Montana State University

Bozeman, MT 59717
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students16,613
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 28 187
Master's degree 0 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90%

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1090 to 1300
ACT21 to 28
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$342/credit
In State Students$342/credit
Out of State Students$1,050/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$388/credit
In State Students$388/credit
Out of State Students$1,096/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $15,390 $15,390 $47,250
ADN 70 $23,940 $23,940 $73,500
BSN 125 $42,750 $42,750 $131,250
FNP 50 $19,400 $19,400 $54,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 22% $4,208
Other Federal Grant 14% $571
State Grant & Scholarships 16% $2,875
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 61% $4,376
Federal Student Loans 44% $6,132
Private Loans 3% $14,261


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$19,939

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Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Montana state board of nursing.
Montana State University
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

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