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Montana State University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Montana State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Montana State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Montana State University was awarded 199 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is design and applied arts.

Overall Quality

MSU Bozeman landed the #1,012 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

MSU Bozeman also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Montana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into MSU Bozeman?

Acceptance Rate

Montana State University has an acceptance rate of 81%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 42% of students accepted to MSU Bozeman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Montana State University  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Montana State University  ( 540 to 660 )
MSU Bozeman received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Montana State University  ( 21 to 28 )

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Montana State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Montana State University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Montana State University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Montana State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Montana State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 25% for first-time, full-time students at MSU Bozeman, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  25 out of 100

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Montana State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,230 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman with 12,026 being full-time and 2,204 being part-time.

How Much Does Montana State University Cost?

The overall average net price of MSU Bozeman is $19,202. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for MSU Bozeman

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,706 $16,625 $19,616 $21,587 $21,840

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of MSU Bozeman, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At MSU Bozeman, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $6,758 a year. That adds up to $27,032 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU Bozeman is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do MSU Bozeman Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from MSU Bozeman with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $43,200 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Montana State University make the most money.

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Location of Montana State University

Montana State University is a public institution located in Bozeman, Montana. The surrounding location of Bozeman is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for MSU Bozeman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: 406-994-0211

Montana State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 72 majors graduated from Montana State University. Of these students, 2,803 received undergraduate degrees and 476 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Marketing 292 NA
Nursing 246 $60,603
General Family & Consumer Sciences 215 $28,381
Mechanical Engineering 162 $58,479
General Psychology 113 $30,771
Chemical Engineering 102 $52,107
General Biology 99 $26,799
Computer Science 92 $63,430
Civil Engineering 82 $56,302
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 76 $33,281

Learn more about the majors offered at Montana State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at MSU Bozeman

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 15,186 students took at least one online class at Montana State University. This is an increase from the 2,127 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 15,186 1,848
2018-2019 2,127 493
2017-2018 1,765 530
2016-2017 1,789 664
2015-2016 1,629 589

Learn more about online learning at Montana State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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