It’s a time of new beginnings!

For many MSU students this past weekend, it was the day they had been working towards for years. This past Saturday, our students walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diploma from our President. Our new Bobcat graduates can take pride in their dedication, and tireless efforts towards pursuing their dreams. Congratulations to all of our newest grads!

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Along with promising futures for our students, our Strand Union Building is looking forward to a new face lift as well! The SUB ballrooms will be undergoing renovations until March 2015. The floors, the walls, the lighting, everything will be sparkling new! We will even have conference screens, so even if you find yourself far away from the stage, you can still see our speakers. Take a look at some of the planned modifications below:

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MSU Supports Our Veterans!

We are excited to announce that Montana State University has been named a top school in the Military Advanced Education 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities! MSU was rated as a top school in all four categories that that the Military Advanced Education Guide evaluates on; military culture, financial aid, flexibility, and on-campus support and online support services. This designation shows our continued dedication to our military and veteran students. Our director of MSU’s Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services, Brenda York, stated, “We are honored that this important guide that validates Montana State’s work to provide high quality services for veterans and the military.”

On top of our recent recognition as a top school in the Military Advanced Education Guide, an MSU alumnus, William W. Henderson, pledged $250,000 to establish a permanent scholarship endowment to support military veterans and their spouses. Henderson stated, “We really appreciate all that Montana State is doing for returning veterans during this incredibly formative period in their lives. We also understand the important role that spouses and families play in supporting those who serve our nation, so supporting this scholarship program and the opportunities it creates just felt like a great way for us to do our part.”

MSU proudly supports our military troops and veterans! Thank you again for your continued service to our country!

GO CATS!

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!

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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…

GO CATS!!!

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!

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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: http://www.montana.edu/reslife/halls/. 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: http://www.montana.edu/reslife/applications.

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: http://www.montana.edu/news/15150/incoming-msu-students-test-scores-highest-recorded-in-25-years

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GO CATS!

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: http://www.montana.edu/reslife/halls/new-hall

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 libability.com!! 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!

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

GO CATS!! 

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! 

 

 

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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.

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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 http://www.montana.edu/commencement/.