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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, city of over 50,000, 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 a small town surrounded by five mountain ranges and sits at 5000 feet above sea level. It boasts four seasons, lakes, rivers, ski areas, trails for hiking, biking, a quaint downtown, and active music scene. Housing is very tight so if you are interested in living in on-campus housing, please apply for housing ASAP. Students should be flexible with living off-campus in case on-campus housing is unavailable. On-campus housing is much easier to access in Spring Semester.

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

2023/2024 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 Business, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Psychology, and Education courses is VERY limited. Incoming NSE students MUST have flexibility in course selection, despite the early registration date. Priority registration does not always ensure that students will be able to register for certain courses early. Equivalent prerequisites and math-level requirements are strictly enforced for all courses that require them. 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... ++ show all


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
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 04/06/22

  • 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: $3764.
  • 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 Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Semester Host & Home Optional
Activity Fee $15 Year Host Mandatory
Recreation Fee $25 Year Host Mandatory
ID Card $20 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $235 Year Host Mandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 04/06/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $5500 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750
  • Proximity to campus: walking distance
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is VERY competitive, both on- and off-campus. If you are interested in living in on-campus housing, please apply for housing ASAP. Students should be flexible with living off-campus in case on-campus housing is unavailable. On-campus housing is much easier to access in Spring Semester. You are allowed to apply for housing before you are formally admitted, so please apply as soon as possible: https://www.montana.edu/housing/

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. Commuter meal plans are available for students living off-campus.


Figures per Semester are current as of 04/06/22

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

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


    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.

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