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Montana State University Overview

Montana State University is a public institution situated in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Montana State University Known For?

2,735 Undergraduate Awards
$36,507 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at MSU Bozeman.
  • In 2017-2018, 61% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, MSU Bozeman bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $43,200 a year. That's about 6% more than their peers at other schools.

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Montana State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at MSU Bozeman.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Chemistry Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MSU Bozeman has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#72 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual

Where Is Montana State University?

Location of Montana State University

Contact details for MSU Bozeman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: 406-994-0211
Website: www.montana.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montanastate
Twitter: https://twitter.com/montanastate

How Do I Get Into MSU Bozeman?

You can apply to MSU Bozeman online at: www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html

Admission Requirements for MSU Bozeman

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into MSU Bozeman?

83% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Montana State University is 83%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 29% of students accepted to MSU Bozeman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Montana State University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Montana State University  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800
MSU Bozeman received ACT scores from 78% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Montana State University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Montana State University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Montana State University  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Montana State University?

$36,507 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MSU Bozeman is $36,507. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MSU Bozeman, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,859 a year. That adds up to $27,436 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU Bozeman is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Montana State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,516 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,851 undergraduate students at MSU Bozeman, with 12,516 being full-time and 2,335 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MSU Bozeman

There are also 1,963 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,516 full-time undergraduates at MSU Bozeman, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MSU Bozeman

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Montana State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MSU Bozeman Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 120
Black or African American 53
Hispanic or Latino 511
White 10,502
International Students 407
Other Races/Ethnicities 923

Geographic Diversity

Montana students aren't the only ones who study at Montana State University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at MSU Bozeman. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China.

Online Learning at Montana State University

530 Took All Classes Online
1,765 Took At Least One Class Online
18.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at MSU Bozeman. In 2017-2018, 1,765 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MSU Bozeman has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Montana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MSU Bozeman

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Montana State University was 18.1%. This is the #967 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MSU Bozeman regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of MSU Bozeman majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Economics & Business 15%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 4%
Health Professions 9%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 7%
Liberal Arts General Studies 7%
Mathematics 5%
Mathematics & Statistics 9%
Mental & Social Health Services 15%
Natural Resource Management 14%
Nursing 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MSU Bozeman ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at MSU Bozeman.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Natural Resource Management #1
Architecture & Related Services #6
Mathematics #7
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #8
Ethnic Studies #8
Natural Resources & Conservation #10
Mathematics & Statistics #13
Mental & Social Health Services #19
Engineering #33
Teacher Education Subject Specific #60
Education #230
Health Professions #311

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Montana State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 225 3 8 27 263
General Business/Commerce 0 0 258 0 0 0 258
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 194 0 6 0 200
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 162 0 7 0 169
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 51 20 60 0 131
Chemical Engineering 0 0 112 0 8 3 123
Liberal Arts General Studies 57 0 56 0 1 2 116
Civil Engineering 0 0 89 0 16 0 105
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 99 1 0 0 100
Computer Science 0 0 87 0 9 1 97
General Biology 0 0 83 4 4 2 93
General Psychology 0 0 80 0 3 1 84
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 38 0 36 0 74
Electrical Engineering 0 0 57 0 2 5 64
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 54 0 1 6 61
Educational Administration 0 0 0 3 50 7 60
Sociology 0 0 60 0 0 0 60
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 53 0 5 0 58
Mathematics 0 0 27 0 25 5 57
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 49 0 7 0 56
General English Literature 0 0 47 0 4 0 51
Animal Science 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 38 3 8 0 49
Plant Sciences 0 0 34 0 8 5 47
History 0 0 43 0 3 1 47
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Chemistry 0 0 36 2 4 4 46
Political Science & Government 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 39 0 0 0 39
Physics 0 0 16 6 8 6 36
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Accounting 0 7 0 0 26 0 33
Economics 0 0 23 0 7 0 30
Wildlife Management 0 0 16 0 11 2 29
Precision Metal Working 0 29 0 0 0 0 29
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 8 17 0 26
Industrial Engineering 0 0 22 0 2 0 24
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Natural Resource Management 0 0 1 0 20 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 16 0 0 5 21
Computer Engineering 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Design & Applied Arts 19 0 0 0 0 0 19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 18 0 18
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 15 2 17
Sustainability Science 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Air Transportation 16 0 0 0 0 0 16
Business Administration & Management 0 15 0 0 0 0 15
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 14 0 0 0 0 14
Music 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 13 0 0 13
Biotechnology 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
General Education 0 0 0 9 0 2 11
Statistics 0 0 7 4 0 0 11
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 1 9 10
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 6 0 4 0 10
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 5 5 10
Philosophy 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Anthropology 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 3 4 0 7
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Electronics Engineering Technology 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 5 0 0 0 0 5
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Culinary Arts 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Zoology 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Religious Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Hospitality Management 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Area Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Marketing 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 106 78 2,551 85 441 101 3,362

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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