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Montana State University - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Big sky in Bozeman, Montana

Big sky in Bozeman, Montana

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Montana State University Description:

Montana State University is the main campus of the Montana State University System. Montana State's huge 1,200-acre campus is located in Bozeman, the fourth largest city in the state. Yellowstone National Park is a little over an hour away. Founded in 1893 as an agricultural college, Montana State today offers over 50 Bachelor's degree programs. Business and nursing are the most popular fields among undergraduates. Montana State has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Montana State Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. The school fields 15 intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 14,269 (12,679 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 84% Full-time

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Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,705 (in-state); $20,062 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,190 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,070
  • Other Expenses: $3,220
  • Total Cost: $19,185 (in-state); $32,542 (out-of-state)

Montana State University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,387
    • Loans: $6,321

Most Popular Majors:

Art, Business, Cell Biology, Elementary Education, Environmental Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Film, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 20%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Montana State University Mission Statement:

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