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Montana State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Montana State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Montana State University Ranked?

2020 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 29 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer science.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, MSU Bozeman is ranked #702 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when MSU Bozeman held the #731 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 10 colleges in Montana, MSU Bozeman is ranked at #2.

See all of the rankings for Montana State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into MSU Bozeman?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Montana State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 29% 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 650. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Montana State University  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Montana State University  ( 540 to 650 )
MSU Bozeman received ACT scores from 78% 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

At Montana State University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Montana State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% 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  76 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 22% for first-time, full-time students at MSU Bozeman, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Montana State University.

Good Overall Diversity at MSU Bozeman

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,652 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman with 12,403 being full-time and 2,249 being part-time.

MSU Bozeman Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for MSU Bozeman is 75.80 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  75.80 out of 100
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How Much Does Montana State University Cost?

The overall average net price of MSU Bozeman is $17,754. 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 +
$14,412 $15,540 $17,728 $19,843 $19,939

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MSU Bozeman, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $7,138 a year. That adds up to $28,552 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU Bozeman is 5.4%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from MSU Bozeman make around $43,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Montana State University

Montana State University is a public institution situated in Bozeman, Montana. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Bozeman draws many to the area.

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Location of Montana State University

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 76 majors graduated from Montana State University. Of these students, 2,500 received undergraduate degrees and 571 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
General Business/Commerce 275 $37,900
Nursing 215 $57,700
General Family & Consumer Sciences 202 $27,800
Mechanical Engineering 138 $58,000
Chemical Engineering 81 $40,000
General Biology 80 $23,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 78 $31,900
Civil Engineering 77 $54,500
General Psychology 75 $28,300
Computer Science 60 $71,400

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,765 students took at least one online class at Montana State University. This is a decrease from the 1,789 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,765 530
2016-2017 1,789 664
2015-2016 1,629 589
2014-2015 1,267 308
2013-2014 1,361 347

Learn more about online learning at Montana State University.

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