Montana State University

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Bozeman, MT 59717

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Phone: (406) 994-0211
2013-2014 Tuition
$6,821
in-state
$20,648
out-of-state
Students
12,772
enrolled
54%
male /
46%
female
Admissions
rolling admission
57.6%
accepted

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#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. National Universities

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Summary

Montana State University is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,772, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,780 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Montana State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 201. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,821 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,648 (2013-14).

Located in the city of Bozeman, Montana State University offers about 60 areas of study for undergraduate students. The university also offers more than 40 master's programs, including engineering, education and nursing. Montana State University's research facilities include the Plant Growth Center, with about 30 greenhouses, and the Center for Bison and Wildlife Health. Montana State is also home to the Museum of the Rockies, which has, among other exhibits, an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils. Montana State alumna Mary Schweitzer became famous in the paleontology world when she discovered soft tissue in a Tyrannosaurus rex bone.

Montana State, often abbreviated to MSU, also offers many student organizations, Greek life and recreational sports. More serious athletes can try out for the blue-and-gold Montana State Bobcats varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Other notable alumni include Jan Stenerud, who went to MSU on a skiing scholarship, joined the Bobcats football team his junior year and became one of the few Pro Football Hall of Fame placekickers.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mission Statement
Montana State University, the state's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement.

Vision
Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world's greatest challenges. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people to engage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1893
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $92,911,010

Applying

When applying to Montana State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Montana State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Montana State University is 18:1, and the school has 40.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Montana State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Engineering 11%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Student Life

Montana State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,772, with a gender distribution of 54.4 percent male students and 45.6 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Montana State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 14,660
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Montana State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Montana State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Montana State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Montana State University, 59.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,123.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $6,821 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,648 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,220 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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