B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Montana State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Montana State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1270
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$14,416/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,558/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,557/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,022/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,754/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,961/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.140 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.142 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.140 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,671Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 97 responses
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  • Diverse (hipsters, jocks, country kids, foreign)
    38%
  • Ski bums, country, and other
    24%
  • Here to ski/snowboard
    12%
  • It is a mix of all things here on campus.
    12%
  • Hipsters, jocks, and country kids
    10%
  • Hipster
    2%
  • Jock
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.170 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.209 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Mountains and Minds
    41%
  • Diversity and outdoors
    24%
  • Outdoors and education
    15%
  • Striving for academic/real world success
    8%
  • Outdoors and ski bums
    4%
  • Ever changing but historical
    3%
  • Crazy
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.108 responses
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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.
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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.