoral degrees

 

A survey of 1994-95 graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 86% had found employment and 9% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $26,005 for bachelor's graduates and $33,040 for master's and doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 55 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 National Intercollegiate 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 69,509 degrees in its 103 year history--60,098 bachelor's, 8223 master's, 1147 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 1995-96, the University attracted $38,984,370 in grants and contracts--62% from federal agencies, 24% from private foundations, and 14% from state sources. MSU-Bozeman currently holds 26 patents on 20 technologies for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 25 additional patents pending, and has 20 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 for 1995-96 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $25,607,261 41%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 2,455,114 4%
     Miscellaneous 344,856 <1%
     General Fund 29,536,092 47%
     Millage 5,150,155 8%
Total $63,093,478 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $34,029,040 54%
     Research 745,709 1%
     Public Service 483,970 <1%
    Academic Support 7,328,464 12%
     Student Services 5,253,180 8%
     Institutional Support               4,238,758 7%
     Physical Plant 7,974,443 13%
     Scholarships 2,459,014 4%
Total $62,512,578 100%

The fund balance of $580,900 was carried forward to 1996-97.

Past data for FTE, revenue, and expenditures are available under Historical Trend Data.


Employees

Based on a fall snapshot of the personnel file, MSU-Bozeman employs 2,255 permanent faculty and staff, 448 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,255 permanent employees, 1,849 are full time and 406 are part time. Total faculty number 794, which includes 500 full-time and 132 part-time instructional faculty, and an additional 162 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and administrative staff number 1461.

    Number of Employees    
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 97 93 4 95.79
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Heads/Superintendents 40 40 0 40.0
   Tenured/Tenure Track 387 371 16 377.87
   Adjunct Instructional 205 89 116 139.80
   Research 29 23 6 25.64
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 117 110 7 113.50
   Library 16 15 1 15.33
Subtotal 794 648 146 712.14
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Contract Professional 315 229 86 276.53
   Classified Professional 197 161 36 180.34
   Clerical 385 292 93 348.91
   Technical 195 162 33 179.25
   Crafts 55 55 0 55.0
   Service/Maintenance 217 209 8 212.10
Subtotal 1364 1108 256 1252.1
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Teaching 219 0 219 n/a
   Research 229 0 229 n/a
Subtotal 448 0 448 n/a
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   With Grad Assistants 2703 1849 854 n/a
   Without Grad Assistants 2255 1849 406 2060.07

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
Information Technology Center................. 406-994-3042
University Relations.................................. 406-994-4571