Montana State University Reviews
Rating 3.64 out of 5 2,309 reviews
MSU did a fairly good job transferring some of their classes to asynchronous online classes during the pandemic. Professors that I had were flexible and continue to be regarding work, online classes, and exams. No required spyware install on laptops and most profs have outlined open note/open book online exams. Very grateful they did not try to have students install spyware on personal tech.
I really have enjoyed my time attending Montana State as a commuter/off-campus student (I cannot speak on dorms, dining, etc.). Tuition is relatively low which was a big factor in my consideration. Bozeman is very much a college town and the location is another positive aspect of attending. There are many opportunities to get outdoors and go explore the beautiful landscape. I have enjoyed all of the courses I have taken as a Psychology major and I enjoy the department, I have yet to have a professor that I didn't enjoy (although some were merely neutral). Diversity is low (racially), you will find this town to be pretty white. As someone who is not a POC I cannot speak to their experience.
A lot of the professors kept us on the internet when we could have been in person, and a lot of students struggled because of it. Some of the professors were very understanding of this and made their stuff easier whereas other professors didn't really teach you anything that you needed and you had to teach yourself most of the information for the course.
I love the environment. The people have all been so friendly, and it is a beautiful area. Most of the classes have been a pretty great experience. Some of the professors are certainly better than others, but that is to be expected no matter where you attend.
I wouldn't say that my online learning experience has been terrible but I do think that professors could have done a little better to make online learning feel less disconnected from actual class. I have always been the type of student who learns better when I am in a physical classroom talking with my peers and teachers and being able to participate in class activities. I feel like I lost a lot of learning opportunities to the online learning programs.
Most of my classes are in person but also online on certain days we don't meet in person. Professors usually understand how to communicate clearly what we have to do for a class, and they run the online portions of class as smoothly as possible.
A very loving community, there are wonderful campus Christian Fellowship Groups that represent what true community really means.
The online classes are a joke. Professors just use it as a way to assign more homework outside of regularly scheduled class periods.
Overall, I have loved some of the things online learning has offered, such as recorded lectures. However, there has been some difficulty with communication but it has been a pretty good experience.
I liked being able to talk to most of the professors easily and the availability of work on and off campus. There was plenty of activities and intermural sports to do as well as weekend entertainment. The parking fees were always high with not enough parking available, though. Living on campus had its advantages with that in mind. Otherwise, the buildings, study areas, and the SUB were great places to get work done. The library staff was helpful as well.
I attended MSU in person and enjoyed the life, area, and campus. Everything was in walking distance. There's plenty of apartments and housing off campus available and affordable. It was nice to be able to drive to the mountains in 10 minutes for a break, hike, or just enjoy the scenery. The shopping is easy there as well and the residence in Bozeman are friendly and helpful. Plenty of part-time job opportunities as well.
MSU has been a great place to call home. Everyone is friendly and all of the professors are invested in their work and their students. Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the students and staff at MSU have managed to stay safe and make a blended schedule work for the whole semester.
Most of the courses were very good online. There were technical problems sometimes, but nothing that couldn't get fixed. Like all courses, they would have been better online, but for the situation everything has worked out better than expected!
The university is doing a great job at managing COVID as best as they can while offering lots of classes that are at least hybrid courses with plenty of them being fully in person. So far I’ve mostly had great professors who truly care about creating a great learning environment and want to see their students succeed. The location is wonderful and the school serves great food while clearly labeling any allergen or dietary restrictions. Even as a vegan I’m able to maintain a healthy diet with lots of protein and even some sweets every once in awhile. Couldn’t think of a better school environment to be in during a pandemic as a person who values in person classes.
As a student moving from California, I can say that the experience at Montana State University is pleasant. The university, being located in a relatively small town, is in a great location in which even as a student without a car, I am able to get around to essentials. The campus is beautiful, close to many beautiful parks, trails, and the wilderness. Definitely a great change from California.
Taking courses online at MSU was not drastically different than what I have seen compared to my friends' different colleges. It is not as easy to remain engaged in the material as it is with in-person classes, however, this is more of a nationwide issue rather than a problem with MSU itself. The professors, however, did a great job at communicating with the students and my professors were understanding and willing to help.
I loved MSU! Bozeman was a fantastic place to live as a student and a place to have a family. From the outdoor activities to local entertainment! I love it there.