Montana State University Northern

Montana State University Northern

Montana State University 'Northern or MSU- Northern is a public institution located in Havre, Montana. Established in 1929, it is a part of the Montana State University system. Initially known as Northern Montana College, it was renamed in 1994 to its current name. In the same year, the Montana University System decided to merge the smaller campuses with the two main universities - the University of Montana, Missoula and the Montana State University, Bozeman. More than 1200 students enroll in the university annually.

MSU - Northern offers a variety of academic programs, including agricultural science and management, engineering technique, mechanics and repair, as well as others. The institution also offers graduate as well as extended university programs, which are non-traditional academic programs such as motorcycle safety, summer session and others.

The institution fields both men's and women's athletics teams in basketball, rodeo, volleyball and golf, among others. The teams belong to the Frontier Conference and the institution also offers athletic financial aid to students who require it.

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Montana State University-Northern
300 W 11th St
Havre , MT 59501
General Phone: (406) 265-3700

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Montana State Northern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching81education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, business teaching, industrial arts teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine51registered nursing, nursing science
Mechanics and Repair41autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Business and Management28business management, business administration
Computer Science and Engineering20computer and info science, information science
Engineering Technician17electronics tech, electrical/electronic tech, water quality and recycling tech, metallurgical tech, industrial tech, automotive tech, drafting, engineering technician
Agricultural Science and Management13agricultural mechanization, various agricutural courses
Liberal Arts7English, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies
Production Trades6welding
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6health and fitness
Photography and Commercial Art4commercial art
Construction Trades4plumbing
Science4biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry
Family and Social Work3community organization
Media1communication studies
Office and Administration0administrative assistant
Therapy and Counseling0educational psychology
Transportation0ground transportation

Number of programs and degrees for Montana State Northern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17033
Associate's degree9722
Master's degree136
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years61

Montana State Northern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Montana State Northern had a total enrollment of 1,215 students (1,093 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 62%
Women 38%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 14%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 21%
20-21 21%
22-24 21%
25-29 10%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Montana State Northern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 50 %

Montana State Northern Room and Board (2007)

Montana State Northern offers campus housing for 355 of its 1,093 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Havre, Montana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Montana Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Montana State Northern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal405500
SAT Math403518
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT10%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Montana State Northern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,840
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,400
Room and board $ 8,000
Room charge $ 2,008
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,746
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Montana State Northern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 253300)

Montana State Northern Faculty

Montana State Northern has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$57,2993$58,099
Associate professoracademic year8$50,5804$51,485
Assistant professoracademic year12$43,00011$42,930
Instructoracademic year4$32,8464$35,636
All faculty totalacademic year41$49,41722$45,228

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Montana State Northern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Frontier Conference
Basketball Frontier Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports272047

Montana State Northern Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Construction Trades
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Metallurgical Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology

Ground Transportation, Other

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