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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    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 12,248 undergraduate students. The Montana State acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 53% of students, Montana State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
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
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
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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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.152 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.150 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,248Undergrads
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 107 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.
    14%
  • 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
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.180 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.219 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 108 responses
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  • Mountains and Minds
    43%
  • Diversity and outdoors
    22%
  • Outdoors and education
    16%
  • 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
$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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If you are an Out-of-state student, money is everything here because it's VERY expensive. Academics is good and my major was Graphic Design and the professors are really useful when you're in a rut. CORE class professors are good, some are meh, one I have heard isn't all great. It entirely depends on what classes you pick and how interested you are. My freshman year was great for my education and honestly loved it but it gets harder as you move up; not to mention expenses HOLY F%#K! Diversity isn't all well it's like sour cream but despite that, the people are friendly. Food wise, there are two current dining halls close by dorms and a new one coming Fall 2018. They have plenty of options depending on how your diet is. I stayed in Roskie Hall for my sophomore year and it's ok; my floor wasn't very social but other floors are. Overall for me, this was good but the tuition makes it all the more worse for Out-of-state.
When I first stepped foot on campus, I felt like I was home. At Montana State University everyone is so kind and fun to be around. It is really easy to meet life-long friends. The residence halls are so nice and I would recommend living on campus for the first couple of years because it will help with getting around and you will feel more connected to Montana State University. MSU has a fantastic way of transitioning people into the college life. It is a big community but also a small one. The professors are really intelligent and they know the material they are teaching. MSU puts on a lot of events that students can go to so that they can enjoy themselves, meet new people, and have fun with their friends. The MSU campus is so beautiful and there are so many off-campus activities to do. The major ones in Bozeman, Montana are skiing and hiking. I love attending MSU and you will too!