Montana State University
|Montana State University|
|Motto||Mountains & Minds|
|Type||public, land-grant, coed|
|Academic staff||1,040 [2009 Fall]|
|Admin. staff||1,924 [2009 Fall]|
|Students||14,153 [2011 Fall]|
|Undergraduates||10,840 [2009 Fall]|
|Postgraduates||1,924 [2009 Fall]|
|Location||Bozeman, Montana, United States
1,170 acres (470 ha)
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Mascot||Bobcats : Champ|
|Affiliations||Big Sky Conference, NCAA D-I|
Montana State University (MSU) is a public university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States. It is the state's land-grant university and primary campus in the Montana State University System, which is part of the Montana University System. MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields through its nine colleges.
Over 14,100 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 1,170 acres (470 ha) campus is the largest in the state. The elevation of the campus is 4900 feet (1493 m) above sea level.
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.
- College of Agriculture
- College of Arts and Architecture
- College of Business
- College of Education, Health & Human Development
- College of Engineering
- College of Letters and Science
- College of Nursing
- University College
- College of Graduate Studies
Gallatin College 
Gallatin College is a two-year college for degree-seeking students and is housed on MSU campus to provide access to MSU campus student services including: dormitories, library facilities, and health services. As of September 2011, Gallatin College offers three Associate of Applied Science Degrees, one Certificate of Applied Science, and a Developmental Education Program. It also offers a Dual Enrollment program for local high school students to broaden their available range of coursework offerings and share educational resources between MSU and local high schools.
The 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. They field 15 varsity sports. 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.
Montana State University has won several national championships in men's rodeo, three national championships in football and one national championship in men's basketball. Non-varsity (club) sports include men's hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball, fencing and ultimate frisbee. Montana State University has an ongoing rivalry with the University of Montana, most notably the cross-state football matchups, known as the "Brawl of the Wild."
Montana State Bobcats basketball history includes one of college basketball's legendary teams, the Golden Bobcats of the late 1920s. The school's basketball teams had acclaimed fame throughout the 1920s by playing "racehorse basketball" and becoming one of the first schools in the nation to employ what is known as the fast break. Montana State College coach Ott Romney, who graduated with a Masters from MSC prior to WWI, pioneered the style of play, and by 1926 had assembled a team perfectly suited to playing an up-tempo brand of ball. Cat Thompson, John "Brick" Breeden, Frank Ward, Val Glynn and Max Worthington were at the heart of the MSC team that won the Rocky Mountain Conference title three straight seasons, and bested Utah State, BYU, Colorado, and University of Denver. The 1928–29 team reached college basketball's zenith by 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 named Cat Thompson one of the five greatest players in the first half of the 20th century in college hoops.
The Montana State Bobcats football team has a proud history. In 1956 the Bobcats football team took a share of the NAIA championship in the Aluminum Bowl in Little Rock, Arkansas playing to a 0–0 tie on a muddy field with the Pumas of St. Joseph’s College from Rensselaer, Indiana. In 1976 the Bobcats of Montana State won a national football title in NCAA Division II at Wichita Falls, Texas beating the Zips of Akron, Ohio 24-13 in the title game. In 1984, the Bobcats returned to a national football title game played in Charleston, South Carolina, beating the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech 19-6 for their third national football title. The MSU Bobcats football is the only college team with national titles in three different classifications. The team has won 19 conference titles and has made the NCAA FCS playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Montana State Bobcats rodeo team has a long proud history with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. For almost 30 years MSU hosted the College National Finals Rodeo. Bobcat Rodeo teams have won 8 national team titles, 32 individual national championships and multiple Big Sky Regional crowns. The Bobcats Rodeo team operates under the MSU Department of Student Affairs and enjoys outstanding booster support form the C.A.T. Rodeo Scholarship Association.
Montana State Bobcats Alpine and Nordic Ski team compete in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association and the NCAA Western Region and has produced 13 national champions. The Bobcat Nordic and alpine ski program venues at Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch have hosted six NCAA National Championships.
- Ken Amato, (1998) NFL longsnapper
- Rudy Autio, Ceramic Artist
- John W. Bonner, 13th Governor of Montana
- Marianne Cargill Liebmann, heir and major shareholder of Cargill.
- Kevin Michael Connolly, (2008) Author, Photographer, and Filmmaker
- Doug Coombs, (1985) Winner of the World Extreme Skiing Championship, in 1991 and 1993
- John Dahl, (1980) Director and screenwriter
- Lance Deal, (1984) 1996 Olympic silver medalist for the hammer throw
- Kevin Donovan, (1982) Feature film director
- Dennis Erickson, (1970) Professional football NFL head coach and collegiate head coach
- Zales Ecton, (1919) Montana Senator served 1947–1951
- Jennifer Graylock, photographer
- Maurice Ralph Hilleman (1966) Microbiologist and Vaccinologist
- Craig Kilborn, (1987) TV host, Sportscaster, Actor
- David S. Lee, (1960) and Honorary PhD (1993) Regent of the University of California, Chairman of the Board, eOn Communications Corporation
- Peter Liversidge, (1994) artist
- Sam McCullum, (1974) NFL wide recevier
- Mike McLeod, (1979) NFL safety
- Wally McRae, (1958) Rancher, Cowboy Poet, Activist
- Joseph P. Monaghan, (1954) United States Representative from Montana
- Larry Rubens, (1982) NFL center
- Brian Schweitzer, (MS 1980) Governor of Montana
- Mary Higby Schweitzer (Ph.D 1995), Paleontologist
- Diane Smith, (MA 2004) Novelist
- Jan Stenerud (1966) NFL kicker
- Kari Swenson, Veterinarian and 1984 Olympic Women's Biathlon 3 x 5 km relay Bronze Medalist.
- Joe Tiller (1964), Most successful head football coach in Purdue University history. Was an early pioneer of the spread formation.
- Peter Voulkos, Ceramic Artist
- Sarah Vowell, (1993) Writer, Journalist, and Voice Actor
- Irving Weissman (1961) Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology and Director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
- Dane Fletcher (born September 14, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Montana State.
- Jack Gillespie (born October 1, 1947) played for the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association during the 1969-70 season.
- Tom Brokaw, Broadcast Journalist and Author (Honorary Degree, 2011)
- Elouise Cobell, Business Woman and Native American Activist (Honorary Degree, 2002)
- Richard Brautigan, taught Creative Writing Spring, 1982
- Peter Fonda, taught Film Workshop, Fall, 2000
- Jack Horner, Regents Professor of Paleontology and Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies, teaches Paleontology
- Patrick Markey, taught as Adjunct Professor.
- Christopher Parkening, Classical Guitarist (Honorary Doctorate 1983), teaches annual Master Guitar Class
- Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, taught creative writing 1959–1961.
- Bill Pullman, taught Theater and active with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
- David Quammen, Science, Nature, and Travel Writer (Honorary Doctorate, 2000) taught and served as Wallace Stegner Professor in Western American Studies, 2006–2008.
- Frances Senska, taught Ceramics Arts, 1946–1973.
- Gary Strobel, Microbiologist and Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, teaches Plant Sciences
Clubs On-Campus 
The ASMSU (Associated Students of Montana State University) & Office of activities and engagement encourages all the students to gather people of same interest & establish clubs with them. There are around 200 clubs registered with ASMSU that contribute to mankind in their own perspective.
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|Wikisource has the text of a 1921 Collier's Encyclopedia article about Montana State University.|