Mission Statement

Montana State University, the state's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement.

Vision Statement

Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world's greatest challenges. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people to engage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.


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Degrees offered: associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees

Student/faculty ratio: 17:1

Established: 1893


Record Enrollment: 14,660

Record Research Expenditures: $112.3 million

Goldwater Scholars (math & science): Ranked nationally among the top 20 universities

Uniquely MSU

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Based on the Carnegie Classification, MSU is one of only 108 colleges and universities in the nation (out of more than 4,600) that maintain "very high research activity." Of those 108, only 51 are also classified by Carnegie as having significant commitment to community engagement. And of those, MSU is the only institution whose Carnegie enrollment profile is "very high undergraduate." This means that MSU students have unique access to cutting-edge research and creative opportunities—and to an engaging educational experience that fully integrates learning, discovery and service.

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Located just 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park, MSU leads the nation in research related to the park and is widely known as University of the Yellowstone™. A recent project, focused on Yellowstone and other national parks, was the first of its kind and examined population density and land use changes in the ecosystems around U.S. national parks. Ecology professor Andrew Hansen and lead author Cory Davis published their findings in "Ecological Applications," a journal published by the Ecological Society of America.

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Bozeman has long been a fishing mecca and is famous for its blue ribbon trout streams. Aside from location, MSU houses scholars in ecology, biology and literature. MSU's reputation as Trout U is bolstered by MSU library's preeminent collection of Trout and Salmonid materials which is composed of a growing collection of over 7,200 volumes including sixty years of MSU's research on fish and fisheries as well as a broad range of other resources, including 5,000+ pieces of correspondence in the Nick Lyons Ephemera collection and the recently acquired papers of Dr. Robert Behnke. In addition to the academic expertise featured in the magazine, MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the country for an education near trout streams by Fly Rod & Reel magazine.

  Montana State Signature Projects

Student-Built Satellite

An MSU satellite built by students has been in orbit for more than a year, exceeding expectations. The satellite launched on a NASA rocket and was named HRBE (Hiscock Radiation Belt Explorer) to honor the late William A. Hiscock for his influential role in physics at MSU. HRBE was built in the Space Science Engineering Laboratory (pictured below) and has circled the Earth more than 7,200 times, transmitting scientific data with each pass. HRBE's success has led to the production of new satellites slated to launch between 2014 and 2016.

Everest Expedition

The Everest Education Expedition represented a seamless integration of learning, research and outreach. MSU geology professor Dave Lageson, graduate student Travis Corthouts (pictured below), and a team of The North Face global athletes, led by Conrad Anker, a Bozeman resident, traveled to Mount Everest to study glacial ecology and other research areas. During their trip, the team collected data and shared their adventure and scientific research with more than 1,000 students in classrooms across Montana.

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