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.

Organization
Affiliated Campuses
University Administration
Term Calendar
Accreditation

 

Enrollment
Enrollment by College
Full and Part Time Enrollment  
Student Demographics
Entering Freshmen
Degrees Awarded

 

Expenses
Student Expenses
Financial Aid

Programs

Academic Programs

Athletics

Alumni

 

Research/Outreach

Research and Creative Activity

Montana Agricultural Experiment Station

Montana Extension Service

 

Miscellaneous

Peer Institutions

General Operations Funding

Employees

Information Contacts

 


 

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:

Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education.

 


 

Academic Programs

MSU-Bozeman offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 fields with many different options, master's degrees in 39 fields, and doctoral degrees in 13 fields. For more information on specific programs, see:

 


 

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 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
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

 


 

Enrollment by College

Headcount enrollment in fall of 1998 was 11,746 students.

  Undergrad Postbac Graduate Total
Agriculture 814 17 118 949
Arts & Architecture 1264 34 49 1347
Business 1033 7 43 1083
Education & HHD 1214 113 179 1506
Engineering 1946 50 168 2164
Letters & Science 2171 65 339 2575
Nursing 493 36 33 562
General Studies/Other 1319 238 3 1560
Total 10254 560 932 11746

Summer school of 1998 was attended by 2698 students.

 


 

Full and Part Time Enrollment

The fall semester of 1998 had a total enrollment of 11,746 students. Of these, 9760 (83%) attended full time and 1986 (17%) attended part time.

Undergraduates   Full Time   Part Time   Total   TOTAL
Male Female Male Female Male Female
First-Time Freshmen 1045 855 77 64 1122 919 2041
Continuing Freshmen 677 483 111 97 788 580 1368
Sophomores 1025 771 153 102 1178 873 2051
Juniors 954 768 106 112 1060 880 1940
Seniors 1282 1075 205 200 1487 1275 2762
Non-Degree 30 34 14 14 44 48 92
Postbaccalaureates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Second Degree 75 91 33 55 108 146 254
Non-degree Graduates 56 41 78 131 134 172 306
Graduates Male Female Male Female Male Female TOTAL
Master's Candidates 211 154 143 133 354 287 641
Doctoral Candidates 95 38 92 66 187 104 291
Total 5450 4310 1012 974 6462 5284 11746

Historical enrollments by class are also available.

 


 

Student Demographics

The student body attending fall semester of 1998 had the following characteristics:

Sex Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Male 5787 675 6462 55%
   Female 4721 563 5284 45%
Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total %
  African American 25 0 25 <1%
   Asian American 80 7 87 1%
   Hispanic American 102 8 110 1%
   Native American 205 22 227 2%
   White 8923 642 9565 81%
   Other 17 4 21 <1%
   Unknown 937 437 1374 12%
   International 219 118 337 3%
Age Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Average 22.3 32.6 23.4  
Fee Status Undergrad Graduate Total %
  Resident 7643 897 8540 73%
  WUE 259 0 259 2%
   Nonresident 2606 341 2947 25%
Geographic Region Undergrad Graduate Total %
   Montana 6947 725 7672 65%
   Other US 3272 382 3654 31%
   Foreign 288 132 420 4%

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 1998 from all 56 counties in Montana, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and 61 foreign countries. For further information on the distribution of students by geographic origin, see:

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

 


 

Entering Freshmen

The entering freshman class of fall 1998 had 2041 students--1871 traditional-age freshmen who had graduated from high school in the last three classes, and 170 nontraditional freshmen who had graduated earlier. The average age of traditional freshmen was 18.3 years, and the average age of nontraditional freshmen was 24.1 years.

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

  Actual Required
High School GPA 3.30 2.50
Graduating Class Percentile 66.5 50.0
Comprehensive ACT 23.4 22.0
Total SAT 1091 1030

Sixty-nine percent (1407) of the entering freshmen were Montana residents. The remaining 31 percent were from other states (609) or foreign countries (25). Freshmen declared majors in the following colleges:

  Count Percentage
Agriculture 118 6%
Arts & Architecture 236 11%
Business 176 9%
Education & HHD 136 7%
Engineering 410 20%
General Studies 625 31%
Letters & Science 294 14%
Nursing 46 2%

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

  1998-99
Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees* $2,869 $8,382
Room/Board** 4,275 4,275
Books/Supplies 600 600
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,425 2,425
Total $10,169 $15,682

*Tuition and fees listed are based on the average amount charged to full-time students (14-18 credits per semester for 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 ($353/semester). 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 1997-98:

  • 84% as loans
  • 14% as grants and scholarships
  • 2% 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. Visit Financial Aid Services online for more information about aid available through MSU-Bozeman.

