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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Montana State is an above-average public university located in Bozeman, Montana. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 12,403 undergraduate students. The Montana State acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 54% of students, Montana State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,500.
About Montana State University...
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
1090-1300
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
$15,411/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,661/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

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.158 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.156 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,403Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,249
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 113 responses
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  • Diverse (hipsters, jocks, country kids, foreign)
    37%
  • Ski bums, country, and other
    23%
  • It is a mix of all things here on campus.
    15%
  • Here to ski/snowboard
    11%
  • Hipsters, jocks, and country kids
    9%
  • Hipster
    2%
  • cowboys, hippies, yuppies, and ski bums-so casual
    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.186 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.225 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 114 responses
Report
  • Mountains and Minds
    44%
  • Diversity and outdoors
    22%
  • Outdoors and education
    15%
  • Striving for academic/real world success
    7%
  • Outdoors and ski bums
    4%
  • Crazy
    3%
  • Ever changing but historical
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
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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Montana State University is a great place to call home. Everyone is friendly and the faculty and staff are extremely helpful. Here at Montana State, you don't just feel like a number. I have gotten the chance to know each of my professors personally, and they actually care about my future and success at MSU. As a music education major, I have already learned so much, and everything I have learned applies to my degree! Montana State University's campus is so beautiful. Everything is clean and well kept. There are plenty of activities to do on and off-campus. If you love the outdoors and are always down for an adventure, then this is the place for you!
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Montana State University has been a positive experience as far as academics and student life! If I could change anything I would like to see more generic scholarships offered to students who are not in athletics or on an academic scholarship. Overall, the school offers nearly everything a student could want in a university setting: clubs, student engagement, great dining halls, living communities, and a beautiful surrounding area great for summer and winter activities. With a wide range of majors and minors offered students can customize their education or follow a plan made by the university. The campus only takes roughly 10 minutes to cross but there is space for everyone to do their own activities--small but spacious.
Montana State really has everything I am looking for! It has a friendly environment, colorful array of classes and personalized tutoring and help centers. Everyone there wants to help you and does care. I also love the beautiful landscape and the town, Bozeman. Overall, Montana State offers not only awesome classes but clubs, extracurriculars, sports and volunteer work options. Anyone who is looking for a college experience outside of the box should check out MSU! Go Bobcats!