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4 College Junior

Facilities: Spaciuos, clean, friendly atmosphere. I love it here.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a lot of green around campus and when the weather is nice there is always people hanging out and studying outside. The library is fantastic for studying and hanging out and in the SUB there is a gaming room with pool tables, bowling, and other fun stuff. The on campus theater is cheap for students and there are usually tons of MSU events going on. The gym is nice and there are lots of clubs MSU clubs to get involved in.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The biggest thing that is unique to me about Montana State is the huge undergraduate research opportunities. As a freshmen I can get involved and it really sets my application ahead of others and opens new doors when applying for internships.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is full of green spaces between the buildings as well as surrounded by more green spaces. MSU traditions include the gold rush and cat-griz football games, the undie run, or repainting the M. The campus is student centered, with a strong student government, so there are always plenty of things to do and are directed towards the students (ex. well over 100 clubs and counting)

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The rec center offers a wide range of fitness activities from climbing to racquetball and the wide range of clubs on campus guarantee that you can find other activities if those are not for you (martial arts, rugby, student government, volunteering clubs, etc.). Not to mention its a short drive to Yellowstone and there are plenty of ski areas nearby.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 106th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 512nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 546th
    Best Library
  • 636th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1231st
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Pocatello, Idaho
English Literature/Spanish
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The Hosaeus Health and PE Complex offers students a place to play basketball, tennis, racquetball, take a swim, and lift some weights. In 2008, the complex underwent renovations, including a new cardio fitness center, aerobics and martial arts rooms, a climbing wall, and additional locker rooms. Students on varsity teams have their own training facilities next door in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. In terms of academics, MSU's Renne Library offers every type of studying environment possible. With a gathering area and coffeehouse on the main floor, students working on projects or taking time for a quick review before a test have a place to work. During finals week, however, the designated quiet study areas by the fountain are jam-packed with people cramming for the big exams. There are also study rooms students can reserve for quizzing one another, or for what often happens: laughing, talking, and not doing much studying.

"Mediocre" is the most accurate way to describe MSU's buildings and design. The University is currently in the process of revamping its outdated buildings, which while exciting, means that you'll see a lot of construction and hear a lot of noise on campus. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,170 acres
Student Centers
Strand Union Building (SUB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Renne Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Brewed Awakening
  • Centennial Mall
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Yes, in the SUB Rec Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Brewed Awakening in Renne Library
  • Standing Room Only (SRO) in basement of SUB
Movie Theater on Campus
The Procrastinator Theatre
"Green" Initiatives
There are plenty of ways to get involved with "green" initiatives on campus. There are several student-driven organizations related to sustainability, including ASMSU Sustainability Center, Friends of Local Foods, Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations, Montana Environmental Students Alliance, 1,000 New Gardens, and Bozeman Youth Initiative, just to name a few.
School Slang
  • ASMSU: Associated Students of Montana State University; basically, it is our student council.
  • Joe's: The little grocery store just off campus, formerly known as Joe's Parkway Supermarket
  • The Mall: Centennial Mall, the campus's center
  • The Noodle: A giant noodle-like sculpture located outside of the Physical Sciences Building
  • SRO: Standing Room Only, the SUB's little coffee bar
  • SUB: Officially called the Strand Union Building, it is the student union.
  • Cat/Griz Football: When it's an MSU vs. University of Montana home game, students pack up their tents, sleeping bags, and (though they're not supposed to) a bottle of alcohol. Then they trek over to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and camp out for tickets. The best part of this tradition is the following morning when the rest of campus lines up to get tickets and gets the opportunity to watch the campers awaken from their drunken stupors.
  • The Duck Pond: On the West Side of campus, there is a pond full of ducks. Students grab bagels from dining halls or old, stale bread and spoil the ducks with treats. Since the pond is a hot spring, they stick around all year. During spring finals, some students like to take a study break and watch all the little ducklings waddle around.
  • Hello Walk: Years ago, the Centennial Mall was an actual street, and everyone walking down it would have to say hello to everyone they saw, whether they knew them or not. The mall is now for pedestrians only, but students still like to give a smile and wave to one another.
  • Hike to the "M": Freshmen and a few other students gather together with their residence floors at the beginning of the fall semester and go on a big group hike up to the MSU "M" on the Bridgers.
  • Jim Bridger Days: Montana loves its mountain men, and Jim Bridger is one of the most popular of the old trappers. Each year in his memory, MSU students gather together in the Jim Bridger Days competition. Events in the past have included wolfing down Jell-O, running in circles with your head stuck to a baseball bat, and a root beer chugging contest.
  • Midnight Mania: The night before Homecoming, the fieldhouse is converted to a college student game land with a climbing wall, boxing ring with giant gloves, sumo wrestling, and music.
  • Robert Redford Films: The infamous actor and director, Robert Redford really seems to love MSU. He filmed the bar scenes in "A River Runs Through It" in the SUB's Leigh Lounge and the hospital scene from "The Horse Whisperer" in Hannon Hall.
  • Shakespeare in the Parks: This traveling group of actors puts on shows during the Sweet Pea Festival in the summer and off and on for students and residents of Bozeman during the warmer months. They usually choose two Shakespeare plays, one that is well-known and one that is more obscure.
  • Skiing: The majority of students at MSU arranges its schedules not only according to classes they have to take, but also to leave "ski days" open.
  • Tailgating: MSU Bobcat football fans love to do a little pre-gaming before the home games. People come from all over the state with their cars and trucks to set up grills and open up coolers of beer.
Urban Legends
  • A few decades ago, some guys managed to get a cow to the bell tower of Montana Hall. To get the cow down, the school had to remove the top of the tower. Now the bell sounds are recorded.
  • Hapner Hall was built over an old Bozeman brothel.
  • Heated tunnels are underneath most of campus.
  • The third floor of Hamilton Hall is supposedly so haunted that workers in the building refuse to go up there.
Favorite Things To Do
The Procrastinator Theatre offers cheap student movies from Thursday through Saturday. Other entertainment options include plays, concerts, an indoor swimming pool, and workout facilities. The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse is famous nationwide for bringing in top concerts. The SUB is a great place to go for some cheap entertainment any night: Pool, bowling, and foosball are all in one place.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Exponent
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 58 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 26% Hike to the "M"
  • 22% Cat/Griz Football
  • 17% The Duck Pond
  • 13% Skiing
  • 9% Tailgating
  • 4% Jim Bridger Days
  • 4% Shakespeare in the Parks
  • 4% Gaming activities
  • 0% Midnight Mania
  • 0% Hello Walk
  • 0% Robert Redford Films

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 33% Coffee shops
  • 25% MSU Bookstore
  • 17% Rec center
  • 17% Front desk in dorms
  • 8% Animal science assistant

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Friday night Swing Dancing
  • 33% Game night
  • 11% Attend hockey games
  • 11% Watch football
  • 11% Outdoor sports

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 64 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 45% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 39% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% The SUB
  • 14% Centennial Mall
  • 0% Brewed Awakening

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 56% Janitorial work
  • 44% Food service

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Cow on roof of Montana hall


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