Montana State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Montana State University

Montana State University is the flagship institution of the Montana State University System. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The Montana State Bobcats play in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 16,902 (14,919 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male/46% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,472 (in-state); $25,708 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,450
  • Room and Board: $10,300
  • Other Expenses: $3,626
  • Total Cost: $22,848 (in-state); $41,084 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,609
    • Loans: $6,929

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors:  Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Skiing-Snowboarding, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Skiing-Snowboarding, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Montana State University Admissions

Montana State University, with an acceptance rate of 82 percent, is largely accessible to interested students. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

  • Montana State University Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550/660
    • SAT Math: 540/660
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/28
    • ACT English: 20/27
    • ACT Math: 20/27

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Montana State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Montana State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University, Texas State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Montana State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Seton Hall University, University of Houston, University of California, Riverside, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, Florida International University, Colorado State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Montana State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Texas at Dallas, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy

Applying to Montana State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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