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

Overview of Montana State University-Northern

MSU Northern is a comprehensive university located in Montana. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. 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 Lights (and, for the women’s teams, Skylights) play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,090 (1,031 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male/45% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,955 (in-state); $18,665 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400
  • Room and Board: $6,470
  • Other Expenses: $3,200
  • Total Cost: $17,025 (in-state); $29,735 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,230
    • Loans: $5,822

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Nursing, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Mechanics Technology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 31%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Football, Wrestling, Cross Country
  • Women’s Sports: Rodeo, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf

Overview of Montana State University-Northern Admissions

In 2019, 100% of applicants gained admission to MSU Northern, encouraging any prospective applicants. 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-Northern Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/580
    • SAT Math: 470/560
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 17/23
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

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

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, 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-Northern, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

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

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

Applying to Montana State University-Northern

Application Deadline: Rolling

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