Can the Griz!!

Last Saturday was the 114th Annual Brawl of the Wild Football game between the University of Montana and Montana State University. This is the oldest rivalry game West of the Mississippi River, and provides bragging rights for the victor until the following season. While this years game didn’t exactly go the way that we had hoped, Montana State University did manage to walk away with one victory under our belt; the annual “Can the Griz” food drive!

Can the Griz

Now this rivalry is no stranger to impressive streaks, and MSU is currently putting together one of the more impressive streaks to date. Of the 15 years that UM and MSU have put on the “Can the…” food drive, Montana State has won the event an impressive 14 times! Even more impressive is the fact that those 14 victories have come consecutively!! As you will see in the article, this year MSU and the Bozeman community donated a staggering 171,554 pounds of food and over $74,000 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank!!

While this event may revolve around the heated rivalry that splits Montana right down the middle, it is truly for the benefit of the state and its residents as a whole. The Can the Cats drive in Missoula raised over 151,000 pounds of food and an impressive $78,272.49 for the Food Bank in Missoula! Think about that for a second. This great rivalry inspired more than 300,000 pounds of food and well over $150,000 to be donated across the state. Quite impressive.

Sure we would have liked to find the end zone a couple more times on Saturday, but overall, this was a good weekend for the State of Montana!

Thanks so much for reading, and as always…


Thank you, Veterans!

At Montana State University, we pride ourselves on serving all of our students as best we can and we especially want to serve our students who have served our country. MSU is proud to work with roughly 600 servicemen and women each year to find a home and success at MSU. The Veteran Services Office and Veteran Support Center provide amazing resources for our students who are veterans of the US military, eligible dependents and members of the Selected Reserve who receive Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits. Located conveniently in the Student Union Building (SUB), students have a central location for support and to connect with other students. Make sure to stop by and check it out!

We in the Office of Admissions cannot thank our Veterans enough for all you have done and will continue to do. Thank you and as always GO CATS!


Get Ready To Live On Campus!

The semester is flying by here at Montana State! That being said, the application for housing through Residence Life has been open for a little over a month now. What halls are available to you, you ask? Over ten different options are available! We offer housing that is co-ed, single sex, suite style, and even freshmen apartments are available to our incoming students. Check out each of the halls with a photo gallery to see what each hall is like located here: Housing will start being assigned in Mid-March, but we always recommend applying early to make sure to get your top housing choice! Want to apply right now before you forget? Here’s our housing application:

Be sure to check out the renderings of our brand new Residence Hall being built, ready for students in Fall 2016!

MSU students are Smarty Cats!

Montana State University has reached another record enrollment this year with a total of 15,421 students! With this record enrollment, our incoming freshman class had the highest test scores and grade point averages that the university has seen in 25 years! For the first-time freshman who enrolled full-time this Fall, the average SAT is 1720 and the average ACT is 25.3, with an average GPA of 3.43. Montana State University continues to be the university of choice for Montana’s best and brightest students with 67% of Montana University System Honor Scholarship receipts choosing to enroll at Montana State University! Check out the full article about our smarty cat students here:



Living in Style

I like to post about construction on campus and with all the new projects there is no shortage of writing material for me. With Jabs Hall nearing completion and plans for our new engineering innovation center being set I would like to focus on our most recent ground breaking. A few weeks ago the construction for our brand new residence hall was begun and with the plans posted online all freshman entering in 2016 (estimated completion) should be excited! Take a look at the link to see the plans for yourselves, this is surely going to be a popular place to live!

Track project status and see the plans and concept art here:

Bozeman: Not a Bad Place to Call Home…

In fact… Bozeman was just recognized as being one of the 100 BEST PLACES TO LIVE, by!! With the largest university in the state of Montana, two different ski hills (Bridger Bowl and Big Sky) and a vibrant cultural scene, Bozeman truly has something to offer everyone. Whether you are interested in taking a day trip to Yellowstone National Park, hitting the world class ski slopes, or simply grabbing a cup of coffee downtown, there is no shortage of activities to fill your day with around here. With so many things going on in the Bozeman community, its no wonder that so many students continue to flock to Montana State University!


Thanks for taking some time to read, and, as always…


Week one in the books!

Welcome back to a new school year, Montana State University! It’s been so busy, we’ve run behind on starting our blog, but don’t worry, we’ll be back consistently now! 

This past week and a half, MSU welcomed a record class of freshmen and a record overall enrollment of students! With students returning, there were events galore such as Move-In Day, Catapalooza, Orientation, Freshman Convocation and of course classes starting! It’s been a busy few days, but campus is buzzing with the excitement of a new year! 

At Convocation, Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of the Malala Foundation, delivered an inspiring talk to students telling them “We are the change we’ve been waiting for,” and “There are no superheroes – just us.” It was an inspiring way for students to kick off their experience at Montana State University! 




2014 Spring Commencement

Graduation is upon us. Students can rejoice in a job well done and the sweet reward of being a full fledged college graduate. This Saturday, students from all majors across campus will take a walk across that illustrious stage and receive that coveted diploma. We here at the admissions office are proud of each and every one of you. All those late nights in the library and copious amounts of coffee were all worth it.

Ballons fall on the graduates of Spring Commencement 2013

If you are in town and looking to witness this years graduation, I went ahead and included a link to our webpage for more information

The semester is winding down…

As soon to be graduates start to count down the days to commencement, everyone is busy around campus with final projects, papers and final exams. One way that the Bozeman community and Montana State University come together every spring is a celebration in downtown Bozeman called “Bobcat Fest.” Main Street is closed off and opened up for all Bobcats to celebrate the end of the semester with live music, free food and drinks and a final good luck before finals! Rain or shine, Bobcat Fest is an event that everyone in Bozeman should experience! Good luck to all of our students on finals week and good luck to all of our graduating seniors next week. MSU is proud of each and every one of you! GO CATS!!!!


39th Annual American Indian Council Pow Wow

This weekend marks the 39th Annual American Indian Council Pow Wow at Montana State University! As one of the largest pow wow’s in Montana, this event brings people in from all over the country. Grand entry will occur at 6pm on Friday, April 11th and again at noon and 6pm on Saturday, April 12th with the dancing continuing for hours afterwards in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. We are excited to have Midnite Express (from Minnesota) join us as this year’s host drum, and Kasey Nicholson and Chris “Supa Man” Parrish as the Master of Ceremonies.

pow wow

The AIC Pow Wow offers students, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn and experience Native American culture. So if you are in town and want to hear some incredible music, watch beautiful dancing and learn about Montana’s first people, please stop by! Don’t forget to pick up some fry bread while you are there and cruise through the booths that will help fill the field house floor.