The Montana University System classifies all applicants for admission and students as either in-state or out-of-state. This classification affects fee determinations for admission to the campuses and admission to programs of limited enrollment. The basic rules for making the classification are found in Board of Regents’ residency policy. Each residency determination is based on the unique set of facts found in an individual’s case.

A student’s initial residency classification is made during the admissions process based on information provided on the student’s admission application. If you are a new petitioner and have questions about your initial residency status, be sure to contact the office to which you are applying for admission or at which you are already enrolled. Generally, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of the Registrar will be able to assist you.

The Office of the Registrar offers an Introduction to Residency Workshop! This workshop provides an overview of the residency reclassification process for current & returning undergraduate students. Parents & students are welcome to listen to an overview, while asking questions throughout. This workshop occurs every Tuesday of every month from 2:00–3:00 p.m. (mountain time). Click the button below to login.

Board of Regents Residency Policy

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Board of Regents 

It is important to review the full residency policy, which was established by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

Undergraduate Students (Incoming and Transfer)

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Office of Admissions 

Incoming freshmen & transfer undergraduate students who have not attended MSU-Bozeman, as well as transfer students from Gallatin College to MSU-Bozeman.

Undergraduate Students (Current and Returning)

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Office of the Registrar

Current & returning undergraduate students who have attended at least one semester at MSU-Bozeman, as well as family reclassifications.

Graduate Students (Incoming and Current)

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Graduate School 

Incoming & current graduate students at MSU-Bozeman who are seeking a change to their residency status.