Montana State University-Billings: Narrative Description

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1500 University Dr.
Billings, MT 59101-0298
Tel: (406)657-2011; 800-565-6782; Admissions: (406)657-2158; Fax: (406)657-2302; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Montana University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1927. Setting: 92-acre urban campus. Endowment: $10 million. Research spending 2002-03: $601,452. Educational spending 2002-03: $3568 per student. Total enrollment: 4,670. Faculty: 244 (156 full-time, 88 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 996 applied, 96% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 51% from top half. 8 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,178 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 961 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 19 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 6% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 54% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4180 full-time, $116 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,540 full-time, $321 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $4430. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 53 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Art Student League, Band Club, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Residence Hall Association, Student Council for Exceptional Children. Major annual events: Homecoming, Welcome Week events, Summerfest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 550 college housing spaces available; 470 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Montana State University-Billings Library with 488,004 books, 850,000 microform titles, 3,276 serials, 2,125 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $357,143. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Billings is an expanding city located in the Yellowstone River Valley between rugged mountains and sweeping plains. The city is the largest in Montana, and has a population of approximately 125,000 people living in the metropolitan area. The "Magic City" is a transportation, medical, agricultural, wholesale, and retail trade center. It is served by major air, bus, and rail lines, and excellent inter-state highways. Community services include many churches representing most denominations, a city library, theatres, museums, art galleries, two hospitals, YMCA, YWCA, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Recreational sites are numerous and include opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, bowling, golf, skiing, and hiking.

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