Montana State University in Bozeman

Bozeman, MT

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Montana State University offers 432-degree programs and 39 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 84%. The most popular test is SAT - 33% of students submitted it in comparison to 77% of students who submitted ACT. 53.4% are women, and 46.6% are men. 5% percents of international students. Montana State University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Montana State University is 16600$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $11380 and $19760 per year. 50% of full-time Montana State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $39,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Montana State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Montana State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$13,699
$30,001 - $48,000$14,620
$48,001 - $75,000$16,999
$75,001 - $110,000$18,687

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



    • Typical room charge for academic year: -

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: 8650


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    6107 of Montana State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 46 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Montana State University number 3 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Montana.

    Students at Montana State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Montana State University.


    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Montana State University graduation rate is below the national average.

    50% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Montana State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    5 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Completion of college-preparatory program
      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Montana State University acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 83%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 1% only.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Montana State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 17%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Montana State University full-time retention rate is 76% and part-time retention rate is 52%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Montana State University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1510 - 1880

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 510 - 630
      Math: 510 - 640
      Writing: 490 - 610

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Montana State University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      21 - 28

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 20 - 27
      Math: 21 - 28
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Montana State University is 19:1, that means that for every 19 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Montana State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Montana State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Montana.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by Montana State University-Bozeman address in Bozeman, Montana.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Montana State University with 0.26% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Montana State University offers 432 programs in total: 153 are for Bachelor's degree, 141 - for Master's degree, 63 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 33 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs, 12 - for Associate's degree, 9 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 31 universities in Montana state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree, Doctor's degree-research/scholarship and Postbaccalaureate certificate programs offered. Montana State University is one of the few institutions in Montana that offers an Associate's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 39 distance learning programs that are offered in the Montana State University: 27 are for Master's degree, 9 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Montana state average data to help you compare.


      Montana State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 12420 students with 374145 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1079 with 25884 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 52 students.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Montana State University

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      Overall Rating:

      Mountains and Crimes not Mountains and Minds! MSU is not a safe place for me and in my opinion, women and minorities should avoid MSU. Here's some of what I went through. During my first year of graduate school, I was a victim of a crime on campus. I did not know the perp and I was terrified. I requested help dealing with the fear and received none. I was stuck in a referral circle between the VOICE center and counseling services as each place said they didn't have the resources to help me. While going through this I still had to be a student and had to take an exam that would determine if I was worthy enough to work towards a PhD. I took the exam and was happy to receive a MS pass but that soon changed after several students separately told me that a male student scored lower than me on the exam and he was given a PhD pass. At first I didn't believe it because that is supposed to be private information. However, one student told me an answer I gave to a question because they were discussing it in their group meeting. When I confronted the faculty, they lied to me so I sued MSU and discovered the gossip was indeed fact. In an interview for the case, the head of the exam committee stated, "We gave him a PhD pass because we felt he suffered from testing anxiety and she needed to work harder." I left that horrible school to discover that the faculty gossip didn't end with the local grad students. Faculty associated with an organization in my field spread rumors and released my academic record without my consent to other scientists. I was harassed by some of them at meetings and to this day I feel uncomfortable going to them. MSU did nothing to address these behaviors. The only thing that happened was that the US Dept. of Education increased their monitoring of MSU based on my complaint. Most of the faculty that I dealt with still teach at MSU and the school is supportive of them and the sick environment they create. Those who threaten that environment can enjoy a lifetime of harassment. I recommend avoiding MSU at all costs.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Professors are hit and miss. counselling services are good. Buildings are in dire need of renovation. Living facilities are sub-par, with newer buildings being fine but older buildings being unsanitary (especially bathrooms). Dining halls offer little variety with everything tasting the same and occasionally being under-cooked. You can always tell when visitors are coming because that is when the dining halls put in actual effort. My biggest issue is that 70% of the faculty are vastly pretentious and rude; acting curt and caustic and treating most students like an inconvenience. Its sad because , to most, it overshadows the 30% of caring/kind faculty who do put in effort and time for students.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I wouldn't recommend MSU to anyone who has courses they'd like to transfer from another school. I'm hoping to get a degree in computer science from MSU, but If I don't want to retake all of the math, science, and English classes I've already taken, I'll need to send a course syllabus for every class that counts towards my current degree to the relevant departments, so that they can assess if the class is equivalent. I'm not sure if this is the case for all students, but it is for my situation. I've already spoken with the Registrar's Evaluator about this, and they confirmed that this is what I have to do. This is totally unacceptable for a full size university. It should be someone's job to assess course equivalencies, not the student's responsibility. It's also worth mentioning that their graduation rate is only 49.5%.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Was going to move to Great Falls MSU but was having trouble registering for classes because of the money i owed to Bozeman MSU. After speaking to the DEAN, it was granted that i was in good financial standing and they allowed me to register. After deciding to stay in Bozeman, I was hoping to attend MSU Bozeman nstead. After trying to get a hold of the dean yet again, he denied ever saying that was ok, even after Great Falls had confirmed it. When explaining this to him for a FIFTH time all he could say to me was, "Maybe if you just pay off what you owe you could register for classes, have you thought about that?" AS IF. If i had the money to pay it i would not be trying to jump hoops to go to school. Definitely only concerned about the business side of things instead of a students education.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Lady was whispering to me on the phone and I politely stated I couldn't here he she starts raising her voice ridiculously loud. I asked if they had any online courses, just out of curiosity and she sarcastically tells me no I have to actually go to a class, then states two more times it's not online.. I'll be looking elsewhere thanks.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: Montana State University


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +4069940211

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address:

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