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MSU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Montana State University, the fee for the application is $30.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Montana State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Montana State University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 42%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 66%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Montana State University?

Montana State University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Montana State University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Montana State University is moderately difficult. Montana State University has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, Montana State University accepted 81% of all applicants, around 15,260 of the 18,892 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Montana State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Montana State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Montana State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Montana State University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Montana State University must submit the following items. Double check with Montana State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Montana State University?

Students admitted to Montana State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 66% submitted a class rank. At Montana State University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Montana State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 66%
3.75 and 3.99 25%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 13%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

Montana State University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Montana State University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 42% of Montana State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 66% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Montana State University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Montana State University students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Montana State University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Montana State University?

To be most competitive at Montana State University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Montana State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Montana State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to Montana State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Montana State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Montana State University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Montana State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Montana State University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Montana State University.

Does Montana State University accept transfer credits?

Montana State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Montana State University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Montana State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Montana State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Montana State University?

Montana State University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Montana State University's acceptance rate?

Montana State University's acceptance rate is 81%.

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MSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

81%

How hard is it to get into MSU? MSU is a somewhat selective institution. The MSU acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.

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MSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to MSU is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to MSU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

MSU ACT Scores

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ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above

Good

21 to 28

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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MSU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

540 - 660

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Reading SAT Range

550 - 660

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MSU GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.6

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At MSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,249

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

81%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,520

Out-of-State

$26,950

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Application Deadline

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