Montana State University--Billings

2014 Quick Stats
1500 University Drive

Billings, MT 59101

Phone: (406) 657-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#88 Overall Score: 25 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Montana State University--Billings is a public institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,537, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 112 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Montana State University--Billings's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 88. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,745 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,092 (2013-14).

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

Montana State University-Billings, Montana's "urban university" offers advantages you won't find anywhere else in Big Sky Country. Studying in Montana's largest city - the business, industry, communications and healthcare hub of the state - means you'll get a real world education through internships in hundreds of careers. You'll get individual attention from expert professors and leave with a degree respected by leading employers and top graduate schools. Experience city life, Montana-style - where it takes about an hour to go from downtown to downhill. Or earn your degree wherever you are, entirely online. Either way, you'll be ready for big sky possibilities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $16,795,268


When applying to Montana State University--Billings, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Montana State University--Billings is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.9 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 96.9%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Montana State University--Billings is 19:1, and the school has 50.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Montana State University--Billings include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Business/Commerce, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Mass Communication/Media Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 57 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 26%
Business/Commerce, General 21%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 9%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Montana State University--Billings has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,537, with a gender distribution of 39.1 percent male students and 60.9 percent female students. At this school, 18 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 82 percent of students live off campus. Montana State University--Billings is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,081
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Montana State University--Billings offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Montana State University--Billings 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). Of the students at Montana State University--Billings, 99 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Montana State University--Billings.

Students who have cars on campus 99%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Montana State University--Billings, 64.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,034.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,745 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,092 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,680 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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