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IPEDS ID: 180179
OPE ID: 00253000
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Montana State University-Billings
1500 University Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-0298
General information:  (406) 657-2011
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,768 (4,340 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Related Institutions:This is the parent institution of:
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty174151
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-18
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,230$1,260$1,46015.9%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,200$6,860$6,960$6,9800.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,200$6,860$6,960$6,920-0.6%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$16,640$17,671$17,835$17,600-1.3%
Off Campus$16,640$17,671$17,835$18,0401.1%
Off Campus with Family$10,440$10,811$10,875$11,1202.3%
On Campus$27,131$28,686$29,182$29,2860.4%
Off Campus$27,131$28,686$29,182$29,7261.9%
Off Campus with Family$20,931$21,826$22,222$22,8062.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$5,276
In-state fees$1,383
Out-of-state tuition$16,839
Out-of-state fees$1,383
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid159487%————
Grant or scholarship aid51676%$2,683,408$5,200
Federal grants34951%$1,475,517$4,228
Pell grants32448%$1,350,467$4,168
Other federal grants12819%$125,050$977
State/local government grant or scholarships17426%$256,580$1,475
Institutional grants or scholarships36954%$951,311$2,578
Student loan aid41961%$2,222,132$5,303
Federal student loans41761%$2,170,132$5,204
Other student loans81%$52,000$6,500
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,30852%$10,173,853$4,408
Pell grants1,64837%$6,588,143$3,998
Federal student loans2,20449%$14,035,157$6,368
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$10,628$11,126$10,881
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$10,799$10,982$11,344
$30,001 – $48,000$11,592$12,247$12,013
$48,001 – $75,000$13,849$14,626$14,408
$75,001 – $110,000$15,209$15,729$15,840
$110,001 and more$15,224$15,753$15,893
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment4,768
Undergraduate enrollment4,340
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment365
Graduate enrollment428
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 4%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 82%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 63%
25 and over: 37%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 90%
Out-of-state: 9%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 39%
Part-time: 61%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 19%
Enrolled in some distance education: 33%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 47%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 51%
Enrolled in some distance education: 25%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 24%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $30
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 56%
Part-time students: 44%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 53 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 24%
Transfer-out rate: 26%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 14%
6-year: 33%
8-year: 39%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 10%
6-year: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 18%
Female: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 4%
Asian: 20%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 21%
White: 26%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-12--
Environmental Biology-0--
Microbiology, General-6--
Category total-18--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other---2d
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping9d---
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General1--2
Business/Commerce, General-92d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General11d--1d
Office Management and Supervision7d---
Category total28d92d-5d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-10d--
Organizational Communication, General-8d--
Public Relations/Image Management-20d10d-
Category total-38d10d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General9---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications17--1
Category total26--1
Construction Trades
Category total2--0
Art Teacher Education-3--
Biology Teacher Education-0--
Chemistry Teacher Education-1--
Computer Teacher Education--1d-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--8-
Curriculum and Instruction--13-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--0-
Education, General1-14-
Elementary Education and Teaching-45--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-7--
History Teacher Education-4--
Mathematics Teacher Education-4--
Music Teacher Education-3--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-6--
Reading Teacher Education-07-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0--
Social Science Teacher Education-0--
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0--
Special Education and Teaching, General-1622d-
Category total18965d-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General7---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other14---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician6--4
Category total27--4
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-8--
Category total-8--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-2--
Category total-2--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer--3-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)11---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-12d13d-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training39---
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary4---
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder---12d
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer11---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse---40
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other9919d-
Category total7421d35d52d
History, General-13--
Category total-13--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-14--
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician8---
Category total814--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies24d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-43d--
Category total24d43d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1--
Category total-1--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician1--2
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician11--0
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician11--1
Category total23--3
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-23d--
Category total-23d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-5--
Category total-5--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-13--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies-7--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-84-
Category total-284-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-2--
Category total-2--
Precision Production
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking---1
Welding Technology/Welder14---
Category total14--1
Community Psychology-14--
Psychology, General62511-
Category total63911-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--2-
Category total--2-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-7--
Category total-17--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-1--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-1--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-6--
Music Performance, General-7--
Music, General-1--
Category total-16--
Grand total23346912766
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 159
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 12
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 35
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 3
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,447
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,857
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,209
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,230
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
Track and Field, Indoor3229
Track and Field, Outdoor3229
Track and Field, X-Country1314
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities9/1/1932 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1980 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1979 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1996 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations32108
Liquor law violations13129
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations32106
Liquor law violations13108
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible212
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault110
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible112
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.0%11.4%11.7%
Number in default187181173
Number in repayment1,7001,5781,477
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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