Montana State University: Northern Admissions

Downtown Havre
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In 2016, 100% of applicants were admitted to MSU Northern, which is encouraging for any prospective applicants. To apply, those interested will need to submit an application, which can be completed online at MSU Northern's website. Additional required materials include high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT--scores from either test are accepted equally, without preference of one over the other. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Montana State University Northern Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 420 / 480
    • SAT Math: 425 / 493
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 16 / 22
    • ACT English: 14 / 20
    • ACT Math: 16 / 21
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Montana State University Northern Description:

MSU Northern got its start in 1913 but didn't become a fully-funded institute of higher learning until the late 1920s. After a few more changes in internal structure and location, the current University sits in Havre, Montana. Students can earn Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degrees in a range of subjects--popular ones include Education, Nursing, Business Management/Administration, and Criminal Justice. On the athletic front, the MSU Lights (and, for the women's teams, Skylights) compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, in the Frontier Conference. Popular sports include basketball, golf, volleyball, and rodeo. 

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,207 (1,139 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 56% Male / 44% Female
  • 78% Full-time

Costs (2016 to 2017)

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,371 (in-state); $17,681 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $6,300
  • Other Expenses: $3,200
  • Total Cost: $16,071 (in-state); $28,381 (out-of-state)

Montana State University Northern Financial Aid (2015 to 2016)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,798
    • Loans: $5,116

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Nursing, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Mechanics Technology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 59%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 11%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 22%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Football, Wrestling, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rodeo, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf