Bozeman, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the school is white Christians. That said, we are extremely accepting of everyone. The only thing you really can't get away with being on Montana State is dishonest.

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College Freshman

Diversity: i dont know its hard to actually tell here ...l...

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is very diverse. The clubs need to get their names out so that students know more about it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: there is a lot of diversity at this school

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being in Montana there isn't a hugely diverse student body but there is a good mix of people who make up the student body.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Pocatello, Idaho
English Literature/Spanish
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Imagine the stereotypical cowboy, then multiply him, and put the cowboy clones in a college setting. Welcome to Montana State University. This was the scene many incoming students reportedly expected when visiting the campus for the first time. They are usually pleasantly surprised (or extremely disappointed) to find some extremely intelligent students with just a sprinkling of the old Westerners. The political and social beliefs cover the whole spectrum, and many people with one philosophy on life enjoy hanging out with those with completely opposite views. In this sense, one could say that MSU has a very diverse campus. Then you open your eyes and see that everyone is white and mainly from the Western United States. The largest source of diversity is undoubtedly the foreign exchange students.

Years ago, a white separatist group came to Bozeman and tried to use the University as one of their recruiting spots. In response to this group, the town of Bozeman and volunteers from MSU worked together to hold a symposium in appreciation for diversity. So, while the school itself may not have much ethnic diversity, its students, staff, and town are supportive of all cultures and lifestyles.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 21%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 19%
Gay Pride
For being in a conservative state, MSU is surprisingly open to homosexuals. There is a Queer Straight Alliance group that is supported on campus.
Political Activity
MSU must be one of the most politically inactive colleges in the nation. There are a few groups from all sides of the spectrum that try to get their messages out there, but most students are happy in their apathy. The school leans slightly toward the right.
Economic Status
As with many public universities, MSU has a wide range of economic statuses. Some students are paying their way through school solely with loans and grants, while others drive Mercedes and have several houses around the country.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the main religion at MSU, along with a few Jewish and Muslim students
Minority Clubs on Campus
The school has language clubs that work hard to promote knowledge of different cultures on campus. Perhaps one of the most active minority clubs is the American Indian Council, which works with the Native American studies department.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 60 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 17% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 59 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 59 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 13% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 42% Very accepting.


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