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NCAA Division I-FCS
Big Sky Conference
Montana State University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.140 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.142 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.140 responses
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Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.170 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.209 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.108 responses
Montana State University Reviews
So far, Montana State has been everything I've expected and more. The professors I have interacted with are enthusiastic about their subject and opportunity to inspire students about their world. They are always around to not only clarify lectures, but to engage in conversation about something the individual student is interested in. The enthusiasm is contagious in many cases, expanding ones view of the world and their notions about what possibilities can unfold when they take control of their education and future. Not only is the MSU campus beautiful, but it is infinitely inclusive. The myriad of clubs and activities invite even the most reclusive students to participate in at least something, whether it be an academic club or Mario Bros Smash Club. Bozeman itself makes MSU all the more inviting. Moving away from home and familiarity can be terrifying, but going to school in a place glad to take you in and show you the ropes does wonders for ones confidence in their new adulthood.
If you've taken AP or IB courses, you'll be well prepared for the academics offered here. The professors all do put a lot of effort into teaching, and are willing to meet most students half way if they come to talk to them about any concerns (such as missing an exam, or feeling a grade wasn't deserved). The campus is well sized and near a downtown scene, and liquor abound (if you're into that). Most students are polite, but diversity and understanding of other cultures and backgrounds is an area that needs improvement. That said there's still something for everyone, and there's an on-campus Office of Student Engagement to help you find anything from work to volunteering to clubs to events around the town or campus.
Montana State University is a decent option for those who enjoy the outdoors and small town living. The campus is clean and generally safe. Although female students are sometimes harassed walking through campus and town. The courses are not particularly rigorous, and the general student population is happy with a passing grade (not much competition). Tuition is affordable for in-state students and out-of-state students who obtain the WUE scholarship. Activity wise, there is not much else to do outside of the university besides drink, ski, and hike. Overall though it is a decent university with most professors eager to help students succeed.