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Chances of getting into Montana State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
81.9%
Admission Difficulty for Montana State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into MSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in Montana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,684 out of 19,142 applicants were admitted making Montana State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. Montana State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

MSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1090-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for Montana State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for Montana State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1200

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Montana State University?

Montana State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Montana for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Montana State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >89%
1200 to 1310 Avg + 82%-89%
1090 to 1200 Avg - 73%-82%
980 to 1090 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 980 Low <61%
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MSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
70%
ACT Scores for Montana State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Montana State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into MSU?

Admission data indicates that MSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Montana for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 70 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Montana State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Montana State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >89%
24 to 27 Avg + 82%-89%
21 to 24 Avg - 73%-82%
18 to 21 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 18 Low <61%
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MSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.3
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Montana State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into MSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Montana State University was 3.3 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Montana for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.3 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as MSU accepts 82% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Montana State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 27% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 18% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 7% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

72% of Montana State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Montana State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 19%
Top 25% of class 44%
Top 50% of class 72%
Bottom 50% of class 28%
Bottom 25% of class 9%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Montana State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,145 8,997 19,142
Accepted 7,371 8,313 15,684
Acceptance Rate 73% 92% 82%
Enrolled 1,488 1,878 3,366
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 23% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
32

Applicants have 32 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Montana State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Montana State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Montana State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=180461 IPEDS survey data for Montana State University.

FAQs

Does Montana State University prefer SAT or ACT?

39% of students submit their SAT scores to MSU. 70% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Montana State University?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to MSU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Montana State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1310. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Montana State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 70% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.