Montana State University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $15,000—$20,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6+, iTEP: 3.7, PTE Academic: 45+, Step EIKEN: Pre-1, ACT Eng: 20+, Duolingo: 110+, TOEFL: 71+, SAT Eng: 440+

  • Social Media


MSU prepares students to graduate equipped for careers and further education. MSU’s low student to faculty ratio means accessible professors and hands-on learning opportunities. Working alongside world-class faculty mentors, students discover new knowledge that helps to improve quality of life around the globe. This supportive and collaborative learning environment helps students succeed in competing for national and international scholarships and awards. In the past year alone, MSU students have received prestigious awards including:

  • Goldwater scholarships (math, science & engineering)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (to study at Oxford University)
  • Marshall Scholarship (grad school in the United Kingdom)
  • Udall Scholarship (to pursue careers in the environment)
  • Newman Civic Fellow (public leadership)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies MSU as one of only 131 colleges and universities in the nation (out of more than 4,300) that maintain “very high research activity.”

Of those 131 institutions, only 69 are classified as having “significant commitment to community engagement.”

And of those 69, MSU is the only college or university with a Carnegie enrollment profile of “very high undergraduate.”

This means that MSU undergraduate students have unique access to cutting-edge research and creative opportunities – and to an engaging educational experience that fully integrates learning, discovery and service.


MSU is recognized nationally for its prominence in research among leading public research universities. MSU is among the top 3 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures. Because of its high undergraduate profile, MSU undergraduate students get opportunities to do research of national importance on a variety of topics, opportunities that would typically be reserved for graduate students at other universities. That’s one reason why MSU is a national leader in producing winners of the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates in math and science fields.

Research expenditures at MSU typically exceed $120 million annually and top research departments include immunology, chemistry and biochemistry, transportation, physics, and land resources and environmental sciences; while much of the research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Departments of Energy, Defense and Agriculture, and private sources.

MSU is the largest research university in Montana and the largest research and development entity of any kind in the state, which translates into many opportunities for students to conduct meaningful hands-on research and creative projects as well as economic prosperity for the area. MSU research has led to significant discoveries that are changing the world. MSU holds more than 299 active technology licenses. In addition, 63 active patents and 44 plant variety certificates have been issued for MSU discoveries with many more pending.


Students, professors and staff at MSU work together with community partners to exchange and apply knowledge and resources that improve the world. MSU has earned The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's engagement classification. The designation recognizes commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and spreading of knowledge that benefits the public. In addition, through courses, clubs and organized events, students participate in many local, national and international service-learning projects that enable them to apply their education while strengthening communities.

Community Engagement

Following a rigorous application and evaluation process, MSU was awarded the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s community engagement classification. This designation recognizes MSU’s commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and spreading of knowledge that benefits the public. Service and outreach projects are embedded in MSU’s coursework, research and extracurricular activities to enhance learning and improve lives around the world.


Bozeman is a small town with big energy. Perhaps best known for outdoor recreation, Bozeman also has the cultural amenities of a much larger city including a symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as many locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries that make Downtown vibrant. Skiing, hiking, camping, biking, climbing, and fishing options are endless because Bozeman is surrounded by five mountain ranges including the Bridger, Tobacco Root, Big Belt, Gallatin and Madison ranges; and the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers are all within a half hour of campus. There is plenty of National Forest land to explore, and Yellowstone National Park is just 90 miles away.

Bragging Rights

Bozeman’s community, access to trails in town and proximity to world class skiing have been recognized by the likes of National Geographic, Outside and the New York Post.


MSU maintains and exceeds a variety of accreditation requirements that were designed to ensure high quality educational standards. MSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. During its most recent re-accreditation, MSU was commended for an "extremely high level of productivity and effectiveness." In addition to national accreditation, many of MSU’s colleges, departments and programs also maintain rigorous accreditation credentials through discipline specific agencies.

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Montana State University

Montana State University
183 Strand Union Building
Bozeman MT 59717-2260
P: (406) 994-4571
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