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Montana State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,941 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 498 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

46% Women
54% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Big Sky Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $153,364)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $99,611)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 74 93 Yes Yes
Basketball 17 12 - Yes
Football 108 - - Yes
Golf - 10 - Yes
Rodeo 20 20 - -
Skiing 15 38 Yes -
Tennis 10 9 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Baseball - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes Yes
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Soccer - - Yes Yes
Softball - - - Yes
Swimming and Diving - - Yes Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 0.5%
Hispanic 1.5%
Non-resident alien 3.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 6.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 83.4%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 43
Liquor Law Violation 60
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 17
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Alyssa from Bozeman, MT
  • 5
  • dorm life at montana state is well-worth the money you pay to live there! your social life is so much more diverse if you live around other people going to…

  • Feb-10-2012 Read More
  • Erika from Polson, MT
  • 4
  • Dorm life if fun and very social! There's dorms and floors with themes so if you'd like to be surrounded by other outdoor enthusiasts, architectural students, or whatever it is…

  • Jan-09-2012 Read More
  • Anne from BOZEMAN, MT
  • 3
  • Good sense of community in many of the dorms, however the Resident Advisors seem to run a very tight schedule and can be difficult to track down for questions/advice/etc.…

  • Mar-16-2012 Read More
  • Patrick from Billings, MT
  • 4
  • There are weekly activities which are put on by each individual hall. Go there and meet tons of people. Also, get to know your Resident Adviser they are there to…

  • Jun-13-2012 Read More
  • Hannah from Bozeman, MT
  • 4
  • The dorms were awesome. They are well-kept and up to date, there's always opportunities to meet people, and MSU does a great job of facilitating fun activities. The downside that…

  • Jul-24-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • alyssa from coalville, ut
  • Apr-27-2016 I am a current student here

    of the dining halls, hannon is the best. it doesn't have as many options as miller or harrison, but it's more homestyle and definitely better for you.

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  • 5
  • jeremiah from hardin, mt
  • Apr-02-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    there are three cafeterias that i know of, with one being renovated, and all seem pretty popular. lots of variety, and good food.

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  • 4
  • Misty from Billings, MT
  • Dec-26-2015 I am a current student here

    The food and dining by my dorm of North Hedges was excellent. Miller Dining Hall is open convenient hours for students and serves many types of food all times during the day to where students always have multiple choices. However, it was most often dirty and some employees did not follow normal health code. I did not visit the other dining halls so I can not give an opinion on them.

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  • 4
  • Alisa from Gresham, OR
  • Dec-23-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is actually really good. Sometimes there are things that I don't really like, of course, and it sometimes gets repetitive, but overall it is pretty good. There is almost always food available and you are usually very close to a dining hall.

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  • 4
  • Abby from Bozeman, MT
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    There are, I believe, three dining halls. They all serve different things and have different specialties so there's usually something you want to eat. There is also a student union building with several options for eating as well as a smoothie shop and a candy store. The college being downtown, there are a lot of very good places to walk and bike to right outside campus, but if you want something upscale, the best you can really get is Olive Garden.

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  • 4
  • Jacqueline from Livingston, MT
  • Jun-21-2015 I am a current student here

    Multiple dining halls on campus made it easier to let you eat when ever! The food was usually really good and had a good atmosphere

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  • 4
  • Rebecca from Conrad, MT
  • Nov-16-2014 I am a current student here

    With three dining halls on campus, and a cafeteria in the SUB, students are never far from sustenance. The food served is prepared on-site by the kitchen staff, and served with smiles. The staff are friendly, and the food is good. Often, the dining halls will have themed meals, including Made In Montana and Turkey Dinner. Late Night Bites, open after dinner till midnight, is an enormous convenience. Late night studying? Head over to Harrison or Miller dining hall for some brain food! Burgers and nachos are a LNB staple, with other foods rotating nightly.

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  • 4
  • Jennifer from Missoula, MT
  • Apr-08-2014 I am a current student here

    If you have a meal plan, you can eat at any of the dining halls on campus. Each dining hall has a certain thing that makes them different. Hannon has a home cooked meal feel. Johnstone has the best sandwich bar. Miller has Kathy, who makes the best omelettes you will ever have every saturday morning.

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  • 3
  • Sierra from Cheyenne, WY
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many different choices offered on campus through dinning halls and restaurants. On the weekends there are limited hours where food is available. Sometimes the food gets old and eating off campus is a must.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • jeremiah from hardin, mt
  • Apr-02-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    personally, i don't know. friends and family say that it is good, with one living in the frat house (it being cheaper than rooming on campus). using what they tell me, it seems to be good.

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  • 0
  • Misty from Billings, MT
  • Dec-26-2015 I am a current student here

    I am involved in greek life on MSU and I love how there are enough sororities for it to be a fun activity, and the greek life on campus does not take over to other students, yet it is fun for the 5% of students that are involved.

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  • 0
  • Abby from Bozeman, MT
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    I honestly don't know anything about this, but I've heard the sororities and fraternities (at least some of them) can be pretty friendly. Others won't let you into their parties if you're dressed wrong. It's really 50/50.

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  • 0
  • Jacqueline from Livingston, MT
  • Jun-21-2015 I am a current student here

    I ended up joining one of the four sororities on campus. The Greek life is super welcoming and all of the girls are really nice. There are also seven fraternities on campus.

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  • 0
  • Sierra from Cheyenne, WY
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Our greek life seems to be more about the parties and not about their involvement on and off campus. I never hear about them doing any good. They seem like a pointless part of campus life.

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  • 0
  • Kelsey from Bozeman, MT
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    4 sororties 7 frats Rush even if you don't think you join- Montana Greeks have a tendency to surprise you and draw in the unexpecting!

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  • 0
  • Riley from Worden, MT
  • Jan-15-2014 I am a current student here

    If Greek life is for you then there are seven fraternities and four sororities that are always looking for new members. It is a great way to meet new people and become engaged on campus.

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