Talent at MSU

Last week I went to MSU’s International Variety Show: Around the World on Stage. Now you may already know that MSU has students attending from 60 different countries but did you know they were so talented?!

With a fresh coat of paint Reynolds Recital Hall hosted Japanese street dancers, a Turkish pop singer, a Gamelan ensemble, an Argentine puppeteer (my personal favorite), and traditional Indian dancers.


When you arrive at MSU you can get to know these students by joining our Friends International Buddy Program. There’s no need to stop there; go visit another country yourself! MSU has a huge variety of schools in almost 60 countries. Learn more for yourself here: http://www.montana.edu/international/studyabroad/destinations.htm

Go Cats!


Shooting for the Stars!

Pun intended, MSU students are reaching new levels of space exploration with the launch of two more satellites, FIREBIRD 3 and 4. The FIREBIRD satellites are a collaborative effort between MSU and the University of New Hampshire to gather information about electron loss in the Van Allen Radiation Belts and how it affects our planet.

About an hour or so after the launch, MSU’s satellite development program will be featured on NASA TV, which is broadcast on YouTube and every NASA facility. A live interview with one of our students will be aired, along with more videos about the program.

Be sure to check it out! ( or watch on YouTube later!)


Coming Soon to MSU….

Montana State University’s campus has hosted numerous famous artists and speakers throughout its history. From Tom Petty to Maya Angelou to Toby Keith to Snoop Dogg, we have had a wide array of performers and inspirational speakers on our campus. This semester, we are excited to welcome the following public figures to Bozeman!

February 28th: Harlem Globetrotters

March 4th: Neil deGrasse Tyson

April 22nd and 23rd: Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr

April 30th: Blue Man Group

May 23rd: Eric Church

Since the tickets sold out so quickly for the first show, it was announced today that Jason Aldean will be playing two shows during his stop in Bozeman. This is the only second time in the state of Montana’s history that a band has played two consecutive shows, and the first time this is happened at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

We are ready for another exciting and entertaining semester here at Montana State University and cannot wait to see the shows!



MSU goes to the depths of the Sea in the name of SCIENCE!!

The research opportunities that Montana State University offers has taken its students all over the world. Walking across MSU’s campus, it is not uncommon to come across students researching microorganisms living in our own back yard within the geological features of Yellowstone National Park, or in sub-glacial lakes miles beneath the Antarctic crust; or maybe they have just returned from digging wells in rural Kenya through our Engineers Without Boarders group. As a student, the possibilities for hands on research opportunities can take you across the globe, into outer space, or most recently, to the very depths of the sea!


Recently, both graduates and undergraduate students from MSU were involved in an international research effort, looking into the circulation patterns of the oceans over 20,000 years ago! While most would consider this more of a history effort than anything else, the overriding goals of this project are to asses how these patterns impact climate change(s), and even the oceans ability to take in carbon dioxide!

Click here to learn more about this amazing research effort, and everything that went into it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read the blog, and, as always…

Go Cats!!

PS. It should be noted that the ship that took the researchers on this voyage is the same ship that led researchers to the sunken Titanic in 1985! How cool is that!?

Jabs Hall Close-up

Next week we’ll be welcoming back our students; while they were away the admissions staff got to take a tour of the soon to be completed Jabs Hall. Plans to open the doors have the building completed in May and ready to open for classes for the Fall of 2015.

The interior currently looks like a normal construction site with a few exciting features taking shape. Classrooms with plenty of windows for sunshine and offices are of course a big part of the building but students can also look forward to some great new study space, indoors and outdoors; stunning views; and a new coffee spot with a few food options!


Let’s talk about environmental impact and sustainability: venting systems to cool the building down overnight in the summer, wide windows and a passive solar wall to generate heat in the summer, and even a few walls built using recycled glass from a community collection effort. Don’t forget about the human factor: plenty of natural light, a fireplace, open concept, and central location will make this a desirable meeting place for every student.


New Jabs Hall - Under Construction

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!

fall grad 2014

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!


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: 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!