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Montana State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeB
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsB
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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He rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Feb 01 2008
Major: Civil Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
MSU really is a great school, if you go into the right program.

If you are going into most of the ART majors at MSU or any other worthless degree your probably not going to like this school. And yes as a freshmen you'll meet a bunch of relatively dumb people who are in these programs or others that came to Bozeman primarily to ski (which, by the way, is excellent here).

MSU has a fairly good system; they'll accept just about anybody, take their money (usually out of state) and then the dumb asses will drop out because they realize college takes some effort. I've seen it for about 5 years.

Oh ya, you better like cold weather too.

There are so many hidden gems that only locals (people who live year round) know about. If you live in the dorms, you're pretty much living in the ugliest part of bozeman.

Bozeman is an outdoorsman paradise. There is excellent fishing, hunting, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, camping, hiking skiing ect within an hours drive.

Bozeman is a small city and if your looking for an explosive night life go somewhere else, please. Its a nice town and there are fun to hang out but its not a huge party place. In other words, drinking is not the highest priority here as compared to many other colleges.

My experience in Civil Engineering program was excellent. People who post neg reviews obviously have not made it past there sophmore year (its fairly challenging and most people couldn't do it) as the first two years you will have some bad teachers (ie Math and core classes taught by grad students).

My experience with professors my junior and senior year was outstanding. I had professors that had degrees from the best eng. schools in the country (stanford, purdue, UW ect.) and they were all very friendly and incredibly helpful and open. You could walk in their office and have a discussion about anything. The lectures and labs were also very interesting (not all but most) and well done. Theres a lot of resources and many study or lab work opportunities (its a land grant school so there a lot of research for its size).

Basically, you can get just as good of an education at MSU as any other private school or large state school. How much you learn depends on how much you put into it.

I've taken classes at University of Washington and while the faculty and facilities are good, I found the education experience to, well, kind of suck. It blows when you have to take a class with 600 other people and get virtually no time with the professor. Another thing about UW is all the foreign teachers! I don't mind the diversity, but in a lot of cases they don't speak very good english; therefore their students have a hard time understanding the prof and vice versa. I never had a professor I couldn't understand (except my freshman year) and the classes were always relatively small.

Overall my experience with MSU is a positive one. I'm sure there are other departments that are crappy at MSU. From what I've learned from my friends programs that are pretty good at MSU are (in no order):

  • Architecture (Very challenging, many go into this programs but only a select few make it through)
  • Agricultural science/plant genetics
  • Pre-med
  • Graphic Design
  • Film production
  • Chemistry, Biology is ok
  • Any Engineering
  • Business/Finance is ok.
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