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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
Website:  www.msubillings.edu
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 & 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
5%
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
Instructional174151
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-18
Instructional-18
Research-0
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$5,711$5,745$5,780$5,8080.5%
Out-of-state$16,726$17,092$17,466$17,8422.2%
Books and supplies$1,230$1,260$1,460$1,4600.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,860$6,960$6,980$7,5107.6%
Other$3,870$3,870$3,380$3,88014.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,860$6,960$6,920$7,5108.5%
Other$3,870$3,870$3,880$3,8800.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,870$3,870$3,880$3,8800.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
On Campus$17,671$17,835$17,600$18,6586.0%
Off Campus$17,671$17,835$18,040$18,6583.4%
Off Campus with Family$10,811$10,875$11,120$11,1480.3%
Out-of-state
On Campus$28,686$29,182$29,286$30,6924.8%
Off Campus$28,686$29,182$29,726$30,6923.2%
Off Campus with Family$21,826$22,222$22,806$23,1821.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$5,276
In-state fees$1,411
Out-of-state tuition$17,186
Out-of-state fees$1,411
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid162188%————
Grant or scholarship aid54778%$2,673,027$4,887
Federal grants31344%$1,303,106$4,163
Pell grants31344%$1,238,156$3,956
Other federal grants8712%$64,950$747
State/local government grant or scholarships14320%$312,618$2,186
Institutional grants or scholarships41960%$1,057,303$2,523
Student loan aid37954%$2,077,054$5,480
Federal student loans37553%$1,988,476$5,303
Other student loans101%$88,578$8,858
  • 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 aid12,36254%$9,863,724$4,176
Pell grants1,53735%$5,974,280$3,887
Federal student loans2,02347%$13,038,765$6,445
  • 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.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$11,126$10,881$11,064
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$10,982$11,344$11,023
$30,001 – $48,000$12,247$12,013$11,819
$48,001 – $75,000$14,626$14,408$13,821
$75,001 – $110,000$15,729$15,840$15,387
$110,001 and more$15,753$15,893$15,584
  • 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 (2015-2016): $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 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 25%
Transfer-out rate: 21%
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 2007]
4-year: 12%
6-year: 27%
8-year: 30%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 11%
6-year: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 19%
Female: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 8%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
White: 25%
Two or more races: 17%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
  • 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-4--
Microbiology, General-1--
Category total-17--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other---2
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping12---
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General1--1
Business/Commerce, General-154d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General5d--2d
Office Management and Supervision10d---
Category total28d154d-5d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-10d--
Organizational Communication, General-5d--
Public Relations/Image Management-10d9d-
Category total-25d9d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General5---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications20--0
Category total25--0
Construction Trades
Carpentry/Carpenter1--0
Category total1--0
Education
Art Teacher Education-3--
Biology Teacher Education-0--
Chemistry Teacher Education-0--
Computer Teacher Education--7d-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--18-
Curriculum and Instruction--20-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--0-
Education, General2-10-
Elementary Education and Teaching-46--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-4--
History Teacher Education-11--
Mathematics Teacher Education-7--
Music Teacher Education-6--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-6--
Reading Teacher Education-13-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-2--
Social Science Teacher Education-0--
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0--
Special Education and Teaching, General-2329d-
Category total210987d-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General4---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other17---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician9--0
Category total30--0
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-6--
Category total-6--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-3--
Category total-3--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer--6-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)9---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-8d23d-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training31---
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary7---
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder---13d
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer12---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse41---
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other41310d-
Category total10421d39d13d
History
History, General-9--
Category total-9--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies228--
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician10---
Category total1228--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies102d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-49d--
Category total102d49d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-3--
Category total-3--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician1--0
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician8--2
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician9--2
Category total18--4
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-28d--
Category total-28d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-8--
Category total-8--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-13--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies-1--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-26-
Category total-166-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-3--
Category total-3--
Precision Production
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking---2
Welding Technology/Welder19--15
Category total19--17
Psychology
Community Psychology-15--
Psychology, General3236-
Category total3386-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--5-
Category total--5-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-2--
Sociology-1--
Category total-3--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-1--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-3--
Music Management-1--
Music Performance, General-1--
Music, General-1--
Category total-7--
Grand total34452715239
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 158
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 9
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 12
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
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: $4,015
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,361
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,154
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 0%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
Baseball42
Basketball1414
Golf118
Soccer3021
Softball26
Tennis68
Track and Field, Indoor3422
Track and Field, Outdoor3422
Track and Field, X-Country910
Volleyball13
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
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations10811
Liquor law violations12919
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations1068
Liquor law violations10819
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible12
Rape1
Fondling2
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery010
Aggravated assault100
Burglary310
Motor vehicle theft001
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible12
Rape1
Fondling2
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary200
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
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)