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Montana State University

Bozeman, MT


About This Campus

Montana State University is a land-grant institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts, basic sciences, and the professional areas of agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, and nursing, all of which relate to the needs of a technological society. The University was founded in 1893 and today has over 16,000 students, an academic faculty of approximately 550, and another 200 professionals engaged in research. MSU is located in Bozeman, a city of 40,000, situated in one of the outstanding scenic and recreational areas of the country, just 90 miles north of Yellowstone Park and within an easy drive of Teton and Glacier National Parks. Situated at the foot of the northern Rockies, Bozeman offers a variety of year-round activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Superb fishing, hunting, skiing, rock/ice climbing, kayaking, rafting, and camping are at MSU's doorstep along with a number of historical sites named by Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Location Information

Bozeman is small town surrounded by five mountain ranges and sits at 5000 feet. It boasts four seasons, lakes, rivers, ski areas, trails for hiking, biking, a quaint downtown, and active music scene.

Helpful Information

You will find that most of the student population enjoys to be outside. Therefore, you will want to have some kind of transportation, either a bike or car. Our bus system is extensive throughout the valley and to the ski areas, but will not take you to places like Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks, a good long drive away. Our winters can be cold, so be prepared for negative twenty degrees for a few days. We have wonderful second hand stores to buy winter gear or any kind of sports equipment.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Bozeman
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 16,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/04

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 5%
Asian | 4%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 0%
White | 86%
Other | 0%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
All theater, upper division courses in film, photography, graphic design, upper division clinical nursing, music technology, and student teaching.

Enrollment in upper division business, psychology, and education courses is very limited. Registration in architecture and art is very limited and restricted to majors only. A portfolio may be required.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Biotechnology - We have degree programs in animal, plant, and microbial systems.
  • Native American Studies - MSU has 8 unique, native American tribal lands within its borders.
  • Environmental Sciences - Our environmental sciences departments are vast and have Yellowstone National Park and the national forests to utilize as their laboratories.
  • Snow Science - MSU has the only undergraduate degree in snow science in the country. Students have hands-on labs with avalanches and snow pack studies in the mountains surrounding Bozeman.
  • Geology - Our geology programs are extensive and have the surrounding mountains as their outdoor examples of the material the students learn within the classroom. Professors use many field trips to showcase the ideas.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Snow Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Paleontology
  • Japanese Studies
  • Sustainability Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coaching
  • Community Health
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Feed Science
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Kinesiology
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Paleontology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Range Management/Resources
  • Recording Arts Technology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Technology Education
  • Tourism Management
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/18/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3685.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 21
  • Home Payment: 21

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002532

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card $15 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: A housing deposit of $300 is required if choosing on campus housing.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/18/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $5200 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750
  • Proximity to campus: walking distance
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Our housing is starting to get quite competitive. You are allowed to apply for housing before you are formally admitted, so please apply as soon as possible: www.montana.edu/wwwocl/reslife/

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
MSU has several meal plan options. Choose the one that fits your lifestyle best. Our newest dining hall opened Fall 2018.


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/18/20

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2337.50 Semester Home & Host Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


  • Health records due by: ASAP You will not be allowed to register until we have cleared your immunization records.
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Access to our local airport is an easy 20 minute drive from campus. Local taxis will bring you directly to campus. We also have the Greyhound Bus terminal in Bozeman. No train access available.

Other Health Related Comments
You do not need to purchase the MSU health insurance, but you must be able to show proof of health insurance.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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