Montana State University: Narrative Description

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Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406)994-0211; 888-MSU-CATS
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Montana University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1893. Setting: 1,170-acre small town campus. Endowment: $73.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $88 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9109 per student. Total enrollment: 12,003. Faculty: 816 (534 full-time, 282 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 4,896 applied, 77% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 73% from top half. 17 National Merit Scholars, 94 valedictorians. Full-time: 9,167 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 1,501 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 59 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 16% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4577 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,177 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5500. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 3% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Spurs, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Fangs, Mortar Board. Major annual events: International Food Bazaar, Native American Pow-wow, Day of Student Recognition. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour residence hall monitoring. 3,260 college housing spaces available; 2,704 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Renne Library plus 1 other with 574,634 books, 2.1 million microform titles, 6,643 serials, 4,822 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.6 million. 850 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:

At the heart of the Gallatin Valley, known for its scenic beauty, the city is headquarters for Gallatin National Forest. The Bridger Bowl Ski Area, 18 miles northwest, and Big Sky, Inc. 33 miles south offer skiing from mid-November to mid-March. Immediately south of Bozeman, Highway 191 follows Gallatin River through the forest to Yellowstone National Park 90 miles away. The Gallatin Field airport is 8 miles from Bozeman and is served by Delta and Northwest. Community services include many churches, public library, one hospital, and many hotels and motels. Various service clubs, veteran's clubs, and many fraternal organizations are represented within the immediate area. Recreation other than skiing is provided by local picnic areas, swimming pools, five parks, tennis courts, dude ranches, golf courses, hunting, boating, and fishing. Bozeman is known for its year-round outdoor recreational opportunities.

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