Montana State University Billings

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Montana State University Billings
MottoAccess and Excellence
ChancellorDr. Dan Edelman
Administrative staff
651 (incl faculty) (2016)[citation needed]
Undergraduates4021 (Fall 2017)[citation needed]
Postgraduates380 (Fall 2017)[citation needed]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and yellow
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II - Great Northwest Athletic Conference
MascotBuzz - Yellowjacket

Coordinates: 45°47′48″N 108°31′26″W / 45.79667°N 108.52389°W / 45.79667; -108.52389 (Montana State University Billings) Montana State University Billings (or MSU Billings) is a public university in Billings, Montana. It is the state's third largest university and it is located in Montana's largest city. Its University Campus is located on 110 acres in downtown Billings, Montana, United States.[1][2] Formerly Eastern Montana Normal School in its founding in 1927, it was then renamed in 1965 as Eastern Montana College (EMC). It merged into the Montana University System in 1994 under its present name.[3] Currently, the university offers over 100 specialized programs for certificates, associate’s, bachelor's, and master's degrees through the University's five colleges.[4] The five colleges of Montana State University Billings are Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health Professions, Education, and City College.

The main Campus of Montana State University Billings sits at the base of the Rimrocks

Student life[edit]

With the main campus in the downtown core of Billings many cultural, service, athletic or educational activities are within walking distance of the campus.The school is host to a mix of traditional and nontraditional student body. Approximately 600 students live on campus in the residence halls.

Some of the major student organizations include:

  • The Associated Students of Montana State University Billings, also known as the student government. This organization is run by and for students, taking in concerns, advocating student issues and rights, and allocating funds.
  • Student Activities Board, the organizers of many activities from comedians to current movies on campus.
  • Student religious organizations including United Campus Ministry representing 7 Protestant denominations, other Christian non-denominational organizations, Baha'i, and Catholic groups.
  • Jacket Student Ambassadors, a student leadership organization on campus which hosts many new student orientations and tours of the campus.
  • The Residence Hall Association, a student run residence hall association that provides both social and educational programming for residents of Petro and Rimrock Hall.

Major structures of the main campus[edit]

The Liberal Arts Building
  • McDonald Hall
  • Parking Garage / Campus Police
  • Art Annex / Poly Building
  • Apsaruke Hall
  • Cisel Hall
  • Alterowitz Arena / Physical Ed Building
  • Cenex Stadium
  • Tennis Courts
  • Rimrock Hall
  • Petro Hall
  • McMullen Hall
  • Student Union
  • Library
  • Liberal Arts Building
  • Science Building
  • College of Education

Petro Hall[edit]

Petro Hall

Petro Hall is a 500-room residence hall completed in 1965.[5] There are 8 floors, including the first floor Petro Theater and the second floor lobby. It is connected directly to the Petro Theater on the first floor, and also connected to the Student Union Building.

Rimrock Hall[edit]

Rimrock Hall

Rimrock Hall is 300-room residence hall completed in 1962.[6] There are 6 floors, including the second floor lobby and the first floor Student Union Building.

Student family housing[edit]

The student family housing consists of contemporary two and three bedroom units located on the east end of the campus.[7]


The athletic teams are nicknamed the Yellowjackets and compete in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Montana State University Billings has an active athletic department, including a newly reformed baseball program that captured the 2015 and 2016 GNAC conference championships.[8] Other sports include: men's and women's basketball (both making appearances in conference finals over the years), cross country, golf, soccer, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, tennis, indoor track, and outdoor track. The official MSUB song is the Fight Song.


City College at Montana State University Billings[edit]

City College at MSU Billings is a two-year college that offers degrees and certifications in fields such as business, computer technology, transportation, nursing, and safety.[9] It was first created in 1969 as the Billings Vocational-Technical Education Center (BVTC). Its governance was passed from the Billings School District to the Montana University System (MUS) Board of Regents in 1987, and in 1994, the BVTC was officially merged with MSU Billings and renamed the College of Technology.[10] The name was changed to the present name in 2012 when the MUS Board of Regents voted to change the names of all the colleges of technology in the state.[11] The university currently runs a free shuttle for students between its main campus and the City College.[12] 1,336 students (all undergraduates) were enrolled at the City College during the 2012 fall semester.[13]

MSUB Extended Campus[edit]

MSUB Extended Campus provides conference facilities, workforce and professional development, personal enrichment, kids' camps, outreach and a Senior Academy for ages 55+. Their event calendars and course listings are available online.

Distance learning[edit]

MSUB Online is Montana State University Billings' Online Portal, featuring a wide array of courses (over 240 classes) and complete programs of study ranging from certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

Student services[edit]

Essential departments for student service include:

  • Academic Support Center
  • Admissions and Records
  • Advising Center
  • The Campus Store
  • Business Services (Cashier, Fee Payment)
  • Campus Police
  • Advising and Career Services
  • Dining Services
  • Disability Support Services
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Graduate Studies
  • Honors Program
  • Residence Life
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • New Student Services
  • Native American Achievement Center
  • Office of Research Compliance
  • Parking
  • Recreational Activities
  • Student Government (ASMSUB)
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Support Services/TRIO
  • Center for Engagement
  • Veterans' Upward Bound
  • Women's and Gender Studies Center[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Montana State University Billings". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "History & Overview of MSU Billings". General Information. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Degrees, Programs & Minors". Future Students. Montana State University Billings. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Petro Hall". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  6. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Rimrock Hall". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  7. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Student Family Housing". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  8. ^ Staff, Gazette. "MSUB captures regular-season GNAC title".
  9. ^ "Degrees & Programs". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ "About the College". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. ^ Pickett, Mary (21 October 2012). "College of Technology to officially become City College at MSU Billings". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. ^ "MSUB Jacket Shuttle". Montana State University Billings. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Full and Part Time Enrollment". Institutional Research. Montana State University Billings. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Women's & Gender Studies Center | MSU Billings". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  15. ^ "BATTIN, James Franklin, (1925 - 1996)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Alumni of the 1990s". Montana State University Billings. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Melony Ghee Griffith". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Monica J. Lindeen". Billings Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Montana Governor Judy Martz". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  20. ^ "Roy McPipe". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  21. ^ "Zoot At A Glance - Zoot Solutions".
  22. ^ "Montana State Billings Women's Basketball Honors" (PDF). MSUB Sports. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-08. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Kevin Red Star". Montana Arts Council. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  24. ^ Rod, Luann (11 March 2011). "Bently Spang examines culture with humor in Emerson installation". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Bozeman, Montana. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  25. ^ "Assistant Coach Mikel Kosich". St. Mary's College of Maryland Athletics. Retrieved 2017-04-24.

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