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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$21,341 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
15,996 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
78.3% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,131 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Montana State University is $5,330, which is $1,661 less than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $21,341, which is 400% of the cost for in-state students, and is $2,965 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,953.

In 2016, 44% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 42% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Montana State University received 15,996 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.96% annual growth. Out of those 15,996 applicants, 13,256 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 82.9% acceptance rate.

There were 16,359 students enrolled at Montana State University in 2016, and 31% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Montana State University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Montana State University has a total enrollment of 16,359 students. The full-time enrollment at Montana State University is 12,814 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,545. This means that 78.3% of students enrolled at Montana State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Montana State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83.3% White, 3.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.69% Two or More Races, 1.52% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.98% Asian, 0.62% Black or African American, and 0.13% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Montana State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (34.5%), followed by White Female (28.3%) and Two or More Races Male (1.49%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (1.43%), followed by White Male (1.3%) and Two or More Races Female (0.11%).

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In 2016, 61 more women than men graduated from Montana State University. The majority of students graduating from Montana State University are White. These 2,561 graduates mean that there were 26.7 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or more races, with 96 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Montana State University is General Business with 220 graduates, followed by Registered Nursing with 219 graduates and General Family & Consumer Sciences with 212 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Montana State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Architecture and Related Services, with 80 graduates, followed by Human Sciences with 212 graduates and Natural Resources & Conservation with 66 graduates.


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Montana State University has an endowment valued at nearly $127M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.08M (3.21%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Montana State University had a total expenditure of $400M. Of that $400M, they spent $180M on salaries and $59.5M on benefits.

Montana State University employs 171 Professors, 152 Associate professors, and 150 Assistant professors. Most academics at Montana State University are Male Professors (133), Male Associate professors (86), and Female Assistant professors (81).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Montana State University are: Management, with 350 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 348 employees, and Service with 216 employees.



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