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

Overview of Montana State University Billings  

Montana State University Billings is a four-year, public institution supported by a student/faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The institution has a large selection of 28 undergraduate and 17 graduate degree programs for students. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, 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 MSU Yellowjackets play in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference for sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,315 (3,960 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male/64% Female
  • 58% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,928 (in-state); $19,121 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,550
  • Room and Board: $7,240
  • Other Expenses: $4,430
  • Total Cost: $19,148 (in-state); $32,341 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 50%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,497
    • Loans: $6,565

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 54%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 12%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 28%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Cheerleading
  • Women’s Sports: Track and Field, Softball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Volleyball

Overview of Montana State University Billings Admissions

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 the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps’ application process. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

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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.

California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

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.

California State University Northridge, State University of New York at Fredonia, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, California State University Monterey Bay, La Salle University, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Montana State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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