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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The university is updating their buildings, such as fitness center and classrooms

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the facilities are good. I'm saying it's great because in the next few years we will have 3 new buildings and a refurbished dining hall. They are making headway because Montana State is becoming a great school, with a lot of people coming into it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is amazing. For students, free use of the fitness center is great. It has full workout center, bouldering wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a pool, and other fun things. The library on campus is a great place to get work done with PCs and Macs. There is a bit of a lack of campus activities but there are plenty of things to do so it's never a problem.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Spaciuos, clean, friendly atmosphere. I love it here.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: 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.


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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

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 55 responses

  • 19% Cat/Griz Football
  • 17% Hike to the "M"
  • 16% The Duck Pond
  • 12% Skiing
  • 8% Tailgating
  • 6% Shakespeare in the Parks
  • 5% Gaming activities
  • 3% Bingo
  • 3% Jim Bridger Days
  • 2% Undie Run
  • 1% Midnight Mania
  • 1% Hello Walk
  • 1% Robert Redford Films
  • 1% Hannon Date Auction
  • 1% Camping
  • 1% The Rainbow Ball
  • 1% Take Back The Night
  • 1% Catapalooza
  • 1% The Undie Run
  • 1% Madigral Dinner

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 16% Hiking, and working out
  • 13% Outdoor sports
  • 11% Watch football
  • 9% Reading on the lawns
  • 9% Friday night Swing Dancing
  • 8% Game night
  • 6% Skiing
  • 6% Hiking, drawing, people-watching
  • 5% Playing video games
  • 4% Mountain bike and snowboard
  • 4% Intramurals
  • 3% Attend hockey games
  • 1% Camping with friends
  • 1% Hang at Greek Houses
  • 1% Musical Performances
  • 1% Hammock/slack line on the lawn
  • 1% Concerts.
  • 1% Camping
  • 1% Feeding the ducks at the duck pond
  • 1% Just walking around enjoying the scenery

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 108 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)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 60 responses

  • 35% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 13% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 110 responses

  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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