Montana State University - Northern Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Downtown Havre
Downtown Havre, MN. Avi / Flickr

Montana State University - Northern Admissions Overview:

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

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 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,371 (in-state); $17,681 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • 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 - 16):

  • 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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Montana State University - Northern Mission Statement:

"MSU-Northern, a teaching institution, serves a diverse student population by providing liberal arts, professional and technical education programs ranging from certificates through master's degrees. The university promotes a student centered and culturally enriched environment endorsing lifelong learning, personal growth and responsible citizenship. The university partners with a variety of community and external entities to enhance collaborative learning, provide applied research opportunities, stimulate economic development and expand student learning experiences."