Quick Facts provides an overview of MSU-Bozeman's enrollment, employment, and programs for the current year. If you have questions or suggestions for facts you would like to see included, please send e-mail to facts@montana.edu.

 


 

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 47 fields, with many different undergraduate majors. Graduate programs include master's degrees in 40 fields and doctoral degrees in 13 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 1997 was 11,662 students.

  Undergrad Postbac Graduate Total
Agriculture 787 18 118 923
Arts & Architecture 1169 40 7 1216
Business 1007 15 21 1043
Education & HHD 1317 106 193 1616
Engineering 1834 45 165 2044
Letters & Science 2233 64 339 2636
Nursing 496 41 25 562
General Studies/Other 1335 253 34 1622
Total 10178 582 902 11662

Summer school of 1997 was attended by 2,824 students.

 


 

Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 1997 had a total enrollment of 11,662 students. Of these, 9597 (82%) attended full time and 2065 (18%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
First-Time Freshmen (Traditional) 1007 769 83 58 1090 827 1917
First-Time Freshmen (Non-Traditional) 26 20 13 9 39 29 68
Continuing Freshmen 630 432 85 103 715 535 1250
Sophomores 998 774 151 97 1149 871 2020
Juniors 1017 801 96 123 1113 924 2037
Seniors 1299 1085 246 191 1545 1276 2821
Student Exchange 18 13 15 19 33 32 65
Postbaccalaureates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Second Degree 71 97 40 55 111 152 263
Non-degree Graduates 43 45 85 146 128 191 319
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Master's Candidates 177 127 139 148 316 275 591
Doctoral Candidates 106 42 92 71 198 113 311
Total 5392 4205 1045 1020 6437 5225 11662

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 1997 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5795 642 6437 55%
   Female 4646 579 5225 45%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 29 3 32 <1%
   Asian American 79 9 88 1%
   Hispanic American 105 8 113 1%
   Native American 224 18 242 2%
   White 8795 748 9543 82%
   Other 13 6 19 <1%
   Unknown 974 320 1294 11%
   International 222 109 331 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.4 32.7 23.5  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7621 910 8531 73%
  WUE 202 0 202  
   Nonresident 2618 311 2929 25%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 7019 720 7739 66%
   Other US 3166 388 3554 31%
   Foreign 257 112 369 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 1997 from all 56 counties in Montana, all states in the U.S., and 66 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 Trend Data.

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

 


 

Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 1997 had 1998 students--1836 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three years, and 162 nontraditional freshmen, who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.2 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 25.5 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.23 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 63.9 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 22.8 22.0
Total SAT 1084 1030

Sixty-seven percent (1343) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 33 percent were from other states (633) or foreign countries (22). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 93 5%
Arts & Architecture 187 9%
Business 182 9%
Education & HHD 140 7%
Engineering 373 19%
General Studies 660 33%
Letters & Science 311 15%
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 semesters:

  1997-98   1998-99
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $2,677 $7,776 $2,869 $8,382
Room/Board** 4,025 4,025 4,275 4,275
Books/Supplies 600 600 600 600
Personal/Transportation 2,425 2,425 2,425 2,425
Total $9,727 $14,826 $10,169 $15,682

*Tuition and fees listed are based on the average amount charged to full-time students for an academic year (nine months). 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 $311 per semester supplemental health insurance fee. A student who already has adequate insurance and provides proof of coverage may request a refund.

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

 


 

Financial Aid

MSU-Bozeman distributed over $40 million in financial aid during 1996-97:

  • 82% as loans
  • 16% as grants and scholarships
  • 2% as work study

Approximately 73% 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 1996-97, the University awarded 1916 degrees:

  • 1571 bachelor's degrees
  • 279 master's degrees
  • 66 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. See the survey summary for a more detailed report. Data for the survey of 1995-96 graduates will be posted when 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 71,425 degrees in its 104 year history--61,669 bachelor's, 8502 master's, 1213 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 1996-97, the University attracted $41,590,732 in grants and contracts--62% from federal agencies, 21% from private corporations and foundations, and 17% from state sources. MSU-Bozeman currently holds 29 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 30 additional patents pending, and has 24 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 1996-97 was collected and spent as follows:

 

Amount

%

Non-budgeted transfer
     to other Montana University
    System units:

- $182,000  
Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $28,718,128 43%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 2,662,581 4%
     Miscellaneous 386,359 <1%
     General Fund 30,755,942 46%
     Millage 4,888,315 7%
Total $67,229,325 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $37,311,703 55%
     Research 664,739 1%
     Public Service 774,518 1%
    Academic Support 8,171,512 12%
     Student Services 5,583,455 8%
     Institutional Support               4,854,889 7%
     Physical Plant 8,222,969 12%
     Scholarships 2,667,331 4%
Total $68,251,116 100%

A fund balance of $38,232 was carried forward to 1997-98. Excess expenditures were covered by fund balance carried forward from 1995-96.

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

 


 

Employees

Based on a fall snapshot of the personnel file, MSU-Bozeman employs 2,307 permanent faculty and staff, 413 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,307 permanent employees, 1,896 are full time and 411 are part time. Total faculty number 801, which includes 507 full-time and 134 part-time instructional faculty, and an additional 160 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and administrative staff number 1,506.

    Number of Employees    
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 115 111 4 112.60
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Heads/Superintendents 33 33 0 33.0
   Tenured/Tenure Track 406 389 17 399.48
   Adjunct Instructional 202 85 117 135.69
   Research 27 16 11 23.25
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 117 111 6 114.00
   Library 16 15 1 15.80
Subtotal 801 649 152 721.22
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Contract Professional 327 240 87 292.09
   Classified Professional 205 170 35 187.34
   Clerical 397 302 95 359.60
   Technical 206 173 33 190.80
   Crafts 39 39 0 39.00
   Service/Maintenance 217 207 10 211.75
Subtotal 1391 1136 255 1280.58
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   Teaching 202 0 202 n/a
   Research 211 0 211 n/a
Subtotal 413 0 413 n/a
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
   With Grad Assistants 2720 1896 824 n/a
   Without Grad Assistants 2307 1896 411 2114.40