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Montana State University

Program Overview 

Location: Bozeman, Montana
Culture: All-American, outdoorsy
Neighborhood: Scenic, small town/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

With a holistic approach to education, Montana State University (MSU) has designed their academic program to prepare students, and by extension SAF Scholars to excel in all aspects of their lives. This is evidenced by the university’s hands-on approach to teaching, small class sizes and focus on the future through deliberate funding of leading research. MSU is among the top 3 percent of colleges nationally in research spending.

Located in Bozeman, Montana, the campus offers students a quiet, peaceful environment in which to study and explore nature. Outdoor activities are among the most popular things for residents and students alike. Adventurous activities, from biking to mountain climbing, are easily accessible from campus.

MSU has large presence in the local community university. Bozeman has 45,000 residents to MSU’s 16,000 students. In this way, SAF Scholars can enjoy a rural mountain life, while still having access to the conveniences of a small modern town, nicknamed “dream town” by

Student Profile

SAF Scholars who would benefit from more personalized attention from professors and faculty would be a right fit for this student-centric program.

SAF Scholars who enjoy being outdoors would also feel at home hiking nearby mountains and exploring nearby parks. Outdoor activities of all types are plentiful.

Other Programs at University

MSU currently does not offer other programs.

Other Comparable Programs

University of Montana ; University of Colorado Boulder

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August –December)
Spring (January–May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes


Program Strengths

MSU is recognized nationally as a leading public research university. Scholars have the opportunity if they wish to collaborate with other students and the community to look deeper into topics that would be reserved for graduate students at other universities.

# of Credits (per term)

University minimum 

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Students register for classes after orientation.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

MSU often has restrictions in Art, Photo and Film classes.

Graduate Courses

MSU does not offer graduate courses.


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


Bobcat anytime bronze meal plan

Type of Room


Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

MSU offers unique opportunities for students looking for extra-curricular opportunities. Service Saturday occurs often which allows scholars to volunteer their time. Trivia night offers students a chance to test their pop culture, academic and historic knowledge. SAF Scholars are encouraged to check out the university calendar, which outlines sporting events, concerts and outdoor recreation activities and more.

Life on Campus

Student life at MSU is not contained on campus, as Bozeman is a college town. Students often engage with the local community an students alike in when studying, dining or enjoying the great outdoors.
Last Updated: 1/9/19