Professional Exam Pass Rates

Professional exams are an objective measure of how MSU graduates stack up against their peers nationally.

  • Business Acumen: College of Business seniors consistently score around the 90th percentile on the Major Field Test-Business, a standardized assessment of business knowledge and problem solving administered to business seniors across the country in more than 600 institutions.
  • Nursing Knowledge:  Over the past five years nursing students have maintained a cumulative pass rate of approximately 90 percent on the N-CLEX, the licensure exam for nursing.
  • Delivering Dietitians:  Health and human development students have a 88 percent first-time pass rate on the exam for registered dietitians.
  • Well-rounded Educators: Education students outscored their contemporaries on 14 out of 15 Praxis II, the required test for teaching licensure.
  • Engineering Advantage: MSU engineering students who take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam consistently exceed the national average by 10 percentage points.
  • Pre-med Success: MSU students' acceptance rates to health professions schools far exceed national averages. The cumulative acceptance rate of MSU students into health professions school from 2009 to 2011 was 68 percent-a 60 percent acceptance rate to medical school, 75 percent acceptance rate to dental school, and 89 percent acceptance rate to physician assistant school-depending on the profession, national acceptance rates range from 36 percent to 46 percent.

Scholarship and Prestige

MSU students and faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their disciplines.

  • Scholarships and Awards: The quality of education at MSU has enabled many students to compete successfully for prestigious scholarships, grants and placement in top-tier graduate programs. In the past year, MSU students earned National Science Foundation, Boren and Fulbright fellowships; and Marshall, Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships.
  • Respected Expertise: MSU faculty, staff and administrators have been tapped for a variety of regional, national, White House and international advisory boards and committees. From financial to ecological, MSU personnel are leaders in their disciplines and share their expertise with students.
  • Students' Choice: In fall 2012, MSU welcomed a record 14,660 students. MSU saw increases in freshman, Native American, veteran, out-of-state and Gallatin College students. In addition, out of the 205 recipients of the 2012-13 Montana University System Honors Scholarship, 126 enrolled at MSU. The institution with the second most recipients had less than half that number.
  • Academic Reputation: MSU is ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation's best universities. Rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, and student/faculty ratios.

Competitive Edge

When MSU students compete and succeed regionally and nationally, it provides even further recognition that the university's academic programs are among the best in the country.

  • Top Designs: Graphic design students regularly earn top honors in the Society of Publication Designers Student Design Contest. Over the past seven years, seven graphic design seniors have placed in the top 10 at the annual national design contest.
  • Construction Achievements: For a fifth time in 10 years, a team of College of Engineering students won first place for their ability to estimate a multimillion dollar project and produce a real-world bid in the heavy civil engineering category of the Associated Schools of Construction.
  • Model Diplomacy: An MSU team placed second at the Rocky Mountain Regional Model Arab League, a diplomatic simulation of the real-world Arab League based on the format of the Model United Nations. The MSU team advanced to the national competition, where members won two of 10 outstanding delegate awards, five of 10 honorable mentions, as well as outstanding chair.
  • Academic and Athletic Success: The MSU Bobcat athletes captured the Big Sky Conference Presidents' Cup for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award is based on overall athletics success, team grade point averages, graduation rates and All-Conference performers with at least a 3.0 GPA.