2,032 reviews
  1. Bozeman, MT
  2. 4 Year
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
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Montana State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Scores Range
1010-1260
ACT Scores Range
21-28
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Montana State University

Cost

Net Price
$14,326/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,699/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,620/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,999/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,687/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,886/ 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.140 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.138 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,236Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Diverse (hipsters, jocks, country kids, foreign)
    39%
  • Ski bums, country, and other
    22%
  • Here to ski/snowboard
    13%
  • It is a mix of all things here on campus.
    13%
  • Hipsters, jocks, and country kids
    11%
  • Hipster
    2%
  • Jock
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.168 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.207 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 96 responses
Report
  • Mountains and Minds
    42%
  • Diversity and outdoors
    25%
  • Outdoors and education
    14%
  • Striving for academic/real world success
    8%
  • Outdoors and ski bums
    4%
  • Ever changing but historical
    3%
  • Crazy
    2%

After Montana State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
47%
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

Montana State University Reviews

2,032 reviews
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It's only my first semester, but so far I've absolutely loved it! All the students, teachers, staff, and faculty have been extremely nice and welcoming. The academic advisers have been so helpful in choosing classes. Since I'm currently majoring in Elementary Ed. while taking prerequisites to get into a dental school once I graduate, I know it was a little bit tough for my adviser to help me figure out how to choose classes, but she had me meet with a pre-med adviser as well and both of them have been working together and with me to make sure I'm on track for my major and my prerequisites. The professors are also extremely helpful and will meet with any student whenever possible just to make sure the students do well. They're constantly communicating with the students and reminding them of any important dates, which I hear not many professors at other campuses do.

I think my school is unique because we have a lot of diversity on campus and there are so many ways for everyone to get involved with our school. I also love the absolutely beautiful view of the mountains we have as well as how beautiful our town, Bozeman, is. It's really something special to know just how supportive everyone who lives in Bozeman is of the students of MSU. They provide us with free public transportation around town and to the ski resorts nearby and so many other things.

I would absolutely choose this school over any other simply because of how interesting all the courses are, the welcoming environment, and, above all, because it feels like home.
I spent three semester at Montana State and am now transferring. My first year wasn't too bad by any means, but once I visited friends at other schools I realized what MSU was missing.

Firstly, the education at Montana State is great. The research opportunities for undergrads are outstanding and not all that hard to obtain. Most of my professors were fantastic and made even the hardest classes enjoyable. By no means would I feel shameful having a degree from this institution, but other aspects drove me away. Secondly, if you love the outdoors, Bozeman is an absolute haven! Anything outside you can imagine, you can do around Bozeman. The skiing is top-notch, the hiking options are endless, great hunting, etc. Truly an outdoorsmen's paradise. The outdoors activities were certainly my favorite aspect of going to school here.

On the negative side, I found the social aspect of MSU to be atrocious. A large majority of students never leave their niche. Many are from small Montana towns, attending with all their friends from highschool, and they seldom venture out of this social circle. This conveys a level of ignorance the likes of which I've never seen. People of Bozeman and students alike are generally very unfriendly or uninterested in new people. When going out, either by myself, with friends, or on a date, service anywhere is mostly cold and unwelcoming. The diversity is almost nonexistent. The parties can be good, but are not near in the quantity many would expect, and MSU is having more and more issues with crime at parties. Despite being a "humble Montana town," one can rarely feel safe walking alone at night. The amount of students struggling with depression is unacceptable. MSU is great if you you're going with a group of long term friends and care about nothing more than the outdoors and occasionally your studies.

Since I've transferred, I've never been happier, and it was the best decision I think I've ever made.
The Bridger Range stands vigil, promontory of plain and mountain. These mountains are our greatest teachers, and the staff at MSU understand this. It is common for class to be cancelled on powder days, gone to Bridger Bowl, where the whoops of skiiers' joy break the padded silence of a snowy forest. The food has gotten a lot better over the years and I'd suggest a meal plan. Teachers are great and the administration really cares about helping students succeed. The wind never stops. It remains frigid for a month too long before the stunning Montana spring sprouts through frost. Public transportation is decent and there are always car pools. The grounds are hip and there's lots of nooks and crannies to study in. Overall, great school, great staff, great students.