Montana State University (MSU)

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Montana State University can be found in Bozeman, MT, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. MSU has an enrollment of about 17,000 students.

Many of the students that got into MSU earned an SAT score in the range of 1090 - 1310, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 21 - 27. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Montana State University (MSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.45. An estimated 80 percent of all applicant were accepted at MSU, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 21 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Montana State University (MSU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 76%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Montana State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Montana State University was reported as 81.9% in Fall 2020 with over 19,100 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MSU ACT Scores: 21 - 27
  • MSU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Montana State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Montana State University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for MSU has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 82.9%
  • 2017-2018: 83.1%
  • 2018-2019: 81.7%
  • 2019-2020: 81.9%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 76.4%

How Does Montana State University (MSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MSU is forty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The University of Montana94.0%
University of Idaho77.8%
Gonzaga University61.9%
Eastern Washington University95.7%
University of Wyoming96.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Montana State University (MSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 650
Math540 - 660
Total Score1090 - 1310
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 27
Math20 - 27
Composite Score21 - 27
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