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
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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
1010-1250
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
$14,953/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,920/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,863/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,234/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,210/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,441/ 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.143 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.141 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,671Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 98 responses
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  • Diverse (hipsters, jocks, country kids, foreign)
    38%
  • Ski bums, country, and other
    23%
  • It is a mix of all things here on campus.
    13%
  • Here to ski/snowboard
    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.171 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.210 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 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
$40,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.108 responses
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Montana State University Reviews

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In the heart of Bozeman, Montana, MSU offers a great college experience! Surrounded by mountains, the extracurriculars are endless with skiing, camping, hiking, fishing and biking. Campus is gorgeous through every season, with a mix of old and new buildings, each with their own character. Professors listen and show true passion towards their subjects. Dorm life was a great experience, and even outside of the dorms there are awesome housing opportunities through town. Overall has been amazing and I have met lifelong friends and gained a lifetime of knowledge through Montana State University.
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Montana State is an amazing opportunity for not only outdoor activities and many different academia, but also undergraduate research. As one of the leading research institutions, ranking near Ivy League schools, MSU has plenty of opporru ities for students to get a head start in yheir career path. The involvement of organizations on campus makes it easy to find something to do, or people to connect with!
Montana State University is the kind of college any outdoorsman or outdoorswoman would want to attend. Positioned close to surrounding mountains this college provides many opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and skiing, it's also a school that any person would want to go to for an excellent learning experience. While it is a enjoyable school, like all others, it has it's flaws. Nothing can be perfect, but some things can sure be close, and that's what this school is. I have been attending Montana State University for only one semester so far and I look forward to continuing my college career here.