Montana State University
Montana State University (MSU) is a public university in Bozeman, Montana. It is part of the Montana University System, which includes a total of eight campuses throughout the state. MSU is the largest university in the state and offers close to 100 different degree programs, including both undergraduate and graduate programs. The university was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. Only eight students enrolled during the first year. The university now serves over 16,000 students annually. The university maintains 11 colleges, including the College of Nursing. However, the focus of the university is research, spending over $100 million annually on research programs.
The MSU College of Nursing offers a two-year associate degree in nursing program, an MSN program, and three BSN programs. The traditional BSN program is for new students, while the accelerated BSN is for those with a bachelor’s degree in a separate field of study. The LPN to BSN program gives Licensed Practical Nurses an opportunity to earn their BSN and further their career. These programs are all accredited by the CCNE. The MSN program is the only graduate-level nursing program in the state. The college partners with local health care facilities, allowing students to complete over 1,000 hours of clinical training at nearby hospitals and clinics. Students also receive training through an advanced simulation lab.
|Campus LocaleRemote Town|
|Number of Students16,613|
|Student to Faculty Ratio19:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities|
04/01/1932 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
10/02/1997 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
10/02/1997 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1090 to 1300|
|ACT||21 to 28|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Required|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$342/credit|
|In State Students||$342/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,050/credit|
|In District Students||$388/credit|
|In State Students||$388/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,096/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of Montana State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||14%||$571|
|State Grant & Scholarships||16%||$2,875|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||61%||$4,376|
|Federal Student Loans||44%||$6,132|
$15,411Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$14,412|
|$30,001 to $48,000$15,540|
|$48,001 to $75,000$17,728|
|$75,001 to $110,000$19,843|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Montana state board of nursing.