Montana State University is the largest institution in Montana. 

MSU is among the top 3% of colleges and universities for research expenditures, and is also classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a high undergraduate profile. This means that undergraduates at MSU get research opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at other institutions. MSU’s location in the safe and friendly college town of Bozeman, sitting just near Yellowstone National Park and some of the most beautiful outdoor scenery in the country, offers students a classroom, laboratory, and playground unlike any other in the world.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Bozeman, Montana
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 82%
  • Average ACT score: N/A
  • Average SAT score: N/A
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: No
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance, Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Arts, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Film/Cinema Studies, Fisheries, History, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutrition, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit based scholarships (see here)
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $43,952 (see here for more information)


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Golf, Men's Skiing, Women's Skiing, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball