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Bozeman, MT
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10,033
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
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Average
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Reviews 1469 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i got no aid this year and now im probably not goin to be able to continue school

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: theres free buses but thats it

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the art program, teachers are awesome and encouraging

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: not too strict and not too lenient

2 College Sophomore

Parking: no parking space, and its hard for residents to find parking during the day because off campus people have to get a different permit that will allow them to park in resident areas

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its pretty nice, dorms can get dirty at times though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Love this school, great classes and fairly easy workload. Alumni care for the students

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home, so am not very familiar with the off campus housing market. I know that many students do live off campus with roommates. Housing in Bozeman is pretty spendy so finding enough roommates to cover the cost is the key. Finding responsible roommates that will actually pay their bills is important too.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers on campus are often being used, so I would recommend bringing your own laptop if possible. The wifi is not great and it sometimes takes multiple times to get a connection. During midterm and finals weeks, D2L is often overloaded and very hard to access quickly. If you need to take online exams during those times, I would recommend taking them somewhere off campus to avoid slow internet or crashes. Use MSU-secure whenever possible for wifi connection, because it is the most reliable.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: To get a parking pass to the most lots (SB) it is $169 and it seems to go up every year. That said, there are rarely spots open in the lots that are even relatively close to campus unless you get there before 8 in the morning. If you don't, leave early and basically drive the lots until you find a spot. I usually can find a spot in the far lot behind the fieldhouse halfway to Kagy. There are also many events throughout the year, such as gamedays and MSU Fridays where they either block off parts of certain lots or there are so many people that parking is virtually impossible. My advice would be to carpool, ride your bike, or walk whenever possible. If you basically need to drive most of the time, leave early and try not to get too frustrated with the situation. It might even be worth it to just get an F pass (I think this is the cheapest) and walk the extra distance. This normally wouldn't be an issue, but it gets pretty cold here and most days that extra bit will freeze you.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am underage and might be one of the few who choose not to drink or party anyways so I can't say much about this subject. I know there are Streamline buses that can take you home from bars in the early hours, but that's about it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for as many scholarships as possible so you have less money to pay back. When you do apply for financial aid, you will have to wait at least a couple months from the time you submit it to the time you get a letter telling you your award from the school. Once you receive the award, think fast on whether to accept or not because you only have 30 days from the day of notice until it expires. And for those of you who, like me, are paying for school by yourself without any parental assistance, just remember that FAFSA doesn't care whether or not you are on your own. They still take into account your "expected parental contribution" so plan accordingly if you're on your own. You probably won't get the full amount you need in loans that are just for you. Most of the time, they will offer you a parent plus loan to cover the rest of the cost following subsidized and unsubsidized loans. By the way, if you can, avoid accepting unsubsidized loans, because these accrue interest quickly as you are attending school and you could end up paying more in interest than the loan itself is worth.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't do drugs or drink alcohol, so I don't spend time around it either. I'm not a partyer and prefer to spend times off campus with a smaller group of friends. I definitely hear about parties with drugs and alcohol, but there are plenty of other opportunities to have a fun social life without them. Since I'm not around it though, I can't say much about the peer pressure end of it or whether there is any strict enforcement of policy. MSU is supposed to be tobacco free and there are many signs saying this, but that obviously doesn't mean much a lot of the time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Attendance to classes is rarely enforced, but you should go anyways: you're (or your parents) are spending the money and going to lecture will also help you understand more and get better grades. Parking is kind of awful if you don't get to campus early in the morning. I have an SB pass which includes the most parking lots on campus and I still have trouble finding a spot when I get there mid-day. There are also quite a few parking policemen so park without a permit at your own risk and avoid parking in the reserved or handicap spaces unless you want a pretty hefty fine.