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Colleges / Montana State University

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate73%

MSU Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Montana State University. The acceptance rate at Montana State University is 73%. Last year, 28,794 students applied to Montana State University and 21,116 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Montana State University, the fee for the application is $38.

Montana State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Montana State University's admissions stats.

Montana State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19.8%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43.2%
Waitlist No

Montana State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Montana State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes

Considering Applying Early to Montana State University?

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

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Montana State University Admissions

Is Montana State University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into MSU is moderately difficult. MSU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, MSU accepted 73% of students, around 21,116 of the 28,794 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like MSU, 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.

Transferring to Montana State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Montana State University

Montana State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Montana State University

What does Montana State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

Make sure to check with Montana State University for more information on admission factors.

Montana State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

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, 59.2% submitted a class rank. At Montana State University 19.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44.6% were in the top 25% and 74.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Montana State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 21.13%
3.75 and 3.99 22.23%
3.50 and 3.74 19.25%
3.25 and 3.49 12.96%
3.00 and 3.24 9.92%
2.50 and 2.9 11.05%
2.00 and 2.49 2.74%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Montana State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 27% of Montana State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43.2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Montana State University?

To be competitive with other Montana State University applicants, you should strive to score between 1070 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Montana State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Montana State University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Montana State University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Montana State University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Montana State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Montana State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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

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

✅ Montana State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

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

❌ No, Montana State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Montana State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Montana State University is 73%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Montana State University?

❌ Montana State University does not offer early decision.

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MSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into MSU? MSU is a somewhat selective institution. The MSU acceptance rate is 73%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1270


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At MSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.64. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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