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Want the scoop on Montana State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors MSU Bozeman offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Montana State University Ranked?

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2021 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 34 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general family and consumer sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked MSU Bozeman as #711 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best 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

Montana State University has an acceptance rate of 83%, 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 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

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Montana State University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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

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Excellent Overall Diversity at MSU Bozeman

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,760 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman with 12,359 being full-time and 2,401 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 racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 85.26 out of 100, MSU Bozeman is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.26 out of 100
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How Much Does Montana State University Cost?

The overall average net price of MSU Bozeman is $18,036. 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 +
$14,810 $15,506 $18,729 $20,321 $20,464

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 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,859 a year. That adds up to $27,436 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.

Location of Montana State University

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

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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 71 majors graduated from Montana State University. Of these students, 2,657 received undergraduate degrees and 542 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 258 $37,900
Nursing 225 $57,700
General Family & Consumer Sciences 194 $27,800
Mechanical Engineering 162 $58,000
Chemical Engineering 112 $40,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 99 $31,900
Civil Engineering 89 $54,500
Computer Science 87 $71,400
General Biology 83 $23,500
General Psychology 80 $28,300

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 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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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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