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live off campus, but did spend a couple nights in the Hedges for orientation. The rooms are pretty small and hot during the warm months so bring a fan! Winter is long here though and I'm not sure how the heating is. My friend lived in Hapner (all girls dorm) and those rooms are nicer, and the building is much newer. Other than that, I can't give much advice, other than avoid the Hedges if possible (old buildings, not very nice).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Exercise science must not be a huge major at MSU because you will tend to have many of the same students in most of your classes, especially once you reach the upper level classes. This makes it fun, though because you get to know people better. Study groups are common, especially for anatomy and physiology classes. I would recommend taking A&P during a light load semester, because it will take up the majority of your time. I didn't have much of a life during that class and you will meet many nursing students who are in it for the second or third time. Study hard and focus and you won't have this issue. It is one of the hardest, but also one of the best classes I have taken. Most of the general credits are fairly straightforward and you can easily get them out of the way by taking 15+ credits per semester. I took 17+ credits each of my first three semesters and managed just fine with school and a job. There are also opportunities to get credit for internships and the faculty is more than happy to help you find the best fit for you.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am not a fan of the very large lectures and the fact that most of the TAs that teach the labs either don't seem to know the material well enough to teach it or don't seem to care about the students. But once you get to the upper division credits, the classes are smaller and more specialized and the professors and TAs are great and know how to explain things really well. I guess everyone has to go through the gen ed phase so there's not much to do about that. Also, my department just changed a pre-req for certain electives that we didn't have to take before, and now that I am halfway through my degree, I have to go back and do a class I wasn't planning on taking, so that's frustrating. Other than those issues, the faculty is usually great and the upper division credits are fun and interesting, as well as applicable.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The rating options are weird for this question, so I guess I would lean more towards the word simple. Once you have applied and been accepted, all you have to do is declare your major as exercise science and start taking the required classes. Getting into the program itself is quite easy, but getting into the upper division classes is another story. Registration goes by earned credits, so if you don't follow the outline for what to take each year, you could have trouble getting into some of the upper level classes. I went way out of order and now am stuck waiting to get into my last two required classes because I register later than many of the students taking them. Even though this is now the case, I wouldn't have changed the way I scheduled my classes. I would recommend taking at least one class that actually interests you each semester to get you excited about school. The gen eds can get boring and you don't want to be bored your first year of college or you might start to think it's not worth it, but it is! Stay interested!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Definitely a college town. Parts of the city shut down on football game days and you can hear the crowds from halfway across town. The city is very supportive of the college's sports. There are also many places to hang out outdoors, folf courses, lots of hiking trails, and two ski resorts nearby. The town itself is very outdoorsy and everyone is very friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go out much and i am not into the whole party scene. I enjoy a good movie every once in a while.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are great. I love all my teachers. They just need to change up their teaching styles to keep kids awake.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Good atmosphere and plenty of things to do. Except they need more discounts for students..we are broke.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My advisor is awesome and the department is great as well.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: With my major i do student teaching and i am hoping that it goes smoothly and that there are no hardships

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is always full, they need a second gym to accommodate all the extra students.

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Erica Aytes
Hometown
Pocatello, Idaho
Major
English Literature/Spanish
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Many students at MSU, mainly those from out of state, are surprised that they ended up here. What they find even more surprising is that they never want to leave. Scholarly students find a great research university and exceptional learning environment. Skiers look out their windows to see countless backcountry and ski hill opportunities. Coffee shop connoisseurs could sample different drinks for weeks, and young philosophers could sit around for hours throwing ideas out to one another. Where the school is lacking, the town and surroundings compensate, and vice versa. An education should consist of more than sitting in a classroom, and MSU realizes this.

Attracting people who love life and are happy in their current situations, MSU and Bozeman have a pleasant atmosphere. The only problem with this is the unwillingness to change, which causes a lot of issues to stagnate in the community. Overall, MSU is a place where the happiness is infectious, as is the relaxed state of mind. Everyone is accepted, and people from different backgrounds love to mix. Most often, the people who are not happy here are those who dislike fun, nature, and getting an education.

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