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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?

12,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,036 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered 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.

Montana State University Rankings

MSU Bozeman landed the #711 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. MSU Bozeman also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Montana ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that MSU Bozeman has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for MSU Bozeman

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 427
Best Colleges for Diversity 519
Best Colleges for International Students 520
Best Colleges 711
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 900
Best Colleges for the Money 1,253

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 )
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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?

$18,036 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MSU Bozeman is $18,036. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for MSU Bozeman

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,810 $15,506 $18,729 $20,321 $20,464

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

12,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,652 undergraduate students at MSU Bozeman, with 12,403 being full-time and 2,249 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,961 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,403 full-time undergraduates at MSU Bozeman, 55% are male and 45% 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 48
Hispanic or Latino 503
White 10,446
International Students 443
Other Races/Ethnicities 843

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Montana State University awarded 5,314 undergraduate degrees and 1,084 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 26 0
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 34 0 0
Air Transportation 16 0 0 0
Animal Science 0 50 0 0
Anthropology 0 10 0 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 38 36 0
Area Studies 0 2 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 1 9
Biomedical Engineering 0 39 0 0
Biotechnology 0 12 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 46 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 112 8 3
Chemistry 0 36 4 4
Civil Engineering 0 89 16 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 18 0
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0
Computer Science 0 87 9 1
Construction Engineering Technology 0 35 0 0
Culinary Arts 4 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 15 2
Design & Applied Arts 19 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 4 0 0 0
Economics 0 23 7 0
Educational Administration 0 0 50 7
Electrical Engineering 0 57 2 5
Electronics Engineering Technology 6 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 4 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 49 7 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 6 4 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 53 5 0
General Biology 0 83 4 2
General Business/Commerce 0 258 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 2
General Engineering 0 0 5 5
General English Literature 0 47 4 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 194 6 0
General Psychology 0 80 3 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 38 8 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 11 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 17 0
History 0 43 3 1
Hospitality Management 0 2 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 22 2 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 57 56 1 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 22 0 0
Marketing 0 1 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 1
Mathematics 0 27 25 5
Mechanical Engineering 0 162 7 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 50 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 54 1 6
Music 0 14 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 1 20 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 16 0 5
Nursing 0 225 8 27
Philosophy 0 10 0 0
Physics 0 16 8 6
Plant Sciences 0 34 8 5
Political Science & Government 0 44 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 9 0
Religious Studies 0 3 0 0
Sociology 0 60 0 0
Statistics 0 7 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 5 0
Sustainability Science 0 16 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 99 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 51 60 0
Wildlife Management 0 16 11 2
Zoology 0 0 3 0
Total 212 5,102 882 202

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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