A historical breakdown of awards by source is also available.

 


 

Degrees Awarded

In 1997-98, the University awarded 1913 degrees:

  • 1633 bachelor's degrees
  • 228 master's degrees
  • 52 doctoral degrees

A survey of 1996-97 graduates conducted by Career Services showed that 84% had found employment and 5% were continuing their education in graduate or professional schools. The average salary reported was $30,979 for bachelor's graduates, $35,023 for master's graduates, and $44,388 for doctoral graduates. Of those employed, 45 percent reporting working within Montana.

Historical information on degrees awarded by major 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
or visit Bobcat Athletics online.

 


 

Alumni

MSU-Bozeman has granted 73,338 degrees in its 105 year history--63,302 bachelor's, 8730 master's, 1265 doctorates, and 41 professional degrees. The Alumni Association maintains a database of all individuals who have attended the University, which contains current addresses for 52,372 individual alumni, 50% 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 visit the Alumni Association online.

 


 

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 1998-99, the University attracted $51,934,607 in grants and contracts--69% from federal agencies, 17% from private corporations and foundations, and 14% from state sources. MSU-Bozeman currently holds 28 patents for innovations and processes developed through faculty research, with 62 additional patents pending, and has 25 license and option agreements with private firms. Visit Research, Creativity & Technology Transfer online for more information about MSU-Bozeman's research programs.

 


 

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 several 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 serving 53 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.

 


 

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 1997-98 was collected and spent as follows:

Revenue

Amount

%

     Tuition & Fees $31,158,995 44%
     Scholarships & Fellowships 2,857,724 4%
     Miscellaneous 1,069,512 2%
     General Fund 30,404,923 43%
     Millage 4,940,682 7%
Total $70,431,836 100%

 

Expenditures

Amount

%

     Instruction $38,807,674 56%
     Research 667,746 1%
     Public Service 699,539 1%
    Academic Support 8,129,569 12%
     Student Services 5,718,419 8%
     Institutional Support               4,964,181 7%
     Physical Plant 8,008,999 11%
     Scholarships 2,864,724 4%
Total $69,860,851 100%

A fund balance of $538,578 was carried forward to 1998-99.

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 2,406 permanent faculty and staff, 438 graduate teaching and research assistants, and over 2000 students in part-time jobs. Of the 2,406 permanent employees, 1,947 are full time and 459 are part time; 1200 are men and 1206 are women. Total faculty number 833, which includes 516 full-time and 168 part-time instructional faculty, and an additional 149 faculty in research and service positions. Classified, professional, and administrative staff number 1,512.

In preparation for implementation of the Banner system, MSU and UM agreed to standardize these position categories for reporting purposes. As a result, the number of administrators in this report is lower than last year, and the number of professionals is higher.

    Number of Employees       Gender
Admin/Managerial Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Pres/VP/Deans/Directors 61 59 2 59.99 43 18
Faculty Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Heads/Directors 42 42 0 42.00 36 6
   Tenurable Instructional 408 390 18 401.83 316 92
   Adjunct Instructional 234 84 150 143.33 113 121
   Research 26 17 9

22.83

20 6
   Ag Exp Station/Ext Service 110 102 8 106.15 70 40
   Library 13 12 1 12.83 5 8
Subtotal 833 647 186 728.97 560 273
Staff Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Contract Professional 440 329 111 385.49 242 198
   Classified Professional 205 172 33 190.61 75 130
   Secretarial/Clerical 393 310 83 360.32 19 374
   Technical/Paraprofessional 213 176 37 197.83 90 123
   Skilled Crafts 50 50 0 50.00 49 1
   Service/Maintenance 211 204 7 207.55 122 89
Subtotal 1512 1241 271 1391.80 597 915
Graduate Assistants Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   Teaching 207 0 270 n/a 128 79
   Research 231 0 231 n/a 165 66
Subtotal 438 0 438 n/a 293 145
Total Total FullTime PartTime Full Time
Equivalent
Men Women
   With Grad Assistants 2844 1947 897 n/a 1493 1351
   Without Grad Assistants 2406 1947 459 2180.76 1200 1206