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Montana State University is a Public school located in Bozeman, MT. Montana State University has a total enrollment of 15,236 with a graduation rate of 52% and a student/faculty ratio of 19:1.

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School information

School typeDegree granting, primarily baccalaureate or above
Institutional categoryPublic
Avg. price for students receiving grants$14,416
Avg. price for students living on campus$20,467
Avg. price for students living off campus$20,467


Total applicants14,816
Total admissions12,277
Admission rate83%
Application fee$30
Average staff salary$74,277

25th percentile score

SAT math510
SAT reading510
SAT writing490
ACT composite21

75th percentile score

SAT math640
SAT reading630
SAT writing610
ACT composite28

Both the SAT and ACT scores are used for college admissions and generally contain the same types of content. The SAT score is derived by combining two sections with a low of 400 to a maximum score of 1600. The two sections are 200 to 800 for SAT Math and 200 to 800 for SAT Reading. The ACT composite score is derived by combining English, Math, Reading and Science with a range from 1 to 36.

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Great School But Not The School For Me

I am currently attending Montana State University as a freshman but I will be transferring to Montana Tech of the University of Montana for my sophomore year. As the title suggests, Montana State is a fantastic school and I enjoyed my attendance here but another school is going to be a better experience for me.

The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of new buildings as the numbers of students attending has been increasing. The campus is very spread out which is lovely in the warmer months when you want to be outside but in the winter with the snow and wind hitting you, sometimes it can be painful to leave your warm bed. Recently, two of the gyms in the fitness center totally collapsed and now the school is working to completely rebuild those portions of the fitness center. It has been quite an inconvenience for a lot of students, especially athletes, and the temporary pop-up gyms they have placed all over campus do not compare to the original fitness center. Like I said earlier, a lot of the buildings on campus are nice and new but there are also some that are very old and many students try their best to avoid those buildings when registering for classes. Reid Hall is very old and could use some TLC. It still has those tiny wooden desks. A problem that I had with those desks is that they're all right-handed desks and I happen to be left-handed so it was really inconvenient for me to have classes in there. It's hard to go from a classroom with soft, roll chairs and long separate desks to the wooden right-handed desks that are smaller than the size of my notebook.

The food options provided are incredible. Miller dining hall was recently updated and Rendezvous dining hall just opened in August of 2018. At Miller you can order custom sandwiches like at Subway as well as custom Mongolian noodles. At Rendezvous, you can order custom omelettes for breakfast and custom pasta for lunch and dinner. Both dining halls have big salad bars with lots of options, made-from-scratch soups of the day, and a home style food section. Miller is open from 7am to 10pm but Rendezvous is only open from 7am to 7pm. It's difficult for students - like myself - living on the side of campus where Rendezvous is and not being able to grab a late dinner or late night bite since they close at 7 which feels too early for busy college students that may have classes or exams at that time too. In spite of that, I am extremely grateful that I get to eat at such nice dining halls everyday. I have heard horror stories from some of my friends attending other colleges saying their food is terrible. It is definitely a lot harder to get sick of the food at Montana State.

I have had quite a few professors that I really enjoyed but also some that I thought were terrible. My psychology professor was my least favorite teacher I've had thus far. He tried to take away the curve for my semester and said to make up for it, he made the exams easier but he ended up having to curve anyways because the exams were just as difficult as before. Some of my friends that need to take psychology are going to take it online at the University of Montana because they don't want to have him as a professor. On the other hand, I had some professors that I absolutely loved. You could tell they wanted to be there and wanted to better your education. Sometimes it can feel like professors are just there to get paid but some of mine were excited to be there and happy to see you learning and progressing. I think Montana State does a good job at hiring professors that want to be there and also know what they're talking about.

Overall, I think Montana State University is a great college and can be underrated at times. However, it just wasn't the school for me and I am going to be transferring in the fall. For a lot of my friends, this is the perfect school for them and they are very happy here. I loved going here for my freshman year and it was a great experience. I made a lot of good memories here and I know most students attending here do as well. I am not transferring for any specific thing, I am just going to transfer to attend a different nursing school because it'll be a better option for me. I want to stress that this is an amazing school that I do not think gets the attention and credit it deserves.
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Source: The Montana State University data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.
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