The acceptance rate at MSU is 81%. It ranks #4 in Montana for lowest rate of acceptance. Montana State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 15,260 out of 18,892 applicants were admitted.
The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent (SAT 1090/1320 ACT 21/28). Montana State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The MSU application fee is $30 and applications are due by May 15.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Montana State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||550|
|SAT Math 25th||540|
|SAT Composite 25th||1090|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||660|
|SAT Math 75th||660|
|SAT Composite 75th||1320|
|Average SAT Score||1210
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Montana State University?
Montana State University typically prefers 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 970. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. MSU ranks #1 in Montana and #241 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||20|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||27|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||28|
|Average ACT Score||24
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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 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.
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What GPA do you need to get into Montana State University?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into MSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Montana State University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Montana for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as MSU accepts 81% of all applicants.
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|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||25.0%||Avg +|
|3.50 to 3.74||16.0%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.49||13.0%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.24||10.0%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||15.0%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.49||3.0%||Reach|
|1.00 to 1.99||1.0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
74% of Montana State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||20%|
|Top 25% of class||47%|
|Top 50% of class||74%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||21%||21%||21%|
Applicants have 97 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 15, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Montana State University is $30.
What are the requirements for admission to Montana State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
39% of students submit their SAT scores to MSU. 70% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
81% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1320. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 70% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.