Quick Facts, 1998-99
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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:
- Montana State University-Billings
- Montana State University-Northern
- Montana State University College of Technology-Great Falls
Some data for schools in the Montana University System are available through the Web site of the Commissioner for Higher Education.
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:
- Alphabetic List of Programs
- Undergraduate Degrees, Majors, and Options
- Graduate Degrees, Majors, and Options
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
Headcount enrollment in fall of 1998 was 11,746 students.
|Arts & Architecture||1264||34||49||1347|
|Education & HHD||1214||113||179||1506|
|Letters & Science||2171||65||339||2575|
Summer school of 1998 was attended by 2698 students.
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|
Historical enrollments by class are also available.
The student body attending fall semester of 1998 had the following characteristics:
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.
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.
|High School GPA||3.30||2.50|
|Graduating Class Percentile||66.5||50.0|
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:
|Arts & Architecture||236||11%|
|Education & HHD||136||7%|
|Letters & Science||294||14%|
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.
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:
*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.
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.
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.
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
Director, Department of Athletics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
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
Director, Alumni Affairs
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
or visit the Alumni Association online.
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.
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.
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.
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
MSU-Bozeman's legislative appropriation for 1997-98 was collected and spent as follows:
|Tuition & Fees||$31,158,995||44%|
|Scholarships & Fellowships||2,857,724||4%|
A fund balance of $538,578 was carried forward to 1998-99.
Past data for FTE, revenue, and expenditures are available under Trend Data.
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|
|Ag Exp Station/Ext Service||110||102||8||106.15||70||40|
|Graduate Assistants||Total||FullTime||PartTime||Full Time
|With Grad Assistants||2844||1947||897||n/a||1493||1351|
|Without Grad Assistants||2406||1947||459||2180.76||1200||1206|