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Montana State University - Bozeman
MontanaStateUniversity Seal.svg
Motto Mountains & Minds
Established 1893
Type public, land-grant, coed
President Currently, Geoff Gamble. Incoming, Waded Cruzado.
Faculty 553 full-time
275 part-time
Undergraduates 12,764
Postgraduates 1,408
Location Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
45°40′06″N 111°03′00″W / 45.66833°N 111.05°W / 45.66833; -111.05Coordinates: 45°40′06″N 111°03′00″W / 45.66833°N 111.05°W / 45.66833; -111.05
Campus Rural: 1170 acres (4.7 km²)
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Fighting Bobcats
Affiliations Big Sky Conference, NCAA D-I

Montana State University - Bozeman (MSU) is a public university located in Bozeman, Montana. It is the main campus in the Montana State University System and the state's land-grant university. MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields through its nine colleges.

Over 12,700 students attend MSU, and the university faculty numbers approximately 700 full-time and 420 part-time. The university's main campus in Bozeman is home to KUSM television, KGLT radio and the Museum of the Rockies. MSU provides outreach services to citizens and communities statewide through its eight Agricultural Experiment Stations and 60 county and reservation Extension Offices.



MSU was founded in 1893 as the state's land-grant college, and named the "Agricultural College of the State of Montana." Later renamed the "Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts," by the 1920s it was commonly referred to as "Montana State College" (MSC).

Recognizing the institution's growth and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, the state assembly renamed the institution Montana State University on July 1, 1965. Located on the south side of scenic Bozeman, the university's sprawling 1170 acre (4.73 km²) campus is the largest in the state. The elevation of the campus is 4900 feet (1493 m) above sea level.[1]

Distinguishing facts

MSU is the national leader for Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships and is among the top ten institutions in the country for recipients of Goldwater Scholarships. The university counts among its graduates several recipients of the Rhodes and Truman scholarships, and MSU has consistently produced winners of USA Today Academic All-America honors. U.S. News and World Report has routinely listed MSU as one of America's "best buys" for undergraduate education, and ranks it in the third tier of National Universities. Montana State University offers the world's only Master of Fine Arts degree in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, and MSU's Museum of the Rockies is home to the largest T. Rex skull ever found—bigger, even, than "Sue" at the Chicago Field Museum.

Montana State University has recently made a name for itself as "the University of Yellowstone," for its extensive research and scholarly activities concerning the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Montana State University has received more than five times the number of National Science Foundation grants for Yellowstone studies than its nearest competition, Stanford and UCLA, according to David Roberts, head of MSU's ecology department.


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MSU athletic teams are nicknamed the Bobcats, and they participate in NCAA Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Big Sky Conference, of which Montana State University is a charter member. Originally playing as the Aggies, men's teams compete in football, basketball, track, cross-country, skiing, rodeo and tennis. Women's teams include volleyball, basketball, track, cross-country, tennis, golf, rodeo and skiing. The school has won several national championships in men's rodeo, three in football and one in men's basketball. Non-varsity (club) sports include Men's hockey, Men's lacrosse and ultimate frisbee.

In 1956 the Bobcats foorball team won a share of the Aluminum Bowl in Little Rock, Arkansas playing to a tie with the Pumas of St. Joseph’s College from Rensselaer, Indiana. In 1976 the Bobcats of Montana State again won a national football title in Wichita Falls, Texas beating the Zips of Akron, Ohio 24-13 in the title game. Again in 1984 the Bobcats returned to a national football title game played in Charleston, South Carolina beating Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech 19-6 for their third national football title.

Montana State boasts one of college basketball's legendary teams, the Golden Bobcats of the late 1920s. The school's basketball teams had acclaimed fame throughout that decade by playing "racehorse basketball," becoming one of the first schools in the nation to employ what we know as the fast break. Montana State coach Ott Romney, a graduate of the school himself, pioneered that style of play, and by 1926 had assembled a team perfectly suited to playing an up-tempo brand of ball. Cat Thompson, Frank Ward, Val Glynn and Max Worthington for the heart of the Rocky Mountains' best basketball team, as MSC won the Rocky Mountain Conference title three straight seasons, besting powerful outfits from Utah State, BYU, Colorado, and Denver U each season. The 1928-29 team reached college basketball's zenith, defeating the AAU Champion Cook's Painters in a two-of-three series and steamrolling to the Rocky Mountain Conference title. The team was named National Champions by the Helms Foundation, which also eventually named Cat Thompson one of the five greatest players in the first half of the 20th century in college hoops.




Notable alumni

See also

Category:Montana State University alumni


  1. ^ Porter Fox, "Legendary: Remembering Doug Coombs" Powder 35, no. 1 (Sept. 2006): 76-87, on 77.
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