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Montana State University is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,188, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,780 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Montana State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 189. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,749 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,018 (2012-13).
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 has many unique research facilities, such as the Plant Growth Center of nearly 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.
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The mission of Montana State University is: "Montana State University, the State's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities, by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement." At Montana State University, students will find a challenging and diverse learning environment that promotes the exploration, discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. MSU students, regardless of discipline, participate in a research or creative experience. These active, hands-on learning experiences give students a chance to practice what they've learned and provide excellent preparation for careers after college. MSU's reputation for excellence and spectacular Rocky Mountain setting attract high quality students and faculty. Through its proximity to Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains, the university has developed a range of exciting field research programs. Whether it be searching for exotic microorganisms in Yellowstone's thermal pools or digging for dinosaurs in the reaches of eastern Montana, our landscape offers opportunities found in few other places in the world. Please see our updated "Points of Excellence" webpage for unique qualities and offerings at Montana State University: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/poe/learning.php
|School type||public, coed college|
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 60.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||60.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Montana State University is 17:1, and the school has 41.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Montana State University include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.0 percent.
Montana State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,188, with a gender distribution of 54.2 percent male students and 45.8 percent female students. At this school, 25.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75.0 percent of students live off campus. Montana State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Montana State University, 53.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,504.
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||$6,749 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$20,018 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,070 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data